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Legal market overview
Malta’s legal market remained robust throughout 2012, with the strong financial services and capital markets sectors providing work for firms. The country’s resilient economy and tax incentives have attracted interest from international investors, particularly from the US. 2011 saw the Malta International Ship Register become the largest ship registry in Europe, a sign of the jurisdiction’s strong maritime sector. The increasing number of ship and yacht registrations has led to a proportionate increase in litigation and arbitration arising from mortgage defaults and other issues. Aviation work has also increased since the 2010 Aircraft Registration Act, and several firms have been quick to capitalise, notably Mamo TCV Advocates and EMD Advocates, both of which have robust aviation practices.
Full-service firms dominate the market, with Camilleri Preziosi Advocates, Ganado & Associates, GVTH Advocates, and Fenech & Fenech Advocates being prominent. Dingli & Dingli Law Firm is notable for its specialist maritime practice. Simon Tortell & Associates retains a significant market presence despite the death of Simon Tortell in 2012, and has particular expertise in banking, finance, corporate and M&A matters. Zammit & Associates – Advocates changed its name to CSB Advocates to reflect its membership of CSB Group.