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, secured and unsecured lending, mergers & acquisitions including merger control issues, and IPO’s and other securities and capital markets transactions. He has acted as trusted adviser to lenders, borrowers, arrangers, issuers, underwriters, securities companies, trustees and financial advisers in billion dollar transactions. Glenn has also authored and co-authored numerous published articles on topics such as corporate governance, securities laws, merger control, bank finance and regulations, taking security over collateral, and mergers and acquisitions.
Glenn Hamel-Smith: is featured with a No. 2. Ranking among the corporate/commercial lawyers in Trinidad & Tobago. A sample of the commentaries reported by Chambers Global include:
“Glenn is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and diligent.” – 2023
“He is notable for his debt capital markets practice and has additional expertise in rights issuances, M&A and restructuring matters.” – 2022
“He regularly advises on revolving credit facilities and acts for an impressive list of commercial lenders.” – 2021
“has a strong aptitude for banking and finance. His work in this field spans transactional and regulatory mandates, including bank mergers, high-value note issuances and project finance.” – 2020
“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.” – 2019
“is 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.” – 2018
“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.” – 2017
“developed a significant role at the firm, and is adding value to clients” – 2016
|ExeQtrust Limited – Chairman, 2021 – Present||Island Finance Trinidad & Tobago Limited – Director, 2018 – Present|
|Readymix (West Indies) Limited – Chairman, June 2018 – Present; Director, 2015 – Present||Trinidad Cement Limited – Director, 2014 – 2015|
|American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago – Director & Secretary, 2015 – Present; Vice-President & Director 2014 – 2015; Legislative Committee Chair, 2010 – 2014||Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel – Regional Board Advisory Member, 2013 – 2015|
|Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago – Member||The Florida Bar – Member|
2021: Presenter at webinar for Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago on Secured Transactions, July;
2020: Moderator: Hamel-Smith’s Webinar on Covid-19 – Considerations for Employers and Businesses;
2019: Speaker at Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute’s Breakfast Seminar “Getting a Seat at the Table”, April;
2014: Lex Mundi Institute Business Management Program at University of Cambridge, Judge Business School;
2013: Speaker: “Registration Regime for Securities, Issuers, Broker-Dealers, Investment Advisers and Underwriters” at “Understanding the Securities Act” – American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago;
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