Commercial, corporate and M&A in Gibraltar

Hassans

Fielding the largest bench of lawyers in Gibraltar, Hassans' highly regarded practice is regularly engaged by clients on some of the largest corporate transactions and commercial matters taking place in the market. In recent months, the team has worked with a range of high-profile domestic and foreign clients from the worlds of finance, TMT, retail, life sciences and online gaming on a mix of acquisitions, mergers, restructurings and far-reaching regulatory initiatives. Physical relocations – both of high-ranking individuals and whole entities – are also a key burgeoning workflow. The ‘outstandingJames Levy CBE QC boasts a significant private client practice, and is a regular advisor on tax and trust legislation matters. Michael Castiel advises on a host of big-ticket transactions, while Tim Garcia is noted for his considerable cross-border corporate tax expertise. Vikram Nagrani is a key contact for technology-sector deals. Peter Montegriffo QC and Abigail Cornelio are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Cornelio; Matthew Torres

Testimonials

‘Hassan’s ticks all the boxes! They are innovative out of the box thinkers with a yes we can attitude. Added to that, their familiarity, loyalty and dedication, makes one feel at ease and confident that any issues will be swiftly resolved and that you are in safe hands. In this day and age where the world is moving so rapidly, knowing that you can trust a firm implicitly to look after you and manage your portfolio be it family law or tax law or even investments into the new world of cryptocurrency really makes a difference. Hassans is moving forward in leaps and bounds and I am excited to see what innovative ideas they come up with next.’

‘The individuals give you their undivided attention at any and all times of the day. During the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, at no point did Hassan’s falter; quite the contrary. The pandemic further emphasised how dedicated and professional Hassan’s employees are, across the board, even through trying times. To know that there is someone looking after you during your most stressful times is priceless. Their expertise, knowledge and professionalism is second to none but more importantly is their confidentially and discretion particularly in such a small and close knit place like Gibraltar.’

‘Personable, responsive, and focussed on delivering a solution.’

‘Hassans have a diverse set of skills amongst their Partners enabling them to make a specialist available in almost any field.’

‘The partners really care about their clients. They provide a personal service while delivering excellent advice and execution in a modern environment.’

‘James Levy provides outstanding legal and commercial advice.’

‘They do specialise in the different areas, and as a team, they are very cohesive, professional, and very reliable. I am extremely happy with the firm!’

‘Michael Castiel, Tim Garcia, and Matthew Torres do so much work for me! They are so diligent, professional, friendly, and outstanding! They make sure that I am satisfied with everything at all times which is very important to me. Their work is over and above!’

Key clients

GibTelecom

Government of Gibraltar

Lloyds Bank

Playtech

Gibraltar Football Association

Subsea 7

Apax Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Entain Holdings PLC

Scientific Games

Viatris (previously Mylan)

Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) Limited

Pacific Drilling (now Noble)

GibTelecom

Government of Gibraltar

Lloyds Bank

Playtech

Gibraltar Football Association

Subsea 7

Apax Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Entain Holdings PLC

Scientific Games

Viatris (previously Mylan)

Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) Limited

Pacific Drilling (now Noble)

Work highlights

  • Advised The Sovereign Group, provider of corporate, private client and retirement planning services, on its acquisition of STM Fidecs Management Limited (FML).
  • Assisting INX Limited with a reverse-merger with a Canadian company prior to its subsequent listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • Assisting Pacific Drilling with extensive Gibraltar restructuring aspects in connection with its emergence from Chapter 11 and following merger with Noble Corporation.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP’s deep expertise in the gaming sector sees the team working with a number of leading corporates and regulatory bodies on a host of licensing, compliance and change of ownership issues. The team also regularly handles transactions and other corporate matters for multinational retailers, consumer goods companies and insurers. Peter Isola and Steven Caetano are two of the country’s foremost gaming law advisors, routinely working with various working groups on key regulatory challenges and on big-ticket deals within the sector. Christian Caetano is praised for his extensive knowledge of insurance matters, while Jonathan Garcia boasts significant expertise in company law and insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola; Steven Caetano

Other key lawyers:

Christian Caetano; Jonathan Garcia

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Christian Caetano on insurance transfer portfolio issues; he possesses great knowledge and great responsiveness.’

Key clients

MH Bland Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advising MHB on its licensing and land requirements in relation to the replacement with a cable car of Gibraltar’s only cable car.

Triay Lawyers

Triay Lawyers is experienced in a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, reorganisations and commercial contract matters, working with a clientele that includes well-known retailers, gaming companies and regulatory authorities, among others. Javier Triay's broad capabilities cover takeover bids, corporate finance and commercial property matters, while Alan Buchanan is recommended for his expertise in acquisitions, restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Chris Davis advises on major divestments, IPOs and financial services-related M&A.

Practice head(s):

Javier Triay; Alan Buchanan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Davis

Key clients

Made.com

STM Fidecs

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Trusted Novus Bank

Lottomart

North Atlantic Trust Company

Coverwise Limited

Entain Services

Gibraltar Regulatory Authority

Draftkings Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Made.com on the Gibraltar law aspects relating to its highly anticipated listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised the seller in respect of the sale of a Gibraltar subsidiary to the Sovereign Group.