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ELIZABETH A. HARPER

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Biography

Elizabeth is a Partner at the law firm and head of the Financial Services Department. Her practice areas include Banking & Finance, Commercial and Offshore Trust, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Company Law and Corporate Law. Her client base consists of numerous international banks, corporations and corporate trustees whom she advises on various banking, commercial, trust, financial and securitization matters. Elizabeth is recognized as a leading asset recovery lawyer in the directory Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2014.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons.) both from the University of the West Indies. She is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica.

She practices before the High Court and Court of Appeal and has been involved in numerous high end commercial litigation including a shareholder dispute in a company valued at over US$3 billion; a dispute in an international company of strategic interest in the Russian Federation valued at over US$30 billion; international fraudulent transactions involving bribe payments, secret commissions, and dishonest diversion of monies arising in over US$50 million in damages; and the first class action law suit brought in the Eastern Caribbean under the provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules 2000. She has also handled a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes, and financial services and related matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Some of the notable cases in which she has been involved include: – The Nevis Island Administration v. La Copropriete Du Navire J31 et al (Rawlins, JA); Gigi Osco-Bingeman & Vadim Fridman (Executors of the Estate of Martin Crowley, Deceased) et al v. John Paul de Joria (HC and CA); The Attorney General of St. Kitts & Nevis & Anor. v Queensway Trustees Limited (HC and CA); She has also provided expert written testimony on aspects of the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in several proceedings internationally.

Elizabeth’s also has an extensive trust practice which includes her regularly advising and rendering opinions to trustees, protectors and beneficiaries on various trust matters, and where necessary, conducting litigation of claims on their behalf. She has been involved in several significant trust matters including a major multi-jurisdictional trust dispute concerning several billion dollars of assets and claims for removal of trustees.

Elizabeth is admitted to practice in Jamaica and the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. She is a member of the St. Christopher and Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association. She is a full member of STEP, and currently serves as the Assistant Secretary and the Events & Publicity Coordinator for the STEP Nevis Chapter, having stepped down as its Chairperson after serving for 3 years in that position. She also currently serves as a member of the STEP Caribbean Conference Committee and the Secretary of the STEP Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee.

Education

University of London LLM (Merit)

2014

Master of Laws Commercial and Corporate Law

Norman Manley Law School

2005

Legal Education Certificate

University of the West Indies

2003

Bachelor’s of Law

University of the West Indies

1999

Bachelor’s of Arts

Practice Areas

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 equipped to render general legal advice relating to establishing and maintaining a trust and other matters related thereto. A trust is a device where rights either personal or proprietary are held by a person or persons on behalf of another. The person creating the trust is called the settlor, the person holding the rights is the trustee and the person for whom the rights are held is called the beneficiary. An offshore trust is a trust that has been established in a jurisdiction different from that of the domicile of the settlor. People use offshore trusts mainly as a management tool for their finances and the trusts laws of the Federation are flexible and attractive for anyone seeking creative ways of managing their finances.

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.

Bar Admissions

  • St. Christopher and Nevis 2005
  • Jamaica 2005

Memberships

  • Member of the Saint Christopher and Nevis Bar Association
  • OECS Bar Association
  • The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners