Firm Profile > Ganado Advocates > Valletta, Malta

Ganado Advocates
171 OLD BAKERY STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1455
Malta

Aviation Tier 1

When it comes to aviation transactions, the team at Ganado Advocates represents owners and operators as well as both buyers and sellers. Led by Daniel Aquilina the team has ‘market-leading knowledge and are very well connected with the registries’. The firm has recently worked on a number of re-registrations and aircraft finance work. Senior associate Matthew Xerri is also highly regarded for being ‘diligent and provides direct and effective advice’.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Aquilina

Testimonials

‘Ganado are experienced in aircraft financing work and have good expertise in corporate jet transactions.’

‘Senior associate Matthew Xerri is responsive and user-friendly.’

‘Ganado are the go-to firm for aviation and shipping matters in Malta. They have market leading knowledge and are very well connected with the registries in order to complete matters and effectively.’

‘Matthew Xerri is the stand out individual at the firm. He is diligent and provides direct and effective advice. Matthew is a great problem solver and can be relied upon to be on top of transactions. He is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is very responsive.’

‘Our client’s lenders and lessee were all willing to rely on and work with Ganado. ’

‘Matthew Xerri worked with us all the time to prepare for multiple new registrations of financed aircraft and worked repeatedly to ensure that we could finish closings with Transport Malta over the Christmas and New Years holidays. In addition, the aircraft were initially registered in the name of one party, and then later in the name of another party, and Matthew made sure that happened seamlessly.’

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

The banking and finance practice at Ganado Advocates  ‘includes some of the most highly respected people within the Maltese legal sector, with finance and capital markets being one of its core strengths'. The team has seen work increasing on two fronts: an increase in advisory work to financial services companies on financial crime and related aspects as well as in Brexit-related transactions. Conrad Portanier, a specialist in banking and finance has an ‘unbeatable’ wealth of knowledge which allows him to offer clients, ‘a fully comprehensive and sound service.’ Matthew Brincat comes highly regarded for his experience on international pensions regulations and legislations which ‘sets him apart from his peers.’

Practice head(s):

Max Ganado; André Zerafa; Conrad Portanier; Matthew Bianchi; Matthew Brincat; Leonard Bonello; Nicholas Curmi

Other key lawyers:

Beppe Degiorgio

Testimonials

‘Always available to discuss – even to meet in person; always ready with a professional and detailed reply.’

‘Ready to assist with a professional approach.’

‘Ganado Advocates are widely regarded as the top law firm in Malta in most sectors, including banking, finance and capital markets. The practice includes some of the most highly respected people within the Maltese legal sector, with finance and capital markets being one of its core strengths. Ganado is considered an authority, and working with them gives the peace of mind necessary when starting a new venture. The experience and knowledge made available to the client are second to none, and are indeed a step above every other legal firm on the island.’

‘Working with Nick Curmi has been an excellent experience. He is knowledgeable, practical and always one step ahead. He has always kept us updated at every turn, and is readily available for discussions should the need arise. Often Nick went beyond his remit to provide us with the best possible service. Nick together with Beppe Degiorgio make an excellent team, and have been a pleasure to work with over the last few months.’

‘The teams of Lawyers they have are very approachable and provide excellent and clear advice.’

‘We have dealt with the shipping team tax team and capital markets team as well as the managing partner. All have been excellent responsive and helpful.’

‘The Ganado team meet all our legal needs under one roof and have provided invaluable help with managing our relationship with the regulator and other third parties’

‘Matthew Brincat has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pensions regulations in Malta and his advice and wisdom has been hugely beneficial in supporting our business’

‘Very cohesive, institutional, business driven, committed law firm. A wonderful platform in finance, transactional, regulatory, and litigation.’

‘Conrad Portanier: rigorous, innovative, thoughtful lawyer.’

‘I would describe Ganado as a Maltese magic circle firm, and in effect it is the Nr. 1 law firm in Malta.’

‘Conrad Portanier, a partner at the firm, is a specialist in banking and finance. His wealth of legal knowledge in his practice area is near unbeatable, ensuring he offers his clients a fully comprehensive and sound service. ’

‘Expertise in Pensions, which is a unique market. ’

‘Excellent’

‘As the leading Law firm in Malta they offer a depth of local and international expertise that really helps both corporate and individual enquirers. ’

‘I have known and worked with Dr Matthew Brincat in the specialist area of Malta and international pensions regulations and legislation for almost 10 years now. His experience and the application of it sets him apart from his peers. Furthermore, his excellent relationship with the regulator has allowed him to convey the collective feelings, concerns and suggestions of the Malta retirement scheme providers in such a way as to help the regulator grasp the importance of those matters.’

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate department at Ganado Advocates specialises in major corporate and capital markets transactions for international corporate groups and private equity firms. It has been  involved in major corporate and tax deals involving Maltese companies in international transactions and large due diligence reporting projects. Adrian Gabarretta, who heads the practice, has vast experience advising on a wide-range of international and local projects and transactions and regularly assists with cross-border corporate and commercial law matters. Simon Schembri is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Gabarretta; Stephen Attard; Nikolai Muscat Farrugia; Christine Cassar Naudi; Simon Schembri

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Curmi; Annalise Papa

Testimonials

‘Local expertise and historic network.’

‘Attention and effort.’

‘The Ganado team offer usable advise of the highest quality and my impression is that their accessibility and integrity are unparalleled in Malta.’

‘Partners Simon Schembri and Nicholas Curmi are probably the Maltese-based corporate lawyers with the deepest knowledge of Maltese-Swedish cross border transactions. Their knowledge and experience of listing Maltese companies in Sweden and the challenges associated therewith from, e.g. securities-, corporate- and ECM law perspective make them stand out from their competitors.’

‘Took a practical and commercial approach, worked within a short timeframe and provided excellent legal advice.’

‘We look forward to a long-working relationship.

‘Great range of services. Professional and responsible attitude. Excellent availability of the assistants.’

‘Availability and prompt assistance during and after working hours.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and are always available to assist whenever asked in a timely manner. Over the past years since I have been dealing with the team we have built an excellent working relationship.’

‘Annalise Papa has been excellent! Very helpful and offers valued advice when needed.’

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The dispute resolution team at Ganado Advocates covers a broad range of practice areas including admiralty and maritime litigation, financial services litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, aviation, construction, IP, TMT, employment and industrial relations. The practice is led by Louis Cassar Pullicino with the support of Antoine Cremona, who is specialised in civil and commercial proceedings; Paul Micallef Grimaud, who heads the IP, TMT and data protection practice; and Matthew Brincat, who mainly works in employment and pensions. The team has represented high-profile clients before the Maltese Superior Courts, specialised tribunals, the European Court of Justice, international arbitrations and at the European court of Human Rights.

Practice head(s):

Louis Cassar Pullicino

Other key lawyers:

Antoine Cremona; Paul Micallef Grimaud; Matthew Brincat; Clement Mifsud Bonnici

Testimonials

‘A lean organisation providing quick input and reactions.’

‘Partners are excellent and hard working.’

‘Ganado Advocates provided excellent advice in relation to a cross border restructuring. Their engagement, punctuality and diligence was very impressive.’

‘I worked with Louis Cassar Pullicino who was very responsive and engaged. His work was of a very high standard.’

‘Ganado Advocates is a leading law firm in Malta. It enjoys a high reputation for the quality of service it provides in various fields of business.’

‘I have also had the opportunity to work with Paul Micallef Grimaud and there the service and advice received was absolutely of top quality.’

‘Ganado has worked closely with us for a number of years: they have consistently been thorough and helpful in their advice, devised and enacted an effective strategy and done so very cost-effectively. They are a pleasure to work with at all times.’

‘We have predominantly worked with Clement Mifsud Bonnici and with Luisa Cassar Pullicino. Both have been prompt, knowledgeable, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. ’

Fintech Tier 1

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Ganado Advocates, in addition to its work within cryptocurrencies, is moving its focus towards payment service providers. With an impressive client list, the firm offers regulatory advice and assists companies setting up or launching in Malta. Leonard Bonello heads the fintech practice and is regarded for his 'valuable insight and direction.’ James Farrugia is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Bonello

Other key lawyers:

James Farrugia; Simon Schembri; Max Ganado; Caroline Gauci; Vanessa Anne Gatt; Paul Falzon

Testimonials

‘This is probably the most skilled and knowleadgeable law firm that you can find in Malta. You can find support and guidance for any regulatory topic from PSD2, GDPR, AML to licensing and authorization.’

‘We worked together with Ganado on many complex projects and have always found the individuals assigned for each project to be very competent in their respective fields. Leonard has a strong background in all different areas of regulation and is the go to person on any project, offering valuable insight and direction. He puts together the best team for a project and then continues to have oversight throughout until delivery.’

‘Partner Leonardo Bonello and associates Caroline Gauci and Vanessa Anne Gatt demonstrated a strong knowledge of the highly specialized field of payments services. The team has been particularly effective because, after a first presentation call and an intermediate quick follow up conversion, it delivered the Q&A requested with substantially no need of further comments on my side. Accordingly, I enjoyed their deep knowledge of the matter, which they deliver and not sell.’

‘Professional approach in details and general concept. Lovely staff who are ready to pay due attention to the client.’

‘They stick to agreed deadlines, and their advice was clear and user friendly (i.e. not need for lots of clarifications or follow up questions).’

‘They are responsive, commit to and adhere to deadlines and communicate clearly. We’ve worked with Leonard Bonello and Caroline Gauci.’

‘Knowledgeable, great support and deep knowledge about licensing requirements. Great service and can-do attitude which is much appreciated. Very good sense of the business perspective.’

‘Leonard Bonello has been fantastic. Very knowledgeable, business-oriented, hands-on and follows through.’

‘Know how on finance and crypto is unparalleled.’

‘James Farrugia and Paul Falzon are not just knowledgeable but find solutions to real problems.’

Intellectual property Tier 1

The 'responsive' practice at Ganado Advocates assists high-profile clients with the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border intellectual property matters. It has represented clients in the tobacco, automotive, entertainment and fast-moving consumer goods sectors in noteworthy litigation proceedings, and has seen an increase in counterfeit goods work. The team is led by Paul Micallef Grimaud, who is good at 'weaving through legal jargon to explain the potential consequences in plain language'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Micallef Grimaud

Testimonials

‘The practice is led by a forward-looking and innovative work ethic, different from old fashioned legacy practices. They are on the ball both in terms of latest competences as well as customer engagement.’

‘Working with Ganado Advocates on IP matters gave the business full clarity on the various complex legal issues and legal risks associated with the strategic alternatives available to the business (particularly in contentious matters), in order to enable well-informed, sound decisions, based on clear and understandable advice.’

‘Dr. Paul Micallef Grimaud was highly responsive and reliable, enabling the business to take quick action in time-sensitive matters. He clearly has extensive expertise and experience in contentious IP matters.’

‘Dedicates the same experts, hence obtains a good and long-term understanding of our context and requirements.  Experts are reliable, well-versed in both the legal and technical aspects. Experts are also familiar with a wide range of subjects and can therefore make associations with different facets.’

‘Good reputation and respect in the legal profession; reliable to attend meetings and hearings;  prepare well for meetings and hearings.’

‘Knowledgeable, expertise in various legal areas, accessible, responsive, friendly. ’

‘Easy to communicate with, willing to listen and always on hand to offer advice. They are also able to react rapidly.’

‘The team has a good knowledge and experience of the Maltese legal market, and have their finger on its pulse. I feel very confident with them handling our matters in Malta.’

‘Paul Micallef Grimaud is very responsive and always looking out for our interests.’

‘We resort to Ganado Advocates on all of our legal queries. We’ve found them to be on the ball and swift with responses.’

‘Our go-to lawyer Paul Micallef Grimaud is especially in good in weaving through the legal jargon to explain the potential consequences in plain language.’

Investment funds Tier 1

With ‘exceptional knowledge on industry and regulatory matters’ the team at Ganado Advocates handles a variety of fund matters. Key services include fund structuring, drafting of offering documentation, managing licensing processes with the MFSA, regulatory compliance and advice, passporting in or out of Malta and transactional work. The co-heads of practice are the ‘solutions-focused and client friendlyAndre Zerafa and James Farrugia who is ‘extremely well versed on key regulatory aspects.’

Practice head(s):

Andre Zerafa; James Farrugia

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and dedication. ’

‘The level of expertise and quality of the work delivered by Ganado Associates is exceptional and compares favourably to the top law firms in the principal financial jurisdictions. Ganado always deliver on time and to a very high standard and are able to deal with the most complex of legal issues.’

‘Ganado staff and partners have a can do attitude and are very positive and solutions focused. I believe they are a great asset to their clients’ businesses.

‘James Farrugia, a partner, is like a living encyclopaedia in all that concerns fund legislation, both local as well as foreign and puts his knowledge to great use.

‘Andre Zerafa is an exceptional attorney who is very practical and pragmatic as well as being very solutions focused and client friendly.’

‘Exceptional knowledge on industry and regulatory matters. The team is very responsive and always provides quick turnaround in terms of advice or documentation requested.’

‘Very responsive, exceptional insight on the industry, local and international regulations.’

‘They have strength in both depth and breadth.’

‘Ganado’s key strengths are split into: a) pioneers and equally invested with the industry as a whole; b) specialists; and, c) calmness and feet on the ground.’

‘Ganado were early to the industry and have been one of the key pioneers in helping the Malta asset management industry grow. They have invested heavily by: hiring top quality staff with constant investment in internal training and knowledge building; sharing their knowledge locally and attending various overseas conferences.’

‘They constantly update and keep abreast of industry requirements which is significantly helped with a solid foundation from being early adopters in the industry. One key aspect is them maintaining a focus – so the team at Ganado who focus on asset management do not do all other industries like most other firms in Malta.’

‘Their current senior partner, Andre Zerafa, is humble yet one of the local expects in the industry. He is approachable, polite, professional.’

‘James Farrugia, also a partner, is extremely well versed on key regulatory aspects.’

Real estate Tier 1

The 'experienced' and 'approachable' team at Ganado Advocates assists clients with a variety of construction matters including dispute resolution as well as the negotiation and conclusion of contracts. The team is led by Antoine Cremona, an experienced litigator who is 'quick to get to the point.' Anselmo Mifsud Bonnici provides support at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Cremona

Other key lawyers:

Anselmo Mifsud Bonnici

Testimonials

‘I chose to work with this practice because of the vast range of expertise both in terms of sheer number of individuals involved and their range of competence.’

‘We chose Ganado Advocates because we were certain we would be getting top legal advice paired with sufficient availability to help get our specific viewpoint across.’

‘I manly worked with Dr. Anselmo Mifsud Bonnici who I found extremely approachable. He listens intently and took the time to understand our perspective. We had a lot to ask and also wanted to feel like we could tailor the agreement to “feel” more in line with the way our business operates. Anselmo was very helpful both in tailoring our requests as well as guiding us as to what principles are best included and which are not as important. This helped us focus even when it came to negotiations with our end client. I can say that I quickly developed a trust in him and felt extremely comfortable throughout the process.’

‘I can confidently say that Antoine Cremona too is very relatable and is very quick to get to the point and highlight the most pertinent elements of the discussion at hand. ’

‘The strength lies in the holistic approach by the team in delivering a service.’

‘Approachable, courteous and always ready to listen to the client’s views/position. ’

‘Experienced; very familiar with local (Maltese) law and national standards / practices;  good phrasing and negotiation skills.’

Shipping Tier 1

The team at Ganado Advocates is 'very flexible, personable and clear'. The practice has been involved in the drafting of shipping legislation and is experienced in ship financing and mortgages. The firm assisted with cross-border financing work for several high-profile clients. Leading partners are flag expert, Karl Grech Orr; Daniel Aquilina who 'is always on top of a transaction' and 'well versed in ship financing.'; 'extremely helpfulJotham Scerri-Diacono and tax expert, Christine Cassar Naudi.

Practice head(s):

Karl Grech Orr; Jotham Scerri-Diacono; Daniel Aquilina; Christine Cassar Naudi

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Risiott; Matthew Xerri

Testimonials

‘Responsive to queries within a short, pressured time frame. ’

‘Ganado team is always very helpful, very professional and prompt. They are one of the best in Malta and the correct address for all shipping matters. ’

‘Jotham Scerri Diacono is extremely helpful and has great experience and knowledge in all ship finance matters. ’

‘All through the years of our cooperation the team’s commitment to the individual case is great and quality responses to question or queries never take long. ’

‘Daniel Aquilina and Caroline Risiott: Both are not only very responsive and committed to the cases they deal with, they are always available for discussion to get to the bottom of questions arising.’

‘The depth of the practice is unique in Malta ’

‘We work much with Caroline Risiott. She a very efficient operator who makes sure that transactions progress and things get done. ’

‘In my view the Ganado’s shipping team is the best in Malta. They are very responsive, provide a full service and have excellent working relationships with the local authorities to ensure transactions close smoothly and efficiently. This gives us confidence that there will be no unforeseen complications from a logistical perspective in Malta.’

‘Our main contacts are partner Daniel Aquilina and senior associate Matthew Xerri. Both are very well respected practitioners, whom we find to be very approachable, responsive, competitively priced and knowledgeable. They are also very good at using their local contacts to iron out any issues that may arise with the local authorities. Daniel and Matthew are our first choice for Maltese advice to financiers on shipping and yacht finance transactions.’

‘Very family like, client orientated practice, always ready to assist (including minor enquiries)’

‘They have a deep knowledge of this subject and are very decisive people, agile and always trying to find the way to solve any issue that could arise. They look for the best interest of the clients.’

‘Matthew Xerri is always available to respond any questions, doubts, comments that may arise and he has a deep knowledge of the matter. It is a real pleasure to work with him.’

‘Very flexible, personal and clear approach’

‘Very kind and always willing to help or advise in any way.’

‘Quick response time and very practical solutions were provided by the team.’

‘Availability of the team member and solution provided. ’

‘Ganado offers a personal attention to our requests. Mr. Jotham Scerri Diacono is always available for suggestion and advices at any time, day and night.’

‘We have worked with Ganado Advocates for many decades on all kinds of shipping and corporate matters involving business in Malta and we are very happy with their service and our collaboration has been excellent.’

‘Over the many years of our co-operation with Ganado Advocates, our main contact are Karl Grech Orr, who is a partner in the shipping department of the firm and Daniel Aquillina who heads the firm’s banking ship finance team. Their assistance and expertise with ship registrations and other shipping matters on which we have worked together has always proved beneficial as has their in-depth knowledge of Malta law.’

‘The team at the company is very responsive and they take a lot of initiative.’

‘They make us feel that they take as much responsibility for our business as we do. Each and every one of the people we interact with share this trait.’

‘Very proactive and commercial orientated. Providing succinct advice evidencing understanding of the commercial issues. Always responsive and user friendly. ’

‘Daniel Aquilina is well versed on shipping finance maters. Every time I have a complex legal matter pertaining to Maltese law Daniel is the lawyer to reach out to. Succinct advice taking into account the commercial parameters.

‘Caroline Risiott is very proactive and hardworking. Safe pair of hands.’

‘The team is very friendly and experienced. It helps that we have years of experience working together and know them well and know we can depend on them for local law issues. ’

‘They always make an effort to see us, they are very personable and understand the demands we make and what pressures we are under from our common clients. They are very reliable – Daniel Acquilina and his team including Matthew Xerri are our go to people in Malta – very rarely would I instruct another firm or team.’

‘I have had the opportunity to work with the shipping team at Ganado on several matters and I have always appreciated their attention to details. They are competent in what they do, efficient and quick.’

‘They make each deal their own. They are very dedicated and they help us find solutions each time this is required. ’

‘Daniel Aquilina is the partner that I have been working with for the last 15 years. He is always on the top of a transaction, he is very knowledgeable and his work is of top quality. Also Daniel is very committed to his clients and contactable at all times especially when we need help to overcome issues and problems with a transaction. ’

‘It is a large team with good capacity and ability to turnaround quickly.’

‘Pragmatic, solution oriented and service minded. Particularly we would like to mention Daniel Aquilina, Julian Caruana and Matthew Xerri ’

Private client Tier 2

Led by Anthony Cremona, the practice at Ganado Advocates provides legal advice and ongoing assistance to high-net-worth individuals, assists with setting up trusts and foundations and has represented clients in some noteworthy litigation proceedings concerning trusts and foundations.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Cremona

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 as a second citizenship in terms of the Maltese citizenship by investment programme.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial Services; Fintech and Blockchain Max Ganado mganado@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Insurance and Pensions Matthew Bianchi mbianchi@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Investment Services and Funds; Capital Markets Andre Zerafa azerafa@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Banking and Finance Conrad Portanier cportanier@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Investment Services and Funds; Fintech and Blockchain James Farrugia jfarrugia@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Employment and Pensions Matthew Brincat mbrincat@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Banking and Finance; Fintech and Blockchain Leonard Bonello lbonello@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Adrian M Gabarretta agabarretta@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate Finance and Tax Stephen Attard sattard@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Nikolai Muscat Farrugia nmuscat@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A; Fintech and Blockchain Simon Schembri sschembri@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Shipping Karl Grech Orr kgorr@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Shipping; Environment, Energy and Renewable Energy Jotham Scerri-Diacono jsdiacono@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Shipping and Aviation Daniel Aquilina daquilina@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Yachting; Corporate Finance and Tax Christine Cassar Naudi ccnaudi@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Louis Cassar Pullicino lcpullicino@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Construction; Competition/European Law Antoine G Cremona agcremona@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Intellectual Property, Media, Entertainment and Technology; Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Micallef Grimaud pmgrimaud@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Private Client, Trusts and Foundations Anthony Cremona acremona@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
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 Anthony Cremona photo Anthony Cremona Anthony Cremona leads the trusts and foundations team at Ganado Advocates, advising…
 Antoine G Cremona photo Antoine G Cremona Antoine Cremona is a Partner at Ganado Advocates, regularly representing clients in…
 Nicholas Curmi photo Nicholas Curmi Nicholas Curmi heads Ganado Advocates’ capital markets practice, where he advises on…
 James Farrugia photo James Farrugia James Farrugia spearheads the Ganado Advocates’ investment services and funds licensing and…
 Stephanie Farrugia photo Stephanie Farrugia Stephanie Farrugia is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services and…
 Catherine Formosa photo Catherine Formosa Catherine Formosa is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking and finance…
 Adrian Gabarretta photo Adrian Gabarretta Adrian Gabarretta is a senior partner at Ganado Advocates and currently heads…
 Max Ganado photo Max Ganado Max has been practicing law for close to 40 years. He started…
 Marina Grech photo Marina Grech Marina Grech is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ investment services and…
 Karl Grech Orr photo Karl Grech Orr Karl Grech Orr is a Partner in the shipping department at Ganado…
 Paul Micallef Grimaud photo Paul Micallef Grimaud Paul Micallef Grimaud is a Partner at Ganado Advocates and heads the…
 Clement Mifsud-Bonnici  photo Clement Mifsud-Bonnici Clement Mifsud-Bonnici is a Senior Associate at Ganado Advocates. He assists clients…
 Nikolai Muscat Farrugia photo Nikolai Muscat Farrugia Nikolai Muscat Farrugia is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ corporate team, with…
 Annalise Papa photo Annalise Papa Annalise Papa is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ corporate team with particular…
 Lorraine Poole photo Lorraine Poole Lorraine Poole is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking and finance…
 Conrad Portanier photo Conrad Portanier Conrad Portanier’s legal practice focuses on banking and financial law, as well…
 Caroline Risiott photo Caroline Risiott Caroline Risiott is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ banking ship finance…
 Jan Rossi  photo Jan Rossi Jan Rossi is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ shipping team. Jan…
 Jotham Scerri-Diacono photo Jotham Scerri-Diacono Jotham Scerri-Diacono is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ shipping team, with particular…
 Simon Schembri photo Simon Schembri Simon Schembri is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ corporate team. Simon has…
 Stephanie Sciberras photo Stephanie Sciberras Stephanie Sciberras is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ corporate governance team,…
 Matthew Xerri photo Matthew Xerri Matthew Xerri is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ shipping and aviation…
 Stephanie Zarb Adami photo Stephanie Zarb Adami Stephanie Zarb Adami is a Senior Associate within Ganado Advocates’ corporate finance…
 Andre Zerafa photo Andre Zerafa André Zerafa heads Ganado Advocates’ investment services and funds team and he…
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Total number of staff : 160+
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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.

Further details on our commitment to Corporate Responsibility could be found here: https://ganado.com/about/.

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.