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ISOLAS LLP
PORTLAND HOUSE, GLACIS ROAD
Gibraltar

Banking and finance Tier 1

ISOLAS LLP is frequently consulted by large, London-based corporate firms to assist with M&A, management buyouts and financing for clients with ties to Gibraltar. The firm is also notable for its strong capital markets offering; Christian Hernandez focuses on leveraged transactions involving high-yield debt offerings. Christian Caetano is a 'go to person' for insurance matters, having secured Supreme Court approval for the first long-term insurance portfolio transfer by a Gibraltar life insurance protected cell company. James Montado is recommended for regulatory work, which includes GDPR issues.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hernandez; James Montado; Christian Caetano

Testimonials

‘The team is very specialized in insurance.’

‘Christian Caetano is the go to person.’

‘Isolas has the ability to react efficiently to the needs and requirements of their client. They have a very good depth and knowledge of industry and have ample resources to meet the expertise being sought in the area of law. Their team is very approachable and are always available for a consultation and provide quick and efficient advice when required. They go further than to provide what the law says by providing a client seeking advice with the options and pros and cons of these in order to assist with an informed decision. ’

‘It is particular satisfaction that a client can rely on a senior partner such as James Montado to be available at a moments notice to provide advice and support to the firm. Having worked with the firm for this length of time it is comforting to have this support and James’ in-depth knowledge of the firm and its culture which makes seeking advice easier in the sense that James knows exactly where to pitch this.’

Key clients

Kings Wharf Limited

Elliott Management and Monarch Alternative Capital

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Caversham Insurance Limited

Millennium Insurance Company Limited

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar

Royal Bank of Scotland International / Gibraltar International Bank / Trusted Novus Bank

Fintech Tier 1

ISOLAS LLP has deep knowledge of the fintech environment', and has seen a surge in work over the last couple of years following the introduction of DLT licences in 2018; the group assists with most applications for such licences by international clients. Joey Garcia has played a key role in the development of the law in this area, having co-chaired the  Gibraltar government’s working group on blockchain, and advises clients in the sector on licence applications, strategic investments and compliance audits. Jonathan Garcia handles licensing and regulatory matters for e-money institutions and blockchain start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Joey Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Garcia

Testimonials

‘Isolas has a very responsive team with a deep knowledge of the fintech environment.’

‘Excellent fintech and investment fund knowledge, particularly regarding digital assets. Team members are always reachable, always swift feedback on any queries.’

‘Partner Jonathan Garcia has excellent knowledge in all investment fund and corporate law related matters, in particular regarding digital assets. Very much like his pragmatic and solution-based approach, especially when it comes to exotic topics where there is no market standard practice or other guidance. He is always reachable and, apart from his capabilities as a lawyer, a really nice guy. Would always recommend him without any limitations.’

Key clients

Coinsilium

IOV Labs Limited (RSK)

Gnosis

Techfinancials INC

ZUBR Exchange Limited

The Badger Technology Company Limited

Fil Rouge Capital

Xapo

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

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

Dispute resolution Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP advises on the full range on disputes, though the team is held in particularly high regard for employment and insolvency disputes and cases relating to the cryptocurrency sector. Mark Isola QC leads the practice and is recommended for property disputes involving landlord and tenants, while James Montado 'just gets everything right' in contentious trusts and insolvency matters. The firm strengthened further in 2020 with the arrival of Neil Costa, who has returned to legal practice after serving as Minister for Health, Care and Justice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC

Other key lawyers:

James Montado; Samantha Grimes; Neil Costa

Testimonials

‘James Montado, recently made a partner, is a highly experienced and skilful litigator across a wide range of fields. Very highly recommended for his excellent judgement and common sense.’

‘James Montado just gets everything right, first time, every time. ’

‘Experts in the field of financial services and ready to go above and beyond. They are pragmatic and seek to find practical solutions with our best interests at heart.’

‘James Montado is a great sounding board and advisor. He is always willing to help and provides good value for money. He is dedicated to his work and ensuring that we get the support we need. Breadth of experience in different areas of law such as financial services, insurance and insolvency.’

‘It is a particular satisfaction that a client can rely on a senior partner such as James Montado to be available at a moment’s notice to provide advice and support to the firm. Having worked with the firm for this length of time it is comforting to have this support and James’ in-depth knowledge of the firm and its culture which makes seeking advice easier in the sense that James knows exactly where to pitch this.’

Key clients

LAMP Insurance Company Limited (in liquidation)

Ministry of Defence and Gibraltar Defence Police

Gibraltar Police Federation

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Jyske Bank

MH Bland Group of Companies

Gambling law Tier 2

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

Investment funds Tier 2

Joey Garcia and Jonathan Garcia lead ISOLAS LLP's funds practice, which primarily focuses on the fintech sector, advising on the establishment and management of funds focused on the development of cryptocurrencies. The group has experience of a number of fund structures, ranging from the traditional to the innovative, and is instructed by international banks, investment managers, family offices and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Joey Garcia; Jonathan Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Almeida

Testimonials

‘Technically sound and excellent advice best in industry!’

‘Jonathan Garcia & Joey Garcia: knowledgeable, commitment & timely delivery.’

Key clients

Coinsilium

Private client Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP's private client group, led by Peter Isola, handles succession planning, trusts, wealth preservation and philanthropic endeavours for wealthy individuals and their families. One of the key team members is Adrian Pilcher, widely considered 'one of the best trust lawyers in Gibraltar', who specialises in family planning; he assists with intergenerational transfers of assets and business ownership, and is appointed trustee of a number of family trusts. Emma Lejeune assists with establishing wealth management structures, having previously led a family law boutique.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Pilcher; Emma Lejeune

Testimonials

‘My experience is with Adrian Pilcher who is a trust specialist. It doesn’t matter where he is working we would have used him whichever law firm he was at. We look to work with individuals not firms. Adrian is one of the best trust lawyers in Gibraltar.’

‘As mentioned, we used Adrian as he is a safe pair of hands. As trustee he worked with us to ensure that an issue was resolved satisfactorily and with an acceptable level of risk. I think he has a pragmatic approach to problem solving and getting the job done.’

Key clients

STM Fidecs (Gibraltar) Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP is frequently instructed by developers and construction companies to assist with all aspects of both residential and commercial construction projects including office blocks and hotels. The firm is equipped to deal with all stages of the construction process, from financing and drafting initial agreements through to disputes. Commercial leases are also a specialism; Samantha Grimes advises on drafting agreements and business tenancy termination, while Mark Isola QC, who jointly heads the team alongside Grimes, represents property management groups and management companies in landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC; Samantha Grimes

Testimonials

‘Their team is very approachable and are always available for a consultation and provide quick and efficient advice when required. They go further than to provide what the law says by providing a client seeking advice with the options and pros and cons of these in order to assist with an informed decision. ’

Key clients

Europort (International) Holdings Limited

Europort Five Limited

Kings Wharf

Jackpot Joy Group

Trusted Novus Bank

Gibraltar Naval Trust

Shipping Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP's key contact for admiralty and shipping law is Christian Hernandez, who advises a diverse range of clients including the International Transport Workers Federation, P&I Clubs, banks and shipowners. Typical work includes handling ship arrests for credit institutions in relation to defaults; in recent work, Hernandez represented Credit Europe Bank in obtaining a judgment against four shipping companies compelling them to sell their vessels via judicial sale.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hernandez

Key clients

Credit Europe Bank N.V.

Tax Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP's tax practice primarily serves high-net-worth individuals and families, advising them on all aspects of wealth management. Name partner Peter Isola is a tax expert; he was part of a government committee that revised tax legislation culminating in the Gibraltar Income Tax Act. Emma Lejenue, having previously run her own boutique family law office, focuses on implementing family governance frameworks and relocation issues. At associate level, Stuart Dalmedo is recommended for his work regarding the establishment of tax-efficient structures.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola; Emma Lejeune; Adrian Pilcher

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Dalmedo

Key clients

Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar

TMT Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP is a well-known name for gaming companies on the island; the firm advises on matters including e-commerce/site content, intellectual property and regulatory compliance. Steven Caetano, Joey Garcia  and name partner Peter Isola are the key team members.

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 mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Banking litigation James Montado james.montado@isolas.gi +35020001892
Corporate and structured finance Christian Hernandez christian.hernandez@isolas.gi +35020001892
Corporate and structured finance Marisa Grech marisa.grech@isolas.gi +35020001892
Banking, financial services Joey Garcia joey.garcia@isolas.gi +35020001892
Banking, financial services Christian Hernandez christian.hernandez@isolas.gi +35020001892
Litigation Mark Isola mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Litigation James Montado james.montado@isolas.gi +35020001892
Tax and online gaming Peter Isola peter.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Tax and online gaming Steven Caetano steven.caetano@isolas.gi +35020001892
Private client Peter Isola peter.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Private client Adrian Pilcher adrian.pilcher@isolas.gi +35020001892
Telecommunications Steven Caetano steven.caetano@isolas.gi +35020001892
Telecommunications Jamie Trinidad jamie.trinidad@isolas.gi +35020001892
Employment Samantha Grimes samantha.grimes@isolas.gi +35020001892
Employment Mark Isola QC mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Pensions and trusts Emma Lejeune emma.lejeune@isolas.gi +35020001892
Pensions and trusts Adrian Pilcher adrian.pilcher@isolas.gi +35020001892
Company management Peter Isola peter.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Company management Christian Caetano christian.caetano@isolas.gi +35020001892
Fintech Joey Garcia joey.garcia@isolas.gi +35020001892
Fintech Jonathan Garcia jonathan.garcia@isolas.gi +35020001892
Admiralty and maritime Christian Hernandez christian.hernandez@isolas.gi +35020001892
Admiralty and maritime Marisa Grech marisa.grech@isolas.gi +35020001892
Insurance Christian Caetano christian.caetano@isolas.gi +35020001892
Insurance Steven Caetano steven.caetano@isolas.gi +35020001892
Bankruptcy and insolvency Mark Isola QC mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Bankruptcy and insolvency James Montado james.montado@isolas.gi +35020001892
Property and real estate Sarah Miles sarah.miles@isolas.gi +35020001892
Commercial Peter Isola peter.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Commercial Mark Isola QC mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Personal injury Mark Isola QC mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Personal injury Danielle Victor danielle.victor@isolas.gi +35020001892
Funds Joey Garcia joey.garcia@isolas.gi +35020001892
Funds Jonathan Garcia jonathan.garcia@isolas.gi +35020001892
Construction Samantha Grimes samantha.grimes@isolas.gi +35020001892
Construction Mark Isola QC mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Banking litigation Mark Isola QC mark.isola@isolas.gi +35020001892
Banking litigation James Montado james.montado@isolas.gi +35020001892
Private Client Emma Lejeune emma.lejeune@isolas.gi +35020001892
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michael Adamberry  photo Mr Michael Adamberry Associate
Mrs Harriet Almeida  photo Mrs Harriet Almeida Associate
Mr Karan Aswani  photo Mr Karan Aswani Senior Associate
Mrs Sarah Bray photo Mrs Sarah Bray Partner
Mr Steven Caetano  photo Mr Steven Caetano Partner
Mr Christian Caetano  photo Mr Christian Caetano Partner
Mr Jake Collado  photo Mr Jake Collado Associate
Mr Neil Costa  photo Mr Neil Costa Partner
Mr Stuart Dalmedo  photo Mr Stuart Dalmedo Senior Associate
Mr Kishin Daswani  photo Mr Kishin Daswani
Mr Jonathan Garcia  photo Mr Jonathan Garcia Partner
Mr Joey Garcia  photo Mr Joey Garcia Partner Financial Services and Fintech/DLT
Mrs Marisa Grech  photo Mrs Marisa Grech Senior Associate
Miss Samantha Grimes photo Miss Samantha Grimes Partner
Mr Christian Hernandez  photo Mr Christian Hernandez Partner
Mr Mark Isola photo Mr Mark Isola Partner
Mr Peter Isola  photo Mr Peter Isola Senior Partner
Mr Nicholas Isola  photo Mr Nicholas Isola Associate
Mr Marcus Killick  photo Mr Marcus Killick Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mrs Emma Lejenue  photo Mrs Emma Lejenue Partner
Mrs Carmen Menjibar  photo Mrs Carmen Menjibar Associate
Mr James Montado  photo Mr James Montado Partner
Mr Adrian Pilcher  photo Mr Adrian Pilcher Partner
Mr Matthew Smith  photo Mr Matthew Smith Associate
Miss Danielle Victor  photo Miss Danielle Victor Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 28
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ADVOC
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)

ISOLAS LLP is an award-winning law firm, advising on the full range of legal solutions. 

In addition to its headquarters in Gibraltar, the firm also has a presence in Spain, ISOLAS Abogados. There, the firm advises on all matters related to the sale and purchase of real property in Spain, whether by means of corporate structures or those involving individuals, as well as acting as an intermediary in the arrangement of financing.  

The office is headed by Carmen Menjibar, whose expertise in commercial matters spans the establishment of companies in Spain which are either used for trading or property holding as part of tax planning structure, and all associated administrative requirements.  

We are also experienced in the preparation of Spanish Wills and Inheritance Tax for non-nationals, and can advise on all relevant issues as well as the obtaining of visas and residency numbers for non-Schengen country originating individuals.