McKinney Bancroft & Hughes


4 George Street
Mareva House
PO Box N-3937

+1 242 502 9750

+1 242 328 2520

Key contacts:

Senior partner: John F. Wilson KC
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 31
Network memberships: Lex Mundi
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Cantonese, Taishanese

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES is one of the largest and oldest firms in The Bahamas and conducts an extensive international and domestic practice from its offices in the cities of Nassau and Freeport.
Established in 1945, McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes has grown into a full service and client centred premium law firm with one of the largest Litigation Departments in The Bahamas.
The firm delivers its legal services through twelve main Practice Areas including Trust & Private Client, Corporate & Commercial, Banking and Real Estate involving over thirty lawyers and is the exclusive Bahamian member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms in 100+ countries.
MB&H Corporate Services Ltd., an affiliate of the law firm, has established itself as a market leader in the provision of offshore services for wealth management. Licensed under the Financial and Corporate Services Providers Act, MB&H Corporate Services Ltd., through its team of professional and experienced staff, provides its local and global clientele with an extensive range of competitively priced corporate and financial services.

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Competition
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Investment funds
  • M&A
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Securitisation
  • Structured finance/securitisation

Admiralty, Shipping & Aviation
Contact: John F. Wilson KC

Banking & Finance
Contact: John F. Wilson KC

Competition Law
Contact: Michelle Deveaux

Corporate & Commercial
Contact: Kimberley A. Rolle

Family Law
Contact: Justine A. Smith

Financial Services & Regulation
Contact: April N. Turner

Foreign & Local Investment
Contact: H. Campbell Cleare III

Contact: H. Campbell Cleare III

Labour & Employment
Contact: Genell K. Sands

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Contact: John F.Wilson KC

Real Estate
Contact: Kimberley A. Rolle

Tax & Trade
Contact: Beatrice E. Miranda

Trusts & Private Client
Contact: Sean N.C. Moree KC

  • Advising a major global company upon entering into a credit agreement with a revolving credit facility of up to $1 billion. The credit facility obligations were secured by various vessels one of which was operated by a Bahamian entity.   
  • Advising a major global company in connection with entering into an amendment and commitment increase agreement, which needed to be acknowledged by the guarantors, which included a Bahamian entity.
  • Advised and played an integral part in the development of a $200 million project in the Bahamas. We were integral in the development of a 21st century, new-age approach to this project by creating structures which meet the requirement of all the parties to the transaction.  
  • Advising and representing executors of US $150 million cross border estate of wealthy entrepreneur with beneficiaries in diverse jurisdictions;
  • Advised the second largest cruise line company in the world in relation to the acquisition of property in key locations in The Bahamas. The acquired property will facilitate the expansion of the cruise line’s touristic ventures. The value of the land alone is in excess of $30,000,000.00.
  • Negotiated and drafted the relevant Heads of Agreement between the second largest cruise line and the Government and ancillary documents to facilitate the further development of a private island owned by the second largest cruise line company in the world. Approximately $200 million dollars has been invested thus far.
  • Advising the beneficial owners of a Fintech Company based in New York in relation to establishing a cryptocurrency exchange in The Bahamas. The Firm is working with government and regulators to explore this cutting-edge venture. 
  • Advising and representing a foreign institutional trustee and executors of the estate of one of the largest private donors to a leading institution in England;
  • Bahamian law advice and expert evidence, for and on behalf of a former trustee, in the Royal Courts of Jersey during the trial of civil disputes between numerous parties relating to over EUR€131.5 million placed in various trusts established by a wealthy industrialist;
  • Advised foreign based bank on the establishment of a Guaranteed Euro Medium Term Note valued at Two Billion Euros;

  • Accounting
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities

Freeport office
The Mall Freeport
Grand Bahama
T: +1 242 352 7425-7
F: +1 242 352 7214