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ISOLAS

ISOLAS is a leading international law firm with its headquarters in Gibraltar. Established in 1892, they are Gibraltar's oldest law firm.

About ISOLAS

Truly independent, they offer 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. They are known to be practical and confident in the advice they give. They are consistently ranked as one of the leading law firms in the jurisdiction by the major international legal directories.

INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS: Isolas act for international clients including most of the major UK, European and US Banks as well as multinational insurers and reinsurers.

MAIN INTERNATIONAL AREAS OF PRACTICE: International Banking & Finance: The firm is a leading player and has specialist lawyers who deal with all aspects of banking and finance. The team's specialist team is led by Christian Hernandez who is acknowledged as one of the leaders in the jurisdiction. He has recently acted in transactions with a value in excess of £6 billion. These have ranged from real estate refinancing and acquisition to the acquisition of PLC's and their subsidiaries.

Admiralty & Shipping: Whilst Gibraltar boasts a large number of law firms, there are very few which have a specialist, highly experienced admiralty department. Credit to the firm's experience and expertise in admiralty matters is the fact that the firm are continuously involved in the majority of shipping disputes in Gibraltar as well as receiving instructions from many of the major London shipping law firms.

Commercial Litigation: ISOLAS has developed one of the leading and most successful commercial litigation departments in Gibraltar. The firm's expertise ranges from (general) commercial litigation to established specialisation in telecommunications, insurance, banking and financial services and international trade, private international and EU competition 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 include tracing remedies, search and seize orders and freezing injunctions.

Insurance & Financial Services: The areas of Gibraltar insurance and financial services are highly regulated. In this respect, clients wishing to provide any of these services in Gibraltar will have to go through a thorough application process before a licence is granted. The firm has dealt with a large number of applications all of which have been successful. The firm considers it to be of paramount importance that applications on behalf of clients are thoroughly and exhaustively prepared in order to ensure their success. In doing this, the firm will guide clients through all stages of the application process in order to ensure completeness of the application.

Property: The firm continues to boast one of the largest property departments, currently being engaged in a large number of substantial property developments in Gibraltar either on behalf of developers or financial institutions. These developments alone account for some 800 residential units currently being developed in Gibraltar and include a wide range of other amenities. The firm regularly acts for property developers and finance institutions on all aspects of residential and commercial property development.

Trust & Company Administration: Isolas are closely associated with the Fiduciary Group, one of the largest and leading trust managers in Gibraltar duly licensed by the Financial Services Commission to undertake company management and professional trustee work. Increasingly the firm advises clients through their correspondent network on international corporate structure including trusts and foundations. However, the majority of their work is introduced by EU Banks. Fiduciary Management and Fiduciary Trust are licensed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission as Company Managers and Professional Trustees for Companies and Trusts License Nos FSC00276/7b.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, German, French and Portuguese.

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ISOLAS

Services

Legal Services

Coverage

Gibraltar

Additional Contacts

PETER ISOLA

Senior Partner; Commercial, Trusts and Betting and Gaming

Expertise

Peter is recognised as an expert in financial services, corporate and trust law and has spoken at various conferences on corporate, trust, insurance and e-gaming matters. He is also Gibraltar's contributor to Tottel Publishing's Planning and Administration of Offshore and Onshore Trusts and Tottel Publishing's International Succession Laws.

Peter also specialises in gaming law and regulation and has been instrumental in the development of the law in this area. In addition to his advisory role Peter is a director of various regulated entities involved in financial services including banking and insurance as well as telecoms and gaming.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Society of Trust and Estate Practioners (STEP); Gibraltar General Council of the Bar; President of Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce from 2002-2006

Background

1992 Managing Partner, Isola & Isola; 1989 Partner, Isola & Isola; 1985 Appointed Notary Public; 1982 Called to the English and Gibraltar Bars, qualified University of Kingston BA Law

 

CHRISTIAN ROCCA

Managing Partner; Banking, Commercial Litigation

Expertise

Christian is a multifaceted lawyer and practices in the areas of Banking and Finance and also Commercial Litigation. He regularly advises Banks on day to day matters as well as representing leading UK, US and Swiss Banks in financing and re-financing projects. Christian has been successful in combining his commercial practice with natural ability as and advocate in the higher Courts and he is recognised domestically and internationally as a leading commercial litigator. In addition to his busy practice Christian is the Head of Employment, Employee Benefits and Pensions Team with is very active and is highly regarded in Gibraltar.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Gibraltar General Council of the Bar; Chartered Institute of Bankers; Honorary member of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies

Background

2007 Managing Partner, Isolas; 2001 Partner, Isola & Isola; 1994 Called to the English and Gibraltar Bars, qualified University of Essex LLB (Hons)

 

CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ

Partner; Corporate, Corporate Finance, Banking and Financial Services

Expertise

Christian is acknowledged as one of the leading lawyers in Gibraltar in the fields of Corporate and Real Estate Finance, Banking and Financial Services. He has been the leading partner in a large number of multi million pound transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and management buyouts, corporate and structured finance and regulatory issues. Among others he represents major European and American high street and investment banks, property developers, insurance companies and UK and Irish Plc's. 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 Worker's Federation, P&I Clubs, Banks and Shipowners.

Professional Memberships

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; Director of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce

Background

2007 Partner ISOLAS

2001 Partner, Isola & Isola; 1995 Called to the English and Gibraltar Bars, qualified University of Hertfordshire LLB (Hons)

 

MARK W. ISOLA QC

Partner

Expertise

Mark specialises in employment, landlord and tenant, personal injury and general insurance work, coupled with a general local practice involving civil and commercial litigation. The growing importance and inter-relationship at work of employment and health and safety legislation, coupled with the rise in employment-related personal injuries claims, has allowed Mark to have an in-depth appreciation and perspective of daily issues affecting business in general and to provide comprehensive and practical advice on the multiplicity of issues affecting local businesses on a daily basis.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Chairman of the Industrial Tribunal; Law Reform Committee; Gibraltar Bar Association

Background

2009: Partner, ISOLAS; 1985: Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar

 

SAMANTHA GRIMES

Partner; Commercial and Civil Litigation, Employment

Expertise

After completing her training at Trade Union law firm O.H. Parsons, and thereafter largely practising in the area of employment law at the London branch of regional law firm Lyons Davidson Solicitors, Samantha joined ISOLAS in the Autumn of 2003. In March 2014 Samantha was invited to join the Isolas partnership and is now looking forward to the new aspects which will be brought to her role as a result.

At ISOLAS Samantha continues to work extensively in the area of employment law undertaking both contentious and non-contentious work largely representing Gibraltar employers ranging from small local companies to large private banks and to gaming companies.

Samantha also involves herself in providing training to a variety of local companies on all aspects of employment law issues and sits as the Chairperson of the Medical Appeal Tribunal.

Alongside her employment work Samantha forms part of the thriving and expanding property department where she acts on a range of matters in relation to some of the largest commercial developments in Gibraltar providing support including negotiating commercial leases and advising on a variety of commercial agreements.

In addition, Samantha heads up the probate department which work largely involves foreign nationals holding assets in Gibraltar and involving cross border succession issues.

Further, she has developed a busy Intellectual Property department, the clients of which are located worldwide, and as part of this practice attends to the general upkeep of Gibraltar trademarks and patents but also regularly liaises with the UK Patent Office.

Professional Memberships

The Law Society of England and Wales; Gibraltar Bar Council; The International Bar Association

Background

2002 Admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales; 2003 Called to the Gibraltar Bar; 2003 Associate, Isola & Isola; 2007 Associate, ISOLAS; 2014 Partner, ISOLAS

 

STEVEN CAETANO

Partner; Gaming and e-Commerce, Corporate

Expertise

Steven is a general business law practitioner with extensive expertise in corporate, intellectual property, e-commerce, and online gaming. A regular adviser in the areas of gaming licensing and regulation and company law and regularly collaborates with E-gaming review and I-gaming Business Magazines on locally focused gaming publications as well as the author of the Gibraltar Chapter of The Mergers & Acquisitions Review (Law Business Research 7th Ed).

Steven is a regular advisor to a significant number of Gibraltar licensed online gaming companies on areas ranging from general e-commerce/ site content, intellectual property, technology, gaming, licensing and regulatory matters.

He is also legal advisor to The Fiduciary Group, a leading Gibraltar professional trustee and corporate service provider.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple; The Gibraltar Bar Council

Background

2011 Partner, ISOLAS; 2007 Senior Associate, ISOLAS; 2002 Associate, Isola & Isola; 2001 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar

 

ADRIAN M. PILCHER

Partner; Trusts, Pensions, Company Law

Expertise

Adrian forms part of the private client tax team within the firm's commercial department, and provides advice and solutions on a wide array of issues to an international client base including large institutional clients and high net worth individuals.

Adrian is fully conversant with local tax, financial services and trust law and is regularly involved advising professional trustees (and beneficiaries) on trusts matters, often lending his services to the litigation department on technically complex trust litigation issues.

Adrian's technical expertise in this area led to his instruction by the Authorised Administrator and the Financial Services Commission during the first ever administration of a large institutional professional trustee following the revocation of its financial services license.

With his strong background in trust and tax law, Adrian has developed the firm's pension practice, and is instructed by clients on a wide array of matters including the establishment of occupational schemes for large institutional clients and on pension issues arising from acquisitions or mergers between large corporations.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple; The Gibraltar Bar Council; Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Student member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation

Background

2016 Partner, ISOLAS; 2007 Associate, ISOLAS; 2005 Associate, Isola & Isola; 2005 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar

 

JOEY GARCIA

Partner; Funds & Investment Services, Fintech

Expertise

Joey has built up a strong Financial Services practice advising on a variety of structures and solutions to an international client base which includes, funds, investment managers, e-money institutions, banks as well as family offices and larger private clients.

He has also been on the forefront of developments in the digital currency, blockchain and distributed ledger technology in Gibraltar and co-chairs the Gibraltar Government working group/think tank on digital currencies.

He was elected as the Chairman of the Gibraltar Funds & Investments Association (GFIA) for the years 2014-2016 and is ranked by Chambers and Partners and IFLR and acknowledged as being 'a highly acclaimed funds expert.' The 2014 Legal 500 reports that Joey is 'extremely professional, commercially aware and strongly client oriented.' He has been involved with the Gibraltar Finance Centre as a moderator and speaker on various Seminar Programs and has contributed to a number of Hedge Fund publications including the Reuters European Reference series on Hedge Funds. Joey also sits on the Financial Services Commission (the Gibraltar Regulator) MiFID II working group and previously on the AIFMD working group. He was also the author of the Corporate Governance Code for Gibraltar Collective Investment Schemes and worked on a secondment within the Financial Services Commission during the latter part of 2013 in relation to AIFMD related technical issues.

Joey was extensively involved in the set up and ongoing operation of the Kusuma Trust (Gibraltar), a large charitable organisation, as a Trustee, and was one of the founders of the Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum. He is licensed by the Financial Services Commission to act as an Experienced Investor Fund Director and Company Manager.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Council Member of The Gibraltar Bar Council; Gibraltar Funds & Investment Association; The Society of Trustee and Estate Practitioners; Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (enrolled)

Background

2011 Senior Associate, ISOLAS; 2007 Associate, ISOLAS; 2005 Associate, Isola & Isola; 2005 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar

 

JONATHAN GARCIA

Partner; Company Law, Funds & Investment Services, Fintech

Expertise

Jonathan is part of the commercial team providing advice on a wide array of structures and solutions to an international client base, which includes investment managers and banks. He is involved in corporate restructuring, structured financing and corporate refinancing and advising generally on company law matters. He advises financing banks and other lending institutions mainly on Gibraltar based structures, usually concerning UK and European commercial property investments.

Given Gibraltar's attractive funds regime and the growing demand for investment related products, Jonathan has predominantly been involved in the Funds practice in a wide range of matters. Jonathan's expertise in this area is varied but includes preparation of underlying formative documents and advising in relation to Protected Cell Company issues and general structuring arrangements. Jonathan has also developed corporate governance expertise and knowledge of relevant regulatory frameworks.

Jonathan is fully conversant with local company and financial services legislation including the Financial Services (Investment and Fiduciary Services) Act. He is regularly involved in advising prospective investment managers and banks on becoming licenced as well as others wishing to seek authorisation under other supervisory Acts. He is also fully familiar with the Financial Services Commission's regulatory requirements and best practice pertaining to a controlled activity.

Jonathan was involved with advising in connection with the first ever administration of a long established group of company managers and professional trustees regulated in Gibraltar pursuant to the newly implemented Financial Services (Temporary Administration of Companies) Act 2010. He subsequently assisted in the winding-up of these entities pursuant to the Financial Services Commission Act 2007.

Jonathan is also licensed by the Financial Services Commission (the competent authority regulating financial services in Gibraltar) to provide directorships to Gibraltar investment companies.

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple; The Gibraltar Bar Council; Institute of Chartered Secretaries (ICSA)

Background

2016 Partner, ISOLAS; 2014 Senior Associate, ISOLAS; 2007 Associate, ISOLAS; 2006 Associate, Isola & Isola; 2006 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar