ISOLAS announces that, effective from 1 July 2016, five of its associates, Christian Caetano, Emma Labrador, James Montado, Sarah Miles and Steven De Lara are appointed Senior Associates of the firm.
Christian specialises in insurance and financial services. He is particularly active within the Gibraltar insurance industry, advising open market insurers, captives, insurance managers and intermediaries on regulatory and corporate matters, including in respect of protected cell company legislation. Christian has undertaken a number of secondments within the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, and also formed part of the Legislative Reform Programme. He is a regular contributor to international insurance publications.
Christian also has a multifaceted commercial practice, which includes data protection and privacy law, e-commerce, intellectual property and domain names. In addition, he undertakes M&A work, advising on cross-border mergers and restructures, as well as insurance business transfers to and from Gibraltar.
Emma has been instrumental in the re-establishing and developing of the Family Law Practice at ISOLAS. She provides specialist legal advice on all family matters including matrimonial, divorce, children and financial issues. She has extensive experience in this field, ranging from non-contentious divorces to high value financial agreements (pre-nuptials) involving substantial assets in various jurisdictions, as well as divorces involving negotiations and settling the division of substantial matrimonial assets in multi-jurisdictions.
James specialises in civil and commercial litigation including contractual, trust and fraud claims together with a strong emphasis on complex and cross border Insolvency and has been prominently involved in most of the firm’s high value litigation. In addition, James undertakes advisory and drafting work in banking and financial services matters acting for large global private banks and regularly advises on regulatory and contractual matters within this context.
Sarah acts principally for retail and private banks in Gibraltar, but her work over the last year has included drafting security documentation for new and existing lenders in Gibraltar, drafting the legislation for the Fair Trading Act and framework for the Office of Fair Trading in Gibraltar, acting for the developer on the newest phase of Kings Wharf, the prestigious ‘Quay 29’ located in Queensway.
Steven De Lara
Steven specialises in cross border insolvency, with a particular focus in multinational corporate group proceedings. He often advises banks and leading financial institutions in the recovery and realisation of assets under private international law rules. Steven is also regularly instructed over fraud related matters, company shareholder disputes, insolvency law, public procurement law, commercial landlord and tenant and employment law (he represents the Gibraltar Teachers Association – local branch of UK NASUWT). His clients range from private individuals to multinational companies.
“ISOLAS goes from strength to strength.”
Commenting on the appointment, Marcus Killick, ISOLAS’ CEO, expressed satisfaction at the appointment of the five new Senior Associates. He commented that ‘ISOLAS continues to go from strength to strength and is very proud to witness the progress of these five members of the team who have all contributed significantly to the continued success story of the longest established firm in Gibraltar.”
Senior Partner, Peter Isola, added his congratulations to the new Senior Associates, indicating that “for me, the development of our lawyers into key members of the local profession, is a source of pride and a moment that, I think, rewards the efforts of everyone at ISOLAS, from the partners and senior non-fee earning members of the firm, to the rest of the team at the office – it’s very encouraging to see how we keep pushing forward and keep growing, not simply in terms of numbers, but as a group of individuals with a shared vision based on delivering the best service to our clients and business partners.”
Training Contracts for 2016
Mr Killick, speaking about ISOLAS’ Training Contract programme for 2016, went on to say that “we [ISOLAS] are now hoping to attract the next generation of lawyers by launching, as we have done in the last week or so, our recruitment drive for trainees to join our training programme which begins in September this year. I wish to congratulate the new Senior Associates on their achievement and wish them all the best – I look forward to continuing to work with them in the coming months and years.”