Michael Allen has professional expertise in corporate and commercial law, including derivatives law as it relates to the participation by Bahamian entities in financial derivatives transactions, real estate & development, aviation law and wealth management.

For 30 years Michael has advised international and Bahamian clientele on a variety of corporate and commercial structures for general business and wealth management purposes. His practice involves acting as a transactional lawyer in commercial and aviation matters, providing legal support to major Bahamian real estate acquisitions and resort development, the utilization of financial products connected with investment and wealth management concerns, and issuing formal opinions on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional structures available for the conduct of business in and through The Bahamas, including structures connected to aircraft financing.

Michael is Chair of the firm’s Aviation practice group and, currently serves as chairman of the Bahamas Air Transport Advisory Board. He is the author and co-author, respectively, of the Bahamas chapter of Sweet & Maxwell publications Aircraft Finance: Regulation Security and Enforcement and Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights. He is a former Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board and has written on such topics as “International Business Companies”, and “A Guide to Doing Business in the Bahamas”.

After attaining a post graduate degree in counselling and administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, United States, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Buckingham in England, Michael was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1987 and to the Bahamas Bar in 1988. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple, England. Michael joined the firm as a partner in 2008.

Education

  • State University of New York (M.A.), Buffalo, New York, USA
  • University of Buckingham (LL.B.), Buckinghamshire, England

Bar admissions

  • England and Wales, 1987
  • Bahamas, 1988

Professional memberships

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Community

Chairman, Air Transport Advisory Board

Experience

Commercial

  • Provided corporate and commercial advice to financial institutions in connection with cross-border financing involving multiple Bahamian entities, including the Bahamas Government.
  • Advised financial institutions on issues relative to the involvement by Bahamian entities in over-the-counter (OTC) products.
  • Advised in Export Credit Agency backed lending arrangements involving the participation of Bahamian international business companies.
  • Acted as special counsel to global private investment firm in the restructuring of a group of companies which included Bahamian offshore vehicles; and the formation of non-profit charitable vehicles to benefit Bahamian and International persons and causes.

Aviation Finance

Michael has been engaged in aviation related transactions for more than 15 years and has been engaged as lead counsel and provided advice as special counsel in a number of Bahamian and multi-jurisdictional transactions:

  • Advised on maters concerned with regulatory requirements for the acquisition and registration of aircraft, license requirements for operations within The Bahamas, the registration of aircraft mortgages and charges and the use of corporate structures in cross-border transactions to facilitate aircraft leasing and financing.
  • Acted as special corporate counsel to aircraft leasing and management company in matters relative to incorporation of numerous special purpose vehicles for participation in aircraft acquisition and leasing transactions.

Private Client & Wealth Management

  • Advised on the creation of a private investment vehicle for financing the acquisition and leasing of high value assets together with the structuring of special purpose vehicles for acquisition and leasing of assets and also involving the preparation of security instruments to facilitate the investment scheme.

Financial Services

  • Advised on high value lending facilities involving syndicated loans with international banks as both lead lenders and syndicated members, supported by security and/or guarantees provided by Bahamian offshore corporate vehicles.

Real Estate

  • Advised as lead counsel in the acquisition of a significant resort hotel property in The Bahamas.

Publications

  • Bahamas chapter in Aircraft Finance: Regulation Security and Enforcement, Sweet & Maxwell
  • Bahamas chapter in Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights, Sweet & Maxwell

Michael Allen has professional expertise in corporate and commercial law, including derivatives law as it relates to the participation by Bahamian entities in financial derivatives transactions, real estate & development, aviation law and wealth management.

For 30 years Michael has advised international and Bahamian clientele on a variety of corporate and commercial structures for general business and wealth management purposes. His practice involves acting as a transactional lawyer in commercial and aviation matters, providing legal support to major Bahamian real estate acquisitions and resort development, the utilization of financial products connected with investment and wealth management concerns, and issuing formal opinions on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional structures available for the conduct of business in and through The Bahamas, including structures connected to aircraft financing.

Michael is Chair of the firm’s Aviation practice group and, currently serves as chairman of the Bahamas Air Transport Advisory Board. He is the author and co-author, respectively, of the Bahamas chapter of Sweet & Maxwell publications Aircraft Finance: Regulation Security and Enforcement and Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights. He is a former Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board and has written on such topics as “International Business Companies”, and “A Guide to Doing Business in the Bahamas”.

After attaining a post graduate degree in counselling and administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, United States, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Buckingham in England, Michael was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1987 and to the Bahamas Bar in 1988. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple, England. Michael joined the firm as a partner in 2008.

Education

  • State University of New York (M.A.), Buffalo, New York, USA
  • University of Buckingham (LL.B.), Buckinghamshire, England

Bar admissions

  • England and Wales, 1987
  • Bahamas, 1988

Professional memberships

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Community

Chairman, Air Transport Advisory Board

Experience

Commercial

  • Provided corporate and commercial advice to financial institutions in connection with cross-border financing involving multiple Bahamian entities, including the Bahamas Government.
  • Advised financial institutions on issues relative to the involvement by Bahamian entities in over-the-counter (OTC) products.
  • Advised in Export Credit Agency backed lending arrangements involving the participation of Bahamian international business companies.
  • Acted as special counsel to global private investment firm in the restructuring of a group of companies which included Bahamian offshore vehicles; and the formation of non-profit charitable vehicles to benefit Bahamian and International persons and causes.

Aviation Finance

Michael has been engaged in aviation related transactions for more than 15 years and has been engaged as lead counsel and provided advice as special counsel in a number of Bahamian and multi-jurisdictional transactions:

  • Advised on maters concerned with regulatory requirements for the acquisition and registration of aircraft, license requirements for operations within The Bahamas, the registration of aircraft mortgages and charges and the use of corporate structures in cross-border transactions to facilitate aircraft leasing and financing.
  • Acted as special corporate counsel to aircraft leasing and management company in matters relative to incorporation of numerous special purpose vehicles for participation in aircraft acquisition and leasing transactions.

Private Client & Wealth Management

  • Advised on the creation of a private investment vehicle for financing the acquisition and leasing of high value assets together with the structuring of special purpose vehicles for acquisition and leasing of assets and also involving the preparation of security instruments to facilitate the investment scheme.

Financial Services

  • Advised on high value lending facilities involving syndicated loans with international banks as both lead lenders and syndicated members, supported by security and/or guarantees provided by Bahamian offshore corporate vehicles.

Real Estate

  • Advised as lead counsel in the acquisition of a significant resort hotel property in The Bahamas.

Publications

  • Bahamas chapter in Aircraft Finance: Regulation Security and Enforcement, Sweet & Maxwell
  • Bahamas chapter in Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights, Sweet & Maxwell