Tanya Hanna is a Partner in the firm’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.

Recent engagements include:

  • The restructure of a major estate planning structure comprising a number of Bahamian trusts for non-Bahamian clients.
  • The provision of estate planning advice including the drafting and preparation of various trusts and letters of wishes to a high net worth Bahamian.
  • Advising on a wide array of corporate and trust law issues for the restructuring of an offshore trust company.
  • Facilitating the conversion of a trust company to a private trust company, which required Central Bank of The Bahamas cooperation and approvals throughout the course of the transition.
  • Providing estate planning advice to a high net worth international family, with special emphasis on determining the most appropriate structures to meet the client’s financial objectives.  Ultimately, a private trust company, purpose trust, foundation and trust were formed to meet this client’s needs.
  • Providing corporate law advice to international law firms and multinational companies in connection with international finance structures involving Bahamian companies and assets.
  • Providing advice on a major pension plan restructuring, including reviewing, revising and drafting documents necessary to effect the restructure.
Practice Areas
Education
  • Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica
  • University of the West Indies (LL.B), Barbados
Admissions
  • The Bahamas Bar, 1993
  • The Jamaican Bar, 1993
Awards
  • Recognized by IFLR 1000 – Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms –  as a 2020 “Notable Practitioner”.
  • Chambers and Partners, ranked lawyer in the High Net Worth, Offshore Trusts Sector, 2019, 2018 and 2017.
  • STEP International, Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, February 2016.
Community Involvement
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), Bahamas Branch, Chairman 2009-2011, Deputy Chairman 2007-2009, Board Member 2003-2012, Member 1997-present
  • Jurisdiction editor for the Bahamas section of the “Portfolio of Laws” on the International Tax Planning Association website
Speaking Engagements
  • Presentation, STEP 2018 Caribbean Conference, Recent Trust Case Update
  • Presentation to International STEP Conference, Milan, Italy, 2009 “Legislation for Private Trust Companies in the Bahamas”
Publications
Membership
  • The Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
IFLR1000 2020 Notable Practitioner
Chambers HNW 2019 Tanya Hanna