Christopher J. WellsPartner
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GrahamThompson ("GT") prides itself on its unique combination of expert legal skills and real-world experience in working out effective solutions to complex problems. With 65 years of continuous history and the first-rate balance between seasoned practitioners and dynamic young lawyers, GT is excellence-driven in every way and accordingly, well known as a leading Bahamian law firm.
Producing and sustaining a satisfied clientele drawn locally and from across five continents is the common focal point of the Firm's efforts. Integrity, hard work, understanding the "bigger picture" that frames the specific legal needs of clients, creativity, rigorous ethical restraint in the charging of fees, and uncompromising loyalty to the client, are key ingredients of the GT ethos.
The Firm, well known as the largest commercial law firm in the Bahamas, has successfully expanded from its main downtown Nassau location in recent years to better serve its broad range of corporate and private clients. In 2000, the Freeport, Grand Bahama office was opened, followed by the launching of licensed affiliate GTC Corporate Services in 2001, and the Lyford Cay, New Providence office in 2011. In December 2012, GT expanded to Providenciales, in The Turks and Caicos Islands, where it already enjoys a reputation as one of the leading firms for civil and commercial litigation, and more recently, for transactional real estate matters.
The Firm has built up an enviable reputation both domestically and globally in a variety of important legal disciplines. Our attorneys are sought after by leaders in the real property, resort development, banking and capital markets sectors. We are highly regarded for our expertise in trust and estate planning, commercial matters, civil litigation, family law, securitization, employment and immigration matters.
The Firm is consistently ranked a tier-one law firm by the leading international rating publications, including CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS, IFLR 1000, and CITY WEALTH LEADERS LIST, among others. Currently, two of the Firm's Partners have been appointed Queens Counsel (QC).
Unique among law firms, GT has all through the years made notable contributions to high public service. GT’s former Partners have played critical roles in the Bahamas’ judiciary including three of the nation's past Attorneys-General, the former Chief Justice, several Justices of the Bahamas Supreme Court, and the Chairman of the Judicial Review Commission. Other Partners have served the Bahamas government as Senators, a Minister of Labour & Housing, a Gaming Board Chairman, a Water & Sewerage Corporation Chairman, a Broadcasting Corporation Chairman, and the Vice-Chair of the College of The Bahamas. Presently, our Partners serve as Chairman of the Utilities Regulatory Commission and the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission. This record of service to successive governments and the judiciary is wholly without parallel in the history of the legal profession of the Bahamas.Show more +
Christopher J. Wells is a Partner and member of the Property & Development and Banking & Finance practice groups. He joined the Firm in 2005. Christopher has experience in a broad range of matters including the preparation of financing and loan documents, real property acquisitions and sales, property title and opinion work.
In 2016, Christopher moved to the Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands offices of the Firm, where he has quickly established himself as a "go to" attorney for real estate acquisition matters, providing sound advice to international purchasers of luxury vacation homes and time share units throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands.
He has experience in a wide range of real property matters, including resort and hotel developments, 2nd home purchases, and tourism operation matters. Christopher is experienced in domestic mortgages, conveyancing and commercial matters on behalf of local and international clients. Christopher also undertakes a broad range of regulatory work for his clients.
Recent transactions include:
Representing the developer of a planned residential gated community (258 lots and 80 townhouses) in all matters of master planning and sales;
- Representing a major international debt fund as local counsel in a debt-for-equity swap of approximately US$ 170 million, concerning a major Bahamian resort property and related joint venture interests, which included obtaining requisite multi-departmental Bahamian Government approvals for the acquisition, the assumption of casino management licenses, and a numerous relevant operating licenses;
- Advising investors and developers on the acquisition and sale of exclusive developments throughout the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Providing advice to global financial institutions on commercial loan transactions, including numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions involving groups of international banks.
- Representing the developer in establishing a multi-million dollar Villa development in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.
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Real Estate in Turks and Caicos Islands
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