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Tanya R. Hanna

Tanya R. Hanna



  • Banking & Finance
  • Private Clients, Trusts & Estates
  • Corporate, Commercial & Securities
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate, Commercial & Securities
  • Private Clients, Trusts & Estates

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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.

Bar Admissions

  • The Bahamas Bar, 1993
  • The Jamaican Bar, 1993


Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica
University of the West Indies (LL.B), Barbados
Areas of Practice

Banking & Finance | Corporate, Commercial & Securities | Private Clients, Trusts & Estates | Banking & Finance | Corporate, Commercial & Securities | Private Clients, Trusts & Estates

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Chambers and Partners, ranked lawyer in the High Net Worth (HNW), Offshore Trusts Sector, 2020

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 (HNW), Offshore Trusts Sector, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

STEP International, Founders Award for Outstanding Achievement, February 2016.

Professional Associations

The Bahamas Bar Association

The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Professional Activities and Experience

Presentation to International STEP Conference, Milan, Italy, 2009 "Legislation for Private Trust Companies in the Bahamas"


Estate Planing: Wills
Graham Thompson, March 2020

There is no better time than the present to create and implement an estate plan. Having an estate plan means that you have a plan to protect your property and to effectively dispose of itupon your death. You do not want the law to decide who should get you rproperty in the event of your death but that is exactly what would happen if you do not have an estate plan and, in particular, if you die without a Will (dying “intestate”)...

Additional Articles

Estate Planning and Wills, March 2020

Asset Protection Trusts Under Bahamian Law. Forthcoming in the fourth edition of Asset Protection Trusts, by Milton Grundy, Joe Field and John Briggs. Key Haven Publications Ltd.

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