Christian M. Rocca

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Expertise

Christian is a multifaceted lawyer and practices in the areas of banking, finance and commercial litigation in Gibraltar. He regularly advises banks on day to day matters as well as representing leading UK, US and Swiss banks in financing and re-financing projects involving an element of Gibraltar Law as well as advising financial institutions on regulatory matters. Christian has been successful in combining his commercial practice with a natural ability as an advocate in the higher Courts and is recognised domestically and internationally as a leading commercial litigator.

In addition to his busy practice, Christian is the Head of the Gibraltar Employment Law, Employee Benefits and Gibraltar Pensions Team which is very active and is highly regarded in Gibraltar.

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What is Christian up to these days

Christian is kept busy with a large volume of work from a number of Gibraltar's leading banks seeking advice on litigation matters, legal and regulatory developments affecting them and assisting in formulating strategy and policy designed to envelop all relevant changes. He regularly advises the Ministry of Defence on a vast array of issues. Christian is also currently engaged in a variety of employment and other matters on behalf of large institutional clients.

As regards highlights in his banking practice, recently Christian has headed the local team in the ‘acquisition’ by UBP of Lloyds Bank PB business in Gibraltar and subsequent structured sale by UBP of the Gibraltar book of business, the exit from Gibraltar of Barclays Bank PLC and the acquisition by a Swiss entity of client relationships/assets arising from the partial sale of PB business in Gibraltar. He was very recently instructed by Credit Suisse AG in the sale of Credit Suisse Gibraltar entity and led the Gibraltar team on that project.

On the contentious front, he has very recently been involved in and has represented a variety of banks and financial institutions on a number of complex and high volume financial services disputes.

He was instructed by the Royal Gibraltar Police in the Giraldi Inquiry, an inquiry established to investigate certain allegations of mismanagement, misconduct, malpractice and abuse relating to the Dr Giraldi Home and the conduct of the relevant authorities and agencies in response to those allegations.

What they say about Christian

"Christian Rocca, is one of the jurisdiction's best respected practitioners and heads up a four-lawyer strong team spanning general commercial disputes, compliance and regulatory matters, civil fraud, injunction and asset-tracing, trusts litigation, shareholders disputes regulatory investigations and money-laundering issues." THE LEGAL 500

˜Christian is an excellent litigator, particularly on criminal matters, and his broad practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation. Clients add that he is amiable, charming, and very nice to work with." CHAMBERS & PARTNERS

˜Christian Rocca is a gregarious character who gets on well with peers and clients. He acted for the Ministry of Defence and Secretary of State in the TGWU v MoD and Secretary of State matter, which covered a number of major constitutional issues."CHAMBERS & PARTNERS

Chambers Global 2014: “Christian Rocca receives outstanding feedback from interviewees: "He is one of the best litigators on the Rock and incredibly efficient." Another interviewee adds: "He is extremely committed, gives concise, straightforward answers and is very good at explaining legal concepts to non-lawyers." He is ranked as a Band 1 lawyers for Dispute Resolution.

What they don't say about Christian.

He loves all sports, particularly cricket, golf, football and rugby. He captained the Gibraltar cricket team from 1986 to 2008 and is currently the President of Gibraltar Cricket. He is also a very keen cyclist and has, along with other members of the firm, taken to raising funds for charity by embarking on various charity rides.

Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

The Gibraltar Bar Council

Chartered Institute of Bankers

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

Associate of the Compliance Institute

President of the Gibraltar Cricket Board

Background

2011 Partner,

ISOLAS 2007 Managing Partner,

ISOLAS 2001 Partner, Isola & Isola

1994 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar

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