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Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ shipping practice covers all aspects of marine litigation, ship finance, ship registration and commercial and private yachting matters. Leading on dispute resolution instructions, Ann Fenech is 'always there to offer the right professional advice and guidance’ to her longstanding clients. Senior associate Adrian Attard is also a key lawyer in this department. Highlights included assisting Credit Suisse with the enforcement of a mortgage registered over a Maltese-flagged vessel. In addition, Fenech and Attard are acting for Grimaldi Group and Sullivan Limited in various actions arising from damage to cargo on board vessels. Mark Fenech and legal procurator Rowena Grima handle finance and registration matters respectively.

The shipping practice at Ganado Advocates ‘consistently provides first-class service in a timely manner, making sure that clients are fully satisfied’. Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono, who has 'vast and deep knowledge of shipping law’, focuses on ship registrations, marine litigation and all maritime law enquiries. The ‘exceptionally goodDr Daniel Aquilina handles ship finance matters for major international banks and financial institutions, Dr Karl Grech Orr assists clients with all aspects of shipping and corporate issues, while Christine Cassar Naudi heads up the yachting tax practice. The ‘very helpful and reliableDr Matthew Xerri, ‘very experienced and efficientDr Caroline Risiott and ‘highly professionalDr Matthew Attard are all recommended senior associates.

Mamo TCV Advocates’ shipping practice counts local and international companies, public bodies and private clients among its client base. Practice head Nicholas Valenzia focuses on asset management, ship and yacht finance, ownership structuring, tax structuring and shipbuilding contract matters. The team also handles disputes relating to ship arrests and repossessions. Joseph Camilleri is a noted lawyer in this field.

Henri Mizzi and newly promoted partner Steven Decesare lead Camilleri Preziosi’s shipping practice, which has recently been involved in maritime disputes and ship finance transactions. Decesare has assisted a number of international clients with ship arrest matters. Mizzi is representing a defendant in a salvage dispute. The firm also advises on yacht acquisitions, leasing schemes and all other yachting-specific issues.

In a matter highlight, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’ shipping practice head Silvana Zammit assisted a client with a major redomiciliation exercise concerning a fleet of commercial vessels. The team regularly handles vessel registrations and ship purchases, and it also advises clients on the establishment of companies in the maritime sector. Of particular note is the firm’s yachting expertise; the team advises on yacht relocations, leasing arrangements and flag registration.

Michael Grech and associate Katrina Abela handle the full range of yachting matters for GVZH Advocates, including vessel registrations, sale and purchase transactions, tax structuring, financing and commercial yacht certification. A recent highlight involved assisting a client with lifting a vessel arrest.

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