Gambling law in Gibraltar

Hassans

Regularly sought out by a diverse roster of public bodies, industry associations and household names, Hassans enjoys a market-leading reputation for its capabilities in the gambling sector. The well-established team is equally adept in licensing applications, compliance reviews and high-profile transactions taking place in the industry. Peter Montegriffo QC’s ‘first-class’ practice encompasses the transactional and the regulatory, ranging from initial public offerings on the London Stock Exchange to legislative drafting. Recently promoted partner Andrew Montegriffo is a key contact for many of the firm’s interactive entertainment-sector clients, including e-sports organisations, streamers and professional players. Louise Lugaro is noted for her knowledge of remote gambling and cross-border gaming transactions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Montegriffo

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Montegriffo; Louise Lugaro

Testimonials

The team have been lawyers of choice for all things gambling in Gibraltar, providing a depth of knowledge on Gibraltar regulation. Hassans has an understanding of how the industry is set up in Gibraltar and the issues that affect it.’

‘Commercially minded and client-focused. Always on top of new developments and industry trends.’

‘Excellent domain understanding of technical areas of legislation. Setting up a think tank for e-sports was an excellent innovation.’

‘Peter Montegriffo is an outstanding source of counsel.’

‘Very professional and conversant in local gaming law.’

‘Peter Montegriffo is commercially minded with an impeccable and first-class ability to design effective and simple solutions for complex situations. A brilliant legal mind.’

‘Andrew Montegriffo has a unique ability to dissect complex scenarios.’

‘The inherent knowledge of the team is second to none having been involved from the embryonic stage of the gambling jurisdiction in Gibraltar over 20 years ago through to its present day. The expertise they have acquired over the years will no doubt enable them to provide invaluable advice to potential clients.’

Key clients

HMGoG

bet365

Entain

Playtech

Scientific Games

888 Holdings Plc

Gamesys

High 5 Games

Superbet

Microgaming

Continent 8

GibTelecom

GBGA (Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association)

Pragmatic Play

Flutter Entertainment

Caesars

IBID Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of Gibraltar on the new Gambling Act.
  • Acted on a joint instruction for William Hill and Caesars on all regulatory and corporate matters in Gibraltar relating to the acquisition and de-listing of William Hill from the LSE.
  • Representing Gamesys Group in respect of its acquisition by Bally’s.

Ince Gibraltar

Led by ‘extremely knowledgeable’ online gambling law specialist Andrew Tait, Ince Gibraltar's gambling regulatory practice advises a number of industry heavyweights on the gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues. Leveraging its international network and familiarity with both UK and Gibraltar gambling law, the cross-disciplinary team handles corporate transactions, inter-company agreements, commercial license issues and regulatory regime compliance questions. Both Tait and Peter Howitt have significant in-house experience at the upper echelons of the betting and gaming sector, with the latter serving as CEO of the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association for the best part of a decade.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tait

Other key lawyers:

Peter Howitt

Testimonials

‘The practice is especially skilled in the area of gaming/gambling law, specifically supporting its clients in licensing in Gibraltar and any discussions with the regulator around changes or improvements to the licensing requirements.’

‘We have worked for a number of years with Andrew Tait and have found him to be extremely knowledgeable in his field as well as being fast and attentive to respond to any queries or questions we pose.’

Key clients

Genesis Global Ltd

Relax Holdings Ltd

Lottoland Services Limited

Blueprint Technologies Ltd

Lazinco Technologies Ltd

International Multi Media Entertainments Ltd

OPTIBET SIA – Known as: ENLABS

Phisana Digital Health Technologies

Casumo

Realistic Games

Work highlights

  • Advised Genesis Global on the suspension of its operating licence by the Gambling Commission, resulting in lifting of the suspension in under three months.
  • Assisted IMME in its defence against a licence suspension imposed by the UK Gambling Commission.
  • Engaged by Lottoland Services to deliver an improvement programme consisting of a detailed risk assessment involving the review of internal policies and procedures, and providing an AML compliance audit.

ISOLAS LLP

ISOLAS LLP acts for a wide range of leading betting companies, financial institutions, government ministries and industry watchdogs on the full scope of regulatory and commercial matters. Recent highlights for the team include complex gaming policy reviews, acquisitions and corporate re-domiciliation actions. The practice is jointly led by Peter Isola, a gaming law and corporate governance expert, and Steven Caetano, who is well regarded for his considerable expertise in transactions. Adrian Pilcher and Christian Caetano are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola; Steven Caetano

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Pilcher; Christian Caetano

Testimonials

‘Particularly strong on licensing with the Gambling Regulatory Authority and strategy for setting up in Gibraltar.’

‘Steven Caetano is professional, practical, helpful, and a joy to work with.’

‘The firm has always provided pragmatic and practical advice. Responsive and work well in teams.’

‘Peter Isola and Steven Caetano have been the go-to partners in the firm on all gaming related matters. They represent many of the large firms working from Gibraltar and are always involved in new license applications. They understand the business and the difficult policy issues in play, and for my office, that is critical in determining who we use.’

‘They provide timely and reliable advice when dealing with the Gibraltar regulators.’

‘Peter Isola is accessible and available. His advice is practical and effective.’

‘Responsive and good relationship with local regulators.’