About us

Ferreira & Company
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ABOUT US

Ferreira & Company is a Bahamian Law & Consultancy Firm.  We are Legal Practitioners, Trade Mark & Patent Agents and Environmental Consultants.  We provide responsive legal services and practical IP solutions in a confidential atmosphere and are devoted to ensuring environmentally sustainable development in our country.  


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Erica M. Pople-Ferreira

Erica is the managing partner at the firm. Her practice focuses on intellectual property law and management. She has approximately twenty-five (25) years experience in managing intellectual property portfolios, inclusive of trade marks, design copyrights, copyrights and patents. She currently co-chairs the Intellectual Property Committee of The Bahamas Bar Association and is actively involved in the overhaul of The Bahamas’ intellectual property legislation. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of UNESCO World Heritage, ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention’.


Erica is experienced in a wide spectrum of trust, estate planning and corporate matters. She served as a senior officer at one of Nassau’s oldest trust companies and was responsible for managing complex fiduciary and corporate structures for high net worth clients and overseeing corporate pension plans. She also served as a director of several the establishment’s resident and non-resident nominee companies and Senior Officer I of a non-resident bank.


Erica is a local expert in non-profit incorporations and has drafted incorporation documents for non-profit organizations in various sectors including environmental, agricultural and entertainment industries.


Erica is currently engaged in the restructuring of a local public utility company and the overhaul of its applicable legislation and has also worked on the privatization of a local public utility company.

  • Trade Mark Agent
  • Patent Agent
  • Bahamas Bar Association IP Chairperson
  • Environmental Consultant
  • UNESCO World Heritage Steering Committee

     

      Education:

  • Eugene Dupuch Law School (’05 – ’07)

      Legal Education Certificate of Merit (Hons.)

  • University of London (’01 – ’04)

      Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree (Hons.)

  • The College of The Bahamas (’90 – ’94):

       Assoc. of Arts Degree in Bus. Management (Credit)

     

      Areas of Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law & Quieting of Titles
  • Legislative Drafting and Policy Review
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Divorce
  • Residency and Work Permit Applications
  • Environmental Law
  • Project proposals, EIA and EMP
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Romauld ‘Romi’ Ferreira (inactive)

The Hon. Romauld Ferreira currently serves as The Minister of The Environment & Housing (May, 2017 – Present)

Romi holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Ecology and Chemistry from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London. He was also called to both the Bar of England and Wales at Lincolns Inn and The Bahamas Bar in 2000 and 2001, respectively.


Romi began his career in the public sector at the Department of Fisheries as a Fisheries Officer responsible for aquaculture, marine mammals, wetland and coral reef conservation. He later joined the Bahamas Electricity Corporation as an Environmental Officer responsible for environmental management, environment impact assessments, brownfields and emissions management.


In 2000, Romi commenced his legal career. He is the founding partner of Ferreira & Company and specializes in environmental law. He is an affiliate member of The Bahamas Society of Engineers.


Romi has extensive professional expertise encompassing energy, water & sanitation, EIA’s, public administrative law, conveyancing, legal drafting, litigation and environmental policy development.


  • Bar of England and Wales
  • Bahamas Bar Association
  • Bahamas Society of Engineers
  • Fmr. Chm., Energy & Envir. Div., Bah. CC.

   

      Areas of Practice:

  • Environmental Law
  • Project proposals, EIA and EMP
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law & Quieting of Titles
  • Legislative Drafting and Policy Review
  • Residency and Work Permit Applications

 

     Education:

  • LLB (Hons) University of London
  • Ecology, University of the West Indies

 

      Publications:

  • Handbook on Bahamian trees protected by law