Master of Laws International Banking and Finance Law (Merit)
Dia joined Daniel Brantley in January 2013.
Her practice focuses on banking and finance, insolvency, corporate and commercial law including litigation, real estate development, economic citizenship, trusts, employment law, intellectual property law and admiralty and shipping. She is known for being prompt, insightful, and knowledgeable.
Dia’s clientele includes International Banks and Corporations, Liquidators and Trustees, Telecommunication companies, Utilities companies, Governments, Prime Ministers, Real Estate Developers and Shipowners based throughout the world. She regularly advises and acts for her clientele in litigation arising out of commercial, insurance, banking and financial disputes, defamation, judicial review, appointment and removal of receivers, liquidators and trustees, taxation, disclosing of confidential information, and large-scale debt recovery. Additionally, she frequently undertakes due diligence for large scale financial transactions with values of up to US$200 million, attends to the preparation of security instruments, and legal capacity and title opinions. She stands as lead counsel and instructing counsel on matters before tribunals, the High Courts and Courts of Appeal in St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and Grenada and has been appointed as an Expert Witness in Federal Proceedings in the United States of America.
She is the primary contact person for Intellectual Property matters at the firm assisting with the registering and renewing of trademarks and other matters relating thereto likewise rendering general advice to clients in this area of law. She also deals with the registration of ships and, the discharge of ship mortgages in the St. Kitts and Nevis International Ship Registry.
Dia is a Results Management Specialist trained by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) on the application of the World Anti-Doping Code and is a member of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization wherein she has and continues to adjudicate on adverse analytical findings involving athletes in professional sports. She is a former OECS Table Tennis winning Team Champion player for Grenada.
Legal Education Certificate of Merit
Bachelor of Laws
We are versed on all legal aspects of the various financial products offered in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis providing clients with the right legal and commercial solutions based on their needs. We understand that our clients require more than just the law in black and white, therefore we analyse client needs and tailor advice to suit them. We attend to regulatory and compliance issues, debt and equity financing including project financing and complete legal due diligence for major developments, secured transactions, debentures, securities, restructuring, acquisitions, formulating and negotiating general commercial contracts. Our clientele includes international banks, corporations and real estate developers.
We are trademark and patent agents in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. It is foremost in our minds that Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind where inventions, literary and artistic works, design and symbols are created and that there is an urgent need to protect the rights of those who created them. These rights may be categorized as a patent, copyright, design, trademark or confidential information. As trademark and patent agents, we assist with registering and renewing trademarks and patents, changing of address and change of name applications, comprehensive searches of trademarks and patents. We also prepare claims to assert priority rights over trademarks and or patents likewise, works of authorship for copyright matters.
We advise insolvency practitioners, creditors, and other parties when a company is in financial difficulty. Our team is considered experts in insolvency matters in St. Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla advising companies on local and offshore legislative and regulatory matters. We deal with dissolutions and liquidations including the appointing of liquidators, ensuring legislative compliance during liquidation, collecting and distributing the assets of a company in liquidation to secured and unsecured creditors. Further, our team can assist with various issues that arise in cross-border insolvency matters including the difficulties associated with the realisation of an overseas asset and determining competing claims in respect of goods.
Our litigation team represents a cross-section of entities throughout the world involved in antitrust disputes, commercial and contract disputes, debt collection, employment disputes, fraud and asset tracing, insolvency litigation, insurance disputes, tax disputes, personal injuries and public law litigation. We represent clients effectively in the most difficult and sophisticated contentious matters at all tiers of the Court likewise in alternative media to the Court that is, in mediation and arbitration proceedings. We explore all avenues of dispute resolution so that clients have a full and comprehensive framework of the various methods available to them because resolving disputes with as little interruption to ones business or life is crucial.
Our knowledge and experience allows us to provide the best legal services to private, commercial and international clients on all aspects of purchase, sale and development of property within the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. We guide nationals and non-nationals purchasing or selling property through every step of the process. For clients interested in large developments within the Federation, we are able to offer the highest level of service from the commencement to completion of the project including negotiating various service contracts and presenting concessions and tax exemption packages to Government entities and applications to be approved developments for economic citizenship.
Whether you are a ship owner, charterer, financial institution, insurance or other personnel in the shipping spectrum, we render legal advice and support on shipping in St. Christopher and Nevis. Our lawyers are versed in the operations of the St. Kitts and Nevis International Shipping Registry which includes registration of ships, financing for ship purchases, the recording and removal of mortgages. With the introduction of new marinas to the Federation, we are equipped to guide you on options for docking, negotiating with charter parties and bailment claims. Our attorneys draft charter agreements, attend to vessel arrest and detention as part of foreclosing on ship mortgages and where the option to purchase arises, the sale of ships.