Hassans was founded in 1939 and is the largest Law firm in Gibraltar. It was the first in Gibraltar to structure itself as a modern International Law Firm, with separate departments for different fields of specialization. Its aim is to give a high-quality, personal and effective service to its clients of whatever size or nature. The firm has an international clientele, which it continues to develop. It has links with major London, continental and US Law firms.
Three quarters of the firms 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 worldwide. Gibraltar’s status as part of the EU is a significant factor in attracting such institutions and businesses. The firm’s international clients come, above all, from the US, the UK, Israel and Europe (in particular Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal). They include major multinationals, banks and building societies.
The funds industry in Gibraltar has seen rapid and impressive growth, and it continues to expand at a phenomenal rate. Hassans has been at the fore front of this development, advising both the Government of Gibraltar and most of the funds domiciled in Gibraltar.
James is a Partner and Head of the Funds Team. He deals with funds and financial services law as well as tax.
James is a highly regarded practitioner who has been instrumental in setting up the majority of Gibraltar's funds, including the first experienced investor fund and the first protected cell company fund. He served as Chairman of the Gibraltar Funds and Investments Association for two years.
James advised the Government of Gibraltar on its funds legislation and he was involved in the drafting of the Financial Services (Experienced Investor Funds) Regulations 2005. He is a member of the Gibraltar Finance Centre Council and an alternate member of the Gibraltar Investor Compensation Scheme. A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practioners, James advised on a substantial trust in a case involving litigation in Paris, New York and Buenos Aires that was featured in the 'New Yorker' magazine, the 'New York Law Journal' and on CBS News.
He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Hebrew and he read literature, music and law at Johns Hopkins and Bar-Ilan Universities. James is a member of the Israel Bar Association, the Law Society of England & Wales and the Gibraltar Bar. In his spare time, he serves as Chairman of the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society.
Peter is an Associate in the Tax and Overseas Property team. He practises in all areas of UK, Gibraltar and international taxation. Peter studied law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2000. He was Called to the Gibraltar Bar in 2003.
Peter has worked in the tax department of a major US law firm and subsequently an international UK based law firm, both in London. Peter contributed a chapter on taxation to the Law Society's Commercial Law Handbook and has written a number of articles for the UK tax journals and the Estates Gazette.
Anthony is an associate of the Hassans Funds Team and focuses on the establishment of both private funds and professional funds in Gibraltar. Anthony has advised on and structured a variety of funds including hedge funds, property funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, venture capital funds and alternative investment funds.
Anthony is an active member of the Gibraltar Funds and Investment Association (GFIA) and helps promote Gibraltar as a fund jurisdiction through his involvement in the GFIA marketing committee.
Anthony was educated in England and completed a four-year double honors degree in Law and Chemistry (BSc) at the University of Exeter before completing the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.
Anthony is a member of the Honorable Society of Middle Temple and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2007. He was called to the Bar in Gibraltar in 2009. Anthony is licenced by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to provide directorships to Gibraltar Experienced Investor Funds.