Andrea Kinach met her Jamaican husband in England while studying at law school and knew from that time that it was his goal to return to Jamaica one day. After her husband, Richard Fraser, was recruited by telecommunications giant Digicel in 2007, Kinach came to Jamaica and has lived here since.
She joined Patterson Mair Hamilton and re-qualified as an attorney-at-law in 2008. Since October 1, 2011, she has been a partner of the firm, known in the local market for its particular expertise in banking, tax, corporate finance, commercial property, and litigation services. Kinach is a commercial lawyer specialising in corporate finance and commercial work. She holds a BA (Hons) in economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto, as well as an LLB (first class) from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.
Kinach was first admitted to practice as a solicitor in the United Kingdom in 2000. She worked in London as a qualified lawyer for nearly 10 years before moving to Jamaica.
She worked in private practice and also as a regulator of the official list of the London Stock Exchange and in the General Counsel's Division of the Financial Services Authority.
Kinach's experience of legal work in Jamaica is positive because the market is sophisticated but still open to development.
One such development led by the firm for its client the Jamaica Stock Exchange was the creation of the junior market.
"The firm worked with the JSE and local stakeholders to establish the rules, alongside the Ministry of Finance. The minister at the time also assisted us to create a special incentive that would enable companies listed on the junior market to grow and, in the process, become more competitive. The junior market aims to give small and medium-sized companies that are incorporated anywhere in the CARICOM region with a platform to raise equity funds for growth. Such companies have been underserved by, or have not been able to access, private capital or debt financing on attractive terms. To date, Kinach and Patterson Mair Hamilton have brought 13 client companies to list on the junior market. The listings have created opportunities for these companies and their employees. There were "doubting Thomases" in the beginning, but the market has now become an established feature of the local landscape. It has also sparked the interest of others in the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), including other Caribbean and Latin American exchanges who wish to work on similar projects. "I am interested in building markets. The junior market platform is just one example of what can be done when we explore synergies between Government and our clients, including the JSE and local business, and this can ultimately result in added value for all concerned," Kinach said. "I am pleased at the bright spark that the junior market has provided in what is an otherwise gloomy economic time, and the fact that our firm has assisted to develop such innovative legal solutions for our clients."