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Covered by four separate teams, Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ shipping practice includes marine litigation led by Ann Fenech, ship registration headed by legal procurator Rowena Grima, Mark Fenech’s ship finance group and yachting work under Alison Vassallo’s leadership; other noteworthy practitioners include employment specialist Paul Gonzi and senior associate Adrian Attard. Malta Freeport Terminals and Royal Caribbean International are clients; Fenech assisted the latter with multiple vessel registrations. The practice is also representing Grimaldi Group and Sullivan Maritime in litigation relating to damaged cargo, and handling contentious and non-contentious issues for Virtu Ferries.

GANADO Advocates is ‘a leading shipping law firm in Malta and compares favourably with the best shipping firms internationally’. With ‘outstanding performance levels and unmatched, first-class knowledge’, the practice is ‘unbelievably professional, target focused and easily the most commercial in the region’. Jotham Scerri-Diacono is ‘always on the scene and gives deep and detailed advice’, Karl Grech Orrpersonifies professionalism’, Daniel Aquilina’s ‘reputation in ship finance precedes him’ and tax expert Christine Cassar Naudi is ‘responsive, experienced and always available’.

Mamo TCV Advocates’ ‘exceptional’ practice is led by ‘superb lawyerNicholas Valenzia, whose recent highlights include advising on the establishment of technical ship management companies, and acting for Unified Global Services Group on three separate ship arrests. Joseph Camilleri is also noted; he assisted with the privatisation of the yacht marina in Valletta, and acted on issues surrounding a collision in the Grand Harbour between a cargo ship and a fishing vessel.

Camilleri Preziosi is ‘a first port of call for ship finance transactions’ with clients praising practice head Henri Mizzi and senior associate Steven Decesare as ‘hands-on, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable lawyers’. The group’s expertise includes asset transfers, financing transfers and maritime litigation. In a recent highlight, Mizzi led advice to HSH Nordbank on the enforcement of a Maltese ship mortgage in India; Sarnia Yachts, Captain Morgan Cruises and Marsamxetto Steamferry Services are also clients.

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocatesalways responds in a pragmatic and professional way’ thanks to its ‘competent, sensible and commercial team, which consistently puts the client first’. The department has substantial experience advising ship and yacht owners on ship and mortgage registrations. Silvana Zammit is the main contact; she recently advised on a yacht exchange and purchase for Mamy Chartering, and acted in multiple maritime law disputes.

GVZH Advocates’ yachting practice regularly handles ship registration and finance transactions with notable expertise in reflagging issues, vessel importations, ship arrests and yacht ownership structures. Department head Michael Grech handles registration and finance matters, and recently advised Dominion Marine on the registration of several private and commercial vessels. Associate Katrina Abela is also noted.

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