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Malta > Aviation Tier 1

Daniel Aquilina, who is well-versed in assisting leading international banks and financial institutions with aircraft acquisition financing, the perfection and registration of mortgages and security interests, and the arrest of aircraft, leads the aviation practice at Ganado Advocates. Benefiting from the firm’s strong cross-practice capabilities in corporate, tax, and banking and finance, the team is at home with transactions including loans, securitisation and capital market products. On the policy side, the group is also active in the drafting of laws, amendments and guidelines, frequently acting for government bodies.

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‘Excellent aviation knowledge, trusted advisors on all things related to aviation in Malta for many years.’

‘Insightful, promptness, pragmatic. Ganado Advocates never complicates things, it makes work a pleasure.’

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Particularly known for its strong banking and finance practice, Ganado Advocates is frequently retained by leading Maltese and foreign banks and financial institutions to assist with Maltese law aspects of cross-border mandates involving asset and project finance. In the capital markets space, the group is well versed in a broad range of transactions, including debt and equity public offerings, hybrid and structured securities as well as private placements. The practice is also active in the debt and asset securitisation market. Conrad Portanier, Matthew Bianchi, Matthew Brincat, Leonard Bonello and Nicholas Curmi are key names.

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‘Depth of legal expertise regarding derivatives, banking regulations, capital markets and excellent industry knowledge.’

‘Conrad Portanier is an extremely knowledgeable professional, who remains firmly grounded and approachable. He is capable of adapting the way he provides his feedback on the basis of the audience in front of him, which is crucial to avoid miscommunication on what are often sensitive matters and cases.’

‘Leonard Bonello and senior associate Catherine Formosa are highly knowledgeable, always available and willing to assist.’

‘Fantastic team, creative, proactive, robust, and very nice to work with. Strong in corporate lending, digital finance and litigation.’

‘Ganado Advocates has an outstanding team of professionals who can identify the right solution for a given situation. The team is knowledgeable and incredibly dedicated, and these qualities reflect in the work they perform.’

‘Nadia Cassar is knowledgeable, very proactive and always keen to find a workable solution to any issue. She is a great addition to any transaction.’

‘Lorraine Poole is a senior associate in the Banking & Finance team and regularly assists us with the analysis of validity and enforceability of various cross-border brokerage structures. She is very diligent, proactive and detailed.’

‘Matthew Bianchi and his team have always been a great source of knowledge and ideas for the most challenging situations. His deep understanding of the laws and regulations, coupled with his ability to apply them in a business way, is a unique characteristic and one which makes the Firm stand out.’

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Ganado Advocates handles the whole range of corporate and commercial work such as M&A transactions, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, cross-border mergers and company formation and liquidation. The group is noted for its strong expertise in the telecoms space and its client list which includes banks and large international companies. Adrian Gabarretta, who regularly assists clients with cross-border matters, heads the firm’s M&A team. Stephen Attard leads the corporate finance and tax group, Nikolai Muscat Farrugia focuses on formation and support of companies and Christine Cassar Naudi leads the tax practice for yachts. Simon Schembri is well versed in restructuring and M&A transactions, while Annalise Papa focuses on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Other key lawyers:

Saman Bugeja (Associate)


‘We have been working with Ganado’s team for more than 10 years and the level of their legal services is constantly kept at very high standard. They comprehensively understand the business rationale and our needs and are able to seamlessly transcript these to the legal terms and documentation. They are very flexible and responsive, receiving even complex advice takes much less time than at other firms.’

‘Stephen Attard is an excellent listener capable of transforming the business needs into legal form with surgical precision. Rosette Acquilina is extremely efficient and a smart lawyer. It is a pleasure to work with both of them.’

‘The very high professional standards exhibited within the firm and the transparency around pricing. The various lawyers I have come across in the firm possess deep knowledge within their respective field. They are experts and I feel comfortable to rely on their advice.’

‘I would like to mention Saman Bugeja and Nikolai Muscat Farrugia. I highly value their responsiveness, availability and attention to detail. They are solution oriented and can produce high quality work in a short time when urgent matters arise.’

‘In my view, Ganado Advocates is the leading law firm in Malta. The partners and associates are experts and as a team they cover all aspects of commercial law and able to provide comprehensive support services to business entities from formation to secretarial duties. Their billing rates are well in the range to those charged and comparable to those of other law firms, but to a higher degree of efficiency of service.’

‘The team is composed of experienced and various experts in their relative field. They are very responsive and take initiative to update us with latest legislation.’

‘Perfect in M&A due diligence. Experienced and professional.’

‘Very responsive, it provides practice-oriented advice on short notice.’

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘highly proficient‘ offering at Ganado Advocates is widely recognised for its disputes expertise in the corporate and maritime fields; Antoine Cremona has extensive experience both with domestic and cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration, and also leads on admiralty and shipping cases. In addition to these areas, Cremona’s wide practice extends to contentious matters relating to construction and financial services. Other core team members include TMT expert Paul Micallef Grimaud and employment specialist Matthew Brincat. Louis Cassar Pullicino retired from his managing partner role in March 2021, but continues to play an active part in the group’s work.

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‘They always reply in accordance with your needs. I have contacted them with urgent matters that needed to be solved immediately. They have always found a way to be available and to propose a solution to our needs. They think out of the box. We proposed them a very clear transaction. They came back with something completely different but that worked much better. Very brave, very fast, very good.’

‘Louis Cassar Pullicino is always available when needed and very diligent with all litigation issues.’

‘The team consists of a very good mix of highly proficient lawyers that specialise in different fields and are possibly the best in their respective fields. The firm therefore provides a one-stop shop for all legal needs.’

‘They are very honest , hard working and good at putting themselves in your situation. Their intelligence and team work can also be added to this description.’

‘They payed attention to all the details which I explained and spent time to understand them clearly. They always follow up in all situations, and they really cared about my case and not just to charge me with bills.’

‘All of them have very high skills. They go deeply to solve the problem of the client, they are very empathetic with the customer and ask a lot of questions to understand the needs and always find a solution.’

‘Louis Cassar Pullicino is a very competent and also very professional person – he listened to my claims without making any personal comments. He does not judge in advance and does not make hasty judgments. He understands the needs and is very empathetic. His experience has been enriched over the years and this makes him a trustworthy person.’

‘The team are very commercial and understand the nuances of cross-border litigation and how to meet clients’ expectations on costs.’

Malta > Fintech Tier 1

According to one client, the team at Ganado Advocates is operating at the ‘frontier of innovative technology‘. The group’s cutting edge work in the electronic payments and cryptocurrency spaces has given the firm a reputation for ‘redefining boundaries between the law and technological arrangements‘. Practice head Leonard Bonello is supported by a deep bench of experienced specialists; James Farrugia is particularly noted for his regulatory expertise, while Max Ganado has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a financial centre.

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‘Professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Strong and competent team of lawyers with extensive experience.’

‘James Farrugia – an outstanding advisor on any matters related to financial and regulatory challenges.’

‘Caroline Gauci – an outstanding banking and regulatory advisor with extensive knowledge of financial services and VFA regulations, very diligent and capable of seeing a project from start to end.’

‘The team is especially strong on the local regulatory and compliance framework, and has also supported us diligently on a number of other matters, including M&As and taxation.’

‘Leonard Bonello has stood out for his availability, including at short notice, as well as being able to provide us with excellent service at all time, including on very tight deadlines.’

‘The Ganado team are at the frontier of innovative technology, redefining boundaries between the law and technological arrangements. Their approach is meticulous, practical and collaborative. Their contribution to the VFA Act in Malta is fundamental to all market participants that intend to build upon it.’

‘Practical, pragmatic, problem solving people who apply meticulous detailed expertise in a business orientated common sense way. James Farrugia has continuously delivered above and beyond in terms of solutions, knowledge, approach and relationship management.’

Malta > Intellectual property Tier 1

At Ganado Advocates, the team’s ‘appreciation and passion‘ shines through its intellectual property work, whether that be negotiating procurement terms, assisting with licensing agreements and registration procedures, advising on data protection issues or acting in passing off and defamation proceedings. With well-regarded practitioner Paul Micallef Grimaud at the helm, the firm is able to provide a roster of international and domestic clients from the gamut of industry sectors with ‘a sense of security whilst traversing uncharted territories‘.

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Other key lawyers:

Philip Mifsud; Philip Formosa


‘The team at Ganado were very understanding and flexible to meet at times convenient to us. They were well prepared and came up with solutions to the questions posed.’

‘Paul Micallef Grimaud was very approachable, nice and welcoming. He kept to his deadlines despite the time limitations and knew exactly what he was talking about.’

‘Very strong knowledge on general IP law in a vast variety of jurisdictions and sound generic advice prior to seeking country-specific advice.’

‘Very professional and quick response. Their network is also extensive.’

‘Ganado’s Intellectual Property practice team has been very helpful as an outside resource for our US-based legal team on a wide range of issues. It is very helpful to be able to rely on one team for comprehensive legal services, and Ganado’s team has definitely been able to service all of our varied needs during the course of our time working together. I know that I can bring a question or issue to them and quickly be directed to the right person to provide prompt and thorough assistance.’

‘We have experienced working with a number of legal firms locally. Ganado Advocates is the largest with a comprehensive level of expertise covering various industries. The firm is well connected not just locally but even internationally, making it easier for clients seeking cross-border legal consultation. The firm’s resources are structured into teams to ensure that client’s requests are attended to within reasonable timeframes and even to ensure business continuity. Moreover, the firm has a proven track record and doesn’t compromise on any of its deliverables, be it timelines, quality of advice or manner of communication.’

‘What is unique with Ganado Advocates is the effort they dedicate to view the legal aspects from a technological lens… which is not easy at all. They ensure that through the legal advice they provide us, we are empowered to drive forward our operations always retaining safe legal parameters.’

‘Appreciation and passion for technology, adaptability in understanding our unique operations and providing us with a sense of security whilst traversing uncharted territories.’

Malta > Investment funds Tier 1

The investment funds team at Ganado Advocates handles a wide range of fund matters for all the established and emerging market operators. The practice covers fund structuring, drafting of offering documentation, authorisation by the MFSA, passporting in or out of Malta, and transactional work. The team is jointly led by Andre Zerafa and James Farrugia.

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‘Ganado have an unrivalled understanding of the Malta regulatory environment – they provided excellent advice and framework for our initial launch there and have proved invaluable to our business.’

‘James Farrugia – outstanding technical knowledge combined with commercial acumen and an excellent network within the funds industry in Malta.’

‘Ganado Advocates is made up of a team of highly experienced professionals who are always available and accessible. The advice provided is clear and concise and easy to understand.’

‘Fast and always available to find the best possible solution for their clients.’

‘Dedicate themselves to enhance / protect clients business without separate engagement.’

‘The team stands out for its professionalism, competence, level of preparedness and its approachability.’

‘Very engaged and engaging practitioners, who are fast in presenting and explaining latest regulatory changes to their clients, hosting skills clinics and conferences.’

‘This firm benefits from staff that are extremely diligent, hardworking and skilled in their areas. We have also found the firm clear and concise in its communication.’

Malta > Real estate Tier 1

The real estate and construction team at Ganado Advocates is praised for its ‘availability, approach towards problem solving, knowledge and willingness to work as part of a team‘. The team handles contentious and non-contentious construction matters including the negotiation and conclusion of contracts. Practice head Antoine Cremona is an experienced litigator who represents clients in a variety of construction disputes and assists with the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.

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‘The work of Antoine Cremona has been especially significant in terms of his availability, research and listening capabilities and responsiveness, which were all greatly appreciated.’

‘Their availability, approach towards problem solving, knowledge and willingness to work as part of a team.’

‘Very professional and personal experience. At no point did we feel that we were “lost in translation”, but we were guided through each step of what we required.’

‘Very approachable and patient to explain various aspects of what was required.’

‘Ganado is a rather unique firm of legal professionals that cover a comprehensive range of legal competence. Apart from this, I have experienced the most professional approach from all the personnel that I have dealt with, all of whom have exhibited profound knowledge in the respective area of legal expertise.’

‘Good listeners, solution-driven, non-confrontational, practical and highly technical and knowledgeable.’

‘Ganado are professional, efficient and flexible in their service. They inform and assist the client to reach their goals.’

Malta > Shipping Tier 1

Ganado Advocates’ shipping and yachting team has extensive experience in handling matters from ship financing and mortgage to the drafting of shipping legislation. It also assists yacht owners, operators, and international financiers with all the registration of vessels and cross-border financing issues. The key partners who jointly lead the team include Karl Grech Orr who focuses on flag issues, Jotham Scerri-Diacono who specialises in ship registration and litigation, ship financing expert Daniel Aquilina, and tax advisor Christine Cassar Naudi.


‘Very responsive and helpful with matters. We have used a number of times to assist with title transfer and mortgage for shipping finance deals.’

‘Prompt assistance, good follow-up, qualified team, and good cooperation.’

‘Ganado Advocates’ turnaround is very fast, usually within the same day depending on complexity of the transaction or issue at hand. We consistently receive solid legal advice on matters of Malta law when collaborating with them as correspondent Malta lawyers, and they are consequently our “port of first call” when dealing with Malta law. Their team is very closely knit ensuring a quick response time regardless of the availability of a particular lawyer on a given day.’

‘Senior associate Caroline Risiott stands out as being very knowledgeable in all aspects of shipping and ship finance as they pertain to Malta law, including Malta corporate law where necessary. She is consistently available to deal with any issues or queries that may arise during a given transaction and her in-depth knowledge of the legal issues at hand. Caroline is always very pleasant to work with.’

‘Simply put – Ganado is the best legal team on Maltese market and our go-to firm for any local work. Extremely professional and reliable.’  

‘Very friendly and professional approach, quick turn-around, always available. Good knowledge of the law and inclination to make things easier for the client.’

‘Ganado Advocates is a very reputable firm and have great trust in the advice and services offered. Strong rapport, always prompt and very professional in their approach.’

‘Daniel Aquilina is a competent, problem-solving, commercial and above all efficient lawyer. He handles complex issues involving multiple workstreams and challenging deadlines with ease.’

Malta > Private client Tier 3

The team at Ganado Advocates advises on the planning and structuring of wealth and assets and assists with setting up trusts and foundations. The team is led by Anthony Cremona , who represents clients in litigation proceedings concerning succession and trust law, along with regulatory matters.

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‘The largest legal practice on the island with deep roots, a strong pedigree and a proven track record.’

‘Extremely competent individuals, with vast experience and a strong sense of commitment to their clients.’

‘Highly responsive, extremely user-friendly and excellent advocates in court.’

‘Anthony Cremona is a brilliant advocate.’

‘The firm has the capacity to deal with the most complicated disputes in a timely fashion.’

Ganado Advocates is a leading commercial law firm with a particular focus on the corporate, financial services and maritime/aviation sectors, predominantly servicing international clients doing business through Malta. The firm also promotes other areas such as tax, pensions, intellectual property, employment and litigation.

The firm traces its roots back to the early 1900s, and is today one of Malta’s foremost law practices, consistently ranking as a leading firm in all its core sectors. Ganado Advocates has over the past decades contributed directly towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services. Today, the firm continues to provide high standards of legal advisory services to support and enhance Malta’s offering.

Areas of practice
Financial services: Our financial services and regulatory practices are internationally renowned as country leaders. This practice grouping encompasses the firm’s industry-focused teams servicing asset managers and their funds, banks, insurers and reinsurers, pension schemes and funds, investment firms, payment service providers, e-money institutions, fintech operators, trade finance institutions and other operators in the financial services sphere, with an increasing focus on blockchain and cryptocurrency related work. The practice covers all corporate, regulatory and transactional work and, in conjunction with lawyers from other practice areas, litigation, dispute resolution, tax and regulatory.

Corporate, M&A and capital markets: The firm regularly advises on major corporate and capital markets transactions in Malta, for the benefit of international corporate groups and private equity firms. This practice provides the full range of transactional corporate legal services, having long standing experience in assisting foreign clients in establishing local presence across all commercial sectors. The firm also operates a Corporate Services and Governance team focused in particular on supporting the boards of both regulated and non-regulated businesses.

Shipping, yachting and aviation: Ship registration, ship finance and admiralty law are at the heart of the firm’s maritime law practice. The firm was a pioneer in this field and its specialist maritime lawyers hold leading industry expertise and provide dependable support and advice, making the firm amongst the most established in this area. While very active in the yacht and superyacht space, the firm was also a prime mover in the development of local aviation law; today it regularly advises aircraft financiers, owners, lessors and operators.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Traditionally prominent in commercial and civil litigation, we have represented clients in some of the largest and most complex commercial and maritime litigation in Malta. This includes arrests and judicial sales of vessels, salvage and other maritime disputes, corporate and financial services, and insurance claims. Today, we also offer highly specialised litigation in the fields of corporate disputes, insolvency, intellectual property, public procurement, competition law, funds, press law and international arbitration.

Corporate finance and tax: Ganado Advocates has one of the largest and longest-established tax practices amongst Maltese law firms. The firm’s multidisciplinary team of legal and tax specialists regularly advises corporate and individual high net worth clients, both international and local, on all aspects of Maltese tax legislation and their impact, whether at structuring stage, transactional or on an ongoing basis.

Private client, trusts and foundations: Regularly involved in structuring and providing general legal advice on trusts and foundations, the firm actively provides ongoing assistance to various Maltese based (local and international) trustees, administrators of foundations and other fiduciaries on regulatory aspects of their fiduciary activities. It regularly assists private clients with their various legal needs, ranging from estate planning to setting up the appropriate trustees for them (which includes Private Trust Companies). This includes, where required, the acquisition of Maltese citizenship by naturalisation for exceptional services by direct investment, as a second citizenship.

Labour and employment: This practice encompasses the full range of employment services, including advice on litigious and non-litigious employment law matters, industrial relations, employment benefits and pensions.

Environment, energy and renewable energy: Ganado Advocates has been at the forefront of the significant developments in this dynamic and ever changing sector in Malta and advises a wide variety of clients on both regulatory and commercial issues, including drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements, assisting with public procurement, implementing EU Directives into local law and advising on ship-sourced pollution issues. The firm has also experienced increasing interest from industry stakeholders acting as intermediaries in the recycling of hazardous waste on account of Malta’s central Mediterranean location, its ratification of the most important environmental Conventions and an efficient and proactive regulator.

Intellectual property, media, entertainment and technology: We advise clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues in the technology, media and entertainment space. Services include the registration of trademarks, advice on and drafting of IP agreements, and representing clients in IP infringement lawsuits. The firm leads a project for the Government of Malta bringing together the various Malta-based legal and advisory service providers with a view to overhauling the current IP legal framework and providing solid and innovative legislative solutions to the IP industries, not least involving blockchain and digital currencies. The team also leads the firm’s privacy law practice, assisting all clients on their ongoing GDPR requirements, including data subject requests and investigations by the Information and Data Protection Commissioner. In the media space, the team regularly advises and assists, including through the legal representation in Court, key local players on legal matters relating to journalistic freedoms, freedom of information and defamation.

Competition/european law: Our competition and EU law practitioners have gained substantial recognition in this field, advising clients and public authorities in all industry sectors serviced by the firm and frequently also engaging in privatisations and public procurement processes. Besides regularly providing advice on antitrust issues affecting agreements between undertakings and abuse of dominance, merger control and State aid law, we often represent undertakings in competition investigations and litigation as well as merger notifications.

Construction: The firm has one of the leading international construction law practices in Malta with specialist focus on FIDIC contracts and construction arbitration. Lawyers practising in this area have specific academic qualifications in international construction contracts and construction dispute resolution. The firm has assisted developers, financiers, contractors and engineers in a significant number and across a wide range of large scale construction projects in Malta, from major infrastructural works, to waste management and recycling plants, hospitality, residential and marina developments. We also regularly assist in all matters relating to real estate and in the design and execution of procurement models for major construction works.

Shipping and Aviation Daniel 2123 5406
Corporate Finance and Tax Stephen 2123 5406
Insurance and Pensions Matthew 2123 5406
Banking and Finance; Fintech and Blockchain Leonard 2123 5406
Employment and Pensions Matthew 2123 5406
Yachting; Corporate Finance and Tax Christine Cassar 2123 5406
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Louis Cassar 2123 5406
Private Client, Trusts and Foundations Anthony 2123 5406
Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Construction; Competition/European Law Antoine G 2123 5406
Capital Markets Nicholas 2123 5406
Investment Services and Funds; Fintech and Blockchain James 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Adrian M 2123 5406
Shipping Karl Grech 2123 5406
Intellectual Property, Media, Entertainment and Technology; Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Micallef 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Nikolai Muscat 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Annalise 2123 5406
Banking and Finance Conrad 2123 5406
Shipping; Environment, Energy and Renewable Energy Jotham 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A; Fintech and Blockchain Simon 2123 5406
Investment Services and Funds Andre 2123 5406
Daniel Aquilina photo Daniel AquilinaDaniel Aquilina is the Partner heading Ganado Advocates’ banking ship finance and…
Rosette Aquilina photo Rosette AquilinaRosette Aquilina is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ corporate finance and…
Stephen Attard photo Stephen AttardStephen Attard heads the firm’s corporate finance and tax department, and has…
Amanda Attard photo Amanda AttardAmanda Attard is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ taxation team with…
Matthew Attard photo Matthew AttardMatthew Attard is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ shipping team, with…
Julienne Bencini photo Julienne BenciniJulienne Bencini is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking and finance…
Matthew Bianchi photo Matthew BianchiMatthew Bianchi is the Partner heading the firm’s insurance and pensions legal…
Leonard Bonello photo Leonard BonelloLeonard Bonello is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ banking and finance team,…
David Borg-Carbott photo David Borg-CarbottDavid Borg-Carbott is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services and…
Matthew Brincat photo Matthew BrincatMatthew Brincat is a Partner at Ganado Advocates, whose practice mainly revolves…
George Bugeja photo George BugejaGeorge Bugeja is a Senior Associate in the corporate finance team and…
Adrian Camilleri photo Adrian CamilleriAdrian Camilleri is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ corporate and litigation…
Mark Caruana Scicluna photo Mark Caruana SciclunaMark Caruana Scicluna is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services…
Christine Cassar Naudi photo Christine Cassar NaudiChristine Cassar Naudi is a Partner within the corporate finance and tax…
Louis Cassar Pullicino photo Louis Cassar PullicinoLouis Cassar Pullicino is an experienced litigator specialising in commercial litigation, who…
Anthony Cremona photo Anthony CremonaAnthony Cremona leads the trusts and foundations team at Ganado Advocates, advising…
Antoine G Cremona photo Antoine G CremonaAntoine Cremona is a Partner at Ganado Advocates, regularly representing clients in…
Nicholas Curmi photo Nicholas CurmiNicholas Curmi heads Ganado Advocates’ capital markets practice, where he advises on…
James Farrugia photo James FarrugiaJames Farrugia spearheads the Ganado Advocates’ investment services and funds licensing and…
Stephanie Farrugia photo Stephanie FarrugiaStephanie Farrugia is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services and…
Catherine Formosa photo Catherine FormosaCatherine Formosa is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking and finance…
Adrian Gabarretta photo Adrian GabarrettaAdrian Gabarretta is a senior partner at Ganado Advocates and currently heads…
Max Ganado photo Max GanadoMax has been practicing law for close to 40 years. He started…
Marina Grech photo Marina GrechMarina Grech is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services and…
Karl Grech Orr photo Karl Grech OrrKarl Grech Orr is a Partner in the shipping department at Ganado…
Nicholas Micallef photo Nicholas MicallefNicholas Micallef is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services and…
Paul Micallef Grimaud photo Paul Micallef GrimaudPaul Micallef Grimaud is a Partner at Ganado Advocates and heads the…
Clement Mifsud-Bonnici photo Clement Mifsud-BonniciClement Mifsud-Bonnici is a Senior Associate at Ganado Advocates. He assists clients…
Nikolai Muscat Farrugia photo Nikolai Muscat FarrugiaNikolai Muscat Farrugia is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ corporate team, with…
Annalise Papa photo Annalise PapaAnnalise Papa is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ corporate team with particular…
Lorraine Poole photo Lorraine PooleLorraine Poole is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking and finance…
Conrad Portanier photo Conrad PortanierConrad Portanier’s legal practice focuses on banking and financial law, as well…
Caroline Risiott photo Caroline RisiottCaroline Risiott is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking ship finance…
Jan Rossi photo Jan RossiJan Rossi is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ shipping team. Jan…
Jotham Scerri-Diacono photo Jotham Scerri-DiaconoJotham Scerri-Diacono is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ shipping team, with particular…
Simon Schembri photo Simon SchembriSimon Schembri is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ corporate team. Simon has…
Stephanie Sciberras photo Stephanie SciberrasStephanie Sciberras is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ corporate governance team,…
Matthew Xerri photo Matthew XerriMatthew Xerri is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ shipping and aviation…
Stephanie Zarb Adami photo Stephanie Zarb AdamiStephanie Zarb Adami is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ corporate finance…
Andre Zerafa photo Andre ZerafaAndré Zerafa heads Ganado Advocates’ investment services and funds team and he…
Number of partners : 20
Number of lawyers : 90+
Total number of staff : 170+
Lex Mundi

We at Ganado Advocates have always striven to connect and strengthen our ties with the Maltese community through varied initiatives. We feel it is our duty and our responsibility to give back to the community while earning our livelihood. Our values of integrity and excellence permeate this enterprise just as they are ever present in the professional engagements we take on. All of our professionals and members of staff participate in our commitment to the community with efforts being most often centralised to our Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

We support a host of non-governmental players in their local and foreign initiatives by assisting them, on a pro-bono basis, with projects requiring legal advice or input. By conducting firm-wide fundraising events and initiatives we are also able to raise much needed funds which the firm often matches and contributes to community projects geared at a gamut of initiatives including the advancement of culture, arts and national heritage, the betterment of the quality of life of the vulnerable, infirm and less fortunate, the education of the community and, last but certainly not least, the safeguarding of the environment and of animal welfare. Our efforts also often take us physically outside of the office on various initiatives such as participation in external community fundraisers and environment clean up campaigns to name but two.

Our assistance, whether legal or in the form of financial contributions, has most recently also extended to aid in the education of underprivileged children abroad. We will, going forward, continue to ensure that our dedication to the community will not only focus on local needs but will also extend beyond our shores as it has done to date.

We are excited about what we do and about the future and also pride ourselves on being at the forefront of legal developments in Malta often proposing legal reform and also assisting Government with its implementation. We are also committed to assisting in the education and training of other lawyers and professionals. Ganado Services Limited, an affiliate of Ganado Advocates, founded the Institute of Legal Studies which has been enrolled as a Voluntary Organisation and is geared towards meeting the growing demand for information about law among the legal and commercial communities in Malta.

We all acknowledge that the range of human experience each one of us possesses embellishes our relationships with each other and with our clients. Our team is therefore open to people from all backgrounds and beliefs as we strive to create a diverse and inclusive professional environment. We ensure that as part of our daily interaction we treat each other with respect and welcome each others’ views and contributions.

The new banking rule on internal governance

Through a circular issued on the 7 January 2022, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) advised that Banking Rules BR/01, BR/12, BR/14[1], BR/15 and BR/21 had been revised primarily to transpose Directive (EU) 2019/878 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2019 amending Directive 2013/36/EU (“CRD V”). Additionally, for the first time, the Banking Rules now include a specific banking rule dealing with governance of banks, namely BR/24 on Internal Governance of Credit Institutions. The revisions to the Banking Rules and BR/24 are in force.

Stowaways: Legal implications


This article discusses stowaways on board ships and vessels generally. Since time immemorial, stowaways have been an ever-present concern for the international community and particularly the shipping industry. In more recent time, we have seen controversy arise as to the manner in which stowaways are treated, by both ship operators and the authorities concerned. For the master and crew, a case of stowaways on board their vessel is always trying, as difficult decisions need to be taken, which, on the one hand respect the human dignity of the stowaway whilst on the other hand, respect both the law and the security and safety requirements of the vessel concerned. In this article, we explore the legal obligations that come into play in such cases and how stowaways are dealt with under Maltese Legislation.

Malta’s progress in the space industry

In the fifth episode of the ‘Ganado Meets Transport’ podcast, Daniel Aquilina, partner within the transport law practice at Ganado Advocates, meets Kristian Zarb Adami, a pioneer in Malta’s space sector.

Introduction to the Commercial Yacht – Pleasure Yacht Changeover Guidelines

In accordance with the Malta Commercial Yacht Code (“CYC”), on the 2nd September 2021, the Merchant Shipping Directorate of Transport Malta issued the ‘Commercial Yacht – Pleasure Yacht Changeover Guidelines’ (“the Guidelines”).

ESG considerations for listed companies

What ESG is and what it is not

Increasingly becoming the flavour of the month in business circles and topping the agenda at most conferences, ESG is quite often misrepresented as a synonym for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or a polite way of reminding us that we should print less and recycle more. But ESG is far greater than that and the purpose of this article is to shed some light on what ESG means in practical terms for Maltese issuers.

ESG and insurance: Things to look out for in 2022

2021 will be remembered (or outright forgotten) for a variety of reasons. Indeed, in and amongst the pandemic-related doom and gloom, 2021 may be viewed as a watershed moment for all matters ESG – i.e. environmental (E), social (S) and governance (G) criteria, of course. The pace at which the regulatory landscape has changed over the past year in particular has been nothing short of unrelenting – with the implementation of the ‘Level 1 Disclosures’ found under the Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (“SFDR”) meriting an honourable mention. Additionally, some much-needed, concrete action was also taken locally, with the launch of the much-anticipated Malta ESG Platform towards the latter end of the year providing the market with a number of useful metrics for the assessment of the ESG credentials of companies listed on the Malta Stock Exchange.

Can the rights arising from a registered IDERA be restricted by a warrant of prohibitory injunction?

In its judgment delivered on the 8 November 2021, in the names of Air X Charter Limited and Air X Aircraft Finance I Limited vs. (1) Firm Mamo TCV Advocates as Deputy Curators acting on behalf of Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc (Canada) (“Avmax”) as beneficial owner of eight (8) aircraft (the “Aircraft”) and Bank of Utah (United States of America) acting as owner trustee of the Aircraft and (2) The Malta Transport Authority, the First Hall Civil Court, presided over by Hon. Justice Robert G. Mangion, examined whether a warrant of prohibitory injunction can be issued to inhibit the holder of a registered Irrevocable Deregistration Export Request Authorisation (“IDERA”) from enforcing its rights arising from an IDERA in Malta.

Ganado Meets Transport

In the first episode of Ganado Meets Transport podcast, Ganado Advocates’ Matthew Xerri, Senior Associate within the shipping and aviation team, met with Captain Charles Pace to discuss the latest developments on Aviation in Malta.

Artificial Intelligence in the Medical Field – Dr. Paul Micallef Grimaud

In the third episode of the “Ganado Meets Tech” podcast, Ganado Advocates’ IP/TMT partner Paul Micallef Grimaud, met with consultant nuclear medicine physician, Dr. Andrew Mallia, Professor Alexiei Dingli – University of Malta Senior Lecturer of Artificial Intelligence and entrepreneur and lawyer Dr. Gege Gatt to look at how AI is positively impacting the health sector and providing us with unprecedented levels of cure and health management, whilst also discussing the legal and ethical risks involved.