Karan Aswani

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Expertise

Karan specialises in corporate and commercial matters with a particular focus on the financial services and technology sectors. He regularly advises international and domestic clients within both the public and private sectors on commercial contracts, corporate structuring & financing solutions and general regulatory issues.

Prior to joining ISOLAS, Karan trained and qualified as a solicitor in England with a large international law firm where he developed significant experience advising on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters including: the development of large infrastructure projects, mergers & acquisitions, reorganisations, venture capital transactions, public and private procurement, franchising , e-commerce and IT development and implementation contracts.

Since joining ISOLAS, Karan has been heavily involved in the firm’s Funds and Fintech practice areas, advising funds, investment managers, banks, e-money institutions and emerging blockchain start-ups on licensing and regulatory matters, drafting offering and policy documents and dealing with corporate governance issues.

What is Karan up to these days

Karan is presently involved in advising prospective fund managers with their FSC licence applications to become authorised to act as alternative investment fund managers. Other matters that he is currently working on include: drafting offering documents in connection with the launch of new funds and admissions to the Gibraltar Stock Exchange.

Karan is also a key individual within the firm’s Fintech practice area. He is a founding member of ThinkFintech.gi, an ISOLAS initiative that brings together industry professionals to collaborate on proposals for the development of Gibraltar as a leading domicile for Fintech business. Within the Fintech sector, Karan is currently advising various blockchain start-ups on raising finance through initial coin offerings and on obtaining regulatory authorisations for carrying out their business activities.

 

What they don't say about Karan.

Karan is a keen sports enthusiast who enjoys spending his free time playing cricket, football, badminton and trekking in the outdoors. He has represented and captained the Gibraltar national cricket team in international tournaments. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Karan spent two years travelling around the world where he immersed himself in learning new languages and cultures. He speaks English, Spanish, French and Hindi.

Memberships

The Law Society of England & Wales

Background

2005 - 2009: LLB in European Law & French, University of Warwick
2009 - 2010: Legal Practice Course, College of Law Moorgate
2012 - 2014: Training Contract at Bird & Bird LLP
2014 - 2015: Associate, Bird & Bird LLP
2016 - present: Associate, ISOLAS