Commercial, corporate and M&A in Gibraltar

Hassans

Undeniably the leading firm for commercial matters, Hassans advises both Gibraltar-based and international corporate clients from a range of industries. The group is notable for the  depth of its senior team; James Levy advises on M&A transactions and real estate acquisitions, while Vikram Nagrani, as co-head of the fintech practice, assists with commercial transactions in the technology space. Abigail Cornelio handles transactions relating to natural resources and mining in emerging markets. Michael Castiel and Peter Montegriffo QC are both vastly experienced in commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

James Levy

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Cornelio; Richard Buttigieg; Javier Chincotta; Tim Garcia; Vikram Nagrani; Peter Montegriffo QC; Ian Felice; Moses Anahory; David Montegriffo

Testimonials

‘Extraordinary knowledge of the finer – often obscure – points of law. Ease of contact and availability at all times….a rare thing. Skilled delegation, admirable persistence and a sense of calm reassurance.’

‘Approachable, knowledgeable, proactive’

‘What makes Hassans unique is their ability, inter alia, to understand not simply law, which is most important, but also to understand commercial transactions and to raise very practical aspects for consideration.’

‘The individuals take time and effort to understand all the key issues and to raise suggestions as to the best way forward.’

‘Their advice, counsel and guidance are caring and very professional. it is a very personal service in a technological world. The service and capabilities is exceptional.’

‘Peter Montegriffo – always responsive and helpful, probably Gibraltar’s leading lawyer in the gaming industry.’

David Montegriffo is very practical in his approach to advice and is confident in his delivery, keeping matters personable too.

‘A personal but professional organisation.’

‘Ian Felice (partner) a valued and trusted confident . Always available with great service and a very professional approach to solving situations.’

‘Personal as well as a professional approach which stands out from the rest. Empathy for the clients needs as well an intelligent team spirit mentality where fees is not the be all and end all. Developing a long standing relationship is equally as important.’

‘Ian Felice – an outstanding lawyer in the commercial/corporate law department with impressive legal knowledge as well as shows a capacity to appreciate the client’s future needs and aspirations and works tirelessly to satisfy clients and to build a partnership with the client. Richard Buttigieg – an outstanding lawyer who thinks outside the box with a view to doing everything possible to satisfy the clients needs.

‘James Levy QC his sharp and astute mind. His worldy knowledge is unique. Peter Montegriffo has the ability in analysing complex trust/legal situations quickly. He is very eloquent in the way he projects himself and an excellent mediator. Ian Felice completely reliant brilliant commercial lawyer will always deliver.

‘Highly approachable and capable law firm.’

‘James Levy is the stand out lawyer of his generation in Gibraltar with a deep understanding of Gibraltar business and commerce and a network of contacts internal and external to Gibraltar that would be the envy of any senior City of London law firm.

‘James Levy is exceptional.’

‘James Levy is a hugely experienced, highly intelligent, knowledgeable and very commercial lawyer who always puts client service at the forefront of everything he does despite being an incredibly busy and much sought after lawyer.’

Key clients

GibTelecom

Government of Gibraltar

Lloyds Bank

Playtech

Gibraltar Football Association

Subsea 7

Apax Partners

GVC Holdings PLC

Scientific Games

Williams Interactive

Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) Limited

Pacific Drilling

Work highlights

  • Advised HM Government of Gibraltar on the setup of a guarantee scheme whereby the government guarantees loans made by the banks to businesses affected by Covid-19.
  • Acting for Forbes Property Limited (as borrower) on its entry into a loan facility agreement with the Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited trading as Natwest International.
  • Acting for PC Properties Limited (as borrower) in respect of its entry into a loan facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited trading as Natwest International.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP's corporate work spans a number of areas, but it is predominantly known for its work in the insurance and gaming industries. Peter Isola, who sits on the board of many private and public bodies, operates an expansive gaming practice which includes advising clients from the industry on the drafting of agreements and obtaining licences. Steven Caetano, who is also active in the gaming sector, advises on M&A transactions. The group's insurance work is handled by Christian Caetano, who also assists with portfolio transfers.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola; Steven Caetano

Other key lawyers:

Christian Caetano

Key clients

MH Bland Group of Companies

Caversham Insurance Limited

JPJ Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising MHB on its licensing and land requirements in relation to the replacement with a larger cable car of Gibraltar’s only cable car.
  • Acted for Caversham Insurance Limited, on its re-domiciliation from Malta to Gibraltar.
  • Advising JPJ Group PLC on the Gibraltar elements of its acquisition by a client of Gamesys Group.

Triay Lawyers

Triay Lawyers's corporate practice, led by Alan Buchanan, advises Gibraltar entities on both domestic and international M&A, financing and investment transactions. The group also handles restructuring matters, as well as assisting businesses with transferring their operations either into or out of the region. Javier Triay is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the market and has expertise in takeovers, company acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial property.

Practice head(s):

Alan Buchanan

Other key lawyers:

Javier Triay

Key clients

Jyske Bank A/S

Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Assisted a global multi-line reinsurer with the Gibraltar law aspects of a £242m debt restructuring.
  • Assisted a leading global insurance provider in respect of a £60m facility agreement.
  • Assisted Jyske Bank A/S with the sale of the Gibraltar subsidiary.

TSN Barristers & Solicitors

TSN Barristers & Solicitors advises clients ranging from small local businesses to large multinationals on M&A, commercial transactions, financing and structuring issues. Louis Triay leads the team.