Jamaica Stock Exchange Regulatory & Market Oversight Division Workshop

 Lance Hylton is an Attorney-at-Law and a partner in the Kingston firm Hylton & Hylton. 

Mr. Hylton has had a multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional 21 year legal career with experience ranging from litigation to commercial law. His practice has focused primarily on all aspects of corporate and commercial law and he is best known for his work in high end acquisitions and mergers, joint ventures, take-over bids, public and private offers and corporate restructuring.

He has extensive experience with the law and practice of Stock Exchange related matters and serves as legal counsel to the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) and to a number of listed companies.

He has acted as lead attorney in a number of the nation’s major commercial matters and several Initial Public Offers (IPOs). He was lead attorney for the purchaser in Jamaica’s first successful leveraged buyout of a public listed company (Courts Ja. Ltd.)  in what was also the region’s largest transaction of its kind at the time; was lead attorney in Jamaica’s first successful hostile takeover of a major public company (KWL); was lead attorney for the vendor in the merger/acquisition of Jamaica’s largest insurance company (UGIC); was lead attorney in the privatization and restructuring of one of Jamaica’s largest and most diverse private Group of Companies; was lead attorney in the 2008 IPO and listing of Jamaica’s first Real Estate Investment Trust (CS REIT) and the 2008 acquisition of a major private hotel.

Mr. Hylton has also served in many public and private leadership roles. He has served as the Chairman of the Postal Corporation of Jamaica, Chairman of the Companies Office Advisory Board, Board member of Berger Paints (Jamaica) Limited and was a member of Jamaica’s Industry Advisory Council on International Business Services. At Myers Fletcher and Gordon he held several key positions in the firm including Head of the Commercial Department and member of the governing Executive Committee.

Between 1995 and 2002 he practised in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and served at the request of its Government on the select Financial Services Advisory Committee formed by the Government to advise on offshore legislation and the challenges of the country’s offshore industry. He was also asked to conduct training seminars for public and private sector workers in the offshore industry. During his seven year stint in the territory Mr. Hylton also served three terms as a member of the Executive Committee of the BVI Registered Agents Association and as chairman of its Legal Committee, which was instrumental in drafting the territory’s first money laundering laws. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the BVI branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as well as a member of that body’s Trust and Succession Law Review Committee, which was instrumental in drafting the territory’s new Trust Laws. 

Lance will cover the following topics at the workshop:

      Legal Requirements on Disclosure

      Regulatory Requirements

      Timely Disclosure

      Dealing with Rumors

      Maintaining the balance between Disclosure and Confidentiality