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Deborah Omphroy Mordecai Edwards

dedwardsDeborah Omphroy Mordecai Edwards (“Debbie”), has been a practicing attorney since 1977.  Debbie started her legal career in Georgetown, Guyana with the Caricom Secretariat, Harmonization of Laws Unit, where she worked on the drafting of model company’s, patents, trademark and copyright laws for the Caricom Region.

In 1979 she joined the Bank of Jamaica (“BOJ”) starting as an Assistant Director in the Legal Department and ending as a Senior Director in the International Department.  During her time at BOJ, Debbie was counsel to the Jamaica Export Credit Insurance Corporation and the Jamaica Stock Exchange.  Through secondment to other institutions, Debbie was also Corporate Secretary and Director of the Legal Department of the Export-Import Bank of Jamaica; Director of the Privatization and Divestment Unit at the National Investment Bank of Jamaica and Executive Director of the Government of Jamaica’s Debt for Equity Conversion Program.

Debbie has negotiated and documented loans and trade finance in the hundreds of millions  of dollars for Jamaica with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Ex-Im Bank, and with the governments of the United States of America, Japan, Israel, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, France, Germany, Hungary, Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Panama, Libya and India. 

Debbie has negotiated, documented and closed financing for the purchase of ships, military and civilian aircraft, public transport, oil, and agriculture and has negotiated project financing for road and highway construction, water and sewage infrastructure, power plant retrofitting, and acquisition of portable power barges.  She was part of the team that negotiated Jamaica's reinstatement under the San Jose oil financing facility with Mexico and Venezuela.

She designed the legal framework for a US $100 million revolving short term trade financing facility between the United States Export-Import Bank and Jamaica and the financing participations of 12 United States Banks and 13 Jamaican Banks. She advised on Government investments and strategies for the privatization of companies owned by the Government of Jamaica, including the sale of hotels, stock in the National Commercial Bank, the Caribbean Cement Company, Jamaica Steel Mills and commercial real estate in New York and London. Debbie has worked on sale and lease back transactions, asset sales, forward sales of receivables, swaps, syndications, participations and many other financing transactions. 

Since 1991, Debbie’s practice in the United States has included the representation of various municipalities, road tolling authorities, and housing finance agencies who are issuers of mortgage backed securities, or municipal bonds for financing the construction and equipping of airports, health facilities, affordable housing, roadways, transit and transportation.  She has worked on competitive and negotiated transactions involving general obligation bonds, special/limited obligation bonds and revenue bonds for new issuances, refundings, rate conversions, remarketing of fixed, variable, floating rate bonds, auction rate bonds, Build America Bonds, US Treasury New Issue Bonds and interest rate swaps.

Debbie has served as Bond Counsel to Miami-Dade County, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority, the Housing Finance Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida, and the School Boards of Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County in municipal bond, note and commercial paper transactions in excess of US $13 Billion. She has a thorough knowledge of direct-pay and standby letters of credit utilized in such transactions.

Debbie has represented the Resolution Trust Corporation in conducting due diligence and in all aspects of the sale of assets including the sale of performing and non-performing bank loan portfolios including loans secured by mortgages, mortgage servicing company.

Debbie has extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate transactions.  She has also had many years of experience in the acquisition and financing of affordable single family housing and multifamily rental housing.  She has represented the RTC as closing and title agent for the RTC’s Single Family Affordable Housing Auctions in Florida in 1994-1996, and also as closing and title agent with regard to the sale of multi-family complexes and commercial assets. Debbie has represented developers in the development of affordable single family homes funded by various United States government loan programs and in the acquisition of land for commercial and mixed use developments. 

Key State of Florida Government Clients

  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Florida Housing Finance Corporation
  • Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (until 2010)
  • Miami-Dade County School Board
  • Broward County School Board
  • The School Board of Palm Beach County

 Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Miami School of Law, 1991
  • LL.M, Georgetown University Law Center, 1981
  • LL.B, University of the West Indies, 1975

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Florida, 1991
  • Jamaica, 1977

Current and Past Appointments

  • Member of the Board of the National Investment Bank of Jamaica
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, Inc.
  • Member of the Board of Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation
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