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Triay & Triay

Banking and finance Tier 1

Triay & Triay focuses on corporate and project finance work, as well as regulatory advice to financial institutions. The firm is also experienced in providing restructuring assistance to businesses, in preparation for Brexit. Leading the practice are Joseph E Triay, whose expertise lies in the regulatory aspects of the banking and finance sector, and expert in corporate finance and M&A Alan Buchanan. Also notable is senior associate Jay Gomez, who specialises in fintech.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘very impressiveTriay & Triay is ‘a go-to firm for disputes of any complexity’ and has ‘a pre-eminent reputation for trust and commercial litigation’. The firm provides ‘all the local know-how and international expertise a client could need’ and has ‘a huge bank of knowledge combined with a wealth of experience to draw on’. Leading the practice are ‘first-class litigatorCharles Simpson, who ‘exudes confidence and really knows his stuff’; the ‘tenacious and creativeFreddie Vasquez QC, who is known as ‘a worthy opponent in any courtroom battle’; and personal injury specialist Simon Triay, who is also experienced in trade mark disputes. In recent highlights, the team acted for Grant Thornton in a high-value insurance liquidation and handled a multitude of claims arising from it, and represented Natalie Balban-Diable in a dispute related to the ownership of a basement cellar in Gibraltar.

Investment funds Tier 1

Triay & Triay acts on private funds and experienced investor funds, as well as investment in a range of asset classes including more recently blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrencies. The firm's particular area of expertise is in undertakings for collective investment in transferrable securities (UCITS). Senior associate Jay Gomez specialises in financial legislation and is known for his work with the Gibraltar financial services commission. He leads the team with senior associate Javi Triay, who is a specialist in PCC work.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Triay & Triay focuses on real estate projects and financing in Gibraltar and abroad, as well as being active in residential conveyancing work. Practice head Julian Triay leads a team that includes Abraham Serfaty QC, who is particularly experienced in acting for banks on real estate matters and financing transactions. He also advises developers, landlords and tenants on commercial matters.

Shipping Tier 1

Triay & Triay works across the board in the shipping sector, with notable experience in vessel and yacht registration, ship financing and admiralty matters. James Ramagge is active for international ship financing banks and leads the practice with Raymond A Triay, who specialises in ship arrests. The firm is assisting Nordic Trustee with the re-organisation of the Sea Trucks Group’s dynamic positioning fleet. In another highlight, the team is advising Standard Chartered Bank on the drafting and registration of a mortgage against the vessel VOS Chablis registered in Gibraltar. Other clients include Aegean Baltic Bank and ING Bank.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Triay & Triay specialises in international financing, investment and M&A transactions. The firm is particularly active in cross-border matters. Practice head Javier Triay has significant experience advising on corporate and commercial matters. He leads a team that includes corporate finance and M&A expert Alan Buchanan; consultant Robert Vasquez, who focuses on banking and investment schemes; and senior associate John Virgo, who has expertise in corporate transactions.

Private client Tier 2

Joseph E Triay and Javier Triay lead the family and private client practice at Triay & Triay. The firm focuses on family structures and disputes, as well as providing experience in the establishment and management of trusts, including taxation. The team is also active in advising on relocations from and to Gibraltar and elsewhere, including category 2 residence.

Tax Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary team at Triay & Triay is led by private client specialist Joseph E Triay and includes Robert Vasquez QC, who has expertise in banking, corporate and finance matters. The firm has experience acting for private and corporate clients in a range of issues including capital gains tax, inheritance tax, estate duty and withholding tax.

TMT Tier 2

Triay & Triay focuses on TMT matters related to financial services regulations, with particular experience in DLT. The firm works with e-payment providers, global social media companies and tech start-ups, on a range of issues, notably licensing, compliance and cyber-security. The practice is led by Joseph E Triay, Alan Buchanan and senior associate Jay Gomez, who specialises in fintech and DLT.

The firm: Triay & Triay is a full-service law firm. The firm was established in 1905 by the late Arthur Carrara CMG KC and is a recognised market leader in a number of specialist practice areas, including company and commercial, admiralty and shipping, insolvency, dispute resolution, private client and financial services. The firm offers both Gibraltar and Spanish legal advice from its offices in Gibraltar and Spain and prides itself on its original thinking, dedication and delivery of practical legal solutions to clients both locally and internationally.

Areas of practice: Corporate and commercial: the firm’s extensively experienced Corporate and Commercial team has a trusted reputation for excellence and the provision of focused and commercially minded specialist advice.  The team provides expert and industry specific assistance across a comprehensive range of company and commercial matters, including mergers, acquisitions and takeovers (in the regulated and unregulated sectors), solvent and insolvent corporate reconstruction and rescue, corporate finance, acquisition and project financings, data protection, information technology and telecommunications, electronic business and commerce (including e-gaming), agency, distribution, franchising and licensing arrangements, EU and competition law, commercial contracts, joint ventures, insolvency, intellectual property and all associated regulatory matters. The Firm regularly assists clients and other local service providers with company re-domiciliation’s and branch registrations.

Dispute resolution: the firm’s experience and expertise is well recognised as a market leader across all spectrums of litigation matters and includes asset tracing/interim remedies in aid of foreign proceedings, company and commercial, contract, construction, criminal, dishonest assistance claims, employment, family, gaming, insolvency (to include insurance companies), intellectual property, judicial review, landlord and tenant, personal injury, professional negligence, trademark infringement and trust litigation.

Employment: The firm’s busy employment department provides a full range of specialist advice and assistance on contentious and non-contentious employment and human resource matters. The department, which includes a Queen’s Counsel and two current Chairpersons of the Employment Tribunal in Gibraltar, boasts considerable experience and acumen and is the sole retained counsel for a number of the largest employers in Gibraltar across various industry sectors. The experienced team has a proven track record of providing responsive, diligent and practical advice in all areas of employment law, and its portfolio includes representation of employees and employers before the Employment Tribunal, advising on and assisting with the management of collective redundancy procedures, termination and recruitment arrangements, international outsourcings, transfer of undertakings, preparation of multi-level employment contracts, staff handbooks, human resource policies, employee compensation, benefit and incentive schemes, harmonisation arrangements and all employment aspects of corporate transactions, insolvency and restructuring.

Financial services: Gibraltar has a strong and thriving finance industry, regulated to EU standards. Our Financial Services team has been at the forefront of this growth and in particular in developing Gibraltar as a jurisdiction of choice for the establishment of investment services and investment funds. This has included contributing to Thomson Reuter’s European Lawyer Reference on investment funds.

The Financial Services team have a wealth of experience in advising banks, payment institutions, Gibraltar investment funds, investment fund managers, investment fund administrators, asset and investment managers/brokers and insurance companies, intermediaries and managers. Our financial services lawyers have advised and assisted with, the initial structuring and restructuring of licensable/licensed entities and ongoing regulatory matters such as licensing, passporting into other EU jurisdictions, the establishment of branches, distribution issues, the re-domiciliation of licensed entities and the disposal of financial services entities. The team has recently been involved in a several multi jurisdiction insurance portfolio transfers.

Fintech:  this team forms part of our traditional financial services team.  The firm’s Fintech team has the experience, industry knowledge and commercial understanding to assist these bold entrepreneurs. Our lawyers have also assisted clients, such as payment service providers, with licensing applications and therefore understand the requirements of the licensing process. The team has leveraged its existing knowledge of traditional financial services to assist clients in understanding their regulatory obligations under Gibraltar’s world-leading Distributed Ledger Technology regulations. The team has assisted numerous clients with establishing and structuring their ICOs from Gibraltar. The team has been actively involved with the drafting of the Token Regulations. The team has contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide on Fintech .

Private client: the firm provides market leading assistance and advice on individual tax and residence matters; estate planning and administration; associated tax planning issues as well as advising on the establishment and/or administration of non-charitable, charitable trusts, private trust companies and other philanthropic ventures. The firm regularly assists individuals, families, trust corporations, fiduciaries and other professionals from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures in order to provide bespoke solutions to meet the needs of the client concerned.

The firm works closely with its associated company T & T Management Services Limited in providing bespoke solutions to its clients both locally and worldwide.

Property: the property team is growing and innovating to cater for Gibraltar’s developing property market. The team continues to offer specialist advice in relation to residential and commercial property transactions both in Gibraltar and in Spain through the firm’s associated Spanish firm. The Firm also advises both landlords and tenants in the commercial property sphere. Furthermore, the team advises developers in Gibraltar.  The firm advises various charitable institutions in relation to their property matters. The team liaises with the dispute resolution team in relation to property litigation. The team’s experience knowledge and expertise is unrivalled locally with several leading practitioners in the sector.

Shipping and Admiralty: The firm’s shipping and admiralty team has been at the forefront of developing Gibraltar as a jurisdiction of choice for admiralty and shipping work and is recognised as the market leader in Gibraltar. Its reputation is unrivalled. The team has been involved in the majority of mortgagee led ship arrests (including fleet arrests) that have occurred in Gibraltar. The team pioneered the private treaty sale option which has become extremely popular amongst creditors. The team also has a wealth of experience of dealing with Ship Registrations and Financings. The firm also acts as the registered agent for approximately two thirds of all commercial vessels registered in Gibraltar.

In summary, the firm acts on behalf of a wide variety of clients ranging from private individuals to international corporations including major banks and financial services companies as well as online gaming companies, insurance companies, funds and public institutions. The firm also acts for a number of non-profitable organisations and charities. It is not the policy of the firm to name its clients in publications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate & Commercial Javier Triay +350 200 72020
Corporate & Commercial Alan Buchanan
Dispute Resolution Alfred Vasquez QC
Dispute Resolution Charles Simpson
Dispute Resolution Simon Triay
Financial Services Joseph Triay
Financial Services Jay Gomez
Financial Services Javi Triay
Fintech Jay Gomez
Fintech Javi Triay
IP and Trade Marks Simon Triay
Private Client Joseph Triay
Private Client Charles Simpson
Property Julian Triay
Shipping and Admiralty James Ramagge
Shipping and Admiralty Raymond Triay
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alan Buchanan  photo Mr Alan Buchanan
 Jay Gomez photo Jay Gomez Sales Contact
Mr James Ramagge  photo Mr James Ramagge
Mr Abraham Serfaty QC photo Mr Abraham Serfaty QC
Mr Charles Simpson  photo Mr Charles Simpson
Mr Joseph E Triay  photo Mr Joseph E Triay
Mr Simon Triay  photo Mr Simon Triay
Mr Raymond A Triay  photo Mr Raymond A Triay
Mr Javi Triay  photo Mr Javi Triay
Mr Javier Triay  photo Mr Javier Triay
Mr Julian Triay  photo Mr Julian Triay
Mr Freddie Vasquez QC photo Mr Freddie Vasquez QC
Mr Robert Vasquez QC photo Mr Robert Vasquez QC
Mr John Virgo  photo Mr John Virgo
Number of lawyers : 26
Association of European Lawyers
International Lawyers Group
MSI Global Alliance
Global Law
Principle Contact : Melo Triay, Senior Partner
Secondary Contact : Charles Simpson, Partner
Contact number and general email : +350 200 72020 and
Other offices : Currently in Spain we have 2 offices in Sotogrande and Marbella with 8 lawyers

Triay& Triay – Legal Excellence

The firm continues our founder’s legacy more than 110 years later by making diversity and inclusion top priorities.

During our 110-year-plus history, together with our sister company T&T Management Services Limited, our Gibraltar and Spanish offices have made significant strides toward the more equitable inclusion of women, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, veterans, ethnic minorities and other demographic groups. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of our clients throughout our institution and to build teams and create a working environment that is the right fit for every one of our employees.

We have done much to achieve this objective, and we are firmly committed to making continued progress.

Diversity & inclusion creates Legal Excellence.

CLIENT: Hedley Walls, Group Head of Risk at Admiral Insurance Group

COMPANY/FIRM: Admiral Insurance Group

TESTIMONIAL: “Triay& Triay provided Admiral Group PLC with excellent and diligent support during our portfolio transfer process.”

CLIENT: Altarius Capital Limited, Gibraltar Head Office

COMPANY/FIRM: Altarius Capital Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Altarius Capital is an AIFM that is incorporated in Gibraltar and obtained a licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission with the assistance of Triay & Triay. Triay & Triay have accompanied us all the way, helping and guiding us in the biggest strategic decisions taken by Altarius. All personnel at Triay & Triay have shown, at all times, that they are not only the best professionals with very good knowledge of the financial & regulatory environment, but that they are also excellent people at a human level.”

CLIENT: Charles Bottaro & Paul Stych, North Atlantic Trust Company Limited

COMPANY/FIRM: North Atlantic Trust Company Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Triay & Triay for many years on a number of matters from Corporate and Trust Law to ongoing advisory services for our business. Time and time again they have delivered under ambitious time constraints providing practical solutions and technically sound advice across multiple legal disciplines. Their reliability, impressive commercial awareness and ability to convey highly complex matters clearly, is why Triay & Triay have become our trusted legal advisors.”

CLIENT: Lars Aarup Jensen, Managing Director, Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited

COMPANY/FIRM: Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Jyske Bank has worked with Triay & Triay for almost 30 years. Through those years tasks have been solved within many areas, not least when we were looking for external impartial advise and second opinions. Senior partner Melo Triay’s insight in Financial Services should be highlighted but it also worth noting the team of highly skilled professionals supporting him at all times.”

CLIENT: Andrew Hunter QC, Blackstone Chambers

COMPANY/FIRM: Blackstone Chambers

TESTIMONIAL: “I have recently worked with Triay & Triay (Melo Triay and Chris Davis) on two large financial services cases. I regard the firm, and Melo and Chris in particular, as exceptional litigators. Their knowledge of the complex law in the financial services sector is outstanding. They combine this deep legal knowledge with strategic insight honed by many years of experience. Melo, as the senior litigator has a particular ability to see the wood for the trees which is invaluable on complex cases of the sort on which we have worked together. They are resourceful, effective and a pleasure to work with.”

CLIENT: Turner Limited

COMPANY/FIRM: Turner Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “Triay & Triay have provided invaluable services to us. We were struggling to deal with items beyond our understanding and normal business remit. They held our hand and guided us through the process smoothly always answering our questions promptly and with a lot of foresight. This changed what could have been long, complex and arduous cross jurisdictional negotiations, simplifying it and we were able to get all of the terms amended to what we wanted. Whilst both parties came out satisfied with their relationship strengthened if anything. I give their lawyers and staff the highest recommendation.”

International Reach & Networks  

Triay & Triay is an international, independent and innovative law firm: hallmarks of the firm throughout its history, over 115-years. 

We are the only Gibraltar law firm with a material presence in Spain and via those offices in Sotogrande, Marbella and Madrid, Triay & Triay is able to service cross-border clients in Spain and at the same time leverages it international network of lawyers (Globalaw, Association of European Lawyers, International Lawyers Group) to provide clients with cross-border access to legal services in most jurisdictions.  

The Clients 

We take great pride in providing our clients with independent and unrivalled legal services. Our client base includes clients that are domiciled and resident in Gibraltar as well as those with international businesses and interests. Within the last 12 months alone, our clients have included: 

  • Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar;

  • Attorney General for Gibraltar;

  • Gibraltar Financial Services Commission;

  • international businesses (incl. large financial institutions) providing services in Gibraltar and internationally; 
  • High-net worth individuals and private clients.  

The Team 

Our goal is to create teams and a working environment that reflect the needs of our clients. Our lawyers are enthusiastic, committed people who relish the challenges and opportunities that they encounter every day. Together, they speak a range of languages including, English, Spanish, French, Hebrew and Italian.