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  1. Commercial, corporate and M&A
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
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As ‘one of the top firms in the country’, Camilleri Preziosireceives the highest possible score’ from clients due to its ‘exceptional professionalism, quick response times and clarity of advice that is unmatched in the market’. In a recent highlight, practice head Louis de Gabriele and Malcolm Falzon led advice to Tunisie Telecom on its takeover of Maltese telecoms company, GO. Falzon also acted for PG Holdings on PG Group’s reorganisation prior to its IPO, and Donald Vella handled Kindred Group’s £175m acquisition of 32Red. Intertain Holdings, Vistra Group and Arphan are also clients.

Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ high-profile client roster includes BNP Paribas (Suisse) and CA+; Antonio Ghio acted for the latter on its sale to Gentrack. Further highlights include advising WinSystems on the local law elements of its acquisition of the Gold Club Group and assisting Royal Caribbean International with the Maltese elements of its joint venture with Springwater Capital. The team also counts Nicolai Vella Falzon, employment specialist Paul Gonzi, Josianne Brimmer, Monica Galea John and banking expert Joseph Ghio as key practitioners.

Ganado Advocatesperfectly balances an in-depth approach with concise advice’ to provide ‘an exemplary service’ that is ‘truly unique and fits the client’s needs brilliantly’. Adrian Gabarretta and the ‘consistently excellentStephen Attard jointly lead the team, which also fields tax expert Christine Cassar Naudi and the ‘incredibly dedicatedNikolai Muscat Farrugia. The department covers the full gamut of corporate work including M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures, liquidations and Maltese tax issues.

With ‘a team that is truly a cut above the rest’, Mamo TCV Advocates has ‘a focused and efficient practice, which is always willing to go above and beyond the original scope of the engagement to meet its client’s requirements’. Department head Andrew Muscat is ‘a top-notch partner who is always extremely accessible and reliable in his advice’; other key names include insurance specialist Joseph Borg Bartolo and Michael Psaila, who is ‘organised, precise and easy to communicate with’.

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocatesreally knows its stuff’ with substantial knowledge of the gaming, IP and IT sectors; highlights included assisting online raffle company Wish Me Luck with obtaining a lottery gaming licence in Malta, and acting for Stakers on its establishment of gaming operations in Malta and Curacao. Priscilla Mifsud Parker leads the group and Jean-Philippe Chetcuti is recognised for his tax expertise. Kenneth Camilleri and the ‘very personableSilvana Zammit are also noted.

GVZH Advocates’ ‘proactive, reliable and high-quality team’ has ‘abundant knowledge of the gaming sector and meticulously applies that knowledge in a competent and sensitive way’. Department head Andrew Zammit is noted for his TMT expertise; he recently worked with Joseph Vella advising Idox on its £19m acquisition of 6PM Holdings. Clients also praise Albert Grech, Joseph Vella and senior associates Luca Vella and Karl Briffa.

WH Partners specialises in the gaming sector with a client roster that includes Betsson and Dumarca Holdings. Olga Finkel stands out for her gambling and technology expertise; Ruth Galea is a key name for corporate finance, governance and restructuring mandates; andRobert Skalina is experienced in cross-border transactions. Senior associate Graziella Grech is noted.

Advocates Primei’s expertise encompasses corporate restructurings, mergers, SPV establishment, liquidations and re-domiciliation issues. The group, led by James Scerri Worley, recently registered a German asset management company in Malta and handled an investment into a marketing and retail group.

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