Mr Christian Caetano > ISOLAS LLP > Gibraltar, Gibraltar > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Financial Services & Insurance, Corporate & Commercial





Christian specialises in Insurance & Financial Services matters. He is an active adviser within the Gibraltar insurance market, representing insurance companies, insurance managers and intermediaries on licensing, change of control, regulatory and corporate matters. He also advises financial services and insurance businesses in respect of establishing operations in Gibraltar.

Christian is regularly instructed on mergers & acquisitions of regulated entities, cross-border mergers and company migrations. He also acts on insurance portfolio transfers and acted as lead counsel on the first life insurance portfolio transfer by a Gibraltar life insurance Protected Cell Company (PCC) to be approved by the Gibraltar Courts. Christian also undertakes insurance insolvency work and has acted on a significant proportion of recent insolvencies and administrations procedures of Gibraltar-based insurers.
Christian also undertakes legislative drafting and advisory work, having acted for HM Government of Gibraltar in respect of the transposition of various European Union Directives into Gibraltar law, including the recast Payment Services Directive (PSD2), Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) and Network and Information Security Directive (NIS Directive).

Christian advised the Gibraltar Government on the onshoring of European legislation as part of Gibraltar’s withdrawal from the European Union in respect of Gibraltar’s financial services and company legislation. He also acted for the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) on the review and drafting of sector-specific regulations as part of the Legislative Reform Programme (LRP), which was the single largest review and reform of Gibraltar’s financial services legislation. 

In terms of insurance industry publications, Christian has contributed the Gibraltar Chapters of both Thomson Reuter’s ‘Comparative Overview of Insurance and Reinsurance Law and Regulation’, and Law Business Research’s ‘The Insurance and Reinsurance Review’. He also contributes the ‘Gibraltar Insurance Guide’ which is part of Thomson Reuters Country Guides Series.  

In 2019, Christian was ranked as a Next Generation Partner by the Legal 500. He is noted as ‘extremely reliable’ and for his ‘wealth of knowledge in the area of financial services law’.




Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
The Gibraltar Bar Council.


Cardiff University Law School


“Christian is a keen football enthusiast and supporter of Manchester United. He is also involved in the game locally, playing in the Gibraltar Premier Division, as well as enjoying the occasional futsal game with friends and colleagues.

Lawyer Rankings

Gibraltar > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Christian CaetanoISOLAS LLP

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.

Gibraltar > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.