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GIBRALTAR

Gibraltar’s strong financial environment and its competitive tax rates have contributed to the territory’s global position as one of the world’s biggest gaming hubs.  


Described as the online equivalent of Las Vegas, Gibraltar has long been recognised as the

world’s leading online gaming jurisdiction, a status at risk as Brexit poses an ‘existential threat’ to

its economy, according to Chief Minister

Fabian Picardo.


Gibraltar’s Government highlights online gaming as a significant sector that is highly dependent on frontier workers, thousands of which cross the broader every day to work.


Mr Picardo warns that the economic impact could be vast if the UK ends free movement of labour after leaving the EU. A House of Commons report published in March 2017 highlights the significance of Gibraltar’s business relationship with the UK.


The report states: ‘Several witnesses emphasised the relative importance of Gibraltar’s economic

links to the UK, particularly the City of London, over those with the rest of the EU.’


The report continues ‘The Chief Minister told us that, in terms of financial services and online gaming, most of Gibraltar’s business was with the UK, and said that his priority would be to deepen and strengthen this relationship following Brexit, especially if Gibraltar should find itself excluded from the Single Market in services.’


In other developments, Gibraltar’s case against

the UK’s point of consumption tax for remote gambling, implemented in 2014, continues as Gibraltar restarts its bid to overturn the

15 per cent levy.


The case has been referred to the Court of Justice for the European Union in Luxembourg and awaits the courts full judgement.  

Ranking and editorials

TIER 1

Hassans

Isolas


TIER 2

Ellul & Co

Triay Stagnetto Neish

Ramparts  


TIER 3

Attias & Levy

Triay & Triay


RANKING AND EDITORIALS

TIER 1

Gaming law specialist Hassans is among the region’s most reputable firms with diverse case coverage. Leading lawyer and industry expert Nyreen Llamas advises a range of international gaming companies on data protection, intellectual property, tax and corporate matters. The firm has also been involved in the successful flotation of several gaming groups and has assisted in the corporate restructuring and consolidation of various operators.


Isolas is a leading choice for sports and entertainment law. The team has extensive experience advising local and international sports personalities on contract law preparation and negotiation. With a corporate and business law focus, key practitioner Steven Caetano also specialises in intellectual property, online gaming and e-commerce.


TIER 2

Specialising in gaming law, Triay Stagnetto Neish represents some of the region’s largest online gambling companies. The firm advises on matters ranging from legislative changes and regulatory frameworks to the establishment of a local presence.


Ramparts is one of the few firms focussing on media and entertainment. The practice also assists internet-based service providers and online gaming operators on compliance, marketing and regulation. Founding partner Peter Howitt manages the firm and is highlighted by peers for his advice on the establishment of an online social network for artists.  Other focus areas include data protection, licensing, sales and distribution, cloud computing and technology development.


TIER 3

Present since 1985, Attias & Levy has built a reputable practice with a broad client base. The team is experienced in dealing with media law cases notably relating to libel and slander. On a local basis the firm acts for clients in connection with libellous online content.  


Triay & Triay’s media-related work stems from its corporate and commercial department which works on e-business, online gaming and data protection. The firm is among Gibraltar’s leading in business law, advising domestic and international clients.

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