Hempassion was founded in 2017 by Gibraltarian budding entrepreneurs David Martinez and Naydan Porro with the aim to provide people with the best quality and range of hemp-based CBD products, at the best prices possible.
The Gibraltar Federation of Small Business gave them this year's Innovation award to the local company that produces a range of CBD dietary supplements. CBD is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical that’s naturally found in cannabis plants and can be used to help treat symptoms of anxiety and stress, as well as more serious conditions like multiple sclerosis. The company makes oils, creams and e-liquids produced from a list of approved ingredients sourced from farms in the EU. As well as selling products at a number of shops and pharmacies throughout Gibraltar, Hempassion also exports to six countries in Europe.
We will be talking to David and Anthony Provasoli, Partner at Hassans International Law Firm, legal adviser to this startup on the process of building the business locally and the benefits of CBD.
Join us at World Trade Center Gibraltar Wednesday 19th June at 6:00 pm for our Fireside Chat.
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David Martinez holds a BA Hons Business with Accounting&Finance, UWE, a budding entrepreneur, who’s established himself as a formidable local businessman, he has always been keen on the vitamins/supplements industry. His capacity to quickly master new areas of business is unparalleled, and when he became aware of hemp’s potential, he launched new business Hempassion.
Anthony Provasoli is a Partner in Hassans International Law Firm and co-leads the firm’s FinTech team. Anthony has been advising on cryptocurrency and blockchain related work since 2014 and has been very involved in promoting the regulation of cryptocurrency related business in Gibraltar. Anthony assisted the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in preparing the guidance notes for the DLT Regulations and has advised a number of high-profile cryptocurrency businesses and DLT providers.
Anthony is a graduate from Nottingham Trent University and was called to the Bar in England and Wales and the Gibraltar Bar in 2005. He specialises in corporate, commercial and financial services matters and also advises on matters of sports law, intellectual property, e-commerce and telecommunications regulation.
Hassans International Law Firm
Partner & Co-Lead Fintech Team
Anthony has been advising on crypto currency and blockchain-related work since 2014 and was very involved in promoting the regulation of crypto currency related business in Gibraltar. Anthony has advised and assisted the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in preparing the guidance notes for the DLT Regulations and is often invited to form part of working groups that are consulted from time to time on certain legal and regulatory amendments that the Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission are considering in relation to Gibraltar’s DLT regulations.
He has advised a number of high-profile crypto currency businesses, DLT providers and FinTech firms over the years that are looking to set up operations in Gibraltar and Europe more broadly. Anthony has also advised clients undertaking token sales from Gibraltar and regularly advises investors in this sector and early stage start-ups who are looking for guidance on the structuring of their products and/or business proposition.
Anthony has been invited to speak at several international Blockchain and FinTech events and is considered a leading lawyer in this sector. Additionally, over the last couple of years, Anthony has been voted to form part of the inaugural executive committee of the Gibraltar Association for New Technologies by its members, a position that he still enjoys today.
ONE MEDIA AND EVENTS
Born and brought up in Gibraltar her entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 22 launching the first company in PR and promotional work ‘DM Promotions’, since the early days her passion for running and creating her own business models was clear with a fiercely entrepreneurial family background.
Also involved in a landmark case at a young age for Gibraltar when she was denied the right to vote in the first European elections the case was taken to the European Court of Human Rights and was successful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthews_v_United_Kingdom
After taking time out to start a family and living abroad she returned to her hometown in 2017 and soon set up a new business One Media and Events. The application to become City Chapter Director for Gibraltar for the organisation Startup Grind powered by Google for Entrepreneurs was successful and the first event which sold out with over 100 attendees was launched in March 2017. In February 2018 Denise was given the “Rookie of the Year” Award in San Francisco during the director’s retreat organised at the SuG Global Conference for being the best new chapter in a city with a population of only thirty thousand.
During this time Gibraltar Government announced the regulatory framework for Distributed Ledger Technology also known as Blockchain. Because of her work in supporting startups, tech and creating a network they became actively involved by sponsoring her events. The platform that SuG together with this development locally has opened up multiple opportunities in this new tech industry and in the past 4 months she has been appointed to represent two globally well known blockchain related groups the GSX Group’s Blockchain Innovation Centre and Coinsilium.