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Amanda Lashley Cidel Bank & Trust Inc. Barbados
Amanda is the vice president of trust services and acting legal counsel for Cidel Bank & Trust Inc. Her responsibilities include managing Cidel's trust services division and advising on aspects of law relating to trusts, wills and estates. Prior to joining Cidel, Amanda worked with a Barbados offshore bank as the vice president of structured services, where she managed international trust and corporate relationships and worked on corporate, commercial and international business transactions.
Her previous experience also includes working at Royal Bank of Canada in Barbados as a senior trust officer and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Barbados as a senior associate.
Amanda is a member of the Barbados branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has published articles on Trusts for the STEP Journal and is currently the Branch Chair. Amanda holds an LLB from the University of the West Indies and in 1997 was called to the bar of Barbados and Trinidad, she has an LEC from High Wooding Law School, and TEP designation from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Anita Bain The Central Bank of The Bahamas Bahamas
Mrs. Bain holds a B.A. degree from Taylor University in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She is the Chief Examiner in the Bank Supervision Department at The Central Bank of the Bahamas ("the Bank"). Prior to joining Bank she held directorships and senior management positions in the offshore bank and trust sector at several institutions. Mrs. Bain began her career with the accounting firm, Ernst & Young and spent seven years with the Firm working in both The Bahamas and New York offices on audit engagements for a myriad of companies mainly in the financial services sector. She left Ernst & Young having attained the level of Audit Manager. Mrs. Bain currently serves as a Director and Treasurer of STEP Bahamas Branch having served as its immediate past Chairperson. She is the Bahamas representative at STEP Caribbean Regional Committee and Caribbean Conference. She is a member of the College of the Bahamas' Council and chairs its Audit and Finance Committee. She is also a member of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Georgia State Board of Certified Public Accountants.
Merline Barrett Keithley Lake & Associates Anguilla
Merline Marcia Barrett is a lawyer with over 16 years of experience and a Partner in the Firm of Keithley Lake & Associates. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and currently serves as Secretary of the Anguilla branch. Her primary areas of practice are Banking and Finance and Real Estate Development and Acquisitions.
Merline has vast amounts of experience in international loan finance and in the creation of various types of real estate development projects. In fact, she has been involved in almost all of the major multimillion dollar financing and real estate development deals that have taken place in Anguilla in the last 12 years. Her ability to quickly identify and dissect complex issues and to propose meaningful solutions to problems have led to her being the "go to" person on all matters relating to real estate development and project finance.
Merline obtained her law degree from the University of the West Indies in 1997 and her Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica in 1999. Her desire to ensure that she remained on the cutting edge in her field led her to pursue further studies and in 2007 she was awarded a Master of Science Degree from the University of London with specialization in Finance and Financial Law. In May 2015, she also became one of a handful of persons in Anguilla to be trained in the field of Captive Insurance when she received her Associate in Captive Insurance.
Merline is admitted to the bars of Jamaica and Anguilla (1999) and St. Kitts and Nevis (2004). She is also the Secretary of the Anguilla Bar Association.
Dianne Bingham* Butterfield Trust Bahamas
Dianne Bingham, a 30 year veteran of the financial services industry and recipient of the prestigious Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) Professional of the Year award, serves as Vice President and Head of Fiduciary at Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited.
Dianne is the Past chairman of the Bahamas branch of the Society of Estate and Trust Professionals.
A graduate of the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Bingham earned both a B.Sc. (Hons) in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics, is a registered holder of the CSC and a licensed TEP. She began her financial services career as an accountant with the Nassau branch of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, formerly PriceWaterhouse, subsequently accepting a position in the Nassau office of a major Canadian bank and trust company, serving as Manger Client Accounting and later, as Director of its Private Client Group. Prior to joining Butterfield Trust (Bahamas), Mrs. Bingham headed the trust division of a local Bank where she was directly responsible for substantial growth of the domestic trust business and increasing the Bank's market share and expanding its business internationally.
Speaking at seminars and conferences Ms. Bingham was named 'Professional of the Year' 2004 by the BFSB, and served as a past Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board. At Butterfield Trust Mrs. Bingham will have responsibility of overseeing the management and administration of the Trust company's international clientele, providing estate planning and trust services to local and international high net-worth individuals.
Maxine Bodden Maples and Calder Cayman Islands
Maxine is a member of the Maples and Calder Trusts team in the Cayman Islands. Maxine specialises in advising the world's leading banks and trust companies and private individuals on the establishment and ongoing administration of Cayman Islands trusts, including unit trusts, pension and employee benefit trusts and charitable trusts. Maxine is a leader in the use of private trust companies and all matters pertaining to licensing, registration and operation of private trust companies. She also regularly advises clients on wills and the administration of estates. Maxine provides training for corporate trustees on practical trusts management.
Maxine is a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) Council in the Cayman Islands, the Legislative Sub-Committee of STEP in the Cayman Islands, the STEP Caribbean Conference Steering Committee and the Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee of STEP. Maxine is also Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee of STEP and Chair of the STEP Caribbean Conference 2017. Maxine is a contributing author to International Succession.
Tammy Clarke Sun Life Financial International Bermuda
Tammy's career has held focus for more than twenty-five years on Wealth Planning, Estate,Trust Corporate Structures and Insurance Services with particular emphasis on Europe, Asia and Latam regions. Having received her formal training with the Bermuda College, University of Kent Law and distance learning with University of Manchester Business School, she is presently the AML Title Specialist with Sun Life Financial International after more recently an Assistant Vice President with HSBC Private Bank. She has managed complex structures of portfolios of trusts, corporates estates, developed teams of fiduciary specialists, as well as extended her compliance review and policy writing skills . Her career has included financial services supervision with the Bermuda Monetary Authority within its Banking, Trust and Investment with responsibility for leading onsite audit examinations, prudential interviews, approvals, Private Trust Companies' initial incorporation, corporate mergers and Educational Plans.
She is a member of the International Compliance Association and holds the MICA designation as well as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (TEP) and a present Board member of the STEP Bermuda branch. Tammy had been a regular Editorial Contributor of the Bermuda jurisdictional laws and overview to the international publication, Trust & Trustees, Gostick Hall Publications. She was also a participant in the BVI of the AML/CFT for Caribbean Regulators of Company and Trust Service Providers held by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), in providing practical review and advice to develop a common regional approach for supervisory agencies to ensure compliance with international standards, as well as identifying risks and vulnerabilities specific to the Caribbean and Latam region and preparation for future IMF assessments. Tammy has been a Presenter at conferences to the international Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units and provided training to both the Bermuda Police Service FIU/FIA as well as has taught lectures of the Wills and Estates course for the Bermuda Government Department of Community and Cultural Affairs. She was also a part of the Advisory panel on the team of the Consultative Committee for FATCA implementation providing assistance to the Ministry of Finance, Bermuda.
Natalie Glitzenhirn Augustin Financial & Corporate Services St. Lucia
Natalie is a graduate of the University of Warwick (BA) and University of West London (CPE & Bar Finals) with more than 21 years professional legal experience. Natalie, a Barrister, admitted to The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, specializes in Corporate and Commercial Law, with an emphasis on incorporations, mergers, acquisitions and licensing, through her law firm GLITZENHIRN AUGUSTIN & CO. She also specializes in international financial services, with an emphasis on the establishment of Licensed entities such as Banks and Insurance companies through her firm of Registered Agents, FINANCIAL & CORPORATE SERVICES LTD. ('FINCOS'), along with the formation of Trusts and International Business Companies.
She serves and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Development Corporation, and is a Committee Member of the St. Lucia Bar Association. She is the immediate past Chairman of the local STEP branch and the current Secretary of both the Caribbean & LATAM regional committee and the International Financial Services Association of St. Lucia. Natalie is fluent in German and enjoys travelling, photography and entertainment.
Elizabeth Harper Daniel Brantley NEVIS
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons.) from the University of the West Indies. She is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica.
Elizabeth is a Partner at the law firm Daniel Brantley. 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 and corporations whom she advises on various banking, commercial, trust, financial and securitization matters.
Elizabeth is admitted to practice in Jamaica and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. She is a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association.
She currently serves as the Vice Chair for the STEP Nevis Chapter. She also served as Secretary of the STEP Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee.
Elizabeth's recent accolades include being recognized as a leading asset recovery lawyer in the directory Who's Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2014.
Keisha N. Hyde Porchetta* Harridyal-Sodha & Assoc. Barbados
Keisha N. Hyde Porchetta is a senior lawyer at Harridyal Sodha & Associates and has been practicing since 2002. Keisha graduated from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, having obtained her degree in Bachelor of Laws. She then pursued her Certificate of Legal Education at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. In addition to holding an LLB (Hons), Keisha is a former Chair of the STEP Barbados and its current Events Coordinator she also served on the Board of Directors of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) as well as the secretary of BIBA for several years.
Keisha brings a wealth of experience in a number of legal areas including Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Property, Taxation, Trust and Estates, Insurance, Pensions, Shipping, Mergers and Acquisitions and Bankruptcy
She has also presented at several seminars the most recent being at the STEP Caribbean Conference.
Vanessa King O'Neal Webster BVI
Vanessa is a partner in the private client team at O'Neal Webster, a premier offshore law firm based in British Virgin Islands (BVI) and also with an office in London. Vanessa specialises principally on BVI offshore trusts, wills estate planning and private client wealth management but enjoys a diversified practice which includes corporate and commercial work. Her client base covers the major financial centres of the world, domestic and international financial institutions, leading onshore law firms and trust companies.
Vanessa serves as the current Chairman of the BVI Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP BVI), and is a member of the BVI Financial Services Institute Advisory Council, the BVI Bar Association and the Fiduciary Liaison Committee of the BVIFSC. Vanessa was also appointed by the Premier of the BVI to sit on the Financial Services Business Development Committee.
Vanessa's recent accolades include being recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 2013, Legal500, 2014, Chambers Global 2014 and a recommended lawyer within CityWealth Leader's List 2013.
Martin Litwak Litwak & Partners South America
Martin Litwak obtained his law degree with honours from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1998. A few years later he was admitted as a lawyer both in England and Wales and the British Virgin Islands. He also holds a Master's degree in Finance from UCEMA (Argentina).
Mr. Litwak is an award-winning investment funds and private client lawyer with 15 years of international experience. His professional practice is focused on representing investment funds, of different types and magnitudes, and fund managers, based throughout Latin America, in all aspects of their operations from their launching to their liquidation. Mr. Litwak also provides professional advice to high net worth individuals, families and family offices domiciled in Latin America in relation to the structuring of trusts, family funds, foundations and other instruments relative to estate planning.
Mr. Litwak has authored and co-authored several legal articles published not only in Latin America but also the United Kingdom and the United States and is a frequent speaker at regional and international conferences and seminars. Martin also has been frequently quoted by newspapers, legal publications and journals on a wide variety of issues in the investment funds and/or the wealth management industries.
He is an active member of the American Bar Association (International Section) and STEP Latin America. He is also a member of 'Team BVI", a board of advisors to the International Finance Centre of the BVI, where he heads up the Uruguayan chapter and is a member of the board of directors of the Hedge Fund Association (Latin American chapter).
Anthony Perea* Amicorp Miami
Anthony Perea is a Family Wealth Advisor with over 25 years experience in trust, private banking and wealth planning. His particular focus is on trust and estate planning for single and multi-generational high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals and families.
Anthony is Head of Institutional Sales - Americas for Amicorp, a global independent fiduciary services group with 45 offices in 35 countries.
He is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and director of the STEP Miami Branch Board.
He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from Inter-American University and has completed graduate coursework in Trust and Equity Law.
Rosa Restrepo ARIFA Corporate Services Panama
Ms. Rosa Restrepo joined ARIFA in 1989 and became a partner in 1995. From 1989 to 2008, Ms. Restrepo was the resident lawyer in our British Virgin Islands office. Ms. Restrepo obtained her Bachelor of Laws, sigma lambda, in 1986 from Panama University and her Master of Laws, (Fulbright Scholar), from the American University in 1988.
Ms. Restrepo is a partner who specializes in advising institutional and private clients in the areas of offshore services, fiscal residency, estate planning, trusts and foundations. In these areas, she assists clients to adapt to the new challenges resulting from international standards on corporate structuring. She also offers broad expertise in assisting international clients with the implementation of FATCA and other pieces of foreign legislation that may affect their structures and activities.
With deep broad-based experience in privatizations, government concessions, public contracts and administrative law, she also heads the firm's Government Contracts and Permits Group, where she has assisted leading multinational and Panamanian companies in establishing and starting their businesses in the Republic of Panama.
She is a member of the firm's Operations Committee where she helps oversee regulatory and administrative matters of the ARIFA group.
Ms. Restrepo is an active member of STEP (Chair of the Panama Branch) and member of both the STEP CC and STEP LATAM Conference Advisory Committee.
Nikierra Stuart Miller Simons O'Sullivan Turks and Caicos
Nico van der Meer T&T International Advisors N.V. Curacao
Nico van der Meer advises an international clientele of wealthy individuals and families.
He is a director at T&T International Advisors Ltd in Curaçao. The company is part of the Swiss based T&T International Group, and offers global wealth management and multi-family office services.
Nico has an interest in international financial services and was in the past involved in the management of Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA), as well as the Curaçao International Financial Center (CIFC). He is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Furthermore, he is a founding member and board member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Chapter Curaçao, and also a member of the STEP Caribbean Conference Steering Committee.
He obtained his master’s degree in International Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and took part in the CEMS-MIM double degree program. CEMS-MIM is a European master program initiated by 17 leading business schools which has an outstanding international reputation.
Amanda Young International Trust Services Limited Belize
Justice of the Peace since January 2011, Amanda has worked in the corporate and International Financial Services Industry in Belize since March 2003 with her first 9 years at Barrow and Williams Law Firm as the firm's Administrative Director for the IFS department. In 2012 after gaining a wealth of experience in the industry, Amanda began focusing on Trusts and Foundations when she joined the trust team of Bay Trust International Limited/Broadway Trust Consultancy Services Limited as the International Trust Manager. Moving on from Bay Trust and now as a member of the ITSL/ICS team, Amanda's main role as Trust Manager includes management of the trust company. She is also responsible for overseeing the operation and services of the company, which includes full trust and foundation administration services and management of multi-jurisdictional structures.
Amanda has been a full member of STEP since December 2011 and was appointed the Secretary of the Belize Chapter of STEP in 2012, where she was later elected as the Chapter's Chairperson in 2015. She has successfully studied STEP's Certificate in Foundations and has been actively involved in Foundation establishment and management since the passing of the Belize International Foundations Act and the International Foundations Regulations in 2010. She has also successfully studied the International Compliance Association's Certificate examinations in Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance Awareness and Financial Crimes Awareness.
Professional Memberships include: Member and Secretary of the Belize International Financial Services Association, Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Chairperson of STEP – Belize Chapter.
Roland Jones The Axebridge Group Barbados
Roland Jones AICB, CGA, FCA, TEP is Managing Director and Founder of the Axebridge Group, a wealth and corporate services management firm specializing in finding traditional and alternative solutions for private and corporate clients. Roland has more than 23 years of experience in the areas of Banking, Trusts, Wealth Management and International Financial Services. Roland is a trust professional, a chartered accountant and banker and sits on the board of the Axebridge Group of companies and several private international business companies. He is a fellow with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB) and a member of Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA), the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB), the Canadian Tax Foundation, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Roland is the current Chair of the STEP LATAM and Caribbean region and sits on the Council of STEP worldwide. He has published several articles on trusts and corporate issues and is a recent recipient of the STEP Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement.
John Lawrence Windermere Advisors Bahamas
John Lawrence is a director of Windermere Corporate Management Limited and Windermere Yacht Services Limited. The Windermere Group is based in Nassau, Bahamas and provides Family Office Services including umbrella asset management, private trust company services, estate management, corporate services, property management, yacht registration, accounting, foundations, structuring and administering variable life insurance products, consulting and other financial services.
John started his career at Price Waterhouse, Boston in the international tax practice. He then went onto private banking, working for Coutts & Co. for 7 years and subsequently as the Managing Director for MeesPierson (Bahamas) Limited where he worked for 9 years.
John is currently a Deputy Chairman for STEP Worldwide. Also he is a STEP Worldwide Council Member, a STEP Worldwide Board Member, and is past Chairman for the STEP Caribbean and Latin America Region. He has severed on the boards of numerous companies including international bank & trust companies, insurance companies and he has served as a board member for the Bahamas Financial Services Board (“BFSB”).
Helene Anne Lewis SimonetteLewis BVI
Helene Anne Lewis is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and an English qualified lawyer, who has been practising in the BVI for more than twenty-five years. She is the Founding Partner of SimonetteLewis, a boutique law practice that serves as BVI legal advisers to private banks in Europe and Asia, as well as to private wealth advisers and high net worth individuals in Asia Europe and Latin America. She has presented to several conferences on Trust, Compliance and Corporate issues and is a member of the organizing committee of one of the trust industry's most successful conferences - the STEP Caribbean Conference, which she has chaired twice in her capacity as Chairman of the BVI Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners ("STEP"). She is a Vice President of STEP Worldwide and ex officio member of the STEP Worldwide Council. Helene has also served as Chair of STEP Worldwide (2012-2014).
Christopher McKenzie O'Neal Webster BVI
Chris McKenzie chaired STEP's Caribbean and Latin America region from 2010 to 2013, after having been elected to serve on STEP's Council as one of the region's two Council members from 1999 to 2010. He was the founding Chair of the British Virgin Islands branch.
Chris was admitted to practise as a lawyer in that jurisdiction in 1996 and was head of Harneys' trusts team from 1996 to 2004 when he joined Walkers as a partner. He relocated to London at the end of 2012 and became a partner of O'Neal Webster in 2013.
Chris chaired the STEP committee, the proposals of which led to the enactment of the BVI's VISTA trust legislation and its regulations enabling exempt private trust companies to be set up. He has sat on various BVI government appointed committees, is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has written many of the leading works on British Virgin Islands trust and succession law. He is also a former Vice President of the BVI Bar Association and is the Chair of its probate committee. He has been a member of the Caribbean Conference steering committee since 1999 and is also admitted to practise in Anguilla.