Firm News

GSO Promotes Lakera McSweeney to Senior Associate

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) is proud to announce the promotion of Lakera A. McSweeney to Senior Associate. Based at our Albany office in New Providence, Lakera represents domestic and international clients in a broad range of commercial transactions, including... read more

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien Appoints Damani Horton as Partner

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) is proud to announce that Damani M. Horton has been made a Partner in the firm. Damani joined GSO in 2018, bringing a wealth of valuable commercial and real estate experience to the firm.  As a member of the firm’s Real Estate and... read more

GSO Announces Dwayne Whylly as Partner

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) is proud to announce that Dwayne Whylly has joined the firm as a Partner and the new chair of the firm’s Financial Services Group.  Dwayne joins GSO after establishing a reputation as a leading financial services attorney in The Bahamas.... read more

GSO Partner and Associate Attend Meritas AGM in Chicago

GSO Partner, Johanna Mayson, and Associate, Susie Bethel, recently attended the Meritas Annual General Meeting in Chicago, which took place from May 3 to 5, 2023. Meritas is a premier global alliance of independent law firms and GSO has been a proud member since 2018.... read more

GSO Supports LCIS Diamond Gala Fundraiser

This month, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) held its Diamond Gala and raised over $600,000 to support the LCIS Fund, which provides scholarships and tuition assistance for Bahamian students, in addition to funding for capital projects and educational... read more

GSO Announces New Partner Giahna Soles-Hunt

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) is proud to announce that Giahna Soles-Hunt has been made a Partner in the firm, leading its litigation group. Giahna joined GSO in 2019 after a decade of valuable litigation experience at two leading law firms in The Bahamas. Her civil... read more

GSO donates to the Alzheimer’s Association

In a  year that has posed extraordinary challenges for nonprofit associations and the elderly, GSO attorneys and staff decided to forego the usual Secret Santa gift exchange and Christmas party in favor of a donation to the Bahamas Alzheimer’s Association. In addition... read more

GSO makes donation to World Central Kitchen

In the aftermath of catastrophic back to back Hurricanes Eta and Iota, GSO wondered how best to assist people in Guatemala and Honduras.  With first hand knowledge of World Central Kitchen’s ability to prepare and distribute nourishing and tasty meals for large... read more

GSO and GSOC support BICA’s Accountants’ Week

During Accountants’ Week 2020, in which a series of webinars were sponsored by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, attorney Lakera McSweeney of Glinton Sweeting O’Brien and corporate manager Krislyn Sargent gave a very well received presentation on... read more

GSO supports the Nelson A. Ranger Scholarship Fund

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien was proud to assist the Nelson A. Ranger Scholarship Fund in its recent fund-raising initiative to supply the Exuma Department of Education with tablets for off-campus learning. In total, seventy tablets were donated and distributed throughout... read more

Roy W.M. Sweeting: 14 September 1966 to 27 December 2019

It is with very heavy hearts that Glinton Sweeting O’Brien announces the death of one of its founding partners, Roy Sweeting. Roy was a founding partner of GSO in 2005 and served as head of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He was admitted... read more

Team GSO supports Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

In the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Dorian, the attorneys and staff of Glinton Sweeting O’Brien unanimously decided to turn the firm’s annual staff retreat into a team effort to extend a helping hand to those affected and the dedicated first responders.  So, on... read more

GSO Welcomes New Associates

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien are pleased to announce the appointments of Damani Horton and Giahna Soles-Hunt as senior associate attorneys. Damani Horton joined Glinton Sweeting O’Brien after gaining six years of valuable commercial, real estate, and litigation experience... read more

Living my art life!

GSO staff and Lend A Hand mentors with Lewis Street community youth at their first stop, Doongalik Studios Over the last five years, Nassau-based law firm Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) has partnered with Transforming Spaces Annual Art Tour. Together, they have... read more

GSO Sponsors 2018 Hero World Challenge Tournament

GSO was a proud sponsor of the Hero World Challenge Tournament held at Albany from November 30 to December 3, 2017. Eighteen of the top golfers in the world – including Dustin Johnson, Jordon Speith, Henrik Stenson and Hideki Matsuyama – joined Tiger Woods to compete... read more

GSO Contributes to Restructuring & Insolvency 2018 Guide

Download here: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018 Guide GSO is proud to announce that it was selected as the Bahamas contributor to  “Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018”, a global guide edited by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  GSO partner... read more

GSO Partner speaks at Private Wealth Event

GSO Partner, Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar with other roundtable members at the Private Wealth Latin America & Caribbean Forum held in Miami on October 17 – 18th. At the Private Wealth Latin America & Caribbean Forum held in Miami on October 17-18, the Bahamas... read more

GSO Receives Appreciation Award at BFSB Annual Banquet

GSO Partner, Bryan Glinton receives BFSB Appreciation Award. Glinton Sweeting O’Brien is proud to announce that the firm received an Appreciation Award from the Bahamas Financial Services Board (“BFSB”) at its annual banquet held on Friday, November 3, 2017. Attorneys... read more

How Lucky We Art!

For the third consecutive year, Nassau-based law firm Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) has joined hands with the Transforming Spaces Annual Art Tour to provide more than two dozen public school students with the opportunity to experience mixed-media art whilst... read more

GSO Announces New Partner Darron S. Pickstock

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) is proud to announce that Darron S. Pickstock has been made a Partner in the firm. Darron holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Buckingham and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the University of the West of England Bristol. ... read more

Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar Wins 2016 Minister’s Award

On Friday, 18 November, Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar received the prestigious Minister’s Award at the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s 2016 Annual Awards Gala.  The Minister’s Award recognizes an individual who is deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the... read more

GSO Opens Full Time Law Office In Exuma

As of January 2016, Glinton Sweeting O’Brien’s Exuma office transitioned from a part-time to a permanent presence, establishing the island chain’s only full time law firm. Managed by GSO partner Yolande Julien, the office in Georgetown, Exuma is located on Queen’s... read more

GSO Celebrates 10 Years

Glinton Sweeting O’Brien marked its 10 year anniversary in island chic elegance at the Albany resort last month with over 200 guests in attendance, including International and Bahamian clientele, political officials, staff, family and friends. Celebrating the firm’s... read more

GSO Welcomes New Partner Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar

Mrs. Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar Glinton Sweeting O’ Brien (GSO) is proud to announce that Mrs. Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar has joined the firm as a Partner and Head of the firm’s Financial Services Group.   Linda graduated from the Georgetown University School of... read more

GSO Welcomes New Partner Yolande C. Julien

Mrs. Yolande C. Julien The Partners of Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (“GSO”) are pleased and proud to announce that Mrs. Yolande C. Julien has been made a Partner of the firm. Yolande was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003. Having gained valuable commercial... read more

GSO Sponsors Public School Students Art Tour

As part of Glinton Sweeting O’Brien’s (GSO) ongoing effort to support local arts and education in the community, the firm sponsored the participation of a group of government high school students and teachers in Transforming Spaces 11th Annual Art Tour. On Saturday,... read more

GSO Gears Up for Ride for Hope Event

As part of the Ride for Hope’s fundraising efforts for the prevention and treatment of cancer in The Bahamas, Glinton Sweeting O’Brien (GSO) is proud to be a Yellow Jersey sponsor. As always, riders of all ages and capabilities will start out from Goodman’s Bay Park... read more


Immigration Fee Increases 2023

Brief Summary The Government of The Bahamas has amended the Immigration (Fee) Regulations, effective 01 July 2023. Some noteworthy changes [1] are the addition of a 5% Levy on some work permit fees and the further categorization and increase of fees for Economic... read more

Who Is Considered a Citizen at Birth?

Citizenship is an important aspect of one’s identity, providing rights and privileges within a particular country. In The Bahamas, recent legal proceedings have brought attention to the question of who is considered a citizen at birth. Let’;s explore this topic and... read more

Condo-Hotel Tax Payments Due – Extended to 31 March 2023

Pursuant to Guidelines provided by the Ministry of Finance, effective 31 January 2023, all condo-hotels and properties within a hotel rental pool will be required to pay a tax called a “Condo-Hotel Tax” to the Chief Valuation Officer by 31 January each year (during... read more

Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2022

Please be advised that new Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2022 (“CPR”) of The Bahamas came into effect in The Bahamas March 1, 2023. With the principal intention of improving access to the courts, the CPR aims to reduce the cost of civil litigation, simplify... read more

COVID-19 and Electronic Signatures under Bahamian Law

The emergence of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has resulted in the implementation of social distancing measures and ‘work from home’ orders across various jurisdictions, including The Bahamas. In an effort to continue ‘business as usual’, individuals, as well as... read more

Expansion of Registrar General’s Online Services

In addition to services available via the Registrar General’s Department’s (“RGD”) online portal, the RGD has established the following procedures to facilitate a number of company related requests, effective 15 April 2020: 1. Submit your request along with any... read more

Covid 19: Recreational Dos and Don’ts

EMERGENCY ORDERS (COVID-19) & RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY (Do’s and Don’ts) During these unprecedented and uncertain times of Covid-19, the entire world is coming together in a show of solidarity and The Bahamas is no different! From the 17th of March 2020 to date, The... read more

Businesses Exempt from Provisions of Emergency Order

The Government of The Bahamas in response to COVID 19, passed the Emergency Powers (Covid 19) (No. 2) Order, 2020 (the “Order”). The Order came into force at 9:00 am on the 24 March, 2020 and is presently set to expire at 9:00 am on 8 April 2020 (the “Expiration... read more

Operating Protocols of Bahamian Regulatory Bodies

Covid-19 – Operating Protocols of  Bahamian Regulatory Bodies In accordance with the Emergency Powers (Covid 19) (No.2) Order, 2020 (“Order”) which came into effect on 24th March, 2020, all private businesses, as well as government agencies within The Bahamas, unless... read more

Frustration of Employment Contracts in the time of Covid 19

On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister the Most Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, declared that by Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) Order 2020, amongst other directives to stem the spread of Covid 19, non-essential businesses may either... read more

Suspension of employment in light of Covid-19

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted businesses worldwide and some are assessing whether they can continue to operate at their current capacity or if they will have to right-size to continue to exist.  Inclusive in assessing the business... read more

Ministry of Finance Extends Deadline for Substance Reporting

On 26 March 2020, the Ministry of Finance of The Bahamas announced a 3-month extension to the deadline for economic substance filing for all entities reporting for the fiscal year 2019. Consequently, all entities that are required to make economic substance filings... read more

Emergency Powers (Covid 19) (No 1) Order and Guidance Memos

Further to the Emergency Powers (Covid 19)(No 1) Order issued by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, which became effective on 20 March and is expected to remain in force until 9 am on Monday 31 March, all establishments, institutions, business, offices, and... read more

The Bahamas is completely removed from the EU Tax Watchlist

This morning the Ministry of Finance of The Bahamas announced that The Bahamas has been completely removed from the EU’s List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes, having addressed the EU’s concerns on economic substance, removal of preferential... read more

Central Bank of The Bahamas Proposes Abolition of the 1-Cent Coin

On 18 September 2019, the Central Bank of The Bahamas (“CBOB”) announced that based upon a report from Secura Monde International(“SMI report”), it has submitted a proposal that The Bahamas join such countries as Australia, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, in removing... read more

AEI/CRS Information Exchange Partners Announced

On Friday, 22 June 2018 the Competent Authority of The Bahamas released a list of the jurisdictions with which information will be exchanged further to the Automatic Exchange of Information/Common Reporting Standard.  The list can be viewed here or can also... read more

Bahamas Named on EU Non-Cooperative Countries List

On Tuesday, 13 March, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest, issued a statement advising that notwithstanding his government’s engagement with the EU Code of Conduct Group and accession to the Inclusive Framework for the... read more

Important Real Property Tax Updates

If you own real property in The Bahamas, you should be receiving your Real Property Tax Notice of Assessment for 2017 shortly, if you have not received it already. Please note that it is the duty of each property owner to ensure that he receives a Notice of... read more

Impact of VAT on Real Estate Transactions in The Bahamas

There have been a number of legislative changes in 2014/15, one of the most significant being the implementation of Value Added Tax (“VAT”). VAT is a form of indirect consumption tax charged on the supply of goods and services. This article will explore the impact of... read more

VAT – Post Implementation – What to look out for

According to where you were, at the stroke of midnight on the 1st of January 2015, Value Added Tax (“VAT”) of 7.5% should have appeared on your receipt. VAT reared its dreadful head despite numerous protests from critics and lingering questions from businesses and... read more

Press Features

GSO partner Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar recently authored an article titled “Creating Substance for Family Offices in The Bahamas”, which appeared in Issue 6 of the STEP Journal.

As families seek greater control over their financial affairs, the establishment of family offices has risen to play a vital part in the cohesive and efficient management of family business interests, along with the domestic and personal affairs of their members. The Bahamas is central to this development, says Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar

Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar provides insight on the fast-changing landscape and multiple opportunities in The Bahamas for the family offices market. With smart structures and local expertise for inter-generational, central and flexible planning ,added to a geographic advantage, it’s worth a look and listen.

GSO partner, Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar, wrote an article on the use of The Bahamas’ Executive Entity by family offices which appears in the 2018 STEP Supplement/Bahamas.  She was also interviewed for a thought piece in the Supplement discussing how The Bahamas has become a world-recognized center for family offices.

Watch GSO partner Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar’s video interview with International Investment magazine in which she discusses how firms like GSO and other island-based financial services businesses can thrive in the financial services space.

Bahamian Tax Policy: Strategic Considerations by Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar

Finance Makes a Home In Albany
Featured: Bryan A. Glinton

Family Offices: A Practitioner’s View by Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar

Women in Law – Featured: Melinda S. Bacchus-Maynard

Local Talent Key To Land Development by Andrew G.S. O’Brien

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