Firm Profile > ISOLAS LLP > Gibraltar, Gibraltar


Banking and finance Tier 1

ISOLAS LLP is known for its ‘good commercial understanding’ and ‘deep knowledge of financial legislation’. Particular areas of expertise for the firm include fintech and financial services licensing, and it is also ‘excellent in litigation’. The practice is jointly led by Christian Hernandez, who specialises in corporate, real estate and shipping finance and Joey Garcia, who is an expert in cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology regulations. Also notable is the ‘extremely reliableChristian Caetano, who has ‘a wealth of knowledge in the area of financial services law’ and was promoted to partner in 2018. The team advised GVC Holdings, the multinational sports betting and gaming group, on a €320m senior secured term and revolving facility. In another highlight, the department acted for Xapo on its e-money license application, allowing it to provide electronic money custodial and transfer services. Other clients include LiveSource, Gnosis and BetVictor. Christian Rocca left the firm in early 2019 to become Director of Public Prosecutions for Gibraltar.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

ISOLAS LLP specialises in commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, as well as being active in construction projects at various stages from inception to completion. Mark Isola QC focuses on landlord and tenant disputes and leads a team that includes experienced consultant Elaine Lang, who is an expert in conveyancing. The firm is acting for Europort Holdings on the proposed extension of the offices of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. In another highlight, the department is advising MH Bland & Company on the surrender of its existing cable car lease and the granting of a new lease by the Crown, relating to the redevelopment of the cable car.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP is particularly experienced in gaming licensing work, as well as general corporate issues, and the firm is increasingly active in distributed ledger technology and the fintech market. Specialist in corporate governance and transactional work Peter Isola leads the practice, which includes corporate and regulatory expert Steven Caetano. The team advised GVC Holdings on the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral and assisted Credit Suisse with residual pensions issues arising from the sale of its Gibraltar subsidiary to Bank J. Safra Sarasin.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP ‘houses some first-class dispute resolution lawyers’ and the firm is ‘responsive, efficient and understands intimately the Gibraltar litigation landscape’. The team is led by Mark Isola QC, who focuses on employment and landlord and tenant disputes. Also notable in the team is ‘pragmatic’ managing associate James Montado, who is active in litigation arising from cryptocurreny and ‘provides an excellent service’. The firm is representing Jyske Bank in an appeal of a decision by the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, in which the bank was found to have dishonestly assisted a group of fraudsters. In another highlight, the department is acting for Star Poland in general liquidation issues and related claims against former directors. Christian Rocca left the firm in early 2019 to become Director of Public Prosecutions for Gibraltar.

Gambling law Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP's team is experienced in the full range of gaming matters, specialising in licence applications. Practice head Peter Isola is particularly active in providing Brexit-related advice in the gaming sector. The firm acted for the BetVictor and Newcote Group on a worldwide online gambling and betting operation, and represented Casino (Gibraltar) in its asset purchase of gaming machines and a casino formerly operated by PAF Sunborn Gibraltar.

Investment funds Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP assists private clients, family offices and international investment managers with the structuring and set up of Gibraltar-based funds. The firm also has experience in the promotion of collective investment schemes and advising on UCITS directives. Investment funds and fintech expert Joey Garcia is notable in the area.

Private client Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP’s family office service provides personal legal and tax assistance, as well as advice on effective and transparent asset protection and wealth management structures. The firm is also experienced acting across a range of private equity matters. Peter Isola leads the practice, where highlights included assisting the government of Gibraltar with the drafting of the Private Foundation Act 2017.

Shipping Tier 2

Shipping finance specialist Christian Hernandez leads the practice at ISOLAS LLP, which has particular expertise in ship and yacht registration. As well as a dedicated admiralty department, the firm also has substantial experience in ship arrest matters.

Tax Tier 2

Financial service sector specialist Peter Isola leads the team at ISOLAS LLP, which is active in a range of tax planning and structuring work, for funds, corporate and private clients. The firm is also experienced in international tax planning.

TMT Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP works across the field with a particular expertise in blockchain, DLT and cryptocurrency-related matters. Joey Garcia, who specialises in fintech and is active for funds, e-money institutions, banks and large private clients, is the key name. Christian Caetano and Adrian Pilcher recently acted for the government of Gibraltar on the drafting of legislation to bring into effect heightened network and information systems security measures. Also notable in the team is Peter Isola.

The firm: ISOLAS is a leading international law firm with its headquarters in Gibraltar. Established in 1892, it is Gibraltar’s oldest law firm. Truly independent, it offers clients the benefits of commitment, continuity and the close personal interest expected of a long-established firm. ISOLAS has a reputation for combining expert legal advice with commercial pragmatism. The firm is known to be practical and confident in the advice it gives. It is consistently ranked as one of the leading law firms in the jurisdiction by the major international legal directories. Isolas acts for international clients, including most of the major UK, European and US banks, as well as multinational insurers and reinsurers.

Areas of practice: International banking and finance: the firm is a leading player and has specialist lawyers who deal with all aspects of banking and finance. The firm’s specialist team is led by Christian Hernandez, who is acknowledged as one of the leaders in the jurisdiction.

Admiralty and shipping: whilst Gibraltar boasts a large number of law firms, there are very few that have a specialist, highly experienced Admiralty department. Credit to the firm’s experience and expertise in Admiralty matters is the fact that the firm is continuously involved in the majority of shipping disputes in Gibraltar, as well as receiving instructions from many London shipping law firms.

Commercial and litigation: ISOLAS has developed one of the leading and most successful commercial and trust litigation departments in Gibraltar. The firm’s expertise ranges from (general) commercial litigation, to established specialisation in telecommunications, insurance, banking and financial services, international trade, and private international and EU law. In addition, the firm has established expertise in a very wide range of personal and corporate insolvency issues, including receivership, administration, liquidation, arrangements with creditors and debt recovery in general. The civil aspects of commercial fraud (invariably in an insolvency or insurance context) are also an aspect of work undertaken by the firm, which includes tracing remedies, search and seize orders and freezing injunctions. Isolas is also widely regarded as having the best, most-experienced employment team in the jurisdiction.

ISOLAS has been at the forefront of developments in financial services and insurance having been instructed on both the first part VII transfer of insurance business out of Gibraltar and with the establishment of Gibraltar’s first insurance linked securities manager.

ISOLAS is a market leader in the fintech sector, having worked closely with the government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission on various niche areas within this space. The firm has been instrumental, through its participation in government-established working groups, in shaping discussions and regulations in the context of DLT financial activity, maintaining its contribution to the further development of this space.

The firm recently acquired boutique family office firm Legacy Consulting Limited, bolstering its offering in the private client space with the addition of Emma Lejeune.

Gaming: ISOLAS has been at the forefront of developments in the local gaming industry which accounts for 12% of employment in Gibraltar. Steven Caetano is a regular advisor to Gibraltar licensed online gaming companies on all relevant areas of that practice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking litigation Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Banking litigation James Montado +35020001892
Corporate and structured finance Christian Hernandez +35020001892
Corporate and structured finance Marisa Grech +35020001892
Banking, financial services Joey Garcia +35020001892
Banking, financial services Christian Hernandez +35020001892
Litigation Mark Isola +35020001892
Litigation James Montado +35020001892
Tax and online gaming Peter Isola +35020001892
Tax and online gaming Steven Caetano +35020001892
Private client Peter Isola +35020001892
Private client Adrian Pilcher +35020001892
Telecommunications Steven Caetano +35020001892
Telecommunications Jamie Trinidad +35020001892
Employment Samantha Grimes +35020001892
Employment Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Pensions and trusts Emma Lejeune +35020001892
Pensions and trusts Adrian Pilcher +35020001892
Company management Peter Isola +35020001892
Company management Christian Caetano +35020001892
Fintech Joey Garcia +35020001892
Fintech Jonathan Garcia +35020001892
Admiralty and maritime Christian Hernandez +35020001892
Admiralty and maritime Marisa Grech +35020001892
Insurance Christian Caetano +35020001892
Insurance Steven Caetano +35020001892
Bankruptcy and insolvency Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Bankruptcy and insolvency James Montado +35020001892
Property and real estate Suzika Santiago +35020001892
Property and real estate Sarah Miles +35020001892
Commercial Peter Isola +35020001892
Commercial Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Personal injury Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Personal injury Danielle Victor +35020001892
Funds Joey Garcia +35020001892
Funds Jonathan Garcia +35020001892
Construction Samantha Grimes +35020001892
Construction Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Banking litigation Mark Isola QC +35020001892
Banking litigation James Montado +35020001892
Private Client Emma Lejeune +35020001892
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Adamberry  photo Mr Michael Adamberry
Mrs Harriet Almeida  photo Mrs Harriet Almeida
Mr Karan Aswani  photo Mr Karan Aswani
Mr Christian Caetano  photo Mr Christian Caetano
Mr Steven Caetano  photo Mr Steven Caetano
Mr Stuart Dalmedo  photo Mr Stuart Dalmedo
Mr Joey Garcia  photo Mr Joey Garcia
Mr Jonathan Garcia  photo Mr Jonathan Garcia
Ms Samantha Grimes  photo Ms Samantha Grimes
Mr Christian Hernandez  photo Mr Christian Hernandez
Miss Marisa Hernandez  photo Miss Marisa Hernandez
Mr Peter Isola  photo Mr Peter Isola
Mr Mark Isola QC photo Mr Mark Isola QC
Mrs Emma Lejenue  photo Mrs Emma Lejenue
Miss Sarah Miles  photo Miss Sarah Miles
Mr James Montado  photo Mr James Montado
Mr Adrian Pilcher  photo Mr Adrian Pilcher
Number of lawyers : 28
Contacts : Peter Isola (Senior Partner)
Contacts : Christian Hernandez (Partner)
Contacts : Mark Isola QC (Partner)
Contacts : Steven Caetano (Partner)
Contacts : Samantha Grimes (Partner)
Contacts : Joey Garcia (Partner)
Contacts : Adrian Pilcher (Partner)
Contacts : Jonathan Garcia (Partner)
Contacts : Emma Lejeune (Partner)
Contacts : Christian Caetano (Partner)