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 also been closely involved in drafting numerous changes to Gibraltar’s legislation in trusts, financial services and gaming areas. Peter’s 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
He has also regularly spoken at international conferences relating to these areas of practice. His work regularly 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 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.
Why is it important for you to start this initiative?
We are very keen, as a group, to make philanthropy and charitable giving a mainstream concern of our organisations and, indeed, our clients. The management and preservation of wealth involves responsibility. Philanthropy is well regarded as one of the principal ways in which family wealth can be leveraged for community benefit whilst providing governance and ethical conduct experience to entrepreneurs and their wider family. We are delighted, therefore, to form part of this initiative and help to profile Gibraltar as a location promoting such values and programmes.
What does the Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum hope to achieve with its first event?
It is important to start modestly and to build on initial steps incrementally. Our first event this year is an attempt to bring to Gibraltar leading professional and industry leaders who have an interest in philanthropy. We want to have them share their wisdom and experience with us, with our clients and other professional intermediaries. We hope this will grow into an annual event at which matters of philanthropic and charitable concerns are debated. Ultimately, we are trying to encourage a greater engagement with philanthropy among those who attend or learn of our forum.