Rising Stars of Bermuda
and the regulator in order to keep Bermuda relevant and
continuing to offer modern products and services.
I became chair of the Bermuda industry/government
joint committee on FATCA and CRS in 2015 which also
deals with UK FATCA and country-by-country reporting.
This role allows me to participate in important discussions
and keep my finger on the pulse when it comes to the
latest developments in tax transparency standards and
regulations which affect all financial services industries in
Do you think the industry is attractive to young
A career in law presents constant challenges and is ideal
for those who like dealing with complex situations.
Do you think the industry offers good opportunities
and career development to young professionals?
The legal industry is diverse and, as a consequence, its
professionals have the opportunity to choose which area
they wish to specialise in which can be very rewarding
provided the right choice is made. Young professionals
should keep in mind that opportunities are not solely
restricted to law firms and they can explore opportunities
to act as in-house counsel, consultants or mediators
for example. An open mind is key to finding the right
opportunities and the right fit.
One really great thing about the legal industry is that it
often provides the opportunity to branch out to participate
in various committees and volunteer endeavours which
really support our community, economy and help build
Bermuda’s international reputation. That is extremely
What are your aspirations for the future?
I am a goal-setter and so continuously set targets for myself
to achieve. As a partner at BeesMont Law, I will continue
to participate in fostering its progress and advancing its
reputation both locally and internationally. On a personal
level, I like to be challenged and so enjoy complex
transactions and have enjoyed my career path so far.
If you had chosen a different profession/career
path, what would it have been?
Prior to attending law school, I obtained a bachelor’s
degree in psychology with a focus on early childhood
development and education. I worked for several years in
that industry and would have chosen to continue in another
division of that sector if I had not made the decision to go
to law school and pursue a legal career.
Job title: Partner, corporate
Company: BeesMont Law
2010: BeesMont Law, Bermuda
Stephanie Paiva Sanderson is a partner in the
corporate department at BeesMont Law and
practises in all areas of corporate and commercial
law. She joined BeesMont Law in 2010 and has a
particular focus on investment funds, mergers and
acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and cross-border
She also advises on international tax law,
compliance, corporate governance and regulatory
matters. She is the current chairman of the industry/
government joint committee on FATCA and CRS.
Sanderson obtained her LPC with Distinction from
BPP Law School in the UK. She is a current practising
member of the Bermuda Bar.
Why did you choose to go into the industry?
I found myself attracted to the legal courses offered at
my university while pursuing my bachelor’s degree in
psychology and ultimately decided to attend law school.
I joined BeesMont Law in 2010 which was, at the time, a
small niche firm specialising largely in investment funds
and M&A. I was able to do work that I thoroughly enjoyed
and thankfully, looking back, the opportunities which I
seized were the right ones for me. This has led me to be
involved in several significant M&A deals (public and
private) over the years in relation to strategic acquisitions
and divestures locally and internationally.
Working in the specialised area of investment funds,
I have had the privilege of being exposed to insurance-linked
funds which is an exciting and evolving space. It is
great to be able to collaborate with other legal practitioners,
colleagues in various other industries, the government
“An open mind is key to finding the
right opportunities and the right fit.”