March 9th, 2023

Speaker Videos

Opening Remarks

Theo Burrows

Theo is assistant general counsel in international trust services at J.P. Morgan Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited with legal responsibility for The Bahamas and Singapore trust companies. He is the chairman of the STEP Bahamas Branch, a member of the Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee and a member of STEP’s Governing Council.

Welcome Remarks


Senator the Hon. Michael B. Halkitis, CFA, CAMS, is Minister of Economic Affairs and Leader of Government Business in the Senate.

John Lawrence Trailblazer Award Presentation​


Wendy Warren is the Founder and Managing Director of Caystone. Prior to establishing Caystone Solutions, Ms. Warren spent 11 years as CEO and Executive Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board, a financial sector body that works closely with government, regulators and private industry to ensure The Bahamas provides global clients with best in class financial services. Following her time with BFSB, in 2012 Ms. Warren established Caystone, an operational family office focused on full corporate and fund administration services.

Ms. Warren has worked in a variety of roles in the fund administration, wealth management and audit fields including 8 years co-leading the establishment and operation of a leading investment funds administrator. She has worked with families and family businesses for over 30 years and her knowledge of the financial services business and community is broad, augmented by a deep understanding of The Bahamas and its legislative framework. Ms. Warren is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo, Canada.


Building Resiliency in a Disruptive World

Discussing the challenges trustees face and how to mitigate and survive such challenges.

Martin is the managing director of J.P. Morgan Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited and serves as head of international trust services and the Singapore trust company. Martin, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, has worked in the international trust business for nearly 30 years. His senior roles at Barclays Wealth, Rothschild Trust, Butterfield and JP Morgan have given him extensive experience and detailed knowledge of fiduciary services and structures in many of the key international trust jurisdictions, including Guernsey, Jersey, Bermuda, Geneva, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and The Bahamas.

It was left all to me - grounds for challenging a will​

Our speaker will discuss (a) the requirements of a valid will, (b) when to challenge a will and (c) the grounds for challenging a will.


Martin is founding partner of Lundy Legal and prior to that was a partner at Callenders and Co. He came up through the ranks, firstly working his summer internships at Graham Thompson under the tutelage of Sir Michael Barnett, Kt, and later as a pupil under the tutelage of the late Colin Callender, KC. Martin has a robust and eclectic practice covering many areas of law. Starting out in commercial law, his practice quickly grew to include government applications, dispute resolutions, complex trust and estate disputes, environmental disputes and human rights matters – which recently led him to argue successfully before the Privy Council.


When Things Go Wrong - Problem Solving for Trustees

Our speaker will discuss and explore the following sub-topics: (i) saving defective exercises of powers, (ii) trustees’ remorse: I wish I hadn’t done that, (iii) many ways to skin a cat: some less than obvious trustee options, (iv) variations on a theme: express, indirect and statutory variations and (v) is it time to review standard trust deeds?


David Brownbill KC specialises in international trust, company and financial services disputes and advice. His experience covers international trust, corporate and commercial structuring; investment funds, commercial trusts and pensions; political risks, international sanctions, investment disputes and bilateral investment treaties.


Small Island Nations - Surviving the Constant Changing Requirements of International Bodies (EU/OECD/FATF)

Panelists will address the effects of the changing goalpost on the economies of island nations and their strategies to thrive and ensure survival .

Tomás recently joined KPMG in The Bahamas as Head of International Tax. Prior to moving to the Bahamas, Tomás worked for KPMG in the Crown Dependencies where he had responsibility for a significant portfolio of corporate/international tax advisory and compliance clients, including Corporate Service providers, Fund Managers, Banks, Multinational Groups, HNWI and Governments.
Trained as a lawyer and an economist, Stephen Coakley Wells has over 30 years of broad international legal and financial services experience. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert on the regulatory standards and codes underpinning the global financial system, including fintech, cybersecurity, climate-related finance and international taxation. He is a sought after consultant to governments and international financial institutions on the development of financial policy and strategy, financial sector crisis management and regulatory compliance.

LaTonia Symonette-Tinker is the Founder, President & Managing Director of The Bayshore Group LLC in Nassau, The Bahamas, a professional financial and corporate services provider established in 2013 which provides support for financial institutions and professionals around the world. In her current role at The Bayshore
Group, LaTonia leads strategic business development, strengthened client relationships, change and program management, and guides the success of high-performing staff. She has consistently found success through her effective communication and interpersonal skills and the unique ability to navigate the details.

LaTonia has earned the trust, respect and admiration of her clients and peers alike. She is a former Consultant for The Bahamas government in the office of the Ministry of Financial Services on the promotion and policy development of the financial services sector. She is a frequent presenter on Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Legislation, Regulation, as well as International Regulatory Initiatives and Strategies.


Michelle I. Deveaux is a partner of the firm who specializes in civil, commercial and trust litigation. Her ability to handle complex litigation, strong research capabilities, and proactive approach to every case makes her a valuable asset to the firm.

Michelle completed her Bachelor of Laws, LLB at the University of Guyana in 1999, and obtained her Legal Education Certificate, LEC at Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in 2001. She also obtained her Master of Laws Corporate and Commercial Law, LL.M from the University of the West Indies in 2006. Michelle was called to the Bar in Guyana, Barbados, and the British Virgin Islands in 2001, 2004, and 2005, respectively.


(Justice Darville-Gomez only)


Illusory Trusts & Trojan Horses - Reserving Too Many Powers

Our speaker will look at the extent to which the analysis of Briss J in the English High Court decision in Pugachez or that of the Privy Council in the Cook Islands’ decision of Webb v Webb is likely to be applied by courts in international financial centers – in particular those jurisdictions which have legislative provisions expressly enabling substantial powers to be reserved to or conferred on settlors and others. He will also touch on several other lines of attack which tend to be adopted by those seeking to set aside reserved powers trusts.

Christopher McKenzie joined O’Neal Webster in May 2013 as a partner and head of the firm’s Trusts and Estate Planning Department. He specialises in advising on all aspects of the BVI’s laws relating to trusts, wills, and estates. Chris is highly recommended by clients, peers, and industry ranking bodies and has a broad range of skills and comprehensive experience in BVI laws that apply to trusts, wills, and estates.

A Masterclass in Probate - a complete guide to probate applications and procedure

Our speaker will discuss: (a)the types of grants of representation, (b) the procedures for making the various applications and (c) the forms which lead to the issuance of a grant.

Justice Darville-Gomez commenced her career in The Judiciary in February 2011, as an Assistant Registrar with responsibility for the Probate Division. She spent the first several months overseeing the bringing into force of the Probate and Administration of Estates Act, 2011. After its enactment in June, 2011 she conducted various training seminars to the members of the Bar Association in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. Justice Darville-Gomez was appointed Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in 2012, and Registrar in 2018. She was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court in September, 2021.


Our speaker will discuss the fundamentals of blockchain, applications of blockchain in financial transaction and a case study using blockchain (e.g. The Sand Dollar).


Exercising Trustee Powers

Our speaker has appeared in all of the recent leading cases on the exercise of trustee powers (Wong v Grand View, Futter v Futter, Dawson-Damer v Grampian) and will provide his expert analysis of what it all means for the trustee

Richard Wilson KC has a practice encompassing litigation, drafting and advisory work across a wide range of traditional and commercial chancery, with a strong emphasis on trusts and probate (both contentious and non-contentious), related company and partnership law, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, tax, professional negligence and civil fraud.

Women in Financial Services. Work-Life Balance.

Women are proven leaders globally, regionally and locally! Have women leaders in financial services impacted/changed the industry? What is their secret to maintaining a life balance? Hear from some of our leaders!


Ronique Bastian has worked in the Financial Services industry for 15 years. She is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance and Spanish. Ronique has also studied in Mexico, which has given her a keen interest in servicing clients in the Latin American market. She is a certified Trust and Estate Practitioner and currently sits on the STEP Bahamas Board of Directors. Ronique is also a member of the Trust and Fiduciary Services team at Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited.

Tanya Hanna is a Partner in the GrahamThompson’s Financial Services, Private Client, Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Tanya primarily focuses on trusts, wills, probate and estate planning, foundations, private trust companies company law and international commercial law, and regulatory compliance, providing advice to trust companies on the development of new services, and on issues arising in trust administration and regulatory issues for a wide range of domestic and international clients.

Ivylyn Cassar is Chair of Equity Bank Bahamas Limited and has over three decades of international wealth management experience. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Trust and Estate Practitioner and also a Securities Investment Advisor having completed the Series 7 examination. She was most recently the Managing Director of Leopold Joseph (Bahamas) Limited prior to joining Equity Trust Bahamas Limited.

Odetta Morton was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Deltec Bank and Trust Limited in March 2019 and is also Chief Financial Officer of the bank’s wholly owned parent, Deltec International Group. She serves as Director for several entities within the Deltec group of companies, including its parent, Deltec International Group. Odetta is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. She is currently a Director for the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation and serves as Co-Chairperson of the Ease of Doing Business Committee.
Diane Bingham

Dianne is a multiple award-winning practitioner in the financial services industry with more than 30 years’ experience. She recently retired in 2021 as managing director of Leno Trust Ltd. and, immediately prior to joining Leno, served as vice president and head of trust and fiduciary at Butterfield Trust (Bahamas) Limited. She is a recipient of the Bahamas Financial Services Professional of the Year Award and also of STEP’s prestigious Founders Award.