Narda G. Graham-Laird
Narda Graham-Laird is a Partner and member of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department.
She specializes in corporate transactions with substantial experience in corporate compliance matters, company acquisitions, loan and security documentation, banking and finance law, public procurement, privatization, public-private partnerships, charities law, pensions law and a wide variety of commercial contracts.
Admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2011, Narda is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, who before joining DunnCox, worked at the London office of a major international law firm, where she completed her UK training contract, assisting on transactions such as asset-backed securitizations and project infrastructure and real estate financings.
She is a member of the Commercial Law and International Trade Law Sub-Committees of the Jamaican Bar Association and a member of the Pension Funds Association of Jamaica. She is also an Associate Tutor in the Law of Association at the Norman Manley Law School.
Narda speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Jamaican Bar 2011
England & Wales (Roll of Solicitors) 2009
Legal Education Certificate, Norman Manley Law School 2011
LL.M., Law and Development, University of London 2009
LL.B., City University, London 2006
B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 1999
- 2014-2017 – Member of the DunnCox team representing the Jamaican government in the privatisation of Caymanas Park. DunnCox performed legal and contractual due diligence to identify and advise on relevant legal issues, assisted with drafting of Confidential Information Memorandum and Request for Proposals, provided legal advice and support to the Enterprise Team and the Negotiating Team, participated in negotiations with the preferred bidder, and drafted the transaction documents.
- 2015-2016 – Member of the team that represented the Jamaican government in the privatization of Petroleum Company of Jamaica Limited.
- 2015-2016 – Represented an international hospitality group in its acquisition of the majority shares in a Jamaican company with plans to construct a hotel. Conducted due diligence and drafted the contracts documenting the transaction.
- 2015 – Member of DunnCox team that provided Jamaican law advice to international purchaser of overseas parent company of local independent energy producer. Conducted due diligence on Jamaican operations and assisted U.S. Counsel with drafting of Sale and Purchase Agreements.
- 2015 – Provided legal advice to an international company proposing to acquire shares in the foreign holding company of a Jamaican sugar producer, including conducted comprehensive legal due diligence on the local company, including its corporate arrangements, material contracts, employment arrangements, liabilities, land ownership, permits and regulatory compliance, and required government authorisations for the acquisition.
- 2013-2015 – One of the attorneys at DunnCox that acted as Jamaican legal advisor to a government entity throughout a privatisation of the Kingston Container Terminal, including the bid stage, evaluation stage, negotiations and finalising of the transaction documents. Along with international counsel, we drafted or reviewed various documents, including the Request for Proposals, Information Memorandum, Concession Agreement and Leases.
- 2012 – Member of DunnCox team that advised an international beverage company on its acquisition of a company listed on the Jamaican Stock Exchange. DunnCox provided advice to client on Securities Regulations and Jamaica Stock Exchange Rules governing the takeover process and coordinated the release of security over shares and other assets in Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad.
- 2012 – Member of a team that advised a multilateral lending agency on security documentation in respect loan facilities for a new multi-million US$ loan and re-structuring of an existing loan, to finance expansion of a Jamaican independent energy producing company.
- The Special Economic Zone – A remix of the free zone?, published in the Financial Gleaner, October 7, 2016
- ‘Charities Act a step in the Right Direction’ published in The Sunday Gleaner on February 28, 2016
- Pensions Law – Proposed Amendments – Paper presented at Seminar on ‘The Changing Face of Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know’ held on May 19, 2015 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston Jamaica.
- The Searchable NSIPP Registry – The Way Forward, published in the Financial Gleaner, February 25, 2015
- “The Security Interests in Personal Property Bill,” published in the Financial Gleaner in two parts on November 20, 2013 and November 27, 2013
- Secured Interests Legislation – What it Implies for Creditors and Borrowers, published in the Financial Gleaner, July 31, 2013
- Charity as Income, published in the Financial Gleaner, August 19, 2011