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Camilleri Preziosi

Aviation Tier 1

The practice at Camilleri Preziosi advises national and international airlines and financial institutions on all matters relating to aviation, including air traffic, airport-related matters, business jets, commercial airlines, aviation finance and leasing as well as enforcement. Malcolm Falzon and Steven Decesare lead this ‘efficient team of lawyers with deep knowledge of aviation law’.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Falzon; Steve Decesare


‘Camilleri Preziosi are an efficient team of lawyers with deep knowledge of aviation law and commercial and civil law, with different teams specialising in their sector ’

‘Great reactivity and legal skills. The firm is very quick to answer any matter and very pro-active. ’

‘Steve Decesare especially has shown great professionalism and time efficiency in solving aviation field matters. Always available, quick and useful answers on any matter.’

‘Have found the team to be extremely helpful, professional and available at any time of day and night. There was never any issue that was not taken up and handled to our satisfaction. They also took the initiative of following up on anything started and this is a major difference to other entities.’

‘The main difference as noted above emanates from the deep knowledge of the diverse subjects undertaken, the experience they have gained across the local and international arena, and the sense of pride and satisfaction that is clear in all executives that work for the firm. Their name is a very well known practice in the market and has a strong brand equity too. ’

‘Camilleri Preziosi was extremely responsive and dealt with all aspects of the transaction in a timely fashion. Camilleri Preziosi were local law counsel in the transaction.’

‘Steve Decesare was the main person I dealt with in Camilleri Preziosi in connection with this transaction. This was a time pressurised transaction and it was extremely useful having a partner on board to make quick decisions and progress matters. I found Steve to be extremely efficient and helpful and he was willing to progress the transaction by reaching out directly to directors on the ground in Malta. ’

‘We have worked with Camilleri Preziosi on a couple of transactions in Malta over the past year. We have found them to be very knowledgeable regarding the intricacies of registering aircraft in Malta and have particularly valued their good relationship with the aviation authority which has helped to get things done.’

‘We have worked with one of the partners at the firm on our transaction, Steve Decesare, who has been very attentive and prompt in his advice. Steve clearly understands the industry well and the requirements in Malta and is able to guide us well to avoid the potential pitfalls. ’

Key clients

Malta International Airport

Air Malta plc

Malta Medair (Malta Air Travel Ltd)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

The banking and finance team at Camilleri Preziosi has ‘exceptional knowledge of the law within the Maltese jurisdiction.’ The firm handles a wide range of work and has been involved in an increasing number of domestic and cross-border finance transactions acting for both the lending and borrowing sides. The team has worked on a number of high-value financing deals for banking and pharmaceutical clients. In addition to this, the firm has assisted banking, construction and technology clients with high-profile listings on the Malta Stock Exchange. Louis de Gabriele heads the corporate and finance practice while Malcolm Falzon oversees the firm’s capital markets work. Andrei Vella is another key name for financing.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Andrei Vella; Malcolm Falzon

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Buhagiar; Kyle Debattista


‘CamilleriPreziosi is the legal firm appointed by our institution as our external lawyers. We find their experience across various sectors very useful in the provision of sound legal advice and preparation of the legal documentation.’

‘I have interacted mostly with Dr Louis De Gabriele, Dr Andrei Vella, and Dr Nicola Buhagiar who are always available, approachable and ready to offer practical solutions within a legal context.’

‘Th Camilleri Preziosi team were an absolute pleasure to work with. Level of insight and responsiveness. Every member of the team had an exceptional knowledge of the law within the Maltese jurisdiction and we were abele to interact with every member of the team with ease.’

‘The level of responsiveness we received from the practice was truly exceptional. From a junior (Kyle Debattista – Associate) to partner level (Andrei Vella) all members of the team were fully immersed in the transaction and always had great insight with respects to all aspects of the transaction. We could reach out to the team at anytime and always received the assistance required.’

Key clients

AX Group p.l.c.

Harvest Technology p.l.c.

MeDirect Bank Malta p.l.c.

Bank of Valletta p.l.c.

Melite Finance p.l.c.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 'intelligent and pro-active team' at Camilleri Preziosi, led by Louis De Gabriele, works on national and cross-border transactions in a variety of different sectors including retail, gaming and pharmaceuticals. The team advised Melita, one of the largest telecoms providers in Malta on an investment into an IoT company. Donald Vella  is highly regarded for his expertise in taxation and commercial projects as well as Malcolm Falzon for his experience in M&A and gaming law.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Donald Vella; Malcolm Falzon


‘The size of the firm makes the relationship very personal, and as a customer you get used to approaching the specialised partners.’

‘Intelligence and pro-active.’

Key clients

Bank of Valletta plc

Kindred Group plc

Melita Limited

Bragg Gaming Group Inc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The dispute resolution practice at Camilleri Preziosi, led by Henri Mizzi and Marisa Vella, is reputed for its ‘exceptional service.’ The team has seen an increase in construction arbitration and administrative law matters together with disputes in connection with employment, competition, tax and insurance. In one highlight, it successfully defended the Bank of Valletta against over four hundred claims by former investors alleging mis-selling a fund of which the bank was a custodian. Senior associate Kristina Rapa Manché is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Henri Mizzi; Marisa Vella

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Rapa Manché


‘Specialist service’

‘Size of the firm is ideal as you get to meet most of the firm and know the specialisation of each.’

‘Intelligence, approachability and pro-activeness’

‘An efficient and very effective firm of lawyers’

‘Marisa Vella is well versed in commercial law and drafting contracts’

‘Their efficiency, promptness to respond and professionalism as well as their multi-disciplinary approach makes them noteworthy.’

‘Marisa Vella has provided us with concrete and tangible support as well as with prompt, direct and straight forward advice which we value in terms of also assessing pros and cons in relation to any disputes put forward to them for review. ’

‘We have worked with the team for over a decade and have always received exceptional service.’

‘One to one service from both the legal and advisory perspective is fundamental and this firm has always offered this level of service which we as a family business highly expect. All the individuals which work in this firm have to date met this level of requirement by our organisation.’

‘Very reactive. Savvy, they “get it” and provide on-point advice with impressive turn-around times.’

Fintech Tier 2

The practice at Camilleri Preziosi, thanks to ‘CAMA’, an alliance between the firm and Amagis Capital,  assisted prospective VFA issuers in seeking registration of their white paper with the MFSA and applicants looking to obtain a VFA service provider licence. In addition to license applications, it has helped clients establish and organise security token platforms and assisted with several ICO listings. Malcolm Falzon, who ‘is particularly well versed in legal developments in the fintech space’, leads the practice alongside Louis de Gabriele.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Malcolm Falzon


‘Camilleri Preziosi is led by a team of highly regarded individuals. Collectively, the partners are amongst the best-in-class. With a very strong background in traditional finance, capital markets, M&As and transactions, it was only natural that the team evolves into technology-driven, capital raising methods and decentralised business models.’

‘Dr Malcolm Falzon is particularly well versed in legal developments in the Fintech space. His charming personality coupled with his extensive knowledge makes him a go-to individual for Fintech and Capital Markets transactions.’

Key clients

2gether Money Management S.L.

Moneybite Limited

Omni Matrix Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

The team at Camilleri Preziosi is experienced in all areas of IP law, with litigation as one of its main pillars. It also assists clients in creating and maintaining IP protection mechanisms, IP negotiations, including setting up franchises and the assignment or licensing of IP rights. The firm has assisted a number of high-profile local and international clients from a variety of sectors. Henri Mizzi and Steven Decesare jointly lead the team. Sharon Xuereb is also highly regarded having worked on numerous trade mark registrations.

Practice head(s):

Steven Decesare; Henri Mizzi

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Xuereb

Key clients

Malta International Airport P.L.C

Enemalta plc

Massine Group

Melita Limited

Computime Limited

S.R.G.N Company Limited

DMD Autoparts

K101 Music Limited

Gasan Group

Global Procurement Company Limited

Calamatta Cuschieri Investment Services Limited

The General Soft Drinks Company Ltd

Malta Council for Science and Technology

Alf Mizzi Group

Retail International Limited

Arkadia Marketing Limited

Investment funds Tier 2

The team at Camilleri Preziosi is particularly focused on licensing and transactional work. It oversees the setting up of various professional and alternative investment funds - and the subsequent management of sub-funds. Led by Louis de Gabriele, and Andrei Vella, the practice has been praised for its ‘attention to detail.’ The ‘responsive’ Andrew Caruana Scicluna is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Andrei Vella

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Caruana Scicluna


‘Attention to detail, problem solving especially in relation to MFSA – ability to explain position of the company in relation to its business, good understanding of the fundamentals of the fund industry.’

‘Andrew Caruana Scicluna is a key lawyer covering the fund industry with long experience and very responsive.’

Key clients

BOV Asset Management Limited

Vilhena Funds SICAV plc



Metatron Capital SICAV plc

Lombard Bank plc

Cembra Brazil Fund SICAV p.l.c.




Greater China Value Partners Fund SICAV p.l.c.

Cembra East Fund SICAV p.l.c.

Cembra Gold Fund SICAV p.l.c.

Cembra India Fund SICAV p.l.c.


Apex Fund Services (Malta) Limited

Ananea Funds SICAV plc

Auge Funds SICAV plc



BOV Investment Funds





NCC Funds SICAV p.l.c.



Amicorp Fund Services Malta Limited

Amalgamated Investments SICAV p.l.c.

JP Morgan Securities plc

Nextmarkets Trading Ltd


Private client Tier 2

The 'competent' team at Camilleri Preziosi assists with trusts and succession planning for individuals as well as advisory work for corporate services firms and banks. The practice is led by Donald Vella; senior associate Kirsten Debono Huskinson is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Donald Vella

Other key lawyers:

Kirsten Debono Huskinson


‘Competent, knowledgeable, approachable, well-connected.’

‘Camilleri Preziosi has a number of highly specialised advisers who are well aware of other implications and able to rope in colleagues when and as needed. They work as a team for the benefit of the client and possess in depth knowledge and ability to look at a situation from multiple points of view. I was particularly impressed by fast, critical, analytical skilled people who are in touch with practical realities of technology driven businesses.’

Real estate Tier 2

The team at Camilleri Preziosi assists with a range of commercial property services. Recent work includes advice to corporate clients on lease agreements as well as assisting with numerous commercial construction contracts and representing development companies in disputes. The team is led by Henri Mizzi and Marisa Vella.

Practice head(s):

Henri Mizzi; Marisa Vella


‘The team makes you feel safe and in good hands. They have a variety of in-house expertise and hence can offer a 1 stop shop of services tailor-made to the client’s needs. Our experience with CP is excellent.’

‘Marisa Vella has a lot of experience in the field and it shows in the way she tackles issues. She’s always on the ball and keeps an open mind. She is very efficient.’

‘Martina Camilleri has been our main reference at CP. She is the person we go to whenever we have a related issue. She evaluates meticulously the problem at hand and assists how to go about it. She is patient, knowledgeable and helpful. Her assistance throughout the year is impeccable.’

‘Edward Mizzi was of great help this year. It was a coincidence when I spoke to him and felt he went out of his way to assist us with an opportunity and kept following up. This is mainly what I really appreciated. This experience helped to cement further my positive view of CP. ’

Key clients

PG Group of Companies

Crimsonwing Limited

Perit Krista Xuereb

Mizzi Organisation

Fortina Group of Companies

Mellieha Bay Hotel Limited

Alf Mizzi Group of Companies

SD Limited

Townsquare Limited

The Quad Limited

Paradocs Limited

The General Soft Drinks Company Limited

Plaza Centres plc

Shipping Tier 2

The 'knowledgeable, professional team' at Camilleri Preziosi advises international shipping banks and and other financiers on a broad range of shipping-related matters. It also recently assisted Captain Morgan Operators with a new ferry service. Steven Decesare  and Andrei Vella are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare; Andrei Vella


‘Knowledgeable, professional team of over 40 lawyers and company employees. Individuals that specialise in all sectors and who are on the ball with ever changing legislation and regulations.’

‘Steve Decesare -professional, well-mannered and very accessible team. Completing tasks on time with clarity and ease for clients to understand.’

Key clients

Captain Morgan Cruises Limited

Atlantska Plovidba

Marsamxetto Steamferry Services Limited

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Jasmine Abela  photo Dr Jasmine Abela Associate
Dr Julian Bajada  photo Dr Julian Bajada Associate
Mrs Diane Bugeja  photo Mrs Diane Bugeja Senior Associate
Dr Michael Buhagiar  photo Dr Michael Buhagiar Associate
Dr Amy Busuttil  photo Dr Amy Busuttil Associate
Dr Martina Camilleri  photo Dr Martina Camilleri Associate
Dr Andrew Caruana Scicluna  photo Dr Andrew Caruana Scicluna Senior Associate
Dr Kyle Debattista  photo Dr Kyle Debattista Associate
Dr Steve Decesare  photo Dr Steve Decesare Partner
Dr Malcolm Falzon  photo Dr Malcolm Falzon Partner
Dr Francesca Galea Cavallazzi  photo Dr Francesca Galea Cavallazzi Senior Associate
Dr Ron Galea Cavallazzi  photo Dr Ron Galea Cavallazzi Partner
Dr Rya Gatt  photo Dr Rya Gatt Senior Associate
Dr Katya Gatt  photo Dr Katya Gatt Associate
Dr Maxine Gauci  photo Dr Maxine Gauci Associate
 Kirsten Debono Huskinson photo Kirsten Debono Huskinson Senior Associate
Dr Nicola Jaccarini  photo Dr Nicola Jaccarini Associate
Dr Edward Mizzi  photo Dr Edward Mizzi Associate
Dr Kristina Rapa Manche  photo Dr Kristina Rapa Manche Senior Associate
Dr Marisa Vella  photo Dr Marisa Vella Partner
Dr Andrei Vella  photo Dr Andrei Vella Partner
Dr Donald Vella  photo Dr Donald Vella Partner
Dr Sharon Xuereb  photo Dr Sharon Xuereb Senior Associate
Dr Stefania de Gabriele  photo Dr Stefania de Gabriele Associate
Dr Louis de Gabriele  photo Dr Louis de Gabriele Partner
Total number of lawyers : 40
English (fluent)
International Bar Association
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.