Hassans International Law Firm is delighted to announce that it has recently become the first Gibraltar member of the International Financial Centres (IFC) Forum.

The IFC Forum, which is widely regarded as the foremost industry group, is a multi-jurisdictional, private sector organisation. Its members meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the IFC industry, and engages with the UK Government, the governments of the G20 countries, the OECD and the FATF to advance and represent these interests.

The membership of the IFC Forum is a veritable 'who's who' of the major players of the industry, including Appleby, Attride-Stirling & Woloniecki, Bedell Group, Butterfield Group, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Harneys, Intertrust, Maples & Calder, Mourant Ozannes, Ogier, Rawlinson & Hunter, Walkers and Vistra Group.

The Forum is chaired by Steve Meiklejohn of Jersey-based Ogier with Richard Hay of Stikeman Elliott's London office acting as general counsel. The Forum is also advised by the strategic consultancy firm Lansons.

Partner Ian Felice, who is also Chief Executive of Line Group, Hassans' affiliated trust and corporate services arm, will be Hassans' principal participant in the work of the Forum. Ian commented:

"Hassans looks forward to participating in the work of the group, bringing to the table Gibraltar's unique position as the only British Overseas Territory which is also part of the EU."

Managing Partner, Javier Chincotta commented:

"We are very pleased to have been invited to become members of the International Financial Centres Forum. With such a distinguished membership and a strong reputation as the principal industry group, Hassans will participate in high-level discussions on all matters affecting international financial centres, bringing to these discussions Gibraltar's unique proposition".

For more information on the IFC Forum, please visit http://www.ifcforum.org

About Hassans

Hassans was founded in 1939 and is the largest law firm in Gibraltar with 34 partners, over 55 other lawyers and 250 staff in total.

Hassans was the first firm in Gibraltar to structure itself as a modern international law firm, with separate departments for different fields of specialisation and the first outside of the UK to accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales to offer training contracts to aspiring solicitors, this puts them firmly at the forefront of legal training in Gibraltar.

The firm has an international clientele, links with major European and US law firms and has consistently been listed as the leading law firm in Gibraltar by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 across the majority of its practice areas.


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