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Malcolm Falzon leads the practice at Camilleri Preziosi, which counts Lufthansa, Malta International Airport and Turkish Airlines as clients. Falzon is recognised for his aviation finance expertise and Donald Vella is highly regarded for his tax and transactional knowledge. Regulatory expert Ron Galea Cavallazzi is advising Air Malta on the proposed sale of 49% of its shares.

GANADO Advocates’ ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ group is ‘fully invested and committed to this area of law’ under the leadership of ‘aviation authorityDaniel Aquilina and senior partner Max Ganado. The practice’s experience includes advising on aircraft registrations, aircraft arrests, air-finance deals and leasing matters.

Mamo TCV Advocates covers the full gamut of aviation work and is noted for its experience in complex corporate structures relating to the ownership and operation of aircraft. The group also handles aircraft repossessions and arrests, tax structuring issues and asset finance mandates. Practice head Nicholas Valenzia and litigator Joseph Camilleri are the key contacts.

Recent highlights for Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates include advising multiple aircraft owners on aircraft financing issues, assisting a client with the establishment of an aviation training academy including obtaining Approved Training Organisation certification, and acting on the importation of passenger transport helicopters. Priscilla Mifsud Parker led the work and senior partner Kenneth Camilleri heads the practice.

The transaction-focused team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates leverages the firm’s transport, asset finance and tax strengths to advise a broad client base including VistaJet and AerCap; department head Nicolai Vella Falzon advised the latter on the lease of an aircraft to Air Malta.

Scerri & Bonello Advocates’ recent mandates include assisting Malta Industrial Park with the streamlining of its aviation operations, advising on the financing of facilities in Malta Airport, and defending the International Air Transport Association in proceedings brought by the Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents. Key practitioners include John Bonello and Amanda Cini.

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