Rafael A. Morales

Leaders in Law endorses Rafael Morales as our exclusively recommended Financial Services expert in the Philippines  If you wish to get in touch with Rafael please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Morales is a renowned corporate law practitioner specializing in banking and financial law, project financing, M&A, securities transactions and contract law. He has had much recognition for his legal work, including citations in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers” and Asian Legal Business’ “List of 100 pre-eminent Asia-Pacific Lawyers.” He has been cited as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles and Who’s Who Legal. Chambers Asia Pacific considers him as an Eminent Practitioner in Banking and Finance.

Mr. Morales carries with him a wealth of experience gained not only from his legal work in the Phllippines, but also from stints abroad. He trained as a foreign attorney at Rosenman Colin Freund Lewis & Cohen in New York (1978-1979). He later on became a foreign attorney at Anderson Mori & Rabinowitz in Tokyo (1984-1986). He was also a visiting professor at the School of Law of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia (Summer, 2007).

Mr. Morales was president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an organization of lawyers from more than 65 jurisdictions and with interest in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Philippine Bar Association, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

He authored two books: The Philippine General Banking Law (Annotated) and The Philippine Securities Regulation Code (Annotated), as well as numerous legal articles.

Firm Description:

Morales & Justiniano is a full-service Philippine law firm offering comprehensive legal solutions and representation across a broad range of practice areas. The Firm integrates the qualifications, training and experience of seasoned and top-tier legal industry experts from premier Philippine and international law firms, as well as the support of well-trained next-generation lawyers, to deliver efficient, sound and effective professional services to domestic and global clients from a vast spectrum of industries and enterprises and to assist them with their diverse requirements in a dynamic landscape.

Our unique practice groups are focused on Commercial Law and Corporate Services; Banking, Finance and Securities; Trade, Investments, Mergers and Acquisitions; Islamic Finance; Tax; Regulatory and Compliance; Employment, Labor Relations and Immigration; Intellectual Property; Energy, Mining and Natural Resources; Telecommunications and Transportation; Government Affairs and Policy Development; and International and Cross-Border Matters, all of which are fully supported by trial-ready litigators handling all types of controversies, disputes or negotiations in any court, tribunal or forum anytime.


Joseph E. Triay (MELO)

Leaders in Law endorses Joseph E. Triay as our exclusively recommended Financial Services expert in Gibraltar. If you wish to get in touch with Joseph please use the contact information provided above.

Called to the Bar: 1982

Melo is a Director in the firm and heads up both the Financial Services and Private Client teams.

As a recognised leading individual in the banking and finance sector, Melo is heavily involved in financial services related work and regularly advises the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. He also advises all aspects of Financial Services including the establishment of collective investment schemes and funds incorporated in Gibraltar as well as banks and insurance companies. Melo is a former member of the Financial Services Commission and former chairman of the Bar.

Melo is also an internationally recognised leader in the field of Private Client practice, advising numerous clients in relation to legal matters affecting their wealth, taxation or estate planning. In particular he is very active in advising trustees, professional and private, in the conduct and fulfillment of the terms of the trust and matters affecting such trusts.

Melo is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 in the Banking and Finance, Private Clients and Tax sectors; he is also in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame which recognises individuals who have “received constant praise by their clients” and are “at the pinnacle of the profession”. He has been described as “exceptional” and a “mature, calm lawyer with a lot of experience” in Chambers Global.

Firm Description:

The firm traces its origins to the practice established in Gibraltar in 1905 by the late Arthur C. Carrara CMG, KC a friend and colleague of Sergio Pelayo Triay QC (the grandfather and great grandfather of the Triay brothers and family). Sergio Triay joined Arthur Carrara in practice in 1926. Arthur Carrara died in 1949 which was the same year when JJ Triay joined his father in practice. After Arthur Carrara’s death, the practice was then run by S P Triay KC and his son and became known as Triay & Triay. JJ’s brother J E Triay QC joined the firm in 1952 when Triay & Triay was already in full swing under his father’s leadership. JE Triay QC became the senior lawyer of the firm in 1972.

In 1991, Triay & Triay merged with Vasquez Benady, a firm which incorporated the practice of Samuel Benady CBE, QC and Sir Alfred J Vasquez. CBE., QC, MA (Cantab). Both JE Triay QC and Sir Alfred Vasquez QC sadly passed away in 2012.

Today the firm remains true to its family origins – all of JE Triay QC’s sons are lawyers in the firm as are Sir Alfred’s son Robert Vasquez QC and his nephew Freddie Vasquez QC with JE Triay QC’s eldest son Melo now the firm’s senior lawyer.

Our clients range from international businesses to private companies, governments, charities and private individuals. Due to our commitment to maintaining the highest standards and ethics in our profession; building strong relationships with our clients and our ability to deliver practical and proportionate legal solutions, we remain at the forefront of the profession in Gibraltar with a tried and trusted reputation for legal excellence amongst our clients and peers.

Our Expertise

We offer expert advice and knowledge across a variety of sectors and legal practice areas. The firm is divided into 6 practice areas namely Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Financial Services, Private Client, Property and Shipping & Admiralty.

We also offer advice on matters of Spanish law through our offices in Marbella and Sotogrande.

Gibraltar is a well-recognized and regulated EU finance centre and accordingly a large part of the firm’s practice is devoted to finance centre related work, both local and international.

The firm is recognised as a leading business firm in Gibraltar and a number of the firm’s practitioners are recognised as leaders in their chosen fields by independent sources such as Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR and Practical Law. Lawyers at the firm practice as part of the fused profession in Gibraltar and the vast majority of our practitioners are English qualified in the first instance.

Through its associated company, T&T Management Services, Triay & Triay is able to offer company management and professional trust services to clients.

The firm also belongs to a number of legal networks including the Association of European Lawyers (AEL) and Globalaw. These networks are further recognition of the firm’s international standing and serve to assist clients worldwide.


Eugene Asiamah-Boadi

Leaders in Law endorses Eugene Asiamah-Boadi as our exclusively recommended Financial Services expert in Ghana. If you wish to get in touch with Eugene please use the contact information provided above.

Our firm provides invaluable advice on tax matters and obtaining tax holidays under the investment laws, or resolving tax issues with the Ghana Revenue Authority.  Where individuals and organisations are required to obtain Tax Clearance Certificate as a prerequisite for engaging in certain transactions, we would assist clients when we are specifically requested in arranging for such certificates with the revenue Authority.

We would also, when requested, represent clients before the Commissioner- General of the Ghana Revenue Authority for the purposes of reaching consensus on tax obligations and negotiating for payments.

We also advice clients on major changes in the tax laws and regulations that may arise from time to time.

  • Accounting Services

We provide Accounting Services to clients using our efficient and cost –effective staff and   in – house accounting department.

MGI Worldwide

MGI Worldwideis one of the largest network of independent auditing, accounting and consulting firms in the world. Established in 1947, MGI Worldwide is represented in 280 offices on all continents, and in more than 82 countries throughout the world, MGI Worldwide has built its reputation based on the expertise, professionalism and personal services of its members.

MGI Worldwide members tailor their specializations to their own local markets, in the knowledge that when they need to interact globally, they have immediate access to the very latest information on worldwide business practices, developments and opportunities.

With members providing consistent professional resources in all the major commercial cities, MGI Worldwide is recognised the world over as a symbol of building valued business relationships and business solutions worldwide.

The MGI Worldwideas a network provides the advantage of international links to all its members but still allows them the freedom to operate independently in their city and cultural environment, providing services appropriate to their unique client base.