We are a full-service Barbados Law Firm and Trade Mark Agent located in Bridgetown, Barbados, with affiliates throughout the Caribbean. We also offer company formation (domestic and international), regulation and maintenance through our Corporate Service Division, InterCaribbean Corporate Services
Providing comprehensive wealth management solutions for discerning investors in Barbados. We have extensive experience in Foundations, Captive Insurance, IBC’s, Trusts, Bilateral Treaties and Double Taxation Benefits.Additional Services
We work closely with the Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office, to ensure your intellectual assets are securely protected. Your inventions & ideas are our business. Keeping your Patents, Trademarks & Copyright safeguarded.Additional Services
With a collective 30+ years of experience, we are best positioned to advise you as to the most effective solutions for you and your family’s best interest.Additional Services
InterCaribbean Legal specialises in company formations. Some of the most commonly formed companies include: International Business Companies (IBC), Regular Barbados Companies (RBC), Exempt Insurance Companies, International Banks, and domestic/local companies.Additional Services
Real Estate is a substantial part of our legal portfolio. We have worked closely with the island’s top Real Estate agencies and individuals, providing legal guidance for new developments, hotels, office buildings, utility projects and residential accommodations.Additional Services
With the growing need for family offices, we work in conjunction with wealth managers, private banks, tax planners and real estate agents to provide specialised services to suit our clients' needs.
Multinational corporations and local businesses - including major financial institutions; insurance companies; trust services companies; High Net Worth Individuals and various property developers operating in Barbados.
InterCaribbean Legal offers Corporate Services (domestic and international), regulation and maintenance through our affiliate InterCaribbean Corporate Services Ltd. Additional affiliates include law firms and compliance specialists not only in Barbados but regionally and Internationally.
The procedure whereby parties agree to submit a dispute to be resolved by independent parties known as arbitrators. It is considered a flexible and efficient alternative to litigation which can be time consuming and costly. Our firm, recognising an increase in the use of arbitration, have equipped themselves by training with and becoming members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Banking and Finance
Whether representing the borrower or the lender, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the regulatory and financial framework to ensure that your client is protected and the correct documentation is completed in loan transactions. We have engaged in both simple loans and sophisticated financial structures in the domestic and international markets.
Captive Insurance is a popular and unique vehicle for investment and wealth management. Barbados is one of the leading domiciles for captive insurance companies globally. We assist clients with the formation, registration and setting up of captive insurance companies so that they can maximise the tax and savings benefits offered by this investment vehicle.
Commercial litigation refers to the representation of clients before the courts in disputes arising from commercial transactions, or claims arising over disagreement, on contractual obligations.
There are a variety of corporate entities which are utilised to assist clients in structuring companies for their commercial and non-commercial goals. These entities include but are not limited to domestic companies, external companies, non-profits, charities and societies with restricted liabilities. Our firm has assisted clients in setting up these structures.
The increasing interconnectedness of global financial markets presents a wealth of opportunities for investment in foreign countries. We help clients maximise these opportunities and meet the challenges of doing business in foreign jurisdictions by providing guidance with respect to the structuring, negotiation and completion of complex commercial transactions across borders.
We advise our clients on the transfer of assets in accordance with the wishes of the deceased and in compliance with both domestic and cross border law. Our practice also includes the drafting of wills, the creation of trust structures and, where necessary, mental health applications.
We have experience in immigration law for both individuals and corporations regionally and internationally. The applications include short term and long term work permits and applications for residency and citizenship.
International trade refers to the exchange of goods and services between countries. We provide a variety of services designed to guide our clients through the complex scheme of legislation and standards that regulate international trade in goods and services, enabling them to compete in international markets.
Barbados is considered a leader in the international financial sector and offers a number of structures which can be tailored to suit the client’s needs to provide efficient tax structures. These products include international business companies, trusts and captive insurance.
We have represented major financial institutions, both domestic and international, with loans for real estate and investment purposes and have extensive experience inreviewing, negotiating and drafting loan documents relating to offshore mortgages and retail lending.
Maritime law refers to the commercial and regulatory framework dealing with maritime vessels and the shipping industry. We advise clients on contracts, international sale contracts and insurance. We have advised and acted on behalf of clients seeking to secure and enforce their claims within the jurisdiction.
Mergers & Acquisition
This specialised area of law involves the procedure whereby a company purchases another company or its assets or the amalgamation of two companies. Each instance results in the formation of a new entity. It requires a thorough understanding of negotiating and drafting documentation to ensure the complete transfer of assets to the new entity. Our firm has advised clients on major mergers and takeover bids within the jurisdiction.
A mutual fund is a professionally managed fund that combines money from a pool of investors for the purpose of trading in diversified holdings. We advise fund managers with respect to fund organisation and registration, the implementation of compliance and supervisory oversight systems, and the laws and regulations that may affect their operation.
Property Sale and Development
Our practice involves a wide range of activities focusing on sales and acquisitions, title and the development and financing of real estate. We represent buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of luxury residential and commercial real estate, and guide clients through the process of land development - from obtaining the necessary government approvals to the preparation of construction and development contracts, and the sale of units.
Regulation and Compliance
Industries today operate in complex regulatory frameworks with strict sanctions for non-compliance. With our extensive knowledge of local legislation, guidelines and regulations, we guide our clients through the complex web of regulatory and compliance requirements in Barbados, so that they can be secure in the knowledge that their commercial practice complies with the regulatory framework.
Syndicated Loan Transactions
Syndicated loans refers to loans extended by a group of banks to a borrower. We represent banks and borrowers in both large and small loan transactions. Our experience ranges from traditional corporate finance transactions to complicated structured financings.
A trust is a relationship whereby property is held by one party for the benefit of another. It can be a valuable tool for reducing exposure to tax and a means of protecting assets in planning for future generations. We protect our clients’ interests by preparing trust instruments and the structuring trusts. Our principal attorney holds a diploma from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in International Trust Management and we are the only firm in Barbados with a practitioner holding the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.
Will Writing, Probate and Administration
Estate planning is essential to safeguarding the future financial interests of your family and your business. We have considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of estate planning, from the drafting of wills and other dispositions, to the probate of wills and administration of estates. We also have significant experience in cross border estate planning.
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A skilled and knowledgeable litigation attorney provides the ethical representation that you need to settle legal disputes for your commercial business -- and ensures that your organization's financial well-being is their first priority. Trying to settle disputes through mediation or negotiation, you may find yourself in a situation that requires even more legal manoeuvring. Commercial litigation attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge of both business and law to your interactions.
Time is Money
Getting a project done correctly the first time can be extremely valuable. When you have to pause your business projects to deal with a legal issue, you're splitting your focus and reducing your overall effectiveness. When you have a trusted commercial legal advisor on your team, you're able to spend your effort and energy on business growth instead.
Focus on Core Competencies
Would you want someone whose primary job is technology to suddenly take over your marketing or customer service department? Probably not a great fit -- which is the same reason you want your commercial litigation attorney to focus on their core competency as well. Their background allows a qualified attorney to determine when is the best time to litigate, and which matters could more effectively be settled outside of court.
Protecting Your Interests
Whether it's a compliance matter or a new contract that requires review, finding the right commercial litigation attorney in Barbados can protect the interests of your business. Business disputes can have a much further-reaching impact than expected if you do not understand the nuances involved in the law -- making it crucial to have a focused and established commercial legal professional on your side.
At Intercaribbean Legal, we specialize in company formation, trust and planning, intellectual property services, real estate and international financial services. Our highly-qualified and professional attorneys will help protect the best interests of your business. Contact us today for more information.
When you’re looking for a home to buy in Barbados, you might make certain assumptions about the house, the property, the price or the current owners. But there are often behind the scenes things going on that you and your real estate agent and real estate attorneys in Barbados will want to keep in mind as you look for homes.
The Seller Might Be Very Motivated
Often, smart real estate agents and a corporate law firm in Barbados will have their finger on the pulse of the local market, and be able to tell which houses are being sold by owners who are motivated by something with a public record, like a divorce filing. But in many cases there are private reasons why a seller might be motivated to sell their home fast. These reasons might include things like a sick relative, a heavy debt that needs to be paid off, or a new job offer in a different location.
If you’re really interested in a property but the price is way over your budget, you should consider making an offer anyway. You never know if the seller will accept a much lower price due to their strong need to sell quickly. For advice about how much to offer when you suspect the seller is motivated, contact real estate attorneys in Barbados.
Some Houses Are Flips
When you go to see a house, you might automatically think someone lives there; that the family is simply planning a move. This is especially the case if the home is staged to sell. But in today’s real estate market, the odds are much higher that you’ll encounter a home for sale that is being flipped, as a quality corporate law firm in Barbados will tell you.
Sellers that are flipping a house are very different than a typical home seller. They usually have a very specific selling price in mind in order to make the profit they want. In cases like this, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to negotiate very far down from the asking price. If the house is one that you absolutely fall in love with, you’ll probably need to reconcile yourself with not getting an awesome bargain on the price. If it's owned by a corporation that is flipping it, you might want to get the assistance of a corporate law firm in Barbados.
There Can Be More Hidden Problems Than You Realize
Homes and properties are vastly different depending on where they’re located on the island of Barbados. As such, they can have a myriad of hidden problems that you might never know about until you buy the house. Hidden problems might be a terrible neighbour on the street, an incessantly barking dog next door, a resident family of raccoons in the attic, a septic tank that’s on its last legs, and a whole lot more. Real estate attorneys in Barbados are often requested to assist in cases like this.
When you get serious about making an offer, ask questions and get answers from through your real estate agent or from the owner. Be very thorough about assessing the neighbourhood and the property condition. If you go through with the purchase, at least you’ll be a well-informed homebuyer with the help of a real estate attorney in Barbados.
These are three things that you, your real estate agent, and your professional real estate lawyer in Barbados should keep in mind as you look for a new home. When it comes to houses for sale, the more you know, the better able you’ll be to find the home of your dreams. For assistance with difficult real estate transactions, contact the professional real estate lawyers in Barbados or a corporate law firm in Barbados.
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“Perhaps the simple definition of a family office is an organization that assumes the day to day administration and management of a family’s affairs.” Todd Ganos, Forbes Magazine, “What is a Family office”, 2013.
In February 2016, Barbados amended the Barbados Companies Act with the Companies (Amendment) Act 2016 to allow for the formation of Incorporated Cell Companies (ICCs).
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