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Camilleri Preziosi

Malta > Aviation Tier 1

Steven Decesare leads Camilleri Preziosi’s ‘knowledgeable and commercial’ and ‘extremely reactive’ aviation practice, where he is noted for his knowledge of aircraft finance and leasing. Working alongside him are Ron Galea Cavallazzi, who advises on regulatory matters, and finance partner Malcolm Falzon. The group regularly assists airlines, as well as business jet and helicopter owners and operators, on all matters relating to the aviation sector.

Practice head(s):

Steven Decesare


‘The dedication, promptness and feedback at every hour of the day, combined with their availability, makes you feel like they are treating your issue or project as their own. Ron Galea Cavalazzi and Steve Decesare are recommended.’

‘Great practice in aviation law. The team is extremely reactive and cooperative.’

‘Availability, efficiency and adequate pricing are their key qualities.’

‘It’s a one-stop shop with experienced team members who work well together, and whilst they are experts in their field they clearly respect each other’s area of work and related expertise.’

‘Ron Galea Cavalazzi and Steven Decesare very professional, prompt and respectful. They are resourceful too.’

‘The team are very pleasant to deal with, and knowledgeable and commercial in their approach, with the ability to work to tight deadlines.’

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Camilleri Preziosi has seen significant growth in handling new fund management mandates, AIFM set-ups and migrations, as well as advising fund managers on AIFM and MiFID compliance. Louis De Gabriele is a recognised leader in the capital markets space, and is assisted by Malcolm Falzon on equity and debt issuances. For financing transactions, Andrei Vella is highly experienced in asset-backed finance, syndicated lending and project finance, and in transactions relating to utilities. Newly appointed partner Andrew Caruana Scicluna is the main contact point for capital issuances by banks of CET1 and CET2 instruments.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Malcolm Falzon; Andrei Villa

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are very supportive and their services range from “leave it in our hands” to “let us explain the whole process for you” if asked to, tailoring the advice to what the client wants. The team is also good at following up with matters which makes the client comfortable that work streams are on the consultant’s radar.’

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Louis De Gabriele heads Camilleri Preziosi‘s strong corporate department, which continues to lead the market in M&A transactions, often involving overseas clients with interests in local companies, predominantly in the manufacturing, banking, insurance, transport and hotel sectors. Corporate restructuring and governance are other core areas of activity. The group retains a niche specialty in iGaming and gambling law. Tax partner Donald Vella and corporate specialist Malcolm Falzon complete the group.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kindred Group plc

VBL plc

Zampa Debattista

Ferratum Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition by Kindred Group plc of circa 30% of the issued share capital of Relax Holding Limited, a Maltese company with a number of licensed Maltese and foreign subsidiaries operating in the gaming industry.
  • Assisted with the acquisition by Zampa Debattista, an accounting, advisory and assurance firm, of Mint Finance, an accounting, audit and business advisory firm.
  • Advised on the due diligence process for three Maltese companies forming part of the EMMAC group for the purpose of the acquisition of shares in their parent company, EMMAC Life Sciences Limited.

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Housing one of Malta’s largest commercial dispute resolution departments, Camilleri Preziosi maintains a strong reputation for commercial, corporate, shareholder and banking disputes. It also has a solid background of assisting clients in contesting and appealing decisions made by financial, compliance and regulatory authorities. In addition, the practice has seen an increase in international arbitration cases across the construction and real estate, shipping, intellectual property, banking and insurance spheres. Lead litigator Marisa Vella is assisted by Kristina Rapa Manché and associate Francesca Galea Cavallazzi.

Practice head(s):

Marisa Vella


‘Apart from being competent, the individual team members are passionate and immerse themselves fully in the cases they are engaged on. Such an approach reassures clients, without encouraging them to build false hopes.’

‘The litigation team are well prepared on any aspect of litigation, and their legal briefs are always of outstanding quality. They give consummate attention to the facts, and their legal submissions are meticulously researched and well argued.’

‘I have worked with Marisa Vella, Kristina Rapa Manché and Francesca Galea Cavallazzi mainly, and I have found each of them thoroughly briefed and proactive in their approach.’

Key clients

Lombard Bank p.l.c.

Credence Fiduciary Limited

Malta Financial Services Authority

Commissioner for Standards in Public Life

Debono Group of Companies

Credit Suisse

SPTT Properties Limited

National Lottery p.l.c.

St Aloysius College

Vivaro Limited

Truevo Payments Limited

Malta Healthcare Caterers Limited

Enemalta plc

Air Malta p.l.c.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Enemalta plc in a €21m dispute in connection with damage caused by a vessel, MV Di Matteo, to the interconnector cable between Malta and Sicily, causing widespread outage of the electricity supply throughout the Maltese Islands.
  • Advising Malta Healthcare Caterers Limited, in its capacity as employer, in proceedings before the First Hall of the Civil Court against TACA Insaat Ve Ticaret A.S. relating to the termination of a contract of works.
  • Representing Lombard Bank Malta in constitutional proceedings, claiming that anti-money laundering legislation, which was applied when the bank was investigated by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, breached its fundamental right to a fair hearing.

Malta > Fintech Tier 2

Focusing on the application of technologies such as NFTs and AI, with complementary expertise in corporate and commercial law, Malcolm Falzon is the main partner in Camilleri Preziosi's practice. Falzon and senior associate Diane Bugeja are developing the firm’s growing fintech client base and advise clients in the financial services sector on applications and developments relevant to the insurance, banking, investment and payment services space.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Falzon

Other key lawyers:


‘Technical competence and service level.’

‘Good experience, technical ability in the specific area engaged on and quality of the service.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Moneybite Limited with the approval of its Virtual Financial Assets licence.

Malta > Intellectual property Tier 2

Camilleri Preziosi leverages deep expertise in the registration, management and enforcement of IP matters in Malta, as well as before the EUIPO and the WIPO. On the transactional front, the team routinely assists with licensing agreements, franchising and other commercial contracts. Associate Sharon Xuereb is experienced in litigation concerning the invalidity of infringing trade marks, with Steve Decesare handling IP-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Camilleri Preziosi were very responsive and knowledgeable about the processes that needed to be followed. This made the process of dealing with IP very easy.’

‘Steve Decesare and Sharon Xuereb were exceptional throughout. Their availability, responsiveness and knowledge of the subject matter made the process seamless.’

Key clients

DMD Autoparts

Valletta Cruise Port PLC

DB Group Franchising Limited

Melita Ltd

Computime Limited

Malta International Airport PLC

Innovative Foods Ltd

The Guard Limited

IZI Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised IZI Group on a number of trade mark registrations, assignments and licences in the gaming, betting and lottery sector.
  • Advised Computime Ltd on a variety of IT and software licensing agreements.
  • Advised DB Group Franchising on protecting its brands and trade mark registrations and defended the client in a number of oppositions filed against its trademark applications.

Malta > Investment funds Tier 2

Unique for its longstanding coverage of the fund industry and in-depth knowledge of related regulation’, Camilleri Preziosi houses Louis De Gabriele, Andrei Vella and Andrew Caruana Scicluna, all of whom are highly respected figures in the Maltese market for all manner of investment funds work. Key areas of strength include licensing, corporate and M&A, and financing work, as well as regulatory, contractual and contentious matters (including regulatory investigations), with a client roster comprising of Malta’s largest banks, asset management companies, custodians, fund administrators and investment funds operating across a broad spectrum of asset classes.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gabriele; Andrei Vella; Andrew Caruana Scicluna


‘The team is unique for its longstanding coverage of the fund industry and in-depth knowledge of related regulation. The team is always ready to help with any issues.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, available and business oriented.’

‘Andrew Caruana is very effective and proactive in finding solutions from a regulatory and legal perspective when structuring or executing a deal.’

‘We have been working with Camilleri Preziosi for a number of years. The team is always very professional and helpful, and knowledgeable on all matters related to investment funds.’

Malta > Private client Tier 2

Camilleri Preziosi‘s private client service is led by Donald Vella and Kirsten Debono Huskinson, who are both experienced in working with HNWIs and family offices, advising on international tax planning, estate planning, and the setting up of trusts and foundations.

Practice head(s):

Donald Vella; Kirsten Debono Huskinson


‘The team at Camilleri Preziosi are very professional. They respond to any questions very promptly and their advice is always of a high quality. Their billing is transparent and the fees are competitive. There is an excellent ratio of quality of services provided to fees payable.’

Malta > Real estate Tier 2

Camilleri Preziosi‘s real estate practice supports clients at the procurement and construction phases of projects, ranging from infrastructure to power and energy plants, mainly advising on the drafting of construction contracts. It also handles the acquisition and disposal of all types of interest in real estate, landlord and tenant work, and real estate finance, in cooperation with the firm’s finance department. Marisa Vella heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Marisa Vella

Key clients

PG Group of Companies

Mizzi Estates Limited

Fortel Group

United Group plc

Arkadia Marketing Ltd

SD Holdings Ltd

Townsquare Sliema Ltd

The Quad Ltd

Paradocs Real Estate Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Mellieha Bay Hotel with the refurbishment and development of its hotel in Ghadira Bay, including preparing consultancy agreements, tender documents and construction contracts, and advising on other procurement and construction-related matters.
  • Defended MIDI Plc in a claim filed by Vassallo Builders Limited for the payment of amounts due for construction works, and assisting with the construction contracts for a large upcoming development on Manoel Island.
  • Advising PG on a number of lease agreements, and amendments thereto, in connection with the operation of various retail outlets and supermarket chains in Malta.

Malta > Shipping Tier 2

At Camilleri Preziosi, Steve Decesare leads the practice, handling all matters relating to shipping, with fellow partner Andrei Vella lending additional support in ship finance transactions. Clients range from government authorities, banks and operators to ship and yacht owners. Ship finance is one its key specialist areas; the firm regularly supports international lenders, as well as local borrowers, in connection with the financing of new vessels or the acquisition or sale of second-hand vessels.

Practice head(s):

Steve Decesare

Other key lawyers:


‘They are the best law firm in the Maltese market for shipping finance. Very responsive, sensible and practical.’

‘Steve Descare is always very involved in the matter and offers proactive, practical and constructive advice to resolve any issues.’

Key clients

Grand Harbour Marina p.l.c.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Grand Harbour Marina p.l.c. in in rem proceedings commenced  against the vessel M/Y Nautonnier in relation to a breach of the berthing licence and a claim for damages.

The firm:  Camilleri Preziosi shares a commitment to deliver considered and practical outcomes and add value to its clients – this is done through a strong work ethic, based on integrity, mutual respect, and excellence in the practice of law.

The firm is respected by clients and peers for its 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 practice areas and industry sectors each headed by a partner as head of practice. The firm’s clients interact better with lawyers they know well and who know them and their businesses. The close relationships Camilleri Preziosi develops and the keen interest it takes in clients’ businesses enable the firm to give practical, effective advice and innovative solutions under the most challenging situations. The level of specialisation within the firm and its lawyers’ constant exposure to commercial transactions enables it to advise on the most complex commercial and finance transactions and disputes.

The firm is in touch with the world’s leading international law firms. This resource provides the firm’s clients with access to cutting-edge advice and best practice, particularly in the case of multi-jurisdictional transactions. Similarly, the reverse is true. As a market leader, Camilleri Preziosi’s assistance is called upon by its international counterparts. The firm’s advice is frequently sought on the implications of Maltese law on a wide array of transactions. From time to time the firm is asked to form part of integrated, international teams engaged in complex cross-border projects.

Main Areas of Practice:

ADR & Dispute Resolution

Anti-Financial Crime

Banking & Finance

Capital Markets

Commercial Contracts

Corporate & M & A

Corporate Governance & Risk Management

Data Protection, Privacy & Whistleblowing

Employment, Industrial Relations & Pensions


ESG & Sustainable Finance

EU Law, Competition & State Aid

Financial Regulatory & Compliance

Funds & Investment Management


Intellectual Property

Public Procurement

Real Estate & Construction



Partner Donald 21238989
Partner Malcolm 21238989
Business Development Manager Stephanie 21238989
Jasmine Abela photoDr Jasmine AbelaSenior Associate
Lisa Abela photoDr Lisa AbelaSenior Associate
Kristina Abela photoDr Kristina AbelaJunior Associate
Liam Axisa photoDr Liam AxisaJunior Associate
Kyra Borg photoDr Kyra BorgAssociate
Diane Bugeja photoDr Diane BugejaSenior Associate
Michael Buhagiar photoDr Michael BuhagiarSenior Associate
Nicola  Buhagiar photoDr Nicola BuhagiarSenior Associate
Amy Busuttil photoDr Amy BusuttilAssociate
Alexander  Cachia Zammit photoDr Alexander Cachia ZammitAssociate
Thomas Camilleri photoDr Thomas CamilleriAssociate
Martina Camilleri photoDr Martina CamilleriSenior Associate
Veronica  Campbell photoDr Veronica CampbellJunior Associate
Andrew Caruana Scicluna photoDr Andrew Caruana SciclunaPartner
Gabriella Chircop photoDr Gabriella ChircopAssociate
Rachel Coleiro photoDr Rachel ColeiroFunds and Regulatory Advisor
Kyle Debattista photoDr Kyle DebattistaAssociate
Kyle Debattista photoDr Kyle DebattistaAssociate
Kirsten Debono Huskinson photoDr Kirsten Debono HuskinsonPartner
Krista Ellul photoDr Krista EllulAssociate
Malcolm Falzon photoDr Malcolm FalzonPartner
Edward Fenech Adami photoDr Edward Fenech AdamiJunior Associate
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
Katya Gatt photoDr Katya GattAssociate
Maxine Gauci photoDr Maxine GauciAssociate
Sarah Grech photoDr Sarah GrechAssociate
Nicola Jaccarini photoDr Nicola JaccariniSenior Associate
Nicola Jaccarini photoDr Nicola JaccariniSenior Associate
Maria Magro photoDr Maria MagroAssociate
Edward Mizzi photoDr Edward MizziSenior Associate
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
Alexia Valenzia photoDr Alexia ValenziaAssociate
Marisa Vella photoDr Marisa VellaPartner
Andrei Vella photoDr Andrei VellaPartner
Donald Vella photoDr Donald VellaPartner
Sharon Xuereb photoDr Sharon XuerebSenior Associate
Emma Xuereb photoDr Emma XuerebAssociate
Vanessa da Costa Palmer photoDr Vanessa da Costa PalmerCorporate and M&A Advisor
Louis de Gabriele photoDr Louis de GabrieleManaging Partner
Stefania de Gabriele photoDr Stefania de GabrieleAssociate
Total number of lawyers : 46
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.