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Camilleri Preziosi

Malta > Aviation Tier 1

The 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.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare; Malcolm Falzon

Other key lawyers:

Ron Cavalazz


‘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.’

Key clients

Malta International Airport

Air Malta plc

Malta Medair (Malta Air Travel Ltd)

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Camilleri Preziosi continues to impress with the breadth of its practice, which handles an array of mandates in both equity and debt capital markets.  Active on the lender and borrower sides, the team typically acts on domestic and cross-border transactions. In the banking space, the group houses capabilities in both transactional and regulatory work. The firm’s specialised regulatory and compliance unity established in 2016 has made the group a port of call for regulators and banks seeking assistance with regulatory matters. The practice strengthened its team with the partner promotion of Andrew Caruana Scicluna in January 2022. The department is jointly led by Louis de Gabriele, Andrei Vella, Malcolm Falzon and Donald Vella.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Andrei Vella; Malcolm Falzon; Donald Vella

Other key lawyers:


‘Very dedicated team.’

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Camilleri Preziosi‘s team of specialist lawyers is fully equipped to handle M&A transactions, the establishment of Maltese holding structures, online gambling matters and corporate governance issues. The group is noted for advising both domestic and international clients in complex cross-border mandates. The practice is jointly led by Louis de Gabriele, whose expertise spans tax, banking, corporate and insurance matters, corporate restructuring and trusts expert Donald Vella and Malcolm Falzon, who focuses on M&A deals, capital markets, asset finance and gaming law. Tax and M&A expert Kristen Debono Huskinson was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Donald Vella; Malcolm Falzon

Other key lawyers:

Kirsten Debono Huskinson


‘They are top quality and fully reliable.’

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Camilleri 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.

Practice head(s):

Marisa Vella

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.’

Key clients

Peninsula Holdings plc

Tarkett Holding GmbH

MMGH Limited

FIMBank plc

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

Deutsche Lufthansa

Autosales Limited

United Group of Companies

St. George’s Park Limited

Hili Group of Companies

Plaza Centres plc

Melita plc

Airmalta plc

Mizzi Associated Enterprises

Aqubix Limited

SD Holdings

Moving Ads

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 2

The 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.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Falzon


‘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.’


Malta > Intellectual property Tier 2

Camilleri Preziosi has a wealth of experience in the registration, securitisation, management and enforcement of intellectual property matters, both domestically and before the EU IP Office and the WIPO international bureau. Litigation is a cornerstone of the practice; both team lead Steve Decesare and senior associate Sharon Xuereb have stellar track records representing clients in cases relating to infringement of intellectual property rights before the Maltese courts.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare

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.’

Key clients

Malta International Airport P.L.C

Melita Limited

Computime Limited

Retail International Limited

DMD Autoparts

Omni Matrix Limited

Panta Lesco Limited

Valletta Cruise Port PLC

Work highlights

  • 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 2

The 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.

Practice head(s):


‘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 2

The 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.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Capable to understand the needs of the client and cover these.’

‘Top quality and full reliability.’

Malta > Real estate Tier 2

Led 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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

‘Very knowledgeable.’

‘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.’

Key clients

PG Group

Mizzi Estates Ltd

Fortel Group

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

Work highlights

  • 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 2

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):

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.’

Key clients

Marsamxetto Steamferry Services Limited

Captain Morgan Cruises Ltd

Enemalta plc

Atlantska Plovidba

Grand Harbour Marina p.l.c.

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.

Lisa Abela photoDr Lisa AbelaSenior Associate
Jasmine Abela photoDr Jasmine AbelaAssociate
Liam Axisa photoDr Liam AxisaLiam joined the firm as a trainee in June 2019, and has…
Megan Balzan photoDr Megan BalzanTrainee
Kyra Borg photoDr Kyra BorgAssociate
Diane Bugeja photoMrs Diane BugejaSenior Associate
Michael Buhagiar photoDr Michael BuhagiarAssociate
Amy Busuttil photoDr Amy BusuttilAssociate
Giulia Calleja photoDr Giulia CallejaAssociate
Thomas Camilleri photoDr Thomas CamilleriAssociate
Jake Camilleri photoDr Jake CamilleriAssociate
Martina Camilleri photoDr Martina CamilleriAssociate
Andrew Caruana Scicluna photoDr Andrew Caruana SciclunaPartner
Gabriella Chircop photoDr Gabriella ChircopAssociate
Andrea Darmanin photoDr Andrea DarmaninAssociate
Kyle Debattista photoDr Kyle DebattistaAssociate
Kirsten Debono Huskinson photoDr Kirsten Debono HuskinsonPartner
Steve Decesare photoDr Steve DecesarePartner
Krista Ellul photoDr Krista EllulAssociate
Malcolm Falzon photoDr Malcolm FalzonPartner
Louisa Firman photoDr Louisa FirmanAssociate
Ron Galea Cavallazzi photoDr Ron Galea CavallazziPartner
Francesca Galea Cavallazzi photoDr Francesca Galea CavallazziSenior Associate
Katya Gatt photoDr Katya GattAssociate
Rya Gatt photoDr Rya GattSenior Associate
Maxine Gauci photoDr Maxine GauciAssociate
Sarah Grech photoDr Sarah GrechAssociate
Nicola Jaccarini photoDr Nicola JaccariniAssociate
Maria Magro photoDr Maria MagroAssociate
Edward Mizzi photoDr Edward MizziAssociate
Luke Mizzi photoDr Luke MizziAssociate
Joeline Parnis photoDr Joeline ParnisAssociate
Laura Pillow photoDr Laura PillowAssociate
Kristina Rapa Manche photoDr Kristina Rapa ManchePartner
Iana Said photoDr Iana SaidAssociate
Marisa Vella photoDr Marisa VellaPartner
Donald Vella photoDr Donald VellaPartner
Andrei Vella photoDr Andrei VellaPartner
Emma Xuereb photoDr Emma XuerebAssociate
Sharon Xuereb photoDr Sharon XuerebSenior Associate
Stefania de Gabriele photoDr Stefania de GabrieleAssociate
Louis de Gabriele photoDr Louis de GabrielePartner
Total number of lawyers : 40
English (fluent)
European Aviation Association
Swiss-Maltese Chamber of Commerce

Intellectual property rights discussed in the Brompton bicycle case

On 11 June 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU issued a preliminary ruling concerning C-833/18 - Brompton Bicycle v. Chedech/Get2Get, where it provided that copyright protection may also subsist in designs which are shaped to attain a particular technical result provided certain conditions are met.  In other words, the CJEU allowed the overlap of copyright and patent protection in specific cases.On 11 June 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU issued a preliminary ruling concerning C-833/18 - Brompton Bicycle v. Chedech/Get2Get, where it provided that copyright protection may also subsist in designs which are shaped to attain a particular technical result provided certain conditions are met.  In other words, the CJEU allowed the overlap of copyright and patent protection in specific cases.