Christian specialises in insurance and financial services. He is particularly active within the Gibraltar insurance industry, where he advises insurance companies, captives, insurance managers and intermediaries on legal and regulatory issues. Christian is also regularly instructed on acquisitions of regulated firms, cross-border mergers and insurance business transfers, as well as by prospective applicants seeking to undertake the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission’s licensing process. In addition to his financial services work, Christian advises on data protection, gaming, intellectual property and contractual issues.
Christian has acted as lead counsel on a number of significant matters, including the first life insurance statutory portfolio transfer by a Gibraltar life insurance Protected Cell Company (PCC) to be approved by the Gibraltar Courts. He has also acted on the high-profile winding-up proceedings, provisional liquidation and subsequent liquidation of two Gibraltar insurers, as well as the first cross-border merger between a Spanish gaming company and Gibraltar public limited gaming operator.
Christian has contributed the Gibraltar Chapters of Thomson Reuter’s ‘Comparative Overview of Insurance and Reinsurance Law and Regulation’, ‘The Insurance and Reinsurance Review’, as published by Law Business Research and ‘The Gibraltar Insurance Guide’ which forms part of the Thomson Reuters Country Guide Series.
In addition, he formed part of the Solvency II Directive Working Group established by HM Government of Gibraltar and is currently sitting on the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission’s Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) Working Group. Christian has also undertaken a number of part-time secondments with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, including most recently a six-month role in respect of the new legislative framework for Gibraltar financial and professional services, the ‘Legislative Reform Programme’ (LRP).
Christian is currently engaged by a regulated firm on obtaining a licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission’s and is also guiding a Gibraltar insurer through the regulatory change of control process.
He has also recently been instructed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to advise on the implementation and transposition of both the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) into Gibraltar law.
Christian is also advising a range of Gibraltar businesses in preparation for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
The Gibraltar Bar Council
2008 Associate, Isolas
2008 Called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar