Mr. Samuda is the Managing Partner of the law firm and heads the firm’s Commercial, International Trade & Finance Department. His practice includes Tourism, Corporate and Hotel Financing; Trade and Transportation; Mining and Energy and Maritime Law. He has represented international and local financiers in major lendings for a variety of hotel and other projects and has acted for significant local and international hotel interests. In 2009, Mr. Samuda was appointed a resource person to the Jamaica Tourist Board.
In his corporate practice, Mr. Samuda has acted in major divestments, public offers and private placements. Mr. Samuda is one of the few attorneys in Jamaica with a practice in Mining and Energy and he represents major international and local players in that sector.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) Degree with honours from the University of the West Indies and was admitted to practice in Jamaica in 1982 having completed successfully studies at the Norman Manley Law School where he obtained the Certificate of Legal Education.
He is a Director of Berger Paints Jamaica Limited, a publicly listed company, a Director of National Outdoor Advertising Limited, Chairman of the Institute of Law and Economics and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Technology, Jamaica, Mr. Samuda is a member of the Advisory Board of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation (a foundation established by Spanish Investors in Jamaica) and also serves as the Foundation’s Secretary. Mr. Samuda also serves as Chairman of the Trust his alma mater, Wolmer’s Boys’ School and is a member of the Board of Management of the Wolmer’s Trust Schools. Mr. Samuda is the past President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, immediate past Chairman of JAMPRO, former Director of the RJR Communications Group, a major, publicly listed communications group and served as the Chairman of that Group’s television subsidiary, Television Jamaica Limited (TVJ).
Mr. Samuda’s practice also includes entertainment and sport. He has represented recording and publishing companies, artistes and songwriters, producers and actors, sports agents and sports organizations. He has also represented the West Indies Cricket Board and was, for a number of years, its Lead Attorney. He is the Chairman of Sabina Park Holdings. In his entertainment practice, Mr. Samuda is a member of the Competent Authority in respect of the Co-Production Film Treaty between the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office.
Mr. Samuda is a Director of OMS Associates Limited, a private construction and property management company; a Director of Great House Omni Media Limited, a marketing communications firm engaged in advertising, public relations and publishing; and serves as a member of other boards of private companies.
Between 1993 and 1995, Mr. Samuda lived and practised in the British Virgin Islands where he was admitted to the Bar in 1993 and that experience has given him particular expertise in the use of off-shore vehicles for private and business interests. In 2007, he was appointed to the Government’s International Finance Centre (IFC) Advisory Committee, a committee established to advise the Minister of Finance on establishing an IFC in Jamaica.
In 1997, Mr. Samuda led Jamaica’s Bureau Negotiating Team to the Midem music conference in Cannes, France and again later that year, to the Midem Conference in Miami, Florida. Additionally, he has represented recording and publishing companies, artistes and songwriters, producers and actors, sportsmen, sports agents and sports organizations. He is a former member of the Industry Advisory Council to the Government of Jamaica on the Entertainment Industry.
A past Commissioner on Jamaica’s Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission, Mr. Samuda is also a former Chairman and Director of both the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) and of the Jamaica Save the Children Fund, a former Director of the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH), the University Hospital of the West Indies, the UHWI Private Wing Limited, GSB Credit Union Limited and Jamaica Gypsum & Quarries Limited, and a former member of the Board of Governors of St. Hugh’s Preparatory School, Mr. Samuda was also a member of the Jamaican Coalition on the Rights of the Child.