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Malcolm Falzon and Steven Decesare head Camilleri Preziosi’s aviation practice. Major clients include Malta’s flag-carrier airline Air Malta and Malta International Airport, operator of the sole airport servicing the entire archipelago. Donald Vella advises on aircraft acquisitions and syndicated lending matters. Kirsten Cassar is noted for her asset financing work.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Ganado Advocates provides ‘concise advice as and when required’. Dr Daniel Aquilina regularly acts on all legal matters for international lessors and financiers in the aviation sector. Named partner Dr Max Ganado is a key contact and recently promoted senior associate Dr Matthew Xerri is also noted.

Mamo TCV Advocates' team has particular expertise in handling commercial aircraft purchase agreements, sales and leaseback transactions, employment contracts and aircraft repossessions. Key contacts Nicholas Valenzia and Joseph Camilleri are praised for their 'scope and depth of legal expertise and advice'.

Current highlights for Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates include handling a relocation exercise for a corporate group in the jet engine and repairs market. The firm is assisting with ongoing property acquisition, corporate structuring and licensing and certification compliance issues relating to the matter. Silvana Zammit leads on the firm’s major aviation transactions involving private aircraft acquisitions and contract negotiations. Senior partner Kenneth Camilleri heads the practice.

The team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates provides legal advice on the aviation sector 'with in-depth knowledge and a high degree of practicality'. Nicolai Vella Falzon and Joseph Ghio lead on commercial aviation transactions. In 2017, a highlight involved acting for VistaJet Group on a $200m private equity investment in the company by Rhone Capital. The firm has also been engaged by international clients for aircraft financing and leasing matters, and can assist with air operator certificate (AOC) applications. Josianne Brimmer is also noted.

GVZH Advocates provides advice on AOC applications, aircraft registrations and private importation matters. Practice head Michael Grech and associate Katrina Abela are key contacts in the department. The team also assists clients with structuring private aircraft leasing arrangements, aircraft sale and acquisition transactions, and commercial aircraft importation matters.

Notable highlights for the team at Scerri & Bonello Advocates included advising Malta Industrial Parks on a sub-lease agreement for a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider. Founding partner John Bonello heads up the aviation practice, and noted associate Amana Cini also advises on corporate transactions and commercial contracts.

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