Mandisa’s core areas of practice are Banking & Finance, Commercial Law and Corporate Law. She places great value in being a meticulous and knowledgeable legal agent of the highest ethical standards, as counsel to both domestic, regional and international financial institutions, lenders and other significant investors.
With over twelve years’ experience in this area, she is versed in documentation related to international bond offerings, cross-border financing, debt restructuring, syndicated loans, equity financing and associated regulatory issues arising from such transactions. She has experience in financing related to an array of industries including the energy sector, banking and insurance sector, manufacturing industry and large commercial property development.
An area of particular interest for Mandisa is Aviation Finance, where she often acts for aircraft and engine lessors advising primarily on leases and lease financing. Mandisa is a contributing author for two practitioner’s texts, Aircraft Finance: Registration, Security and Enforcement (Sweet & Maxwell, 2018) and Aircraft Liens & Detention Rights (Sweet & Maxwell, TBD).
Mandisa has been charged by her partners to lead the Firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department effective January 2021. The IP Department handles registrations, renewals and any other interlocutory applications in respect of all types of intellectual property as well as advises on commercial aspects of intellectual property rights and obligations. In her preparation for the role Mandisa trained under recently retired partner and leading IP expert, Olive Ramchand, as well obtained certifications from the World Intellectual Property Office. Mandisa is a member of the International Trade Mark Association, the Intellectual Property Caribbean Association and the Global Advertising Lawyers’ Alliance.
As someone committed to excellence and impact in all her endeavours, Mandisa holds a Masters Degree in Law from Cambridge University (2008), graduated at the top of her class in Hugh Wooding Law School (2003) with a Legal Education Certificate of Merit and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies (2001). She is an advocate for the empowerment of women and for over six years was a licensed trainer of the award-winning Springboard Work & Personal Development for Women Programme. Outside of work Mandisa will probably be found baking cakes, or reading novels, or travelling (when possible) or spending time with her husband, two boys and pet cat.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Trinidad and Tobago – 2003
- University of West Indies – LL.B.
- Hugh Wooding Law School – LEC
- Cambridge University – LL.M.
- Trinidad and Tobago Law Association
- Trinidad and Tobago Chapter in Dr. G. McBain and Others (eds.), Aircraft Finanace: Registration, Security and Enforcement (Sweet & Maxwell, 2018)