Vivienne Gouthro

Higgs & Johnson - Bahamas

Managing Partner Freeport office, Chair Maritime & Aviation, Deputy Chair Marketing & Business Development Committee

Freeport, Grand Bahama

242 351 5050

Highly regarded

English and Spanish

Bar admissions:

England & Wales



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Vivienne is a seasoned corporate and commercial lawyer with over 27 years of experience specialising in ship and international project finance, commercial acquisitions and sales, real estate and development, wills, probate and administration of estates, licensing of local companies and regulatory approvals. She is a Director on several local boards.

The firm is committed to advancing diversity and investing in its female attorneys and staff. Higgs & Johnson has the most female partners amongst comparable sized firms in The Bahamas with more than half of them chairing or co-chairing practice groups. We boast of having had a female Co-Managing Partner and currently having females holding senior operational posts, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Human Resource Manager.  Our firm includes younger female attorneys and staff members in the management of the firm as co-chairs and participants in the management teams. We encourage and support speaking opportunities and participation in local and international conferences for our female attorneys and also provide thought leadership opportunities to promote our female attorneys. Several of our female attorneys are members of a number of professional women’s organizations including The Women’s International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA), International Federation of Women’s Lawyers (FIDA) and The Nassau Chapter of Links Incorporated. We also recognize International Women’s Day with an annual event including female clients, attorneys and management with a renown and well-respected female in the community as a speaker.

  • Acted as Bahamian counsel to private ship owners with respect to a refinancing of its financial debt with a term loan Term loan valued at USD377 million and a new incremental credit facility valued at USD196 Million.
  • Acted as Bahamian counsel to a purchaser of 30 acres of land in Grand Bahama for the development of a boutique hotel and mixed-use neighbourhood valued at USD$2.5 million.
  • Acted as Bahamian counsel to a collateral agent with respect to the transfer of Bahamian security over a Bahamian registered vessel from one banking association acting as mortgagee to another mortgagee valued at USD$500 million.

  • Asset finance
  • Project bonds
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Structured finance/ Securitisation

  • Aviation

  • Energy
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Transport

  • The Bahamas Bar Association
  • Bar Association of England and Wales
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

  • LLM Commercial and Corporate law, University of London (1995)
  • BA (Hons) English and Spanish Law University of Kent (1992)