Camilleri Preziosi > Valletta, Malta > Firm Profile
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Malta > Aviation Tier 1The aviation team at Camilleri Preziosi is well-known for handling all matters related to the aviation sector, including financing transactions as well as regulatory and licensing work. Its long-standing expertise in syndicated, bilateral and subordinated credit facilities and other types of financing means that the group is a popular choice for major international transport finance banks and financiers. The practice’s caseload includes advising on aircraft leasing and acquisitions, maintenance agreements and enforcement procedures. Co-head Steven Decesare focuses on all matters related to aviation. Co-head Malcolm Falzon advises on finance transactions, M&A, insurance and capital markets matters.
Steve Decesare; Malcolm Falzon
Other key lawyers:
‘Availability, listening and clear replies.’
‘Efficient and practical approach’
‘They always reply on time, very professional and have a great disposition to help. Find expertise in the same firm on anything one may require, plus seem to have the right network overseas too.’
‘I work with Ron Cavalazzi mostly, but all the team are extremely dedicated. Time was never an issue, whether its weekend, or evenings. I know this is not only from Ron but from all the team. Even if they are on a retainer basis.’
‘They know the formalities and the procedures required to get aircraft registered in Malta and the associated processes, enabling lessors and financiers comfortably leasing or financing aircraft in Malta.’
‘Steve Decesare is our main contact there and leads the team. Steve is always available, delivers on time and is a pleasure to work with.’
Malta International Airport
Air Malta plc
Malta Medair (Malta Air Travel Ltd)
Louis de Gabriele; Andrei Vella; Malcolm Falzon; Donald Vella
Other key lawyers:
‘Very dedicated team.’
Louis de Gabriele; Donald Vella; Malcolm Falzon
Other key lawyers:
Kirsten Debono Huskinson
‘They are top quality and fully reliable.’
Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1Camilleri Preziosi provides a ‘consistently top service‘ to a roster of notable clients. Alongside its traditional mainstays of corporate and commercial disputes, the firm is increasingly handling construction arbitration and administrative law matters, as well as cases connected with employment, competition, tax and insurance. This breadth is reflected in team lead Marisa Vella‘s practice, which ranges from defending minority rights to acting in various damages claims. According to one client, the group’s ‘senior associates are already operating at partner level‘; Kristina Rapa Manché‘s recent promotion illustrates this.
Other key lawyers:
‘CP have a level headed and highly professional approach to litigation: dispute resolution is always at the top of the agenda and litigation a last resort. This is in contrast to the majority of firms where aggressive litigation is often encouraged. In terms of strategy, this means litigation has evolved from a position of level headed and reasonable interaction and not from an often irresistible emotional knee jerk reaction.’
‘Professionalism, integrity, technical expertise.’
‘In-depth analyses evolved with attention to detail and background research prior to discussing with client.’
‘Marisa Vella provides an excellent service, assisting clients through the procedures including regular briefing and discussion meetings prior to hearings.’
‘ Consistently top service from them.’
‘The firm’s , and mostly the partners’, commitment to the client’s requirements is fantastic. Timely and effective interventions when required and massive effort provided to ensure client interests are adequately safeguarded.’
‘Client-centric approach, quick replies on complex issues, clear feedback.’
‘The senior associates are already operating at partner level, making their services extremely professional.’
Peninsula Holdings plc
Tarkett Holding GmbH
John G. Cassar Limited
Alf Mizzi & Sons (Marketing) Limited
Bank of Valletta plc
Grand Harbour Marina plc
Falzon Group of Companies
Attard & Co Group of Companies
United Group of Companies
St. George’s Park Limited
Hili Group of Companies
Plaza Centres plc
Mizzi Associated Enterprises
De La Rue Currency & Security Services Limited
Arkadia (Marketing) Limited
Credence Corporate Advisory Services
Lombard Bank Malta p.l.c.
The Edible Oil Refining Company Limited
Malta > Fintech Tier 2The offering at Camilleri Preziosi continues to be differentiated by its ‘CAMA’ initiative – an alliance between the firm and Amagis Capital which provides a full service, combining legal, regulatory and technical expertise. Since receiving its approval to act as a virtual financial asset agent from the Malta Financial Services Authority in 2019, CAMA has assisted numerous prospective VFA issuers; the first applicant who was successful in obtaining a VFA service provider licence was a client of the group. Malcolm Falzon leads the team.
‘The team is very proactive, and offers pragmatic solutions and a collaborative approach in fintech issues despite the laws in this area (namely VFA) being relatively new.’
‘Specialised, cross-disciplinary skill sets, professional.’
‘Very technically competent, very affable, very high quality deliverables.’
Other key lawyers:
Sharon Xuereb; Alexia Valenzia
‘CP have always provided for a great skillset no matter the type or nature of request we sent their way. They are able to rope in the right resource for the right call.’
‘Alexia Valenzia is brilliant in handling our contractual and licensing matters with clients.’
‘The team was knowledgeable on the topic and guided us accordingly. Since Covid-19 brought challenging times onto us due to unexpected budget restrictions, Camilleri Preziosi were patient with our slow approach to taking decisions.’
‘Alexia Valenzia hand-held us through the process, helping us with cost breakdowns and details for us to understand the process better.’
Malta International Airport P.L.C
Retail International Limited
Omni Matrix Limited
Panta Lesco Limited
Valletta Cruise Port PLC
- Represented DMD Autoparts in a trade mark infringement and parallel imports claim before the Courts of Malta.
- Advised software development company Computime on issues regarding the protection of its intellectual property in software contracts.
- Advising local business services contractor Panta Lesco on the registration of its trade marks following a rebrand.
Malta > Investment funds Tier 2The asset management and funds team at Camilleri Preziosi advises on licencing transactions for varied types of investment funds such as PIFs, UCITS and AIFs on the structuring, formation, and regulation of investment services businesses. The practice is jointly led by Louis de Gabriele who excels in fund-related litigation and Andrei Vella who focuses on the investment firm’s mandates in asset management matters.
‘The Practise is a point of reference for our business in Malta. They are responsive, supportive and up to scratch in any field.’
‘The people who make up this team are very knowledgeable and professional. They go out of their way to help us out in any problems we have.’
‘Very responsive – we work mainly with Andrew Caruana Scicluna – Best in the industry and can assist on all areas.’
‘The team is unique in combining extensive experience in the fund industry with a practical approach to solving problems. Rather than being formalistic, the team is trying to accommodate the needs of the client.’
‘Andrew Caruana Scicluna is very knowledgeable in the fund industry and does not hesitate to communicate and even argue with the regulator whenever it is necessary for solving a particular problem. He is also trying to find a practical solution for the client.’
Malta > Private client Tier 2The practice at Camilleri Preziosi advises on corporate and tax law matters and regularly represents its clients in courts and fiscal tribunals on direct and indirect taxation matters. Practice head Donald Vella and Kirsten Debono Huskinson are recommended.
Malta > Real estate Tier 2Led by Marisa Vella, Camilleri Preziosi’s team advises on a wide range of commercial property matters including the acquisition and disposal of all types of interest in real estate, financing, secured lending, and securitisation. It also assists with issues related to commercial construction contracts and represents property development companies in disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are very detailed, well researched and they use all the possible latest technologies available to help them with their job and any issues we could face as we go along.’
‘Vast experience in the real estate sector.’
‘Responsive, and great attention to detail.’
‘We have been working with Camilleri Preziosi for quite some time and each team member is very knowledgeable and professional. During Covid-19 the practice kept running smoothly via virtual meetings.’
‘They comprehend issues very quickly and their suggestions/solutions are spot on. They are also viewed with respect by their peers, which makes mediation easier.’
‘Marisa Vella is a very calm person, with a great grasp of the law and is very good at mediation. Rya Gatt is very good in property law.’
Mizzi Estates Ltd
United Group plc
Arkadia Marketing Ltd
SD Holdings Ltd
Townsquare Sliema Ltd
The Quad Ltd
Paradocs Real Estate Ltd
Plaza Centres plc
Supermarkets (1960) Ltd
Kindred Group plc
St Aloysius College
- Assisted Fortel group with the preparation, negotiation and implementation of the various contracts required for the construction of residential and commercial premises.
- Assisted SD Holdings with the preparation and negotiation of the contracts in connection with the construction of a multi-use, multi-storey development.
- Assisted United Group plc with various lease agreements for their office spaces and other leases in the hospitality sector.
Malta > Shipping Tier 2Camilleri 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Marsamxetto Steamferry Services Limited
Captain Morgan Cruises Ltd
Grand Harbour Marina p.l.c.
Camilleri Preziosi > Firm Profile
The firm: Louis Camilleri Preziosi, whose name the firm still carries, founded the practice in the 1960s. Since then, it has distinguished itself in three crucial areas: technical excellence, the quality of service and a solution-driven approach to the domestic commercial market. We are proud of this legacy and continue to embrace our firm’s core values and work ethic – both absolutely fundamental to our company success. For all the best reasons that this heritage provides, we maintain our position as a leading Maltese law firm by undertaking innovative practices and thought leadership.
Areas of practice: The firm is respected by clients and peers for the consistent ability to deliver pragmatic and solution- driven advice to clients by combining innovation in thought and technical excellence in the law.
The firm is organised into two practice groups: corporate and finance; and regulatory, EU and litigation. The corporate and finance practice group focuses principally on domestic and international transactions including M&A, corporate finance and capital markets; it advises the financial services, banking and insurance sector and provides tax advice and compliance services. Andrei Vella was admitted to partnership within the corporate and finance practice group as of 1 January 2018. The regulatory, EU and litigation practice group handles competition matters, commercial dispute resolution as well as regulatory advice and support. Steve Decesare was admitted to partnership within the regulatory, EU and litigation practice group as of 1 January 2018. The level of specialisation within the firm and its lawyers’ constant exposure to commercial considerations, enable it to advise on the most complex commercial and finance transactions and disputes.
Staff FiguresTotal number of lawyers : 40
LanguagesMaltese English (fluent) Italian French
MembershipsINTERLAW European Aviation Association Swiss-Maltese Chamber of Commerce
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