Attorneys at Trinidad Law Firm Johnson, Camacho & Singh

The Partners

Stephen A. Singh

Stephen A. Singh (FCIArb) was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Upper Second Class Honours, 1985) and the Hugh Wooding Law School (1987). He is the Managing Partner of Johnson, Camacho & Singh. As a commercial litigator of approximately 30 years experience, he has appeared before most tribunals in the Caribbean including the CCJ and the Court of Appeal of the OECS. He is admitted to practice in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. He has appeared as Counsel in major insolvency cases in the region namely: Allied Bank and Bank Crozier (In Liquidation) (Grenada); the Hyatt Hotel Receivership and Cotton Bay Liquidation (St. Lucia); BCCI (In Liquidation) (Trinidad and Tobago); the Mazaruni Granite Receivership (Guyana) and APUA v. Asot Michael et al (Antigua); Motor and General Insurance Company (In Liquidation) on behalf of the Central Bank and the World GTL Receivership as Counsel for Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration and his main practice areas include Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Construction Law, Cross Border Insolvency, Environment Law Insurance, Labour Law, Oil and Gas, Maritime Law and Tax. In Trinidad and Tobago he has acted on behalf of the Inspector of Financial Institutions viz. insurance companies in liquidation and has commented on the new Insurance Act. Whilst representing other clients in regulatory matters, he has had to provide advice to the SEC, EMA, COTT and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago. In conjunction with UK Counsel, he has participated in ICC Arbitrations such as Merhav Mekorot Development Trinidad & Tobago Limited v. WASA (2013) and Consolidated Energy Limited v. Colonial Life Insurance Company (Trinidad) Limited; CL Financial Limited and Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited (2014) and currently serves as Arbitrator in a number of matters.

He has represented sponsors, architects, project managers and financiers, providing advice on various issues in large infrastructural projects throughout the Caribbean. Notable projects include the ALNG Project, Phase 1 where he represented Whessoe Overseas Limited, the subcontractor for the construction of the LNG tanks, the Transjamaica Highway Project (where as part of a team he advised financiers on various construction issues), the Government Campus Plaza (where he represented the Project Managers, Turner International Ltd.) and UTT’s Signature Campus Project. In 2011 he was Counsel for a team of negotiators for Construtora OAS S.A., a Brazilian EPC Contractor awarded the Point Fortin Highway Project in Trinidad. He has appeared before the UFF Commission of Enquiry into construction issues in Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of Turner International Ltd

In the area of medical negligence, he represented the MDU in his first two years of practice whilst employed at M. Hamel-Smith & Co., 1987-1989. He was part of a team which represented an oncology centre in a claim brought against it by a cancer patient who subsequently died. Recently he has advised on negligence arising from an open heart surgery procedure.

A former Chairman of AMCHAM’s Environmental Committee, he was involved in stakeholder meetings on the Environmental Bill and has advised energy sector clients on CEC Applications and Notices of Violation. In the area of energy, he has given advice specifically on various aspects of Gas Sales Contracts, Production Sharing Contracts and was Junior Counsel for the Board of Inland Revenue against a major oil company on an issue of the incidence of taxation of Natural Gas Liquids. As Counsel to Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited, he has developed a working knowledge on taxation issues as it relates to downstream companies. He appears regularly before specialist tribunals such as the Environmental Commission, Tax Appeal Board and the Industrial Court.

A founding member of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce’s Dispute Resolution Center, Stephen is among other things a certified mediator, a former member of the Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators for the International Convention for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, a past member of the Caribbean Law Institute’s Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution and a past member of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Departments Roster of Experts in the field of Crimes against the Environment. He has also acted as an Adjudicator on various awards in the construction sector.

Notable publications include “THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR E&D IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO” International Oil and Gas Finance Review 2002 and together with a former United States of America Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago he co-authored “ARBITRATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE CARIBBEAN” – The Commonwealth Lawyer, April 2002, Vol. II No.1. He is the co-contributor to “THE AMERICAS RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY GUIDE 2008/2009” section on Trinidad & Tobago (publishers: Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Bankruptcy Institute, Globe White Page).

In addition to the above diverse areas of practice, he has a basic understanding of Spanish and French and through correspondent attorneys has represented clients in Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Martinique.

Email: ssingh@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868) 622-8959 ext 103

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Nicholas Sinanan

Nicholas Sinanan is a Senior Partner in the firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice. Nicholas studied at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating in 1998 with a LL.B (Hons.), and the City University in London, where he received a post graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills. He also attended the Inns of Court School of Law in London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003. In 2004, Nicholas was admitted to practise in Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to his admission, he was a Financial Analyst at a leading local financial institution. He is a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London and of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. Nicholas was a former partner of Lex Caribbean prior to the establishment of JCS.

Nicholas’ main practice areas are Corporate and Commercial law, Capital Markets and Project Finance. Some of his signature achievements are:

  • Local Counsel for arrangers/lenders in local capital markets transactions including the La Brea Industrial Development Company Limited TT$62M Bonds, Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago US$13.4M Bonds & TT$71.5M Syndicated Loan, FirstCaribbean International Bank (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited TT$195M Bonds, National Infrastructure Development Company Limited TT$344M Bonds & US$52M Bonds, Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago TT$320M Loan, Neal & Massy Holdings Limited TT$350M Bonds, E-TecK TT$148M Notes, Guardian Holdings Limited TT$1B Bonds, Sagicor Financial Corporation US$43M Notes, iGovTT TT$80M Notes, UDeCOTT US$88M Bonds, Water and Sewerage Authority TT$1.3B Bonds & TT$600M Syndicated Loan, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago TT$1.5B Bonds, Endeavour Holdings Limited TT$400M Bonds;
  • Local Counsel for lenders in regional capital markets transactions including Government of St. Vincent EC$30M Bonds; Bahamas Electricity Corporation US$57M & BS$43M Bonds; Cayman Water Co. Ltd. US$15.7M Bonds; C. Kersten & Co. N.V. (Suriname) US$7.5M Bonds; Government of Barbados US$150M Bonds;
  • Local Counsel for lenders and sponsors in international capital markets transactions including Columbus International Inc US$450M 144A / Reg S Notes & US$1.25B 144A / Reg S Notes; The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago US$550M 144A / Reg S Notes, Trinidad Generation Unlimited US$150M & US$600M Bridge Loan Financing, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago US$1B 144A / Reg S Notes (in progress);
  • Local Counsel for the Marubeni Corporation in the acquisition of the Mirant Corporation assets in Trinidad & Tobago;
  • Local Counsel for lenders and sponsors in corporate finance and project finance transactions including Digicel (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited US$90M Financing; Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited US$110M Financing; Essar Steel Caribbean Limited US$45M Bridge Financing; Omai Bauxite Mining Company Limited (Guyana) US$10M Financing (Guyana), Pointe Simone Project Financing (Martinique), UDeCOTT TT$496M Syndicated Loan and Trinidad Generation Unlimited TT$960M Bridge Financing;
  • Local Counsel for Trinidad Cement Limited in its debt restructuring exercise in 2012 and subsequent debt refinancing exercise in 2015.

 
Email: nsinanan@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 111

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Sonji Pierre Chase

Sonji Pierre Chase is a Partner in the Conveyancing practice. Sonji attended the University of London and the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad from where she graduated in 1998 and 2000 respectively. She is the holder of a Masters Degree in Law majoring in Conveyancing and Contracts of International Trade Law from the University of Wolverhampton. She has been called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Sonji is also a director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. Sonji was a former partner of Lex Caribbean prior to the establishment of Johnson, Camacho & Singh and practices in the areas of Property Development, Conveyancing, Competition Law, International Trade and Probate Law.

Email: spierrechase@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 104

 

 

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Orrisha Maharajh

Orrisha Maharajh is a Partner in the Corporate/Commercial practice. Orrisha graduated from the University of London in 1999 with an LL.B(hons) and in 2002 with a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School where she was on the Principal’s Roll of Honour. Orrisha was admitted to practice in Trinidad and Tobago in October, 2002 and admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2005. She is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Law Society of England and Wales. Orrisha also received a Practice Diploma from the College of Law and the International Bar Association in International Mergers and Acquisitions.

Orrisha practices in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, with a focus on domestic and cross-border M&A, Joint Ventures, Restructuring, Foreign Investment Projects, Securities law and Immigration law. Orrisha has experience drafting agreements and corporate documents, conducting and managing due diligence and managing local counsel on complex cross-border transactions. Orrisha also provides corporate support to the clients, including preparation of Minutes of Board Meetings, resolutions, company registry documents, and general corporate advice. She also has responsibility for the Firm’s immigration/work permit portfolio.

Some of Orrisha’s significant recent experience includes the representation of:

  • The Central Bottling America Corporation in the acquisition of Pepsi-Cola Trinidad Bottling Company Limited.
  • Grand Bay St. Lucia Limited, an affiliate of the Kruger Group of Companies in the acquisition of Unicell Paper Mills Caribbean Limited.
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Trinidad Limited in the joint venture with Blue Waters Limited.
  • The AES Corporation in respect of the construction of a Power Plant in La Brea, Trinidad.
  • Seven Seas Water Corporation in respect of the construction of a Water Desalination Plant in Point Fortin.
  • The Seller in the sale of the Primera Energy Group of Companies.
  • The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago in the acquisition of Total’s assets in Trinidad.
  • The Ministry of Finance in the establishment of the CLICO Investment Fund.
  • Trinity Exploration and Production plc in its restructuring.
  • Trinidad Cement Limited in its Rights Issue.
  • Lead Counsel for The Unit Trust Corporation in the establishment of the Calypso Macro Index Fund.

 
Email: omaharajh@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 106
 

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Shalini Rampersad

Shalini Rampersad-Campbell is a Partner in the Firm’s Civil Litigation practice. Shalini received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with Honours from the University of London. Shalini went on to pursue her Master of Laws (LL.M) in an intercollegiate program with the University of London, where she graduated with Merit in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law. Shalini also attended The Inn’s Court School of Law through the City University where she obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

She was called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Law Society of England and Wales. In keeping with her belief in continuing professional development and education, she also obtained her International Practice Diploma from the College of Law in the area of International Business Organizations, as well as participating in a Taxation Workshop hosted by the Council of Legal Education, Hugh Wooding Law School.

Shalini specializes in Corporate Commercial Litigation with primary focus in the areas of Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Business Law, Construction Law, Employment, Environmental Law, Freedom of Information Applications, Insolvency, Insurance Law Judicial Review, Tax Appeals, Company Law and Contract Law. She acts as Instructing Attorney at Law and Advocate, as well as providing advisory work in these areas.

Email: srampersad@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 107

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Kevin Nurse

Kevin Nurse is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice. Kevin graduated with LL.B (Hons.) from the University of London in 2000. After a two-year stint at the legal department of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, he completed his legal studies at the City University in London where he received a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills through the Inns of Court School of Law. Kevin was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004 and to the Trinidad and Tobago bar in 2006.

Kevin began his practice as an Attorney at M. Hamel-Smith & Co. and was appointed Senior Associate in 2008. Kevin specializes in Corporate/Commercial Law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, commercial and regulatory advice, capital markets and corporate services including preparation of board and shareholder minutes, resolutions, company registry documents, and general corporate advice.

Kevin is a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London, and the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

Kevin’s recent experiences include representation of the following:

  • Trinity Exploration and Production Company Limited (Trinity) in the launch of its Initial Public Offering (IPO)
  • Gulf Insurance in the acquisition of its assets by Assuria
  • The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) in the acquisition of Total’s assets in Trinidad
  • Trinity in its purchase and sale of various petroleum producing assets
  • Consultation to Mott MacDonald in providing review and report on domestic Public Private Partnership in the Health Sector
  • Consultation to Ernst & Young in providing review and report on domestic Public Private Partnership in the Education Sector
  • Massy Group in its energy Joint Venture with Mitsubishi Corporation

 
Email: knurse@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 108
 

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Rowena Bunsee

Rowena Bunsee

Rowena Bunsee is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice. She received an LLB (Hons) from the University of the West Indies in 1998 and was called to the Trinidad and Tobago Bar in 2000. At the start of her career, Rowena spent several years in private practice where she was actively involved in a wide-ranging conveyancing and commercial advisory practice. She has also held positions with a regulator and as in-house counsel in the banking arena and has extensive experience in a variety of areas of law including contracts, property interests, estates, intellectual property, corporate/securities, banking and privacy matters.

Rowena is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

 

 

Rowena’s recent experience includes acting as:

  • Counsel for the arranger in the following: TT$400MM issue of Fixed Rate Mortgaged Backed Bonds by Endeavour Holdings Limited;TT$900MM issue of Fixed Rate Bonds by First Citizens Bank Limited; Sagicor Financial Corporation US$75MM Fixed Rate Short Term Note issue; TT$130.8MM issue of Floating Rate Bonds by Milshirv Properties Limited; TT$1.5B issue of Fixed Rate Bonds by National Infrastructure Development Company Limited;
  • Counsel for the borrower in the following: US$37, 168, 000.00 Syndicated Loan Note facility; US$8MM Additional Loan Facility.

 
Email: rbunsee@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 124
 

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Tracey Rojas

Tracey Rojas is a Partner in the Firm’s Civil/Commercial Litigation practice. She received an LLB (Hons) from the University of the West Indies in 2002 and obtained her L.E.C. from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 2004. She was called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago in 2004 and is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

Prior to joining the firm, Tracey functioned as a Legal Officer for different State Ministries/entities, as a Procurement Specialist with an IADB funded programme and as a sole practitioner advising and representing clients in general civil litigation, family law, employment/industrial relations matters and at disciplinary tribunals.

At the Firm, Tracey provides advisory services on areas of law such as employment/industrial relations, personal injuries, land, tort, banking related matters, intellectual property, regulatory matters and contractual issues, amongst others. She has also received training in alternative dispute resolution methods/techniques and represents Clients in arbitration, conciliation and mediation matters. She primarily appears before the Industrial Court, High Court, Tax Appeal Board and the Court of Appeal where she either acts as Advocate or Instructing Attorney to In house, External or Senior Counsel.

Tracey’s recent experiences include:

  • Instructing in a novel tax appeal on international taxation issues regarding the payment of satellite transmission fees on behalf of a telecommunications client.
  • Instructing in a copyright infringement & payment of royalties matter on behalf of a telecommunications client.
  • Instructing in a judicial review matter examining the EMA’s exercise of its discretion.

 
Email: trojas@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 129

 

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Carolyn Fifi is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice. Carolyn’s experience includes helping clients develop and execute business development initiatives, including market entry, business launch, acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures and equity investments. Carolyn represented clients in diverse industries, including high-tech, financial services, energy, telecommunications, consumer goods and real estate across Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Before joining the JCS team, Carolyn advised clients on strategic planning, start-up ventures and marketing activities. From 2007 to 2010, Carolyn led the legal department and was a senior management team member of the Caribbean franchise of a multinational corporate and investment bank. At the Bank, Carolyn played an active role in driving the consummation of pipeline deals, including capital markets transactions. From 1996 to 2007, Carolyn was a Partner at a leading Caribbean law firm where the emphasis of her practice was on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Carolyn graduated with an MBA in Global Management with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2014. Carolyn is admitted to practice as an attorney-at-law in Trinidad and Tobago and is eligible to practice throughout the Commonwealth Caribbean having attained a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B with second-class honours (upper division) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados in 1994 and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in 1996.

Email: cfifi@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 134

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The Associates

Ashleigh Jardine

Ashleigh Jardine is an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation practice. Ashleigh graduated with an L.L.B. (Hons) from the University of Nottingham in 2011. She completed her legal studies at the College of Law in Bristol where she received a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Ashleigh joined Johnson, Camacho & Singh as a trainee lawyer in September 2012 and after being admitted to practice in April 2013, she began her career in the Litigation Department. She acts as both an instructing and advocate attorney in commercial and civil litigation matters. In addition to her Litigation practice, Ashleigh provides advisory assistance to the lawyers in the Firm’s other departments.

Ashleigh is a member of the Law Association Trinidad and Tobago and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Email: ajardine@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868)-622-8959 ext 128

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Sean T. Boswell Inniss

Sean T. Boswell Inniss

Sean Inniss is an Associate in the Firm’s Conveyancing practice. He obtained a BSc. In Political Science from Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 2004 before attending law school at St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida. He returned to Trinidad and Tobago and obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of London and his LEC from Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad and was subsequently called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011.

Prior to joining the Firm, Sean began his practice at Lex Caribbean in 2011 and has general experience in commercial litigation, estate planning, wills and probate with a focus on conveyancing and property development primarily with respect to mortgages, releases, upstampings, conveyances and mortgage bills of sale.

Email:   sinniss@jcscaribeanlaw.com
Tel:        (868) 622-8959 ext 105

 

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The Consultants

Cecil Camacho

Cecil Camacho recently retired as the Senior Partner leading the corporate/commercial practice. Cecil was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Trinidad and Tobago in 1976. He is also admitted to practice in Barbados. Cecil was a former senior partner of DeNobriga Inniss & Co. and Lex Caribbean prior to the establishment of Johnson, Camacho & Singh. Cecil’s expertise lies in the practice areas of Corporate and Commercial law, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Capital Markets, Insolvency and Restructuring.

Some of his signature achievements include:

  • The establishment of the Corporate Commercial Department at DeNobriga Inniss & Co. in 1992 and leading its growth into one of the largest such practices in Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Spearheading the merger between DeNobriga Inniss & Co. and Lex Caribbean (Barbados) in 2000 and becoming its first Regional Managing Partner and leading its growth into one of the largest law firms in the Caribbean before demitting office in 2007;
  • Lead Caribbean Counsel for the buyer in the acquisition of the Courts PLC assets in eleven countries. This involved, amongst other things, managing the legal due diligence in these countries and designing the security structure whereby all the assets of the Courts PLC entities in the eleven countries could be used as security whilst complying with the financial assistance restrictions in each country;
  • Lead Counsel for lenders in corporate finance and capital markets transactions in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, Suriname, Aruba, Guyana, Belize, Grenada, Martinique, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, St. Martin, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic and St. Lucia;
  • Local Counsel for lenders and sponsors in project finance deals in Trinidad in the energy sector;
  • Lead Counsel for lenders in project finance deals in the US Virgin Islands and Jamaica;
  • Local Counsel for British Gas PLC from its inception in Trinidad (1992) including advice on the joint venture with BP et al in Atlantic Energy.

 
Email: ccamacho@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868) 622-8959 ext 114
 

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Andrew Johnson

Andrew C. Johnson is a Notary Public and was previously the Senior Partner leading the conveyancing practice. Andrew is currently a Consultant in the firm’s conveyancing practice. He attended St. Mary’s College in 1960 and was articled to Rene Pollanais of Messrs. Pollanais & Blanc from 1969. He was admitted to practice in Trinidad and Tobago in 1974, is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and an Honorary Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Andrew was a former senior partner with DeNobriga Inniss & Co. and Lex Caribbean prior to the establishment of Johnson, Camacho & Singh. Andrew’s main practice area is Property Development, Corporate and Commercial Lending, Credit Union Lines of Credit and Consumer Financing.

Email: ajohnson@jcscaribbeanlaw.com
Tel : (868) 622-8959 ext 113 

 

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