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Malta

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 3

GVZH Advocates

GVZH Advocates assists clients mainly with licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. Managing partner Andrew Zammit advised Northway on micro-credit loans and the surrendering of its financial institution licence. The team also acted for Dormouse and Nobel Financial.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

GVZH Advocates

GVZH Advocates’ corporate and M&A practice has an impressive client roster in the gaming industry. Andrew Zammit advised NYX Gaming Group on a C$70m security grant by its Maltese subsidiaries. The firm also conducted preliminary due diligence and legal support for Apax Partners regarding the acquisition of Melita plc. Other notable clients include Tipico and the Fulcrum Group.

Leading individuals

Andrew Zammit - GVZH Advocates

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

GVZH Advocates

GVZH Advocates focuses on civil litigation. Joseph Zammit Maempel and Andrew Zammit are key figures in the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

GVZH Advocates

GVZH Advocates handles IP work for clients such as Swarovski, L Brand and General Electric. The firm registered a trade mark on behalf of PlayCod Limited, defeating an opposition notice from Instagram in the process. It also advised Paramount Pictures on the IP requirements for the production of a major Hollywood film in Malta. Team head Michael Grech is a key contact.

Leading individuals

Michael Grech - GVZH Advocates

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

GVZH Advocates

At GVZH Advocates, the ‘highly professional and exceptionalAndrew Zammit and senior associate Kurt Hyzler work with a long list of clients, including Jacaranda Special Situations, 2.1 Alternative Investments and Nova Renewable Energy. Much of this work includes ongoing compliance advice. The firm also advised Acura on the licensing of its investment fund in Malta.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

GVZH Advocates

Joseph Vella and George Hyzler head the construction and real estate team at GVZH Advocates.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

GVZH Advocates

GVZH AdvocatesKatrina Abela is assisting Sarnia Yachts with the setting up of their offices in Malta as well as yacht leasing structures, VAT and regulatory matters. The firm has handled registration, mortgage and contentious employment matters for clients such as IPEX-Bank and Ocra (Isle of Man).

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Malta

Offices in Valletta

Legal Developments by:
GVZH Advocates

  • The Notified AIF – Malta’s Fast Track Fund

    The  Notified AIF  is a new fund regime offered by Malta which allows fund promoters to set up a fund within 10 working days from application to the regulator. The application is a notification submitted to the MFSA and which is spearheaded by the investment manager of the Notified AIF. The latter must be a full-compliant AIFMD manager which will be responsible for effective the monitoring of the NAIF.
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  • The Notified AIF – Malta’s Fast Track Fund

    The  Notified AIF  is a new fund regime offered by Malta which allows fund promoters to set up a fund within 10 working days from application to the regulator. The application is a notification submitted to the MFSA and which is spearheaded by the investment manager of the Notified AIF. The latter must be a full-compliant AIFMD manager which will be responsible for effective the monitoring of the NAIF.
  • Employment and Industiral Relations Law

    GVZH Advocates provides an array of employment-related solutions including contracts of service, dismissals, redundancies, transfers of employees between undertakings, equal treatment on the workplace and the implementation of appropriate systems and procedures for clients’ human resources.
  • The Maintenance of Roofs, Floors & Ceilings under Maltese Law

    The continuous urbanization and gentrification of the Maltese landscape has augmented the importance of maintaining well-regulated neighbourly relations among residents living in densely populated areas of the Island.
  • MFSA - Discussion Paper on Initial Coin Offerings, Virtual Currencies and Related Service Providers

    The Malta Financial Services Authority launches a Discussion Paper on Initial Coin Offerings, Virtual Currencies and Related Service Providers.
  • Protection of Employment for those on a minimum wage.

    In April of last year, mandatory supplements were introduced for those earning the minimum wage, (and for those who earn slightly more than the minimum wage but less than the new minimum wage with the €3 supplement), by means of amendments to the National Minimum Wage National Standard Order (S.L. 452.71).
  • THE AMENDMENTS OF THE DECENNIAL POSTHUMOUS INSURANCE IN THE NEW CODE OF PUBLIC CONTRACTS

    The Article n. 103 of the new Code of Public Contracts - Legislative Decree n. 50/2016, most recently amended by the Legislative Decree n. 56/2017 - provides assurances for the execution of the public contract - the so called final assurance -, issued by the contractor. In particular, paragraph 8 regulates the decennial posthumous insurance, also provided by the Art. 1669 of the Italian Civil Code.
  • EU and Malta Securitisation Market

    Following the US subprime crisis that began in 2007, the notion of securitisation has suffered from bad press that tainted its reputation. However, securitisation is still considered as an essential component to continued economic recovery and for well-functioning financial markets.
  • Crowdfunding - The Path towards a regulatory Framework

      The importance and feasibility of crowdfunding platforms is increasing in stature and importance for current and future the entrepreneurs. Malta has recently acceded to the rising trend by creating its first crowdfunding platform, ZAAR, a reward-based crowdfunding platform who has recently been awarded with the first prize in its section at the National Enterprise Support Awards 2016 also as well as being one of the local projects that have represented Malta at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2016, held in Slovakia. Nonetheless start-ups based in Malta with global aspirations often rely on international platforms. An increase in interest has emerged amongst the art and culture community as well in social entrepreneurship projects. Crowdfunding in Malta is still at the early stages of development. Despite this, there are endless opportunities for local entrepreneurs and the local business community. Research has shown that through international crowdfunding platforms, monies have been raised for projects in the field of gaming consoles, apps and software as well as for artistic projects.  Testimony to this is a new game design studio in Malta, that launched its first game, Politicks, raised financing through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Dispute Resolution 2017

    Mamo TCV has contributed the Malta chapter to the 2017 online issue of "Dispute Resolution", a yearly comparative law guide published by Getting the Deal Through. Getting the Deal Through was the first legal publication series to present the concept of a "question and answer format". This is a convenient way for law firms, universities, regulators, and corporate counsel at to have at their fingertips a reliable introduction to various subject matters, as regulated in different jurisdictions. The series now covers over 890 practice areas with analysis on more than 150 
  • MSE plc obtains regulatory approval to launch the Institutional Financial Securities Market

    Malta Stock Exchange plc. ("MSE") has obtained regulatory approval to launch the Institutional Financial Securities Market ("IFSM"), a securities market intended for issuers seeking to list securities falling within the scope of the Wholesale Securities Market rules, including but not limited to asset-backed and convertible debt securities, derivatives and insurance-linked notes, having a minimum denomination requirement of €100,000 (or its equivalent in any other currency).