Gambling law in Gibraltar

Hassans

Hassans has 'been at the forefront of gambling law in Gibraltar right from the off'; the firm has frequently been consulted by the government to advise on new legislation and the regulatory framework which governs the sector. Peter Montegriffo QC leads the team and advises multinational gaming companies on numerous corporate matters including IPOs on the London Stock Exchange. At associate level, Andrew Montegriffo provides ongoing advice to gaming companies, which includes regulatory compliance, tax, intellectual property and employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Montegriffo QC

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Montegriffo; Louise Lugaro

Testimonials

‘Partner level local/industry knowledge and communication capability Subject matter expertise.’

‘Senior partner’s high availability, extent of knowledge and clear communication. Peter Montegriffo personifies those qualities exceptionally well. Very encouraging to see another generation of talent coming through engaged in and fully understanding of the new economy industries and dynamics. Crypto and e-sports providing excellent examples of this.’

‘Very knowledgeable of the gambling regulator and gambling laws. Very familiar with the specific individuals to deal with at the regulatory agency to get the work done quickly and efficiently. ’

‘The dedication to personal service is certainly what I’ve found to be unique about Hassans. They have gone above and beyond to help those of us who are new to being Directors to understand the implications, obligations and of course, generally navigate the processes. I feel completely comfortable asking any question and have no doubt I can trust the advice I’m given.’

‘Both Andrew Montegriffo and Louise Lugaro have always gone above and beyond for me. They are always available, are happy to reassure me when I need their confirmation on things and above all, always have a smile on their faces! I feel very welcome whenever I see them and never feel as though I am interrupting or disturbing them when I contact them. They are very keen to make sure I am fully informed and comfortable with any situation. For that, I am beyond grateful! ’

‘Not only is their knowledge of the gambling law second to none of the other firms, the team’s knowledge and awareness of the industry is exceptional. Their expertise is very often sought by both industry players and authorities.

‘Peter Montegriffo takes a very pragmatic approach and considers all aspects and angles of any assignment thinking outside the box and producing very valuable advice. ’

‘Hassans’ gambling team have been at the forefront of gambling law in Gibraltar right from the off. There is a depth of knowledge there that allows customers to tap into historic knowledge and as regular advisers to Government, a good understanding of the direction of travel in the industry. Good knowledge on Gibraltar specific requirements and a network of key contacts around Gibraltar to utilise.

‘Hassans holds a broad understanding of the regulatory framework in Gibraltar, and are able to share their ample experience and up-to-date knowledge stemming from close relationship with the regulator.’

‘Peter Montegriffo is very attentive to clients, has a profound understanding of the regulations and good working connections with governmental bodies.’

‘Most prestigious law firm in Gibraltar.’

‘Peter Montegriffo is a capable elder statesman. Louise Lugaro gives excellent, responsive corporate advice and assistance. Grahame Jackson has his finger on the pulse of tax developments.’

‘Longstanding experience since inception of industry in Gibraltar. Very connected to industry/regulator and Government. Seen as a top skilled practice.’

‘Peter Montegriffo is a key strength of practice- able and experienced. Largely the interaction is with him although he does use members of his team. I would always reach out to Peter at Hassans rather than anyone else if I had an issue to resolve or a matter to discuss.’

‘Hassans is a very professional firm. They are very well conversant with local gaming laws and regulations and have good connections and relation with the regulator. Adding to that, is their excellent service and response which is provided in a timely manner and can cover a variety of areas within the gaming and commercial fields.’

‘It is a pleasure to work with Andrew and Louise. True professionals.’

‘The leading gambling regulatory practice in Gibraltar. A team of experts with excellent relationships with the Regulator. The firm also offers a full service which is extremely helpful.’

‘Andrew Montegriffo – Excellent knowledge of the sector, practical and very approachable. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Finsbury Trust

HM GoG

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of Gibraltar on the new gambling act.
  • Advising the Gibraltar Betting and Gambling Association on the establishment of a foundation for responsible gaming.
  • Providing ongoing corporate advice to Skywind.

Ince Gibraltar

Gambling is the key area of practice for Ince Gibraltar, and in recent years the firm has established itself as one of the strongest names in the sector, capable of advising on licence applications, lottery law and regulatory enforcement issues. The department was strengthened by the relocation of Andrew Tait in 2019; one of the premier names on the London gambling market. Tait specialises in regulatory issues, compliance and drafting commercial contracts. Peter Howitt advises on gaming law alongside technology and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tait

Other key lawyers:

Peter Howitt

Key clients

Alot Solutions Limited

International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited

Realistic Games Limited & Blueprint Technologies (Gibraltar) Limited

Revolver Gaming

Corinne Ferrie and Charles Phan

Genesis Global Limited

Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association

Work highlights

  • Provided a variety of regulatory and commercial legal advice to Alot Solutions.
  • Advised International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited on a s116 licence review by the UK Gambling Commission, which has since resulted in a licence suspension.
  • Assisted The Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association with a review of the current e-gaming regulatory regime with a view to amending the Gibraltar Gambling Act and bringing in a separate B2B licensing scheme.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP advises clients from all areas of the gambling sector, including start-ups, remote gambling operators, content suppliers and land-based casinos on all aspects of their business in the region. Peter Isola sits on the board of numerous large companies, and provides strategic advice and expertise of licence application processes. Steven Caetano, who leads the team alongside Isola, works with the corporate and commercial team to advise on the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola; Steven Caetano

Key clients

Draft King Inc (DK)

Mansion Europe Holdings Limited – Mansion (Gibraltar) Limited

Gamesys / JPJ

Yggdrasil Gaming

Apostar

Lottomart (Maple International Ltd)

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar

Work highlights

  • Acted for for Draft King Inc on all Gibraltar-related aspects of the company’s merger with SB Tech Group.
  • Advised Mansion Europe Holdings Limited – Mansion (Gibraltar) Limited on various regulatory clearances for the operator to obtain content for approved suppliers, restructure its shareholding and address ongoing regulatory compliance requirements in Gibraltar and the UK.
  • Assisted Gamesys / JPJ with all Gibraltar aspects of the acquisition and listing, including obtaining all requisites for Gibraltar gambling approvals and conducting extensive due diligence on the target.