Glenn Hamel-Smith is the Head of our Banking & Finance Practice Group and is admitted to practice both in the State of Florida and in Trinidad & Tobago. He began his legal career in 1998 as an Associate in the International and Corporate Departments of one of the largest international law firms headquartered in Miami, Florida at the time. He joined our firm upon his return to Trinidad in 2002 and was appointed Partner in 2007.
Glenn’s core practice is in the corporate and commercial areas of law, focusing in particular on bank finance and regulation, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, secured and unsecured lending, securities and capital markets transactions, including IPOs. He has acted as trusted adviser to lenders, borrowers, arrangers, issuers, underwriters, securities companies, trustees and financial advisers in transactions valued in the hundreds of millions of US dollars. Glenn has also authored and co-authored numerous published articles on topics such as corporate governance, securities laws, bank finance and regulations, taking security over collateral, and mergers & acquisitions.
A former Vice-President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, Glenn currently serves as a Director and Corporate Secretary of that body. He previously served as a Regional Board Advisory Member of the Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors of Trinidad Cement Limited. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of ReadyMix (West Indies) Limited having previously served as Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee. He also serves as a Director of Island Finance Trinidad & Tobago Limited.
Glenn is featured with a Band 3 Ranking among the corporate/commercial lawyers in Trinidad & Tobago. Some of the commentaries reported by Chambers Global include:
“heads the firm’s banking and finance division. He is a well-regarded figure whose practice covers regulatory banking matters in addition to project finance and acting for underwriters on high-value IPOs. Clients describe him as “an excellent attorney.”
“…in high demand for banking and finance and capital markets matters. He regularly acts as counsel to major financial institutions in connection with secured note issuances, syndicated loans and high-value refinancing transactions.”;
“developed a significant role at the firm and is adding value to clients”;
“No matter how tense we get, or pressed for time, he has an even perspective, doesn’t get very riled up and is measured in his responses.”;
ReadyMix (West Indies) Limited – Chairman, 2018 – present; Director, July 2015 – 2018
Trinidad Cement Limited – Director – August 2014 – July 2015
American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago – Director & Secretary, April 2015 – present; Vice-President & Director, April 2014 – April 2015; Legislative Committee Chairman, 2010 – April 2014
Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel – Regional Board Advisory Member, 2013 – 2016
Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago – Member
The Florida Bar – Member
Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers (Corporate/Commercial) Ranked in Band 3 for Trinidad and Tobago
2014: Lex Mundi Institute Business Management Program at University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.
2013: “Understanding the Securities Act” – American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago – Speaker on the “Registration Regime for Securities, Issuers, Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers and Underwriters”.
2003: Hugh Wooding Law School, L.E.C.
1998: University of Miami School of Law, J.D., Deans Honor Scholar
1995: Florida International University, B.B.A. cum laude, Management Information Systems/International Business, Faculty Scholar, Honors Program