Ganado Advocates > Valletta, Malta > Firm Profile

Ganado Advocates
171 OLD BAKERY STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1455
Malta

Malta > Aviation Tier 1

Praised by clients for its ‘unrivalled knowledge and expertise in aviation in Malta’, Ganado Advocates is highly regarded for its assistance with aircraft registration, aircraft transactions and financing. ‘Experienced and well known in the market‘, Daniel Aquilina is sought after by domestic and international banks to advise on aircraft acquisitions, the enforcement of aircraft mortgages and arrests in Malta. Matthew Xerri ‘is very knowledgeable about aircraft financing and provides a thorough and timely service‘.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Aquilina

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Matthew Xerri is very knowledgeable about aircraft financing and provides a thorough and timely service.’

‘Unrivalled knowledge and expertise in aviation in Malta. Efficient and responsive service.’

‘The Ganado team are well known in the aviation industry and are actively involved in Malta’s aviation transactions. This is apparent when they are able to share industry insights and fully understand the aviation authorities and their inner workings.’

‘Matthew Xerri is a standout individual. It is obvious that aviation is his area of expertise and he knows the differences between each of the Maltese operators. He has great attention to detail and provides excellent customer service – infinitely contactable and willing to assist. Daniel Aquilina is the authority on aviation matters and always willing to assist.’

‘Without a doubt, the best in Malta.’

‘Matthew Xerri is superb – extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘What makes Ganado Advocates unique is that they have vast know-how in this area of law, and they are well connected with the authorities and other third parties involved (in Malta as well as internationally), and hence, they are a great support to get deals closed involving Malta registered aircraft.’

‘We are working mainly with Matthew Xerri and Daniel Aquilina. Both are very responsive, straightforward, cost conscious and knowledgeable. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

One of the best-known banking practices in Malta, Ganado Advocates displays ‘great efficiency, responsiveness and clarity in terms of communication’ and regularly assists international banks with asset and project finance matters involving aspects of Maltese law. Practice head Conrad Portanier and insurance and regulatory expert Matthew Bianchi are amongst the key contacts. Leonard Bonello is the go-to adviser for fintech and blockchain-based projects. Nicholas Curmi leads the firm's highly regarded capital markets practice, assisting with structuring public offerings of debt, equity, hybrid and structured securities, and private placements.

Practice head(s):

Conrad Portanier; Matthew Bianchi; Leonard Bonello; Nicholas Curmi

Other key lawyers:

Beppe Digiorgio

Testimonials

‘The team roll-up their sleeves in a very welcoming fashion to assist and bring in various colleagues from other departments to advise on various areas of law. Response is very timely and insightful.’

‘Nicholas Curmi is a young and energetic partner with whom you can have an open and challenging conversation. His expertise has been crucial for our bond issuance, along with the assistance of members of his team, mostly Beppe Degiorgio.’

‘The team at Ganado Advocates are extremely knowledgeable and they display great efficiency, responsiveness and clarity in terms of communication and the ability to work to a proposed transaction timetable.’

‘The team at Ganado Advocates are personable, professional and approachable and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘The combination of commercial acumen and legal skills are second to none in the market. The Ganado team is also used to international transactions, and is thus capable of engaging on complex, cross-border capital markets transactions.’

‘Nick Curmi is extremely talented and has a deep understanding of the capital markets space that makes his advice and experience invaluable.’

‘Matthew Bianchi has exceptional knowledge, strong capability and top attention to detail.’

‘The firm is a leading legal firm in Malta reputed for its professionalism, technical expertise and practical insights into the financial services industry. It has diversified and holistic technical expertise across all levels of the team, with a flair for understanding different business models and practical adaptation to regulatory frameworks.’

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Ganado Advocates‘ ‘competent team’ has an extensive background in corporate and commercial transactions, handling big-ticket, cross-border M&A, the negotiation of joint ventures, company formations and reorganisations. The firm is often involved in Malta’s largest privatisations and maintains a busy venture capital practice. Stephen Attard; consultant Adrian Gabarretta, Nikolai Muscat Farrugia and Simon Schembri are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Gabarretta; Stephen Attard; Nikolai Muscat Farrugia; Simon Schembri

Testimonials

‘Overall, a very welcoming, competent team. Very pleasant to deal with. Very professional.’

‘Stephen Attard is always available and proactive.’

‘The team is deeply knowledgeable about legal topics in this specific area, especially in a Maltese legal context. The quality of work is very high, matching international standards. The team are very proactive and flexible – not only do they brilliantly solve current problems, but they also avoid new ones and find solutions for any issues that arise.’

‘The individuals I work with stand out for their deep knowledge of complex legal matters and their very quick responses and assistance, to very high international standards. In particular, Nikolai Muscat Farrugia is outstanding.’

‘Careful, considered and knowledgeable opinions coupled with a personal approach. They know the law and they know Malta and the influential people there. They have always gone the extra mile to listen to our issues, offer advice and actually step in to help if they can.’

‘The team is always available when needed, and is knowledgeable and always ready to assist and offer quick turnaround.’

‘The team is very responsive.’

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Ganado Advocates is noted for its handling of complex and high-value construction, maritime and corporate disputes and intellectual property litigation. It also routinely assists with the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Antoine Cremona has significant experience in cases involving proceedings under the New York Convention and sovereign immunity in international commercial arbitration. Louis Cassar Pullicino is one of Malta’s top shipping litigators, while Cremona leads on commercial and construction disputes. Senior associate Clement Mifsud-Bonnici is noted for competition, state aid, public procurement and regulatory law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Louis Cassar Pullicino; Antoine Cremona

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘What makes Ganado unique, like any business entity, is its experience and the expertise of its staff. Their guidance and our commercial aims were aligned and at the end the expected result was achieved. They went above and beyond, and have been extremely efficient and clear.’

‘Clement Mifsud-Bonnici has a very calm approach and listens carefully, but also managed to explain what we would be facing and the strategy that he would recommend. His communication skills have been highly appreciated. Antoine Cremona is also a very good listener and judged correctly the strategy that was to be adopted.’

‘They have a unique public procurement practice, filled with dedicated lawyers practising in this niche area.’

‘Pragmatic and exacting approach in handling matters.’

Malta > Fintech Tier 1

With a strong track record of advising digital banks, payment institutions and electronic money institutions on all regulatory requirements, Ganado Advocates is well placed to assist existing clients who wish to launch a fintech product, as well as new clients seeking authorisation. James Farrugia ‘is very knowledgeable about digital assets and related regulations. Fintech group head Leonard Bonello and associate James Debono are the main contacts for banking operations, blockchain and crowdfunding mandates.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Bonello

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm is able to cover a broad range of themes and matters, and provide advice on each of them. It’s well established and has a good reputation.’

‘As that they have various people specialised in different topics, they are able to tap into each other’s expertise and provide the right assistance and advice.’

‘The regulatory team in Ganado has the most experience in advising digital asset service providers in Malta. They know the rules and regulations very well (in fact, the firm drafted the Virtual Financial Asset rules and regulations in Malta). In general, they are the best law firm in Malta whose advice we can trust. They are also very responsive and user friendly, and very pragmatic and practical.’

‘James Farrugia is very knowledgeable about digital assets and related regulations and very pragmatic. His team is super responsive and client friendly.’

‘They quickly understood our business and gave rapid, high-quality advice. They have demonstrated that they have an excellent knowledge of the EU and UK regulations (PSD2) and know the local ecosystem. For each new challenge we have presented to them, they have shown outstanding professionalism and dedication to their clients. I definitely recommend the firm for its skills in financial services regulation, data protection, and technology.’

‘Out-of-the-box thinking, consistent approach to the business, thorough follow-up.’

‘Deep knowledge and expertise in specialised areas. Strong communication lines with authorities.’

‘The team has great resources at its disposal and is the largest firm in Malta by far.’

Malta > Intellectual property Tier 1

Offering full-service support in transactional and contentious matters across all areas of soft and hard intellectual property, Ganado Advocates impresses clients with its ‘technical know-how’ in relation to patents, designs, trade marks and trade secrets. Clients include national and European household names in the digital gaming, IT and entertainment industries and local regulators. Paul Micallef Grimaud assists with IP licensing and management contracts, IP registration, oppositions and protection proceedings. Senior associate Philip Formosa lends additional support in data protection compliance matters and, particularly, in the drafting of agreements involving the exploitation of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Paul Micallef Grimaud

Other key lawyers:

Philip Formosa; Philip Mifsud

Testimonials

‘Their expertise in the subject matter always makes you feel that you are in safe hands.’

‘The intellectual property practice is extremely professional when it comes to availability and flexibility. In terms of technical know-how, it is also very knowledgeable whenever any question is asked. We also appreciate the fact that they directed us to the solution that we required in the particular scenario.’

‘Philip Mifsud and Philip Formosa are very accessible and knowledgeable. They do their best to make themselves available to the client. The depth of their technical knowledge is also apparent in the detail and the level of the documents that they deliver.’

‘The teams has in-depth knowledge of local requirements and the expectations from regulators both in relation to data protection and the payments industry.’

‘Philip Formosa is a very dedicated professional offering legal advice which is very practical and grounded. He has always been available to quickly answer any request for information that we had.’

‘I was positively impressed by the efficiency and the ease of working with Ganado Advocates. Everything was done over calls and emails without the need for us to visit their offices. They very quickly understood what we needed. They just took our problems on board, asked questions as necessary and ensured the problem was resolved to our satisfaction.’

‘The team’s strengths all stem from the individuals themselves. Philip Formosa ensured that our project was resolved efficiently. Paul Micallef Grimaud was always aware of what was going on and got directly involved when he needed to. This gave us even more peace of mind that everything was being tackled in the right way.’

‘They are always available and ready to assist. Very professional and a pleasure to work with, especially Paul Micallef Grimaud.’

Malta > Investment funds Tier 1

Ganado Advocates‘ market-leading practice remains highly sought after for corporate and fund structuring, set-up and authorisation by the Malta Financial Services Authority, and passporting in or out of Malta under the relevant directives (MiFID, UCITS and AIFMD). Andre Zerafa specialises in the establishment of alternative investment funds, UCITS funds and other retail funds. He also has a busy regulatory compliance practice. James Farrugia routinely works with the local competent authority on licensing and regulatory matters, and, more recently, has been involved in assisting with a number of blockchain-based projects. Counsel David Borg-Carbott and recently promoted partner Marina Grech also lend valuable support.

Practice head(s):

André Zerafa; James Farrugia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ganado Advocates are on the ball when it comes to the regulatory framework in Malta for investment services. The team is proactive and the members make themselves available to the clients.’

‘The technical expertise and the links to the relevant authorities were key in getting our project across the line.’

‘The individuals were very responsive and always readily available, and their technical knowledge was second to none. We were working towards a very tight deadline, and this was achieved thanks to their diligence.’

‘Ganado are very professional and knowledgeable on funds.’

‘Very high level of knowledge of the market and related legal regulations, proactive in proposing solutions, excellent overall performance.’

‘Responsiveness, proactiveness, great knowledge of the local market and its specificities. Andre Zerafa comes highly recommended, and rightly so.’

‘Great capabilities within investment fund services. The absolute number one firm in Malta within this practice area. Solid advice and execution.’

‘David Borg-Carbott is very knowledgeable and thorough in all areas of fund transactions and regulatory matters.’

Malta > Real estate Tier 1

Ganado Advocates provides ‘legal services of a very high level, through its complement of seasoned partners, who are leaders in their respective fields. Its top areas of activity are property leasing, sales and purchases, and construction, where the team advises on FIDIC contracts and represents clients in arbitration. The practice is headed by litigator Antoine Cremona, with assistance from associate Anselmo Mifsud Bonnici.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Cremona

Other key lawyers:

Anselmo Mifsud-Bonnici

Testimonials

‘The practice is well versed in construction-related agreements and contracts, particularity FIDIC. They are clearly continuously updating their knowledge base and recently even delivered a training programme.’

‘We deal mostly with Antoine Cremona and Anselmo Mifsud Bonnici and find they work very well as a tandem. I am often impressed by the fact that they are typically fully aware of the details concerning our requirements. I also appreciate the manner in which discussions are held and their individual engagement on any specific issue.’

‘Ganado Advocates provides legal services of a very high level, through its complement of seasoned partners, who are leaders in their respective fields, as well as motivated and talented associates who are destined to be tomorrow’s leaders.’

‘Antoine Cremona not only benefits from superior expertise in the areas of law being dealt with, but is also a capable litigation strategist.’

‘Knowledge and full awareness of their field of specialisation. Not just lawyers, but lawyers who are specialised in the field in which you require help.’

‘I have worked with Antoine and Anselmo. A strong team indeed. Nothing is lacking, and each complements the other.’

Malta > Shipping Tier 1

Highly experienced with very good knowledge of the law’, Ganado Advocates is a go-to firm for owners, operators and financiers, advising on all transactions concerning ships and yachts, the registration of vessels and of mortgages under the Malta flag, and yachting matters. Karl Grech Orr works with Jotham Scerri-DiaconoChristine Cassar Naudi and Daniel Aquilina on ship and yacht registration and financing. Matthew Attard and Matthew Xerri, who were promoted to partner in January 2023, and senior associates Caroline Risiott and Jan Rossi provide crucial support in financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Always very responsive and very knowledgeable. No nonsense – straight to the point and get the job done. Flexible on rates.’

‘Highly experienced with very good knowledge of the law, and very reliable – number one in the region.’

‘Jotham Scerri-Diacono is very reliable, speedy, confident in himself and his knowledge, and a very good communicator.’

‘Ganado is the firm of choice for any shipping-related queries. This is because from personal experience they excel in registering vessels under the Maltese flag, which is one of the most prestigious flag states in the world. Ganado has a longstanding and well-known shipping practice in Malta, and they have capitalised on their long years of experience to really master their trade and fully support their clients.’

‘Jotham Scerri Diacono delivers exceptional work, has deep knowledge of the sector and provides watertight legal advice.’

‘Clearly the leading shipping practice in Malta. The preferred choice for all kinds of shipping and ship finance-related assistance in the jurisdiction. Their commercial understanding puts them above and beyond competitors.’

‘Daniel Aquilina is always responsive and makes sure things happen. Matthew Xerri is very attentive and good on detail. Matthew Attard is excellent all round.’

‘Caroline Risiott is an outstanding lawyer and it is always a pleasure to work with her. She provides swift and concise advice.’

Malta > Private client Tier 3

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Shipping and Aviation Daniel Aquilina daquilina@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate Finance and Tax Stephen Attard sattard@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Insurance and Pensions Matthew Bianchi mbianchi@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Banking and Finance; Fintech and Blockchain Leonard Bonello lbonello@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Employment and Pensions Matthew Brincat mbrincat@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
Private Client, Trusts and Foundations Anthony Cremona acremona@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Construction; Competition/European Law Antoine G Cremona agcremona@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Capital Markets Nicholas Curmi ncurmi@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Investment Services and Funds; Fintech and Blockchain James Farrugia jfarrugia@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Adrian M Gabarretta agabarretta@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Shipping Karl Grech Orr kgorr@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Intellectual Property, Media, Entertainment and Technology; Litigation and Dispute Resolution Paul Micallef Grimaud pmgrimaud@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Nikolai Muscat Farrugia nmuscat@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A Annalise Papa ampapa@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Banking and Finance Conrad Portanier cportanier@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Shipping; Environment, Energy and Renewable Energy Jotham Scerri-Diacono jsdiacono@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Corporate and M&A; Fintech and Blockchain Simon Schembri sschembri@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
Investment Services and Funds Andre Zerafa azerafa@ganado.com +356 2123 5406
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Number of partners : 20
Number of lawyers : 90+
Total number of staff : 170+
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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.

Ganado Advocates announces promotions to key leadership positions

Ganado Advocates is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Attard, Marina Grech and Matthew Xerri as new Partners of the firm, effective as of 1st January 2023. The firm is also announcing the promotion of David Borg-Carbott and Rosette Aquilina to ‘Of Counsel’ a role recently introduced by the firm signifying a high level of experience and expertise within the lawyer’s area of practice.

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

Introduction

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.