Hassans was founded in 1939 and is the largest firm in Gibraltar. It is one of the world's foremost offshore law firms which combines an old world approach to client service with a new world approach to business and technology. It is professional and pragmatic, analytical and creative, rigorous and open to new ideas. Hassans are trusted advisers to clients both locally and overseas who seek legal guidance in a fast-moving, multi-jurisdictional world. Though rooted in Gibraltar, the firm has an international clientele in key jurisdictions around the world, with many assignments involving cross-border advice.
The extent of the firm's expertise, combined with its worldwide network including major London, continental and UK law firm links, gives Hassans the reach to satisfy all of its clients' needs.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm provides a full range of legal services for 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 international corporate restructures, joint ventures, M&A and corporate franchising, tax and e-commerce.
The department 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 for both local and international clients.
International Finance & Banking:
The firm has particular experience in banking and financial markets. The firm's lawyers also advise in banking regulation and licensing work, including the establishment of offshore operations and regulatory advice, as well as the implementation of various legal and tax structures including repackaging and securitisation. It is the only firm in Gibraltar to combine specialist expertise in derivatives regulation with a substantial banking, tax and securitisation practice.
The firm has advised on the privatisation of the government of Gibraltar's telephone services and advises one of the main carriers. The firm advises on all aspects of telecommunications including broadcasting and wireless telegraphy, and was instructed by the International Telecommunications Union to report on the state of telecommunications legislation in various territories in the Caribbean region.
The firm has specialist lawyers who regularly advise on all aspects of private client matters including asset protection, trusts, domiciliation and taxation.
The firm advised the government on the transposition of EU directives into Gibraltar law. Principally, this work has concerned legislation relating to financial services and telecommunications. Contacts have also been established with a number of other governments requiring assistance in this area.
Trust & Company Administration:
Through an associated company (Line Management Services Ltd) the firm provides administration services for both companies and trusts. Among the users of these services are international clients who the firm advises on the use of Gibraltar trusts and offshore companies.
The firm has strong links with major English shipping firms and has been involved in a number of significant international admiralty cases. The firm also handles ship registration and finance.
The firm acts for most of the major local and international developers and builders. The firm advises in matters concerned with secured lending, mortgages and charges for most banks and building societies in Gibraltar.
The firm has advised some of the major on-line betting operators on setting up their operations in Gibraltar and on their IPOs on the London Stock Exchange. The firm has also been heavily involved in assisting the Gibraltar government and industry in drafting the Gambling Act, which has modernised gaming legislation.
International Work: Three quarters of the firm's work is related to international clients. Many of them use Gibraltar companies and trusts to structure their fiscal, fiduciary or investment requirements, and over the years strong links have been forged with major multinationals, financial institutions, banks, law and accountancy firms throughout the world. Gibraltar's status as part of the European Union is often a significant factor in attracting such institutions and businesses to it.
Clients: The firm's international clients predominantly come from the US, the UK, Israel and continental Europe (in particular Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal). They include global corporations, private equity groups, international banks and insurance companies.
Areas of Practice
Corporate & Commercial
International Banking & Finance
Trust & Company Administration