Aviation in Malta

Camilleri Preziosi

The practice at Camilleri Preziosi advises national and international airlines and financial institutions on all matters relating to aviation, including air traffic, airport-related matters, business jets, commercial airlines, aviation finance and leasing as well as enforcement. Malcolm Falzon and Steven Decesare lead this ‘efficient team of lawyers with deep knowledge of aviation law’.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Falzon; Steve Decesare

Testimonials

‘Camilleri Preziosi are an efficient team of lawyers with deep knowledge of aviation law and commercial and civil law, with different teams specialising in their sector ’

‘Great reactivity and legal skills. The firm is very quick to answer any matter and very pro-active. ’

‘Steve Decesare especially has shown great professionalism and time efficiency in solving aviation field matters. Always available, quick and useful answers on any matter.’

‘Have found the team to be extremely helpful, professional and available at any time of day and night. There was never any issue that was not taken up and handled to our satisfaction. They also took the initiative of following up on anything started and this is a major difference to other entities.’

‘The main difference as noted above emanates from the deep knowledge of the diverse subjects undertaken, the experience they have gained across the local and international arena, and the sense of pride and satisfaction that is clear in all executives that work for the firm. Their name is a very well known practice in the market and has a strong brand equity too. ’

‘Camilleri Preziosi was extremely responsive and dealt with all aspects of the transaction in a timely fashion. Camilleri Preziosi were local law counsel in the transaction.’

‘Steve Decesare was the main person I dealt with in Camilleri Preziosi in connection with this transaction. This was a time pressurised transaction and it was extremely useful having a partner on board to make quick decisions and progress matters. I found Steve to be extremely efficient and helpful and he was willing to progress the transaction by reaching out directly to directors on the ground in Malta. ’

‘We have worked with Camilleri Preziosi on a couple of transactions in Malta over the past year. We have found them to be very knowledgeable regarding the intricacies of registering aircraft in Malta and have particularly valued their good relationship with the aviation authority which has helped to get things done.’

‘We have worked with one of the partners at the firm on our transaction, Steve Decesare, who has been very attentive and prompt in his advice. Steve clearly understands the industry well and the requirements in Malta and is able to guide us well to avoid the potential pitfalls. ’

Key clients

Malta International Airport

Air Malta plc

Malta Medair (Malta Air Travel Ltd)

Ganado Advocates

When it comes to aviation transactions, the team at Ganado Advocates represents owners and operators as well as both buyers and sellers. Led by Daniel Aquilina the team has ‘market-leading knowledge and are very well connected with the registries’. The firm has recently worked on a number of re-registrations and aircraft finance work. Senior associate Matthew Xerri is also highly regarded for being ‘diligent and provides direct and effective advice’.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Aquilina

Testimonials

‘Ganado are experienced in aircraft financing work and have good expertise in corporate jet transactions.’

‘Senior associate Matthew Xerri is responsive and user-friendly.’

‘Ganado are the go-to firm for aviation and shipping matters in Malta. They have market leading knowledge and are very well connected with the registries in order to complete matters and effectively.’

‘Matthew Xerri is the stand out individual at the firm. He is diligent and provides direct and effective advice. Matthew is a great problem solver and can be relied upon to be on top of transactions. He is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is very responsive.’

‘Our client’s lenders and lessee were all willing to rely on and work with Ganado. ’

‘Matthew Xerri worked with us all the time to prepare for multiple new registrations of financed aircraft and worked repeatedly to ensure that we could finish closings with Transport Malta over the Christmas and New Years holidays. In addition, the aircraft were initially registered in the name of one party, and then later in the name of another party, and Matthew made sure that happened seamlessly.’

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The aviation team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates is experienced in structured sale or lease back transactions, financed leases, sale and purchase deals, management operations and aircraft registrations. The practice, jointly led by Nicolai Vella Falzon  and Joseph Ghio, is known for its ‘sector experience, efficiency and no-nonsense attitude'.

Practice head(s):

Nicolai Vella Falzon; Joseph Ghio

Testimonials

‘Sector experience, efficiency and no-nonsense attitude combined would be the main strengths.’

Key clients

Aercap

GECAS

VistaJet

Nordic Aviation Capital

Qatar Airways

Deutsche Lufthansa Group

Afriqiyah Airways

Air Lease Corporation

Six West

Orion (Malta) Limited

Mamo TCV Advocates

The team at Mamo TCV Advocates offers clients a complete service when it comes to aviation matters. It has been engaged by the Maltese government to act as the legal adviser on legislative matters and regularly acts for major financiers. Nicholas Valenzia and Joseph Camilleri head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Valenzia; Joseph Camilleri

8pointlaw

The team at 8pointlaw is experienced in matters related to the aviation industry. Led by John Bonello, the practice assists operators within the aviation industry with contentious as well as non-contentious matters, including the drawing up of complex agreements and several negotiations involving close collaboration with local and international firms.

Practice head(s):

John Bonello

Key clients

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Malta Industrial Parks Limited

Malta Enterprise

Government of Malta – Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business

Work highlights

  • Advised on the necessary transaction instruments between MIP and Lufthansa Technik Malta (LTM) pursuant to the development of a new MRO hangar on MIP administered land, an investment in excess of €25M.
  • Advised on the structuring of an allocation of airside land at Park 4 at Malta International Airport to SR Technics for the development of its MRO facility. The project entails the decommissioning of existing facilities at MIP’s Safi Aviation Park.
  • Represented the International Air Transport Association in  judicial proceedings before the Competition Tribunal and the Civil Court, against several airlines (members of Star Alliance).

Deguara Farrugia Advocates

Led by Maria Paloma Deguara, the 'forward-thinking team' at Deguara Farrugia Advocates offers support to national aviation companies as well as international clients looking to relocate. The team has seen growth in business aviation as a result of the pandemic and works closely with the Malta Business Aviation Association. Associate Filippo Arcaleni is a ‘very dynamic, helpful and knowledgeable lawyer’.

Practice head(s):

Maria Paloma Deguara

Other key lawyers:

Filippo Maria Arcaleni

Testimonials

‘Great team of specialists with in depth commercial knowledge of the international aviation market. Super flexible customer orientated approach towards clients Reliable and accurate.’

‘Filippo Arcaleni is 24/7 approachable and fully committed to the projects. He is completely loyal towards the project and the client. He also thinks as the client when it comes to commercial topics but never forgets the legal issues’

‘I certainly applaud this modern and forward-thinking team that is dynamic, hard working and brings energy to all their clients. I appreciate the partnership approach undertaken – I never felt like I was “on the clock” and it was very collaborative.’

‘DF Advocates provides quick replies. This is very appreciated nowadays when clients are always in a hurry and willing to solve issues quickly.’

‘Filippo Arcaleni is a very dynamic, helpful and knowledgeable lawyer. He provides answers and feedback a quick manner. This is very appreciated nowadays when clients are always in a hurry and willing to solve issues quickly.’

‘DF Advocates have a sound knowledge of the Aviation industry, offer personal attention and are efficient.’

‘Filippo Maria Arcaleni is very informed, extremely efficient and willing to support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’

‘The team at DF Advocates has always provided us with practical and effective solutions to all matters brought before them concerning aviation and corporate matters.’

‘A proactive, problem-solving approach, together with flexibility and capability to think out of the box made us comfortable to ask them for information in relation to our business. A plus in our experience with DFA is the possibility of getting the support also in Italian language, and not just in English. This made us feel more at ease and comfortable communicating with the firm in relation to our issues. Having someone that in the case of doubt can support you in your own language is very important.’

‘We were looking for a Maltese based law-firm who could be part of our international project. We started researching the law firms involved in Aviation Operations. The service we are offering is very specific and requires a dedicated knowledge in the aviation field.  During the face to face meeting, we felt that they were the right partner to support us in Malta. The name of DF Advocates was also suggested to us by other lawyers, not based in Malta.’

GVZH Advocates

The 'organised and friendly' team at GVZH Advocates has seen a spike in business aviation transactions and has continued its work assisting international clients with obtaining their air operator certificates. The team is led by Michael Grech and includes senior associate Katrina Abela.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grech

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Abela

Testimonials

‘Very personal approach. Reachable at all times via common social networks.’

‘Katrina Abela: great cooperation.’

‘ Very competent people, well organised and friendly service. Well connected in the required areas they are offering their service.’

‘ Highly responsive and always focused on the issue.’

Key clients

Galistair Trading Limited

Mediterranean Coastal Airlines

TAG Aviation Malta Ltd

Air Charter Scotland Europe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Galistair Trading with the full process of acquiring an Air Operators Certificate in Malta and registering aircrafts in Malta.
  • Assisted Mediterranean Coastal Airlines with the full process of acquiring an Air Operators Certificate in Malta and registering aircrafts in Malta.
  • Assisted TAG Aviation with the full process of acquiring an Air Operators Certificate in Malta and registering aircrafts in Malta.