Onika is the Lead Partner and the Head of the Barbados based Corporate/Commercial Department.
She has significant experience in large cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, new
investments and reorganization transactions, in the financial services, renewable energy, insurance,
telecommunications and manufacturing sectors. Onika has a strong background in regulatory
matters and frequently advises on projects involving both private and public entities. Her practice
also extends to intellectual property and providing general corporate advice.

Onika has acted as the principal Barbados legal advisor in several major cross-border deals, including
the acquisition of the regional commercial banking business of Canadian banks by indigenous
Eastern Caribbean financial institutions, the acquisition of the downstream business of an
international oil and gas company and the merged entity’s subsequent sale to a leading public
Canadian company, the acquisition of an international communications company by one of the
largest cable television companies, and the sale of major regional insurance companies.

Onika was admitted to the Barbados Bar in 2000. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree with
Honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in 1998 and her Legal Education
Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in 2000. In 2004 she was awarded a Master of Laws
in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications and Internet Law from the University of London,
Queen Mary and Westfield College. She also holds a certificate in Public Procurement Law and
Governance from the University of the West Indies, which was awarded in 2013.

Between 2008 and 2018, Onika served as a Director of the Central Bank of Barbados and as a
Member of its Internal Audit Committee. She also chaired the National Advisory Committee on
Intellectual Property and served as a Director of the Copyright Society for Composers, Authors and
Publishers Inc. from 2008 to 2011. Additionally, Onika acted as the Legal Advisor and Company
Secretary to the charitable organization Aspire Foundation (Barbados) Inc. between 2015 and 2022,
offering pro bono legal services. Currently, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Barbados and she
was the Chairperson of its Grants Committee in 2019. Onika also spearheaded the establishment of
the Lex Caribbean Barbados office’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee which she chaired
between 2018 and 2023.