Gibraltar and ISOLAS LLP - a key combination in the DLT/Token Launch space

Gibraltar is quickly emerging in the Fintech space for new businesses starting up in this fast-moving sector.

With a sound regulatory environment that welcomes innovation together with an accessible and forward-thinking regulator, Gibraltar is a jurisdiction that many Fintech businesses (including blockchain start-ups, multi-currency digital wallet providers, e-money institutions and innovative payment service providers) are either setting up operations in or keeping a close eye on.

This has been accelerated by the proposal for a Distributed Ledger Technology Framework from the Government of Gibraltar and the Financial Services Commission. This document follows on from the ‘Virtual Currency: Outline Regulatory Framework’ paper which was produced by the Cryptocurrency working group co-chaired by partner Joey Garcia. Joey Garcia has recently been recognised as one of only 12 leading individuals in Blockchain by Chambers & Partners - click here for more info  

ISOLAS is a market leader in the Fintech sector, having worked closely with the Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission on various niche areas within this space. We have been instrumental, through our participation in Government established working groups, in shaping discussions and regulatory proposals for Crypto-Currency, Crowdfunding and Distributed Ledger Technology.

ISOLAS also founded Gibraltar’s only dedicated Fintech think tank,, an initiative that brings together local and international financial services and technology professionals to collaborate and discuss ways in which Gibraltar can position itself as a welcoming, supportive and well-regulated environment for Fintech business.

ISOLAS is therefore at the forefront of legal developments and has unrivalled expertise when it comes to advising on these exciting new areas of financial services. We provide a tailored approach to finding legal and regulatory solutions for our client’s objectives based on our in-depth understanding of the industry.

Joey Garcia has been recognised as one of only 12 global legal blockchain experts by Chambers & Partners in 2017 - for more information, click the link: Joey Garcia recognised as Global blockchain legal expert

ISOLAS recently contributed the Gibraltar chapter of the European Crowdfunding Regulation review - click the link for more information - ISOLAS LLP contributes to the European Crowdfunding Regulation review 2017


Our latest brochure

ISOLAS LLP Gibraltar DLT, Token Launch and General Fintech Brochure - February 2018


Our approach to the regulatory and legal approval of ICOs is quite unique. We also work with a number of larger, well established businesses in the space and a number of businesses post ICO are coming to Gibraltar to explore their options for licensing and regulation under the new DLT regime. In essence, the regime determines 9 headline 'principles' which are then applied on a proportionate basis to each applicant depending on a number of factors.

More information about our work:

  • News Bulletin September 2018 - Click here
  • Interview with Sian Jones about the approach in Gibraltar from epicentre - Click here
  • Gibraltar Digital Currency Brochure prepared for Consensys 2017 - Click here
  • Coverage of the Gnosis token launch - Click here
  • Xapo secures e-money licence in August 2017 - Click here
  • For the Government of Gibraltar's statement on Xapo's e-money licensing - Click here
  • Cindicator - click here
  • BitJob - click here
  • STOX - Token sale already completed successfully. Full allocation of tokens sold - click here
  • Coinsilium - appointment to advise on Terrastream - click here

Joey Garcia presented at the D10e conference in Gibraltar in October 2017 - watch the presentation by clicking here

In October 2017, the Government of Gibraltar published DLT regulations, confirming the DLT regulatory framework and the launch date of 1 January 2018. Click here to read our coverage of the publication of the DLT regulations.

On 15 December 2017, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission published the DLT Guidance notes - find out more by clicking on the following link - Gibraltar publishes DLT Guidance Notes

In January 2018, Joey Garcia was interviewed by Flyover labs - click the following link to hear the podcast - Flyover Labs Interview with Joey Garcia

In March 2018, the Gibraltar Government published proposals for the Regulation of Token Sales and related activities - our analysis of these proposals can be found here

The DLT team have been engaged in a wide range of high profile thought leadership initiatives during 2018, for more information click here