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The 'very knowledgeable' Dr Antoine G Cremona leads Ganado Advocates’ real estate practice, which offers ‘a broad range of legal services and has a very experienced team with a strong customer focus’. The team is noted for its 'professionalism' and strong reputation in construction law. Its work currently includes assisting international clients with negotiating and drafting FIDIC contracts in connection with the construction of residential and commercial properties. The firm’s client base comprises government entities and both local and foreign public corporations. Cremona also applies his dispute resolution expertise to contentious real estate and construction issues.

Mamo TCV Advocates is a leader in large-scale mixed-use real estate concessions. Its team includes Richard Camilleri, who assisted a developer with a preliminary agreement for a mixed-use development concession on a historical site. Andrew Muscat is advising a property investment company on the development of an office building and parking block; he is advising on lease agreements and other leasing matters. The firm also handles real estate transactions and tax issues, among other matters. Other noted individuals include experienced litigators Franco Vassallo and Frank Testa.

Camilleri Preziosi handles major high-rise, hotel and multiplex construction projects. Its notable recent mandates include assisting Plaza Centres with a shopping mall conversion, and advising Peninsula Investments on the Westin Dragonara Resort expansion. The firm is also handling the legal aspects of a hotel and an adjacent mixed-use project development. Further mandates include advising on real estate acquisitions and disposals, leasing arrangements and contract disputes. Henri Mizzi and Marisa Vella lead the practice. Senior associate Rya Gatt is recommended for her construction and development, energy and environmental law credentials.

Silvana Zammit leads on Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates' real estate work, which includes real estate transactions, development projects and portfolio investments. The practice's client base includes high-net-worth individuals, construction companies, developers and architects seeking to establish operations in Malta. Zammit assisted with terms of purchase negotiations for a major development in Mosta. Founding partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, who heads up the practice, handles contentious matters. Highlights included a cross-border beneficiary rights issue, which encompassed succession law, private international law and trusts law.

Edward Debono and Kenneth Grima handle Fenech & Fenech Advocates' contentious real estate matters. Notable work includes representing Maria Pia Galea in a landmark property repossession claim at the Constitutional Court, and acting for Chemimart as the defendant at the Court of Appeal in an eviction case. Associate Daniel Buttigieg is also noted for his expertise in real estate litigation. Grima has been active on the transactional side. Vella Falzon Building Supplies and Metz Limited are among other active clients.

The real estate practice at GVZH Advocates handles significant property sales and purchases, planning permit matters, real estate finance and long-term lease agreements. Highlights saw the firm draft and negotiate complex lease agreements for multi-use projects. Joseph J. Vella and Karl Briffa (the latter made partner in 2018) are recommended.

Named partner John Bonello leads on Scerri & Bonello Advocates’ real estate matters. The firm has notable experience in development planning, property transactions and contract consulting. The team also provides assistance with construction disputes. Ongoing work includes the firm defending a client against a forced expropriation of land claim.

WH Partners assists its gaming and gambling client base, as well as other international clients, with matters concerning office space leasing, property acquisitions and financing. Practice head Olga Finkel is 'thorough, resourceful, meticulous and pays very good attention to her client’s needs'. Senior associate Graziella Grech ‘is exceptionally knowledgeable and delivers a very high standard of advice’. She advised on numerous property development projects, including the setting up of a boutique hotel.

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