Christian Hernandez

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Expertise

Christian is acknowledged as one of the leading lawyers in Gibraltar in the fields of corporate and real estate and shipping finance, banking and financial services. He has been named as a leading lawyer in these fields by Chambers and Partners, the European Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and Global Counsel 3000 amongst others. He has been the leading partner in a large number of substantial transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and management buyouts, corporate and structured finance, regulatory issues and enforcement of security. Among others he represents major European and American high street and investment banks, property developers, insurance companies and UK and Irish PLCs.

In addition to his corporate practice Christian is recognised internationally for his work in admiralty and shipping law and his portfolio of clients include the International Transport Workers Federation, P&I Clubs, banks and shipowners.

What is Christian up to these days

Christian is kept busy with a large number of corporate finance instructions from the world's leading banks and large international law firms as banks continue to seek re-financing and re-structuring of their customers debts and relevant securities as well as advising on enforcement in relation to defaulting structures. In addition to these areas of practice, Christian is engaged in a significant number of ship arrest matters, a direct consequence of the global economic crisis.

Following 10 years as a director of the Gibraltar of Commerce he was appointed in May 2013, as President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce.

What they say about Christian

    "Christian Hernandez, head of the firm's admiralty and shipping team, is undoubtedly one of the heavyweights in the sector. Hernandez has represented shipowners, P&I Clubs, banks and the International Transport Workers Federation. The firm continues to be a favourite amongst several top-drawer shipping firms in London." THE LEGAL 500

    "Christian Hernandez specialises in real estate finance, banking, structured finance and financial services, and is highly recommended; his clients include investment banks, property developers, insurers, and multinational corporations."LEGAL 500

    "Christian Hernandez provides sensible, pragmatic and market-oriented advice on financing matters. He is also a prominent shipping lawyer and is regularly retained as local counsel for ship arrests. CHAMBERS & PARTNERS

    Christian Hernandez has a first-class reputation for skilfully utilising his banking and finance expertise on a breadth of high-value instructions, including international securitisations, real estate finance and the establishment and licensing of banks and captive insurance companies." THE LEGAL 500

    "Christian Hernandez has been commended by clients: 'He knows his market extremely well, I like the way he works and I enjoy working with him. He is a cracking lawyer." IFLR 1000

    Chambers Global 2014: “Clients highlight Christian Hernandez's financial knowledge and experience in areas including M&A and regulation. He has additional maritime expertise and regularly advises on ship arrests.”

What they don't say about Christian.

"He enjoys sailing and motor sports and regularly goes to Africa to participate in Rally Raids."

Memberships

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

The Gibraltar Bar Council

The Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies

President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce

Sits as a Member of the Trade Licensing Tribunal

Background

2017 Partner, ISOLAS LLP

2007 Partner, ISOLAS

2001 Partner, Isola & Isola

1995 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar