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Hassans

57-63 LINE WALL ROAD, PO BOX 199, GIBRALTAR
Tel:
Work +350 2007 9000
Fax:
Fax +350 2007 1966
Email:
Web:
www.gibraltarlaw.com
Gibraltar, San Roque

The firm: Hassans was founded in 1939 and is the largest law firm in Gibraltar. It was the first firm in Gibraltar to structure itself as a modern international law firm, with separate departments for different fields of specialisation. It provides a high-quality, personal and effective service to all its clients, regardless of the size or nature of their business. The firm has a growing international clientele and links with major UK, European and US firms.

Three quarters of the firm’s transactions involve international clients, many of which use Gibraltar companies and trusts to structure their fiscal, fiduciary or investment requirements. The firm has forged strong links with major multinationals, financial institutions, banks, and law and accountancy firms worldwide. The majority of the firm’s international clients are based in the US, the UK, Israel and continental Europe (in particular Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal), and include leading multinationals, banks and building societies.

Areas of practice: Corporate and commercial: the firm provides a full range of legal services to clients ranging from small businesses to major multinationals. It advises corporate clients working in or through Gibraltar on a wide variety of cross-border transactions and financing structures. Other matters handled include corporate restructure and reorganisation, joint ventures, M&A, corporate franchising, corporate tax and e-commerce.

Litigation: Hassans handles most aspects of litigation, with a niche focus on international commercial and trust litigation. The firm’s litigators practise as both barristers and solicitors, and provide a full range of litigation services at all levels to both local and international clients.

International finance, insurance and banking: the firm has particular experience in insurance, banking and financial markets. Its lawyers advise on banking regulation and licensing work, including the establishment of offshore operations and regulatory issues, as well as the implementation of legal and tax structures, including repackaging and securitisation. It is one of the few firms in Gibraltar to combine specialist expertise in derivatives regulation with a substantial banking, tax and securitisation practice.

Telecoms: the firm advises on all aspects of telecoms, including broadcasting and wireless telegraphy, and was instructed by the International Telecommunications Union to report on telecoms legislation in the Caribbean region.

Private client: the firm’s specialist lawyers regularly advise on all aspects of private client matters, including asset protection trusts, domiciliation and taxation.

Drafting: the firm advised the government on the transposition of EU directives into Gibraltar law. This work has concerned legislation relating to financial services and telecoms.

Trust and company administration: the firm provides administration services to companies and trusts. Expertise includes advising international clients on Gibraltar trusts and offshore companies.

Maritime: the firm has strong links with major English shipping firms and has been involved in a number of significant international Admiralty cases. It also handles ship registration and finance.

Property: the firm acts for a variety of major local and international developers and builders. It advises on secured lending, mortgages and charges for most banks and building societies in Gibraltar.

Online gaming: the firm has advised some of the major online betting operators on establishing operations in Gibraltar and IPOs on the London Stock Exchange. The firm has also been heavily involved in assisting the Gibraltar government and industry in the drafting of the new Gambling Ordinance Act, which has modernised gaming legislation.

Funds: the fund industry in Gibraltar has seen rapid and impressive growth. As a result, Gibraltar has become a serious option for individuals and companies considering where to base investment funds. Hassans has been at the forefront of this development, advising both the Government of Gibraltar and most of the funds domiciled in Gibraltar.

  • Contacts
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  • James Levy CBE QC (senior partner)
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  • Javier Chincotta (managing partner)
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  • Other office
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  • Sotogrande
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  • Number of lawyers: 80
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese (Cantonese

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