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ISOLAS LLP

PORTLAND HOUSE, GLACIS ROAD, GIBRALTAR
Tel:
Work +350 2000 1892
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Fax +350 2007 8990
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Web:
www.gibraltarlawyers.com
Gibraltar, Sotogrande

Gibraltar

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP is known for its ‘good commercial understanding’ and ‘deep knowledge of financial legislation’. Particular areas of expertise for the firm include fintech and financial services licensing, and it is also ‘excellent in litigation’. The practice is jointly led by Christian Hernandez, who specialises in corporate, real estate and shipping finance and Joey Garcia, who is an expert in cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology regulations. Also notable is the ‘extremely reliable’ Christian Caetano, who has ‘a wealth of knowledge in the area of financial services law’ and was promoted to partner in 2018. The team advised GVC Holdings, the multinational sports betting and gaming group, on a €320m senior secured term and revolving facility. In another highlight, the department acted for Xapo on its e-money license application, allowing it to provide electronic money custodial and transfer services. Other clients include LiveSource, Gnosis and BetVictor. Christian Rocca left the firm in early 2019 to become Director of Public Prosecutions for Gibraltar.

Next Generation Partners

Christian Caetano - ISOLAS LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP is particularly experienced in gaming licensing work, as well as general corporate issues, and the firm is increasingly active in distributed ledger technology and the fintech market. Specialist in corporate governance and transactional work Peter Isola leads the practice, which includes corporate and regulatory expert Steven Caetano. The team advised GVC Holdings on the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral and assisted Credit Suisse with residual pensions issues arising from the sale of its Gibraltar subsidiary to Bank J. Safra Sarasin.

Leading individuals

Peter Isola - ISOLAS LLP

Steven Caetano - ISOLAS LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP ‘houses some first-class dispute resolution lawyers’ and the firm is ‘responsive, efficient and understands intimately the Gibraltar litigation landscape’. The team is led by Mark Isola QC, who focuses on employment and landlord and tenant disputes. Also notable in the team is ‘pragmatic’ managing associate James Montado, who is active in litigation arising from cryptocurreny and ‘provides an excellent service’. The firm is representing Jyske Bank in an appeal of a decision by the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, in which the bank was found to have dishonestly assisted a group of fraudsters. In another highlight, the department is acting for Star Poland in general liquidation issues and related claims against former directors. Christian Rocca left the firm in early 2019 to become Director of Public Prosecutions for Gibraltar.

Next Generation Partners

James Montado - ISOLAS LLP

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Gambling law
Gambling law - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP's team is experienced in the full range of gaming matters, specialising in licence applications. Practice head Peter Isola is particularly active in providing Brexit-related advice in the gaming sector. The firm acted for the BetVictor and Newcote Group on a worldwide online gambling and betting operation, and represented Casino (Gibraltar) in its asset purchase of gaming machines and a casino formerly operated by PAF Sunborn Gibraltar.

Leading individuals

Peter Isola - ISOLAS LLP

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP assists private clients, family offices and international investment managers with the structuring and set up of Gibraltar-based funds. The firm also has experience in the promotion of collective investment schemes and advising on UCITS directives. Investment funds and fintech expert Joey Garcia is notable in the area.

Leading individuals

Joey Garcia - ISOLAS LLP

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP’s family office service provides personal legal and tax assistance, as well as advice on effective and transparent asset protection and wealth management structures. The firm is also experienced acting across a range of private equity matters. Peter Isola leads the practice, where highlights included assisting the government of Gibraltar with the drafting of the Private Foundation Act 2017.

Leading individuals

Peter Isola - ISOLAS LLP

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP specialises in commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, as well as being active in construction projects at various stages from inception to completion. Mark Isola QC focuses on landlord and tenant disputes and leads a team that includes experienced consultant Elaine Lang, who is an expert in conveyancing. The firm is acting for Europort Holdings on the proposed extension of the offices of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. In another highlight, the department is advising MH Bland & Company on the surrender of its existing cable car lease and the granting of a new lease by the Crown, relating to the redevelopment of the cable car.

Leading individuals

Elaine Lang - ISOLAS LLP

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

Shipping finance specialist Christian Hernandez leads the practice at ISOLAS LLP, which has particular expertise in ship and yacht registration. As well as a dedicated admiralty department, the firm also has substantial experience in ship arrest matters.

Leading individuals

Christian Hernandez - ISOLAS LLP

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP works across the field with a particular expertise in blockchain, DLT and cryptocurrency-related matters. Joey Garcia, who specialises in fintech and is active for funds, e-money institutions, banks and large private clients, is the key name. Christian Caetano and Adrian Pilcher recently acted for the government of Gibraltar on the drafting of legislation to bring into effect heightened network and information systems security measures. Also notable in the team is Peter Isola.

Leading individuals

Joey Garcia - ISOLAS LLP

Peter Isola - ISOLAS LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

ISOLAS LLP

Financial service sector specialist Peter Isola leads the team at ISOLAS LLP, which is active in a range of tax planning and structuring work, for funds, corporate and private clients. The firm is also experienced in international tax planning.

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Gibraltar

Offices in Gibraltar

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