Shipping in Malta

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Fenech & Fenech AdvocatesComparative Guides promotional icon‘ practice covers the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious maritime and ship finance matters such as shipbuilding, marine insurance, sale and purchase of yachts, and registrations of vessels. Within the team, Ann Fenech heads the marine litigation department; Mark Fenech and Rowena Grima focus on ship finance and registration, respectively; and Alison Vassallo leads the yachting team. Adrian Attard is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Rowena Grima is fast, clear and straightforward to the point. Always available to find a solution.’

‘F&F is extremely knowledgeable in the shipping sector – its expertise is second to none and the team provides clear guidance in respect of Maltese specific issues.’

‘Rowena Grima is outstanding. She is very helpful, efficient and approachable.’

‘It is always a pleasure working with F&F counting on professionalism, patience, problem-solving approach and good spirit.’

‘Immediate and consistent service.’

‘Very knowledgable in their respective sectors and immediately available when required.’

Key clients

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited (Steamship Mutual P&I Club)

Endo Tankers

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Atlas Insurance PCC Limited

Virtu Ferries Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Atlas Insurance PCC Limited, the co-underwriter of an underwater interconnector electricity cable between Malta and Sicily, with a claim in excess of €21M.
  • Assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a mortgagee financier with its mortgages over a fleet of vessel and subsequently having the said fleet sold by judicial auction in Malta.
  • Advised Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited with obtaining a favorable court judgment on the recognition of their free and unencumbered title over a ship sold in a foreign judicial sale by auction.

Ganado Advocates

Ganado Advocates’ shipping and yachting team has extensive experience in handling matters from ship financing and mortgage to the drafting of shipping legislation. It also assists yacht owners, operators, and international financiers with all the registration of vessels and cross-border financing issues. The key partners who jointly lead the team include Karl Grech Orr who focuses on flag issues, Jotham Scerri-Diacono who specialises in ship registration and litigation, ship financing expert Daniel Aquilina, and tax advisor Christine Cassar Naudi.

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and helpful with matters. We have used a number of times to assist with title transfer and mortgage for shipping finance deals.’

‘Prompt assistance, good follow-up, qualified team, and good cooperation.’

‘Ganado Advocates’ turnaround is very fast, usually within the same day depending on complexity of the transaction or issue at hand. We consistently receive solid legal advice on matters of Malta law when collaborating with them as correspondent Malta lawyers, and they are consequently our “port of first call” when dealing with Malta law. Their team is very closely knit ensuring a quick response time regardless of the availability of a particular lawyer on a given day.’

‘Senior associate Caroline Risiott stands out as being very knowledgeable in all aspects of shipping and ship finance as they pertain to Malta law, including Malta corporate law where necessary. She is consistently available to deal with any issues or queries that may arise during a given transaction and her in-depth knowledge of the legal issues at hand. Caroline is always very pleasant to work with.’

‘Simply put – Ganado is the best legal team on Maltese market and our go-to firm for any local work. Extremely professional and reliable.’  

‘Very friendly and professional approach, quick turn-around, always available. Good knowledge of the law and inclination to make things easier for the client.’

‘Ganado Advocates is a very reputable firm and have great trust in the advice and services offered. Strong rapport, always prompt and very professional in their approach.’

‘Daniel Aquilina is a competent, problem-solving, commercial and above all efficient lawyer. He handles complex issues involving multiple workstreams and challenging deadlines with ease.’

Camilleri Preziosi

Camilleri Preziosi assists international banks and other financial institutions with shipping matters including financing, sale, and purchase of vessels. It also advises financiers, bidders, and yacht owners on shipbuilding contracts, registration, maritime claims, and ship mortgages including ferry services. Steven Decesare and Andrei Vella jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare ; Andrei Vella

Other key lawyers:

Krista Ellul

Testimonials

‘Prompt reaction and always meet the deadlines. Highly specialised and professional.’

‘We work often with Steve Decesare who delivers high-quality advice swiftly. He is very responsive.’

‘Steve and Krista are working hard and respond quickly to queries. Their availability is rather good.’

‘Camilleri Preziosi has a substantial team of legal advisers who specialise in all shipping sectors.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have always shown a high level of professionalism in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The team leaves no stone unturned to respond and act whenever so required.’

Key clients

Marsamxetto Steamferry Services Limited

Captain Morgan Cruises Ltd

Enemalta plc

Atlantska Plovidba

Grand Harbour Marina p.l.c.

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Led by Charlene Mifsud, the transport practice group at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates assists with the entire spectrum of superyacht matters from the incorporation of the new company for chartering to operating commercial routes. It also has experience in handling maritime disputes and ship financing transactions. Senior associate Christine Sammut handles commercial and maritime matters.

Practice head(s):

Charlene Mifsud

Other key lawyers:

Silvana Zammit; Christine Sammut

Testimonials

From our experience, we can say that it is very easy to work with all members of the team. Billing is done on time and it is transparent. They are always looking forward to assisting in any way, even new ways of doing business.’

We worked with Dr. Chrsitine Sammut, who showed professionality and assistance from the beginning to the end of the service we were working on. Her reply time is excellent and we were very pleased by the way she approached work.’

The firm offers a boutique service and includes professionals who specialise in different sectors within this practice. My experience as a professional with Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates has been positive since they are always at the forefront when it comes to changes within the sector.’

Key clients

Piotr Trojanek

Monaco Boat Services (Riva)

Yacht owning company

Quickly Group Holding Ltd

Polar Bear Project Ltd

Joelson Law

Mamy Chartering Ltd

Concord Riva Ltd

Naviculam Chartering Ltd

Larimar Ltd

LMS Yachting Ltd

Classics Charter Ltd

FLE Marine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on construction and change in ownership structure of multi-million custom made super yacht.
  • Assisted a super yacht owner with the termination of the lease and changing the status of yacht from commercial to pleasure.
  • Assisted FLE Marine Ltd with the incorporation of the new Malta company for chartering.

GTG Advocates

GTG Advocates’ boutique team advises on shipping registration, finance, construction, litigation, and tax matters. It also assists creditors or oyther interested party with the drafting and filing of judicial claims in courts against vessels located within Maltese territorial waters. Practice head Robert Tufigno has notable experience advising on mortgages and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robert Tufigno

Other key lawyers:

Gigi Gatt

Testimonials

‘Solid experience.’

‘Robert Tufigno is brilliant. He has a great experience in shipping matters and always finds a viable solution to possible issues. He also has great negotiation skills.’

‘The team has expertise in shipping. Services are timely provided and replied are on the point.’

‘Personal contact, diligence and availability when needed are the strong points of the team.’

Key clients

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

Yachting by Kompass, LLC

Corner Banca S.A.

Pontoporia Navigation Limited

Baker & McKenzie

Augustea Maritime Transportation Ltd

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Arena Ship Management Services Pte Ltd

Marnavi S.p.A.

Norton Rose Fulbright

DFT Law

Medazur Yacht Leasing Company Limited

Makalu Shipping B.V

Stephenson Harwood

Work highlights

  • Advised ICCREA Banca Impresa on the re-negotiation and re-structuring of a loan agreement that was secured by five mortgages registered over Maltese flagged barges.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. on the legal implications involved in the transfer of a loan secured by a mortgage on a Maltese vessel.
  • Advised Yacthing by Kompass, LLC on the registration of a 180-foot luxurious super yacht under the Malta flag as a commercial yacht.

Deguara Farrugia Advocates

The maritime practice at Deguara Farrugia Advocates advises multinational yacht owners, agents, and financiers on ship and yacht building, sale and purchase of vessels, financing and enforcement of claims including the arrest of vessels and judicial sales. Kenneth Deguara heads the team which also includes Andrew Massa who provides ‘pragmatic advice with a commercially sensible approach‘.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Deguara

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Massa

Testimonials

They have very good relations with clients and provide good services.’

Andrew Massa is very quick and reliable and immediately updates on the status of things.’

Professional and direct clients according to their individual needs.’

Very knowledgeable and responsive team with good expertise in shipping and yachting sector. Excellent commination between different teams to support novel questions across areas of expertise.’

Andrew Massa is responsive and particularly helpful in providing valuable insights into Maltese jurisdictional matters. Pragmatic advice with a commercially sensible approach.’

Super helpful and very efficient.’

The level of expertise, approachability and insight of the people in the team is simply outstanding.’

The team has great legal, fiscal and marine practical knowledge.’

GVZH Advocates

Led by Michael Grech , GVZH Advocates specialises in the purchase and sale of luxury superyachts as well as vessel financing, disputes, and the arrests and enforcement of claims against Malta-registered vessels. Associate Katrina Abela is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grech

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Abela 

Key clients

Sardaleasing S.p.A.

Credemleasing S.p.A.

Wind Service – Simone’ Saccon

Work highlights

  • Advised Sardaleasing S.p.A. on its registrations of yachts under the Maltese flag and their resident agent in respect of all their locally registered vessels.
  • Assisted Credemleasing S.p.A. with the registrations of yachts under the Maltese flag and its resident agent in respect of all its locally registered vessels.
  • Acted for Wind Service – Simone’ Saccon, yacht navigational company, on yachting matters in Malta.