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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Camilleri Preziosi is ‘a standout firm in the market’, fielding a team that is ‘excellent on all counts’ and provides ‘precise, concise and well-researched advice’ to local and international banks. In a recent highlight, practice head Louis de Gabriele acted on a Maltese security package relating to an amendment and restatement facility agreement; he also advised the Bank of Valletta on a syndicated loan. Malcolm Falzon assisted UniCredit’s London branch with a senior facilities agreement for the acquisition financing of a Maltese company. Donald Vella and senior associate Andrei Vella are also noted.

As ‘one of the top legal firms in financial services’, GANADO Advocates handles project finance, public offerings and securitisation deals, and has insurance and pensions expertise. Max Ganado is ‘one of Malta’s top legal professionals and a true all-rounder in banking and investment law’, André Zerafa is ‘incredibly reliable’, Conrad Portanier is ‘brilliant’, insurance specialist Matthew Bianchi has ‘unparalleled technical knowledge’ and Matthew Brincat is ‘the key name for pensions work’.

At Fenech & Fenech Advocates, co-heads Rosanne Bonnici and Joseph Ghio provide ‘truly personal service which pairs incredible experience and knowledge with exceptional attention to detail’. The practice, which ‘fields some of the top experts in the market’, handles the full range of financial matters including asset management, banking issues, public listings and insurance mandates. Monica Galea John leads the firm’s compliance team.

GVZH Advocates’ team ‘has a brilliant depth of expertise, great responsiveness, mindfulness and an eagerness to find the best possible solutions’. Highlights included advising Trustly on the Maltese elements of a banking facility from SEB; assisting Global Custodial Services with obtaining a payment services licence; and acting for Mediterranean Investments Holding on the issuance of €40m of 5% unsecured bonds. Andrew Zammit leads the team, which includes senior associates Kurt Hyzler and Luca Vella.

Led by the ‘commercially minded, detailed-oriented and client-focused’ Andrew Muscat, Mamo TCV Advocates’ ‘incredibly professional’ department is the ‘go-to name’ for regulatory and compliance issues, syndicated finance transactions, licensing matters and financial restructurings. Clients also praise Michael Psaila, whose ‘years of experience give him an edge over the competition’; he recently advised a Maltese securitisation vehicle on several bank facilities.

At Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, Maria Chetcuti Cauchi advised an Eastern European payment service provider on the establishment of a payment transaction services company in Malta, assisted Emerge Global with obtaining an e-money licence, and acted for a payment services terminal company on the expansion of its EU operations. Chetcuti Cauchi is also highly regarded for her regulatory expertise.

Gonzi & Associates, Advocates acts for local and international clients including banks, financial institutions and payment services institutions on a range of transactional and regulatory work including licensing mandates, banking issues and investment matters. Key names include managing partner David Gonzi, former Prime Minster of Malta Lawrence Gonzi and recently promoted partner Christopher Dalli.

Ruth Galea and Robert Skalina are the key names in WH Partners’ practice, which advises on syndicated loans, licence applications and insurance-related issues. Galea is recognised for her work for credit and financial institutions and her corporate finance expertise, while Skalina receives praise for his investment knowledge.

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