Rising Stars

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Gibraltar


Lauded by one client as 'the foremost law firm in Gibraltar', Hassans has 'substantial experience in commercial, corporate and M&A' work. Among its key figures are Peter Montegriffo KC and Vikram Nagrani, who advise on trusts, joint ventures, M&A and international transactions. Senior partner James Levy CBE KC 'continues to be the leading light in the firm'. Other standout names include consultant Michael Castiel, Ian Felice for commercial property investments and corporate restructuring, and Abigail Cornelio for corporate governance. Peter Montegriffo KC and cross-border transactional specialist Tim Garcia and Richard Buttigieg are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Levy QC; Richard Buttigieg; Ian Felice; Tim Garcia; Peter Montegriffo KC; Vikram Nagrani

Other key lawyers:

Michael Castiel; Abigail Cornelio


‘Hassans are the foremost law firm in Gibraltar and continue to provide excellent legal advice. They ensure they understand the commercial issues involved and seek to give added value to their clients.’

‘James Levy continues to be the leading light in the firm. His commercial knowledge, affability and contacts lists are legendary. If you have a crisis issue James will invariably find an innovative solution.’

‘Peter Montegriffo is another top member of the firm who I would be happy to recommend to others.’

‘Abigail Cornelio – The most proactive and supportive partner I have ever worked with. Always my port of first call for any advice on any topic.’

‘Vikram Nagrani – very smart, commercially aware, level headed, pragmatic, excellent judgement.’

‘Richard Buttigieg and Ian Felice deserve a special mention. A fantastic team that work very well together and quickly grasp the job required to achieve the desired outcome. Always available to pick up a call and efficient in their turnaround of work. Highly recommended this team led by Ian Felice.’

‘The team are well versed not only in domestic law, but also in international law and have a network of contacts globally. The team have substantial experience in commercial, corporate and M&A as well as in other aspects of general domestic law, in which case they can quickly put us in touch with relevant team members and thereby collaborate effectively and efficiently.’

‘The firm has expertise over a broad range of fields, with many teams having capabilities and experience in specialist areas, as well as providing first class service in more traditional areas. The firm is very well connected and instrumental in enabling Gibraltar as a whole to punch well above its weight as a jurisdiction.’

Key clients


Government of Gibraltar

Lloyds Bank


Gibraltar Football Association

Bitfrost Limited

Apax Partners

Entain Holdings PLC

Scientific Games

Viatris (previously Mylan)

Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) Limited

Forafric Global PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bitfrost in the sale and purchase of Currency Com (understood to be the first sale and purchase of a Gibco fully licensed/overseen by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to offer Distributed Ledger Technology and related services).
  • Advised Herne Hill (Holdings) on the purchase of 20% participation interest in mezzanine loan from APMSF Investor to Maximus PM Mezzanine A, as well as an option agreement to purchase the entire loan note.
  • Continuing to advise TNG Global Foundation on two landmark real estate development transactions in Gibraltar, the Bayside Project and the Eastside Project.


ISOLAS LLP is regularly instructed on cross-border mergers, company re-domiciliation and insurance portfolio transfers, and has seen these transactions increase in number as part of the Brexit contingency measures of regulated firms. Besides having a strong presence in the gaming sector senior partner Peter Isola is increasingly involved in corporate governance, while Steven Caetano's practice has a strong regulatory licensing focus. Christian Caetano is active in cross-border M&A, re-domiciliation of financial services firms and insurance portfolio transfers.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola; Steven Caetano

Other key lawyers:

Christian Caetano


‘Steven Caetano is very knowledgeable and in particular, very available and attentive to our requests.’


Key clients

Brookfield Europe (Gibraltar) Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Brookfield and its parent group in the successful migration/corporate redomiciliation of Brookfield Europe (Gibraltar) to Bermuda.

Triay Lawyers Ltd

Triay Lawyers Ltd is known for its expertise in the M&A sphere, where it often assists multinational conglomerates in deals with a regulatory angle. The practice is also noted for restructuring, company incorporation, licensing and data protection. Javier Triay and Alan Buchanan are the lead M&A experts, and are assisted by 'strong up-and-coming' senior associate Chris Davis on M&A, restructuring, alteration of share capital, directors’ duties and governance.

Practice head(s):

Javier Triay; Alan Buchanan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Davis


‘Client oriented. They are able to find ad-hoc out-of-the-box solutions.’

‘Chris Davis is a very knowledgeable professional.’

‘Triay Lawyers demonstrated exceptional expertise and played a pivotal role in facilitating a complex and revolutionary project.’

Key clients

Altarius Capital Limited

JP Morgan SE

Ahli United Bank Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

HM Government of Gibraltar

Work highlights

  • Advised HM Government of Gibraltar on its agreement with Bitso and IOV labs on the proposed integration of blockchain technology into the Gibraltar Government’s eGov system.
  • Advised a consortium of banks on funding for the £200m financing of a tech/online gaming group.
  • Acted for JP Morgan SE on a $70m facility and associated security relating to a collection of fine art.