Investment funds in Malta

Ganado Advocates

With ‘exceptional knowledge on industry and regulatory matters’ the team at Ganado Advocates handles a variety of fund matters. Key services include fund structuring, drafting of offering documentation, managing licensing processes with the MFSA, regulatory compliance and advice, passporting in or out of Malta and transactional work. The co-heads of practice are the ‘solutions-focused and client friendlyAndre Zerafa and James Farrugia who is ‘extremely well versed on key regulatory aspects.’

Practice head(s):

Andre Zerafa; James Farrugia

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and dedication. ’

‘The level of expertise and quality of the work delivered by Ganado Associates is exceptional and compares favourably to the top law firms in the principal financial jurisdictions. Ganado always deliver on time and to a very high standard and are able to deal with the most complex of legal issues.’

‘Ganado staff and partners have a can do attitude and are very positive and solutions focused. I believe they are a great asset to their clients’ businesses.

‘James Farrugia, a partner, is like a living encyclopaedia in all that concerns fund legislation, both local as well as foreign and puts his knowledge to great use.

‘Andre Zerafa is an exceptional attorney who is very practical and pragmatic as well as being very solutions focused and client friendly.’

‘Exceptional knowledge on industry and regulatory matters. The team is very responsive and always provides quick turnaround in terms of advice or documentation requested.’

‘Very responsive, exceptional insight on the industry, local and international regulations.’

‘They have strength in both depth and breadth.’

‘Ganado’s key strengths are split into: a) pioneers and equally invested with the industry as a whole; b) specialists; and, c) calmness and feet on the ground.’

‘Ganado were early to the industry and have been one of the key pioneers in helping the Malta asset management industry grow. They have invested heavily by: hiring top quality staff with constant investment in internal training and knowledge building; sharing their knowledge locally and attending various overseas conferences.’

‘They constantly update and keep abreast of industry requirements which is significantly helped with a solid foundation from being early adopters in the industry. One key aspect is them maintaining a focus – so the team at Ganado who focus on asset management do not do all other industries like most other firms in Malta.’

‘Their current senior partner, Andre Zerafa, is humble yet one of the local expects in the industry. He is approachable, polite, professional.’

‘James Farrugia, also a partner, is extremely well versed on key regulatory aspects.’

Mamo TCV Advocates

The team at Mamo TCV Advocates is experienced in the structuring and licensing of retail open-ended or closed-ended funds as well as alternative and professional investor funds. Led by Katya Tua, the team has recently advised on Maltese regulatory matters for several investment management companies including Futura Investment Management, The Macro Fund and The ARP Funds.

Practice head(s):

Katya Tua

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable ’

‘Katya Tua is always available.’

Key clients

The Macro Fund SICAV plc

Futura Investment Management Ltd

The ARP Funds SICAV IC plc

ACL Fund SICAV plc

Camilleri Preziosi

The team at Camilleri Preziosi is particularly focused on licensing and transactional work. It oversees the setting up of various professional and alternative investment funds - and the subsequent management of sub-funds. Led by Louis de Gabriele, and Andrei Vella, the practice has been praised for its ‘attention to detail.’ The ‘responsive’ Andrew Caruana Scicluna is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Andrei Vella

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Caruana Scicluna

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail, problem solving especially in relation to MFSA – ability to explain position of the company in relation to its business, good understanding of the fundamentals of the fund industry.’

‘Andrew Caruana Scicluna is a key lawyer covering the fund industry with long experience and very responsive.’

Key clients

BOV Asset Management Limited

Vilhena Funds SICAV plc

ARIA SICAV PLC

HERMES LINDER FUND SICAV PLC

Metatron Capital SICAV plc

Lombard Bank plc

Cembra Brazil Fund SICAV p.l.c.

ALTINUM FUNDS SICAV P.L.C.

AMAGIS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LTD

AMAGIS CAPITAL FUNDS SICAV PLC

Greater China Value Partners Fund SICAV p.l.c.

Cembra East Fund SICAV p.l.c.

Cembra Gold Fund SICAV p.l.c.

Cembra India Fund SICAV p.l.c.

BOV FUND SERVICES LIMITED

Apex Fund Services (Malta) Limited

Ananea Funds SICAV plc

Auge Funds SICAV plc

ACCOLADE FUND SICAV P.L.C.

APARTNERS CAPITAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED

BOV Investment Funds

SANDBERG INVESTMENT FUND SICAV PLC

HOLD SICAV PLC.

INFINITY CAPITAL SICAV P.L.C.

TRIDENT FUND SERVICES (MALTA) LIMITED

NCC Funds SICAV p.l.c.

SJP OPPORTUNITIES FUND SICAV LTD

FCS ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD

Amicorp Fund Services Malta Limited

Amalgamated Investments SICAV p.l.c.

JP Morgan Securities plc

Nextmarkets Trading Ltd

LIONGATE EMERGING MARKETS FUND SICAV

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The practice at Fenech & Fenech Advocates advises across the entire spectrum of fund matters. Recently, it has been engaged in provided regulatory assistance to asset management companies and has assisted in the setting up of several alternative and loan investment funds. The co-heads of the department are Rosanne Bonnici and Joseph Ghio. Josianne Brimmer is also a noted partner.

Practice head(s):

Rosanne Bonnici; Joseph Ghio

Other key lawyers:

Josianne Brimmer

GVZH Advocates

The team at GVZH Advocates assists industry operators with the legal and regulatory formalities involved in setting up in Malta as well as providing on-going compliance and operational advice. Led by Kurt Hyzler, who is experienced in investment funds, financial services regulation and banking and finance transactions, the firm's clients include SEB Investment Management, TRW Phoenix Sicav and Ana Balat.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Hyzler

Key clients

SEB Investment Management AB

TRW Phoenix Sicav plc

Hottinger Group

Ana Balat Ltd

Capaneo Investments Sicav plc

Work highlights

  • Provided legal and regulatory advice to SEB Investment Management with respect to the laws in Malta in relation to the sale of shares in collective investment schemes to persons located in Malta.
  • Assisted the Hottinger Group with the structuring, establishment in Malta and licensing of a collective investment of schemes in Malta in terms of the Investment Services Act.