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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The transaction-focused team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates leverages the firm’s transport, asset finance and tax strengths to advise a broad client base including VistaJet and AerCap; department head Nicolai Vella Falzon advised the latter on the lease of an aircraft to Air Malta.

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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

At Fenech & Fenech Advocates, co-heads Rosanne Bonnici and Joseph Ghio provide ‘truly personal service which pairs incredible experience and knowledge with exceptional attention to detail’. The practice, which ‘fields some of the top experts in the market’, handles the full range of financial matters including asset management, banking issues, public listings and insurance mandates. Monica Galea John leads the firm’s compliance team.

Leading individuals

Rosanne Bonnici - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ high-profile client roster includes BNP Paribas (Suisse) and CA+; Antonio Ghio acted for the latter on its sale to Gentrack. Further highlights include advising WinSystems on the local law elements of its acquisition of the Gold Club Group and assisting Royal Caribbean International with the Maltese elements of its joint venture with Springwater Capital. The team also counts Nicolai Vella Falzon, employment specialist Paul Gonzi, Josianne Brimmer, Monica Galea John and banking expert Joseph Ghio as key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Nicolai Vella Falzon - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Divided into four specialist teams, Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ department is ‘the first choice for maritime dispute resolution’ and also handles TMT and IP cases, employment disputes and general litigation. Clients include Vodafone and PRS for Music; the group represented the latter in a dispute with local radio stations, cinemas and entertainment establishments which transmitted copyrighted material without a licence. Ann Fenech is ‘one of the best in the market for marine litigation’, Antonio Ghio focuses on the TMT sector, and Paul Gonzi handles employment cases. Edward DeBono is also noted.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

With ‘the best informed team in the region’, Fenech & Fenech Advocates handles contentious and non-contentious matters across copyright, design rights, patents and trade mark law. Practice head Antonio Ghio recently acted for PRS for Music in multiple infringement proceedings and licensing matters; he also defended KPMG Crimsonwing in a copyright infringement claim brought by IBS and represented Novomatic Group in several disputes relating to copyright and trade mark infringements. Hotjar, Anchovy and Evoke Gaming are also clients. Associate Jeanine Rizzo focuses on the film, music and publishing sectors.

Leading individuals

Antonio Ghio - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Next generation lawyers

Jeanine Rizzo - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ financial services practice includes Rosanne Bonnici and Joseph Ghio, who is ‘a go-to lawyer in the field; extremely knowledgeable, quick to respond and well respected’. The department has substantial experience advising professional investor funds and also acts for real estate funds, loan investment funds and private equity funds.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Fenech & Fenech Advocates focuses on contentious mandates; it recently acted for an individual in litigation relating to unlawful land expropriation and represented an individual in a warrant relating to halting the sale of a hotel in Sliema. The group’s client roster also includes Barclays Bank (Suisse), BNP Paribas, Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker and Gamma Entertainment. Edward DeBono and Kenneth Grima jointly lead the department, which also includes well-regarded associate Daniel Buttigieg.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Buttigieg - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Covered by four separate teams, Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ shipping practice includes marine litigation led by Ann Fenech, ship registration headed by legal procurator Rowena Grima, Mark Fenech’s ship finance group and yachting work under Alison Vassallo’s leadership; other noteworthy practitioners include employment specialist Paul Gonzi and senior associate Adrian Attard. Malta Freeport Terminals and Royal Caribbean International are clients; Fenech assisted the latter with multiple vessel registrations. The practice is also representing Grimaldi Group and Sullivan Maritime in litigation relating to damaged cargo, and handling contentious and non-contentious issues for Virtu Ferries.

Leading individuals

Ann Fenech - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Next generation lawyers

Adrian Attard - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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