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Full results – Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Legal market overview
The e-commerce and online gaming sectors remain key areas for the Gibraltarian market, with low taxes and appealing gambling legislation attracting online businesses and payment service providers to the jurisdiction. Gibraltar is also a key country for investment funds and financial services, with other core areas for law firms including private client work and shipping matters.

Gibraltar continued its growth and development with the successful launch in 2015 of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Gibraltar International Bank, along with the University of Gibraltar, which opened in September 2015.

Hassans is the largest firm in Gibraltar, with Isolas and Triay & Triay also being prominent in the market. In March 2015, Triay Stagnetto Neish merged with Cruz & Co. Ramparts has seen significant growth, with several new hires and the establishment of a UK office, in Manchester. See more at:

Banking and Finance – Tier 1 with Isolas and Triay &Triay
Tony Provasoli leads the team at Hassans, which advises investment and commercial banks, insurance groups and corporate clients on a range of finance matters including derivatives, securitisations and regulatory issues. Nigel Feetham is recommended for insurance work, recently assisting with the drafting of insurance legislation, and James Lasry is noted on the funds side. Valerie Holliday assisted in relation to the establishment of the first peer-to-peer lender in Gibraltar. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals James Lasry*, Nigel Feetham*, Valerie Holliday*, Tony Provasoli

Corporate, Commercial and M&A – Tier 1 sole leaders
Hassans’ ‘efficient, effective and highly personable’ team recently advised Cameron Holdings on a multi-faceted £1.1bn luxury housing project, and the Ocean Village Group on a renewed agreement with the government of Gibraltar relating to several investment projects including World Trade Centre Gibraltar. The 15-partner group includes the ‘completely assured’ Peter Montegriffo QC; ‘trusted adviser’ James Levy QC; Michael Castiel, who ‘knows his stuff’; and the ‘very prompt’ Abigail Cornelio, who ‘never disappoints’. Isaac Levy (who is ‘a rising star with great potential’) and Nigel Acris were promoted to the partnership in 2015, and consultant David Weber joined the team. Nyreen Llamas and Vikram Nagrani are also recommended. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals James Levy QC*, Michael Castiel*, Peter Montegriffo QC*, Abigail Cornelio, David Weber, Isaac Levy, Nigel Acris, Nyreen Llamas, Vikram Nagrani

Dispute Resolution – Tier 1 with Triay and Triay
The team at Hassans ‘always provides a thorough and professional response’, and has ‘extremely good knowledge of local legislation’. Lewis Baglietto QC leads the practice, which includes John Restano QC and commercial litigator David Dumas QC. Clients also recommend Gillian Guzman QC, who is Gibraltar’s only female silk and is ‘a highly likeable and supportive lawyer with a personal touch’; her recent work includes advising on employment matters and care proceedings, and she also acted for an inmate in a judicial review following a parole refusal. Michele Walsh made partner in 2015. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals David Dumas QC*, John Restano QC*, Lewis Baglietto QC*, Gillian Guzman QC, Michele Walsh

Gambling Law – Tier 1 with Ramparts
Hassans is prominent in the online gambling sector, acting for clients including William Hill Online, bet365 and Betfair. Peter Montegriffo QC and Nyreen Llamas recently advised bet365 Sportsbook on its relocation to Gibraltar, while other work for the team included assisting Gamesys on a sale of IP rights.

Online gaming is an area of focus for Ramparts. Founder Peter Howitt is CEO of the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA), and the firm recently acted for the association in a judicial review challenging the UK’s gambling tax regime. See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals Nyreen Llamas, Peter Montegriffo QC 

Investment Funds – Tier 1 sole leaders
Hassans ‘gives every level of legal advice needed, with excellent response times and exceptional professionalism’. The team assists with all types of funds including Experienced Investor Funds (EIFs) and private funds for clients including the Gibraltarian government. Clients recommend department head and vice-chairman of the Gibraltar Investment Funds Association James Lasry, who is ‘widely knowledgeable and can come up with a solution to any problem’. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals James Lasry

Private Client – Tier 1 sole leaders
Managing partner Javier Chincotta, James Levy QC and Peter Montegriffo QC are key names in the practice at Hassans. The team also includes Isaac Levy, who has particular expertise advising high-net-worth individuals on trust-related matters and succession planning; and Nigel Acris, who specialises on the tax side. The practice has significant experience in re-domiciliation matters. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals James Levy QC*, Javier Chincotta*, Peter Montegriffo QC*, Isaac Levy, Nigel Acris  

Real Estate and Construction – Tier 1 with Isolas, Triay & Triay and Triay Stagnetto Neish
The team at Hassans, headed by Dick Azopardi, covers residential and commercial property work, and financing and investment matters. On the residential side, it acts for a number of major developers in relation to developments in Gibraltar and Spain. Its commercial property expertise includes lease renewals, sales and purchases, and construction matters. The firm is heavily involved in the Mid-Town development project. Ian Farrell is recommended for landlord and tenant issues, and made partner in 2015. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals Dick Azopardi*, Ian Farrell

Shipping – Tier 1 with Triay and Triay
The ‘strong and experienced’ team at Hassans is ‘responsive, commercial and focused on the result’. The specialist practice has particular expertise in ship arrests and registration, and also assists private individuals in relation to the registration and ownership of privately owned yachts. Clients include Lombard Finance and various banks. Lewis Baglietto QC leads the practice; and Michele Walsh, who made partner in 2015, and John Restano QC are recognised for their shipping litigation work. Yvonne Chu-Feetham is recommended for marine finance matters. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals John Restano QC*, Lewis Baglietto QC*, Michele Walsh, Yvonne Chu-Feetham

TMT – Tier 1 with Ramparts
Hassans’ recent highlights include advising Gamesys on a £425m sale of intellectual property rights to the Intertain Group, and it continues to advise Springowl on the purchase of a stake in digital entertainment. Other clients include GibTelecom, Amaya and Continent 8. Peter Montegriffo QC, Nyreen Llamas and Anthony Provasoli are the key practice members. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals Nyreen Llamas*, Peter Montegriffo QC*, Anthony Provasoli

Tax – Tier 1 sole leaders
The ‘knowledgeable and solution-driven team’ at Hassans has ‘a strong track record for tax’, and gives ‘pragmatic and tailored advice’. Chris White leads the team and is ‘completely calm at all times, while demonstrating encyclopaedic knowledge’. Clients also recommend Albert Mena; the ‘sharp and innovative’ Grahame Jackson who made partner in 2015; and Joseph Abudarham, who specialises in cross-border tax planning. – See more at:

Leading* / Recommended individuals Albert Mena*, Chris White*, Grahame Jackson, Joseph Abudarham

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