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ISOLAS LLP
PORTLAND HOUSE, GLACIS ROAD
Gibraltar

Banking and finance Tier 1

ISOLAS LLP handles a wide range of transactions, including those involving corporate finance, structured finance and shipping finance. On the regulatory side, its team have also been actively advising on GDPR compliance, as well as the implementation and applicability of MiFIDII, PSD2, PAD and subsequent new technical standards regulations. Christian Hernandez is a figure to note for international securitisations, real estate finance and the establishment and licensing of banks and captive insurance companies. Elsewhere, Christian Caetano and James Montado have  a strong focus on insurance, gaming and financial regulations respectively.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hernandez, James Montado

Key clients

Lombard Odier & Cie

Barclays Bank Plc

Credit Agricole Corporate

and Investment Bank

Kings Wharf Ltd

Jyske Bank (Gibraltar)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP offers a 'breadth of expertise' across a range of corporate and commercial matters, including those involving restructuring and insolvency, corporate governance and joint ventures, among others. Names to note include Peter Isola and Steven Caetano, who combine corporate transactional and regulatory expertise with knowledge about the gaming sector. Insurance specialist Christian Caetano is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Steven Caetano

Key clients

Apostar

Casino (Gibraltar) Limited

Yggdrasil Gaming

Coinsilium Group Limited

Jackpot Joy

Kindred Group

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The disputes practice at ISOLAS LLP is best known for its strengths in insurance, insolvency, employment and general commercial litigation. The team is led by 'top class litigator', Mark Isola QC, who has expertise in employment and landlord and tenant disputes. Recently promoted partner James Montado, who is experienced in undertaking advocacy before the Supreme Court of Gibraltar, represents clients in civil litigation with an emphasis on insolvency, fraud and contentious trusts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC

Testimonials

Mark Isola QC is a top-class litigator

Key clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Media Protocol Limited

Hill Insurance Company

MH Bland

Jyske Bank

Star Poland

Fintech Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP has been heavily involved in the recent fintech industry developments in the DLT sector; assisting and advising Gibraltar Financial Services Commission regulated firms who have applied for a DLT licence under the new framework on various matters while also working with the Gibraltar Stock Exchange on its developments into the listing and trading of certain tokenised securities. Joey Garcia and Jonathan Garcia have experience advising  blockchain start-ups on setting up businesses in Gibraltar and on corporate and regulatory authorisations.

Practice head(s):

Joey Garcia

Key clients

Coinsilium Group Limited

Xapo

Huobi

LMAX Exchange Group Limited

The Gibraltar Stock Exchange

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX)

Gambling law Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP has a strong track record of obtaining approvals of gaming licences from the Gibraltar gaming authorities, and its team also demonstrates a strong understanding of local and foreign gambling laws, processes and requirements. Peter Isola, Steven Caetano and Christian Caetano are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Peter Isola

Key clients

GAMEIOM

Maple International Ventures Limited (T/A Lottomart)

William Hill Gibraltar

Mansion

Lottoland (EL Lotto Limited)

Apostar (shareholder of Argon Financial)

Investment funds Tier 2

Joey Garcia, who heads up the funds practice at ISOLAS LLP, is supported by 'a strong team of lawyers with excellent connections', including Jonathan Garcia and associate Harriet Almeida. The team provides full-service support to domestic and international investment managers, banks, family offices and private clients. Its expertise includes EIFs and crypto funds, among other vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Joey Garcia

Key clients

Coinsillium Group Limited

Private client Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP is a one-stop shop for high-net-worth individuals and businesses. It advises on tax, asset protection and wealth management structures through family offices and other corporate arrangements. Other areas of strength include family governance, succession planning, private equity and philanthropy. Adrian Pilcher and Emma Lejeune are the lead partners.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Pilcher

Testimonials

‘Broad-minded and proactive. Highly efficient, Prompt to adapt to changing circumstances.’

Key clients

Fiduciary Pension Trustees Limited

Fiduciary Trust Limited

Fiduciary Management Limited

STM Fidecs (Gibraltar) Limited

Grandwood Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP's team has a 'very good range of experience' in commercial and residential landlord and tenant work. Its team also assists local and foreign developers with all stages of construction projects - particularly major commercial development projects - from inception to completion. Mark Isola QC and Samantha Grimes are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC, Samantha Grimes

Key clients

Europort Group of Companies

Kings Wharf

Glenthorne Holdings

Government of Gibraltar

Cazenove Guernsey

Gibraltar Naval Trust

Shipping Tier 2

At ISOLAS LLPChristian Hernandez has extensive expertise in admiralty and shipping law, which sees him act for clients such as the International Transport Workers Federation, P&I clubs, banks and ship owners. Other key areas of expertise include ship arrests, syndicated loan transactions and investment grade acquisition financings.

Practice head(s):

Christian  Hernandez

Key clients

Credit Europe Bank N.V

Tax Tier 2

ISOLAS LLP advises both corporate and private clients on a wide variety of tax matters, namely corporate restructuring, personal taxation, succession planning and tax efficient structures. Emma Lejeune is the key partner, handling primarily cross-border taxation and private client matters.

Practice head(s):

Emma Lejeune

TMT Tier 2

At ISOLAS LLP, Steven Caetano is a regular adviser to a number of Gibraltar-licensed online gaming companies on matters such as e-commerce/site content, intellectual property, technology and regulatory compliance. Other key areas of focus are blockchain, DLT and cryptocurrency-related issues. Joey Garcia and Adrian Pilcher are also recommended, as is senior partner 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 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 Suzika Santiago suzika.santiago@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
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)