Christopher’s work covers the full spectrum of commercial practice, with an emphasis on property litigation, mortgagee remedies, insolvency advice and representation, asset recovery and shareholder disputes.
He regularly appears at Supreme Court and Court of Appeal level and is accustomed to working alongside UK and US-based legal, insolvency and accounting teams in cross-border matters.
Christopher trained and practiced as a litigator for a top 15 solicitors London firm before relocating to the Bahamas. He was called to the Bahamas Bar in 2005 and became a partner in the firm in 2011.
Christopher will be speaking at the forthcoming Asset Recover Americas:Fraud Litigation, Enforcement & Contentious Insolvency conference in New York in September. He joins a panel of speakers to discuss: ‘When the claimants become the defendants’.
Examples of recent work
- Judicial management of British-American Insurance Company Limited. Christopher advised the Judicial Manager of a large insolvent regional insurance company in relation to numerous issues. The matter included the implementation of a plan of arrangement across nine Caribbean jurisdictions in 2018 and included enacting special legislation in the Bahamas and other jurisdictions. Representation has included over 35 hearings since 2009.
- First Caribbean International Bank v Peace Holdings. Christopher is part of the team advising and representing First Caribbean in long-running litigation surrounding the insolvency of a property developer of a 79-unit luxury condominium complex, the realisation of the secured assets, as well as various pieces of satellite litigation.
- Montana v Matrix. Christopher is the lead adviser and advocate of a pension fund mortgagee in realisation of assets securing a $40-million loan on an insolvent property development in the family islands of The Bahamas.
- Ivest v. BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA. Christopher has successfully represented BNP Paribas SA in resisting claims by liquidators of two funds to claim contribution from a Bank in relation to a fraudulent scheme.
- Re Hayward’s Trust. Christopher advises the Judicial Trustee of a family trust owning significant assets related to the Freeport Container Port, appointed in the context of litigation between the beneficiaries and former trustees.
- Hong Kong Zhong Qing Property Development Company Limited v. Squadron Holdings SPV0164HK, Ltd. Christopher is lead advocate for the borrower in in litigation concerning a $20 million repo loan by a Bahamian lender to a Chinese borrower. The matter has involved successfully obtaining and protecting an anti-suit injunction, and the setting aside of various ex parte orders obtained by the lender.
- Mohammed Al-Saleh v Sargeant Marine Limited et al. Christopher was part of the team engaged to advise on asset tracing proceedings in the Bahamas in relation to a $90m fraud relating to the profits from oil supply contracts in the Middle East, and to provide advice on the potential enforcement of a $30m Florida Judgment debt against assets in The Bahamas. The team obtained worldwide freezing injunctions and receivership orders shortly prior to the settlement of the worldwide litigation between the protagonists in 2017.