Peter Montegriffo QC

Peter’s area of expertise is in commercial and private client matters. He has also advised on numerous financial services, regulatory and trust related matters. Peter was closely involved in the IPOs of various gaming companies established in Gibraltar, which have been listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Peter has been closely involved in drafting numerous changes to Gibraltar’s legislation in trusts, financial services and gaming areas. His knowledge of these fields has led him to contribute to a large number of articles and books on Gibraltar’s legal system and financial services sector.

Peter regularly speaks at international conferences relating to these areas of practice. His work frequently requires him to deal with multiple jurisdictions as a result of which the firm has built a considerable bank of international knowledge in tax and private client arrangements.

He is a member of the pre-eminent global gambling law networking and educational organization, International Masters of Gaming Law. IMGL is at the forefront of the latest developments in international gambling law.

Peter was also Gibraltar’s Minister for Trade and Industry, with responsibility for economic development and financial services, between May 1996 and February 2000. Having graduated from Leeds University, Peter attended the Inns of Court School of Law as a member of Lincoln’s Inn. Peter qualified as a Barrister in 1982, becoming a partner of Hassans in 1988.

Hassans International Law Firm:

We are a full service firm with specialisms in corporate, M&A, commercial, financial services, insurance, litigation, funds, gaming, property, private client, tax and shipping law. We have offices both in Gibraltar and in Spain.

Hassans aims to deliver a service consistent with old world values of customer care whilst constantly evolving to embrace new world technology to meet the urgency that today’s world demands.

Together, Hassans and Gibraltar have comprehensive resources and a solid infrastructure to ensure that our legal advice can be executed efficiently. Our expertise extends beyond Gibraltar and covers key jurisdictions around the world.

Our clients are diverse but our approach is consistent: to understand our clients, provide superior advice and get results. Many of our private clients are highly successful entrepreneurs, we help them grow and protect their assets.

As well as individuals, we act for companies, from local businesses to Fortune 100 multinationals that operate in a number of jurisdictions. We use innovative structures to save them time and money. We also advise financial institutions, including the major investment banks and insurance companies, enabling them to set up and run new entities and products.

Our status and expertise allows us to advise the Gibraltar Government on new laws; we have been instrumental in helping to develop local tax legislation and in 2014, aided the delivery of a new Companies Act and Insolvency Act; an important step for Gibraltar’s businesses, marking us out as a mature and modern marketplace.

We strive to help Gibraltar continue to develop as a sophisticated and well regulated financial centre. We welcome measures to prevent money laundering, including initiatives by the EU, Financial Action Task Force and OECD. To this end, we work together with regulators, in particular the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, to ensure that Gibraltar is a leading and respected offshore financial centre.

Hassans is associated with Line Group, an internationally known fiduciary services provider. It is one of Gibraltar´s leading players in the provision of trustee services, and the incorporation and management of corporate vehicles in Gibraltar as well in over 25 other jurisdictions for a worldwide client base.

When you work with Hassans, you work with one of the world’s leading independent law firms. This, combined with Gibraltar’s efficient tax regime and the stability and market access afforded by EU membership, makes Hassans the perfect partner for your business.


Joerg Hofmann

Dr. Joerg Hofmann is senior partner of MELCHERS law firm in Germany with offices in Heidelberg, Berlin and Frankfurt. He is the current President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and the group leader of the gaming law practice group of his law firm. Hofmann has practiced gaming law since mid of the 90th as one of Germany’s leading gaming lawyers.

MELCHERS’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of gaming law. The firm’s scope of clients include operators, manufacturers and suppliers of gaming equipment or devices as well as software and testing companies and regulators. Joerg has been frequently ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Gaming & Gambling by Chambers Global since 2011 and is recognized as best German Gaming lawyer by “Best Lawyers” and “HANDELSBLATT” in 2014.

Hofmann acts regularly as speaker or moderator in international gaming law conferences domestic and abroad. He frequently publishes articles in international experts’ magazines and periodicals and serves as a member of the editorial board of Gaming Law Review and Economics.

Gaming Law Practice:

The gaming sector evolved in the meantime into a market which is not only open to state owned companies but is getting more and more attractive to private entrepreneurs due to its economic importance. Entrepreneurial business in this market is, however, very often subject to strict regulation and requires specific correspondence with the regulating authorities. Our lawyers will create individual strategies and solutions together with the clients taking legal advice regarding gaming law matching with their project or matter.

Our lawyers are – of course – very specialised in gaming law and are therefore able to represent their clients in this sensitive legal field. Not only the know-how regarding the special laws of the State and the Bundeslaender are invaluable but our specialists can draw upon many years of experience with clients working in this gaming sector and a world-wide network in this field. This can make possible communication with the regulating authorities easier.

Conflicts with regulating authorities can often be solved and averted in advance by an appropriate communication strategy, however, sometimes legal steps cannot be avoided. In this case our lawyers will develop a specific and individual proceeding strategy.

The experience made in mandates under gaming law comes along with the topicality of the legal advice which is required by the permanent enhancement of gaming law. We always check continuously data bases and literature specialised on gaming law on new developments – this independently from a special mandate.

Gaming law is also considered as an interdisciplinary matter. A close interaction with the other fields of activity of MELCHERS is therefore a matter of course.


Ruth Galea

Ruth Galea is a corporate, financial services and taxation lawyer. She mainly practices in the Financial Services, Capital Markets, Gaming and ICT industries. Her principal areas of specialisation are corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate restructuring (with a particular focus on joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions), credit and financial institutions, taxation (direct and indirect) and contract drafting and negotiation. She also regularly advises on matters relating to investment funds, capital markets, gaming law and employment law.

Ruth joined WH Law in 2006 and became a partner of WH Partners on 1 January 2012.

Ruth holds a Master of Laws degree in Commercial Law magna cum laude from the University of Cambridge and a Doctor of Laws degree from in University of Malta.

Ruth is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2007. She is also a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners of Malta. She is fluent in English, Maltese, Italian and French, all of which she uses to conduct business on a day-to-day basis.

Ruth has a particular interest in current affairs, and enjoys travelling, Indian food and learning languages.

WH Partners:

WH Partners progressed from WH Law, which was founded by Olga Finkel in 2006. In January 2012, James Scicluna joined forces with Olga and together they co-founded the firm it is today. Ruth Galea, previously Senior Associate working alongside Olga, became Partner shortly afterwards. The firm has grown considerably since, not only in staff numbers but also in quantity and quality of clients.

At WH Partners we have a universal ethos: it is key for us to understand our clients’ business in order to advise them in their decision-making process. We believe that this can only be done by taking time and dedication to fully comprehend our clients’ needs, enabling us to ensure that their goals are achieved.

To accomplish this, we have built our approach on our values, which place the client at the centre. Our approach combines an in-depth grasp of our clients’ business with a result-oriented focus and a strong dose of enthusiasm and perseverance. We believe that the quality of our work reflects our values, whether in advice on the legal aspects of a market entry strategy, or conducting due diligence on a target asset or putting forward alternatives on the structuring of an IPR portfolio.

Lawyers at WH Partners, who specialise in licensing and regulatory, tax, IP, financial services, corporate and commercial law, are amongst the strongest in Malta and are well regarded by regulators and clients for their thoroughness, efficiency and knowledge of their clients’ business, as well as their versatility. To this end our firm has achieved an excellent reputation both locally and internationally for its expert legal advice in gaming and gambling, M&A, taxation, technology, intellectual property and corporate finance.

WH Partners, as well as its individual lawyers, are highly ranked by the foremost leading directories, including Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and the International Financial Law Review, in the above-mentioned practice areas. The firm has also received acclaimed international awards for its service levels in corporate services, mergers & acquisitions, taxation and insolvency & restructuring.