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Malta

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

The team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates provides legal advice on the aviation sector 'with in-depth knowledge and a high degree of practicality'. Nicolai Vella Falzon and Joseph Ghio lead on commercial aviation transactions. In 2017, a highlight involved acting for VistaJet Group on a $200m private equity investment in the company by Rhone Capital. The firm has also been engaged by international clients for aircraft financing and leasing matters, and can assist with air operator certificate (AOC) applications. Josianne Brimmer is also noted.

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

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Rosanne Bonnici and Joseph Ghio jointly lead the 'client-oriented, efficient and precise' banking and finance practice at Fenech & Fenech Advocates. The team provides a full range of services for gaming and virtual currency companies, and also international banks. Its work includes regulatory advice on share purchase transactions, know-your-client matters and banking licence issues. Josianne Brimmer is a name to note.

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

In a significant matter, Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ corporate and commercial practice head Nicholai Vella Falzon assisted Gaming Innovation Group with acquiring a major commercial premises as part of its growth strategy. Anthonio Ghio and others are acting for GVC Holdings in a corporate restructuring. and also provide ongoing corporate and regulatory advice on the gaming sector. The firm is reputed for its corporate litigation work, and is currently defending Banque Nationale de Développement Agricole against an action filed by FIMBank. Elsewhere, the firm advises government bodies and private sector entities on compliance with public procurement rules, and also provides assistance with tender award appeals. Other areas of activity include corporate finance transactions and the emerging crypto and blockchain fields.

Leading individuals

Nicholai Vella Falzon - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Fenech & Fenech Advocates is known for its leading marine litigation department, which is headed by Ann Fenech. She acted for Tug Malta in a salvage claim, and also represented Malta Freeport Terminals in various contentious matters, including proceedings before the French courts. Elsewhere, Antonio Ghio leads on TMT and IP instructions, with key clients including Evoke Gaming and PRS for Music. He is assisting the latter with various actions against third parties over alleged copyright breaches. Edward Debono and Kenneth Grima are also recommended for their litigation expertise. Paul Gonzi handles employment matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Antonio Ghio¬†leads on the full range of IP matters for Fenech & Fenech Advocates¬†with ‚Äėa knowledgeable, clear and concise approach'. On the TMT side, the firm's recent work has included multiple copyright infringement disputes, as well as advice to clients on licensing and distribution agreements, and GDPR strategies; Gaming Innovation Group is a key client concerning the latter. Senior associate Jeanine Rizzo¬†has earned a name for herself in the field as a ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable¬†lawyer', who 'is¬†proficient at what she does‚Äô. She assists with both prosecution and litigation matters.

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

The investment funds team at Fenech & Fenech Advocates¬†comprises Rosanne Bonnici, Joseph Ghio¬†and Josianne Brimmer. The group provides the full scope of advice to local and foreign investment firms, collective investment schemes and high net-worth individuals. A notable highlight involved Ghio advising a retail fund on regulatory issues arising from a suspension on the fund's dealing and its voluntary liquidation. Ghio ‚Äėalways seems to have the right solution for anything related to financial structures‚Äô. Bonnici has expertise in project restructuring, tax planning and trust and foundation management.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Edward Debono and Kenneth Grima handle Fenech & Fenech Advocates' contentious real estate matters. Notable work includes representing Maria Pia Galea in a landmark property repossession claim at the Constitutional Court, and acting for Chemimart as the defendant at the Court of Appeal in an eviction case. Associate Daniel Buttigieg is also noted for his expertise in real estate litigation. Grima has been active on the transactional side. Vella Falzon Building Supplies and Metz Limited are among other active clients.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Buttigieg - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Fenech & Fenech Advocates’ shipping practice covers all aspects of marine litigation, ship finance, ship registration and commercial and private yachting matters. Leading on dispute resolution instructions, Ann Fenech is 'always there to offer the right professional advice and guidance’ to her longstanding clients. Senior associate Adrian Attard is also a key lawyer in this department. Highlights included assisting Credit Suisse with the enforcement of a mortgage registered over a Maltese-flagged vessel. In addition, Fenech and Attard are acting for Grimaldi Group and Sullivan Limited in various actions arising from damage to cargo on board vessels. Mark Fenech and legal procurator Rowena Grima handle finance and registration matters respectively.

Leading individuals

Ann Fenech - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Next generation lawyers

Adrian Attard - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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