Krishna Desai


Energy, Environmental & Planning Law, Mining, Real Estate, Shipping & Marine, Special Economic Zones, Tourism


Krishna joined MFG in 2010 where he made Partner in the litigation department before moving to the firm’s Property and Estates Department which he now heads. Prior to practicing law Krishna worked in the public sector and as a private consultant in Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and the United Kingdom where he provided technical advice in relation to housing, resort, port, and highway developments, and also advice on natural resource management, energy and related carbon management issues.


West Indies Petroleum South Terminal

Team Leader

Obtained free zone status and fiscal incentives for this 600,000 barrel marine terminal.

M/V Trading Fabrizia 

Team Leader

Represented ship owner in a matter that involved arrest, multiple cautions against release, and which led to sale pendente lite at auction (US$10.3M).

Leebert Smith v RCL Limited t/a First Choice Goods

Lead Counsel

Advocate for the defendant who prevailed in this civil trial on a submission of no case to answer.

BTP Lot 9 Limited SEZ

Team Leader

Advised and represented the purchaser in acquiring the shares of a tech park company operating in a free zone/special economic zone.

Playa Hotels & Resorts, N.V.

Team Member

Environmental and Planning lead on transaction team for the purchaser of lands and 5 hotels as a going concern (in 2018) for US$300M and resale of the land assets for 2 hotels (in 2020) for US$60M.


Advisory Board of the Forestry Agency

Former Member

 Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation

Former Director

JamaicaN Institute of Environmental Professionals

Past President

 JamaicaN Bar Association Constitutional Law Committee  

Member and former Convenor

JamaicaN Bar Association Maritime Law Committee

Founding Member



Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica


Bachelor of Laws, 2(i), University of the West Indies, Barbados

Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (Practitioner Member/PIEMA)


Master of Marine Management, Dalhousie University, Canada


Bachelor of Science 2(i), University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

Practitioner Member/PIEMA

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