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


Work Department

Corporate Finance / Shipping




Christian is acknowledged as one of the leading lawyers in Gibraltar in the fields of corporate and real estate and shipping finance, banking and financial services. He has been named as a leading lawyer in these fields by Chambers and Partners, the European Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Global Counsel 3000 amongst others. He has been the leading partner in a large number of substantial transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and management buyouts, corporate and structured finance, regulatory issues and enforcement of security. Among others he represents major European and American high street and investment banks, property developers, insurance companies and UK and Irish PLCs.

In addition to his corporate practice Christian is recognised internationally for his work in admiralty and shipping law and his portfolio of clients include the International Transport Workers Federation, P&I Clubs, banks and shipowners.

Christian is kept busy with a large number of corporate finance instructions from the world’s leading banks and large international law firms as banks continue to seek re-financing and re-structuring of their customers debts and relevant securities as well as advising on enforcement in relation to defaulting structures. In addition to these areas of practice, Christian is engaged in a significant number of ship arrest matters, a direct consequence of the global economic crisis.

Following 10 years as a director of the Gibraltar of Commerce he was appointed in May 2013, as President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce.



English, Spanish.


Professional memberships include Honourable Society of the Middle Temple; Gibraltar General Council of the Bar; Honorary member of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies; President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce.

Lawyer Rankings

Gibraltar > Banking and finance

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.

Gibraltar > Shipping

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Christian HernandezISOLAS LLP

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.