Aviation in Malta

Camilleri Preziosi

The aviation team at Camilleri Preziosi is well-known for handling all matters related to the aviation sector, including financing transactions as well as regulatory and licensing work. Its long-standing expertise in syndicated, bilateral and subordinated credit facilities and other types of financing means that the group is a popular choice for major international transport finance banks and financiers. The practice’s caseload includes advising on aircraft leasing and acquisitions, maintenance agreements and enforcement procedures. Co-head Steven Decesare focuses on all matters related to aviation. Co-head Malcolm Falzon advises on finance transactions, M&A, insurance and capital markets matters.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare; Malcolm Falzon

Other key lawyers:

Ron Cavalazz


‘Availability, listening and clear replies.’

‘Efficient and practical approach’

‘They always reply on time, very professional and have a great disposition to help. Find expertise in the same firm on anything one may require, plus seem to have the right network overseas too.’

‘I work with Ron Cavalazzi mostly, but all the team are extremely dedicated. Time was never an issue, whether its weekend, or evenings. I know this is not only from Ron but from all the team. Even if they are on a retainer basis.’

‘They know the formalities and the procedures required to get aircraft registered in Malta and the associated processes, enabling lessors and financiers comfortably leasing or financing aircraft in Malta.’

‘Steve Decesare is our main contact there and leads the team. Steve is always available, delivers on time and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Malta International Airport

Air Malta plc

Malta Medair (Malta Air Travel Ltd)

Ganado Advocates

Daniel Aquilina, who is well-versed in assisting leading international banks and financial institutions with aircraft acquisition financing, the perfection and registration of mortgages and security interests, and the arrest of aircraft, leads the aviation practice at Ganado Advocates. Benefiting from the firm’s strong cross-practice capabilities in corporate, tax, and banking and finance, the team is at home with transactions including loans, securitisation and capital market products. On the policy side, the group is also active in the drafting of laws, amendments and guidelines, frequently acting for government bodies.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Aquilina


‘Excellent aviation knowledge, trusted advisors on all things related to aviation in Malta for many years.’

‘Insightful, promptness, pragmatic. Ganado Advocates never complicates things, it makes work a pleasure.’

Mamo TCV Advocates

Mamo TCV Advocates is well-versed in all aspects of aviation law, including asset financing, acquisitions and disposals, liability claims, and aircraft repossession and arrest. The practice is noted for its strong expertise in complex corporate structures involving the ownership and operation of aircraft. On the policy front, the group is sought after to advise on the implementation of laws and regulations. Co-head Nicholas Valenzia typically advises lessors, banks, and operators on asset management and financing transactions. Co-head Joseph Camilleri is a key contact for litigations related to asset recovery, and aircraft repossession and arrest.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Valenzia; Joseph Camilleri

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Chircop (associate)


‘Nicholas Valenzia supported by associate Joshua Chircop consistently provide solid advice with attention to detail.’

‘The firm is one of the longest standing firms in the island and have an in-depth knowledge of legal issues.’

‘Nicholas Valenzia is extremely knowledgeable and goes out of his way to assist his clients.’

‘TCV Mamo are highly specialised in the Aviation field, They had assisted us in the acquisition and registration of a Bombardier Challenger 650. They also provided us with ongoing advise on the operations and management of the aircraft.’

‘Nicholas Valenzia holds extensive knowledge and expertise in this field, being the main point of reference for our business.’

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The aviation team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates is particularly known for its strong track record of assisting aircraft lessors with operating licenses, leasing arrangements and the registration of security interests. The practice takes advantage of the ability to work on an integrated basis with the firm’s tax, employment and asset finance teams to provide a seamless service for its clients. As part of its offering, the group also handles purchase and sale transactions, aircraft registration, finance agreements, and aircraft security and mortgages. The department is led by Joseph Ghio.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Ghio


‘In-depth knowledge of aviation.’

‘In-depth knowledge, extensive experience and ability to provide bespoke services in the aviation field, with special emphasis on very efficient transaction management, at reasonable and transparent costs.’

Deguara Farrugia Advocates

At Deguara Farrugia Advocates, the aviation practice is jointly led by Maria Paloma Deguara, who is especially sought after to act on complex restructurings, M&A deals and other major transactions in the aviation sector, and associate Filippo Maria Arcaleni, whose expertise spans aviation, yachting, IP and data. The team’s offering includes aircraft registration and financing, assistance with operational matters, and setting-up new lines of business. Leveraging the firm’s cross-practice capabilities in corporate, tax and employment, the group is equipped to assist clients with various aspects of their projects.

Practice head(s):

Maria Paloma Deguara; Filippo Maria Arcaleni


‘Fillipo Arcaleni is an outstanding lawyer with an excellent expertise and an impressive focus on customer satisfaction. We had to navigate a couple of complex issues, hence he needed to be highly resourceful to look for solutions. He was always available to speak to me and he even put me in contact with his network to assist me further with my business. I am very impressed.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the aviation industry and of its players. Fully dedicated to its customers to find solutions and assist them in their project and to defend their interests.’

‘Filippo Arcaleni is well connected with the people of the aviation sector and has good relationship with the authorities, he has an excellent expertise in aviation law.’

‘Very knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘Filippo Maria Arcaleni is very focused and organised and very knowledgeable.’

‘Very good team.’

‘Filippo Arcaleni is a very good corporate and aviation lawyer.’

‘Always willing to schedule short-notice meetings. They have an excellent grasp of the commercial realities and work hard to help. They made maximum use of video calls to overcome our travel obstacles. A cheery and friendly team.’

Key clients

Luxwing Ltd

Rare Air Limited

IAM Aviation

GVZH Advocates

Under the leadership of Michael Grech, the aviation group at GVZH Advocates assists clients with a wide range of issues, including aircraft registration, private leasing structures, imports, aircraft financing, and sales and acquisitions. The group is also sought after to act on air operator certificate applications on behalf of commercial aviation and charter companies.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grech