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Malta

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

The ‘very responsive’ team at Ganado Advocates provides ‘concise advice as and when required’. Dr Daniel Aquilina regularly acts on all legal matters for international lessors and financiers in the aviation sector. Named partner Dr Max Ganado is a key contact and recently promoted senior associate Dr Matthew Xerri is also noted.

Leading individuals

Daniel Aquilina - Ganado Advocates

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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

With a 'depth of knowledge', ‘attention to detail’ and 'a strong client focus’, clients noted Ganado Advocates as the ‘go-to firm’ for all legal matters across the financial services industry. The ‘top-classDr Conrad Portanier heads up the banking and finance team, advising local and international financial institutions on deal structuring and general financial law mandates. The ‘very approachableDr Max Ganado is known for his expertise in drafting industry-specific legislation, particularly concerning the development of Malta’s financial services sector. The insurance and pensions team, which is led by Dr Matthew Bianchi, ‘offers an excellent service’, according to clients. Dr Matthew Brincat is also ‘a true professional’ in this field. Dr Leonard Bonello heads up the fintech group and James Farrugia leads on licensing and regulatory activities. Dr Simon Schembri, who deals with fintech and blockchain, and senior associate Dr Nicholas Curmi, who works in capital markets, are ‘highly skilled and professional’.

Leading individuals

Conrad Portanier - Ganado Advocates

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

Ganado Advocates

Ganado Advocates’ client roster includes major listed companies, international private equity firms and oil companies. The firm covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial legal advice, with the work spanning tax matters, company restructurings, M&A and regulatory advice. Its recent work has included assisting clients with share acquisitions/sales in the TMT and gaming sector, cross-border listings and advising a major telecoms company on its privatisation. Dr Adrian Gabarretta and Dr Stephen Attard lead the team, which includes Christine Cassar Naudi (who is known for her yachting tax expertise). Dr Nikolai Muscat Farrugia and Dr Simon Schembri are also noted.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

Ganado AdvocatesDr Louis Cassar Pullicino, who is ‘a leading name in the market’, heads up the ‘very responsive and thorough’ team; he is particularly noted for his expertise in maritime and commercial disputes. Dr Antoine G Cremona and Dr Stefan Frendo ‘are able to see the core of the dispute and act accordingly’ in banking and finance litigation. Dr Paul Micallef Grimaud is noted for his ‘hands-on approach’ to TMT and IP disputes, while Dr Matthew Brincat is a key individual for employment and industrial relations matters.

Leading individuals

Louis Cassar Pullicino - Ganado Advocates

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

Ganado AdvocatesDr Paul Micallef Grimaud is a key contact for all types of IP matters, including patent, trade mark and design registration, contract drafting, licensing agreements and IP litigation. The firm provides ‘wide-ranging, comprehensive legal advice and assistance' with copyright infringements, antitrust investigations and patent law advice. It also advises on GDPR implementation. Clients include companies active in sectors such as automotive, publishing and TMT.

Leading individuals

Paul Micallef Grimaud - Ganado Advocates

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

Ganado Advocates has 'an unsurpassed reputation in Malta’ for AIFMD and UCITS regulation, domestic special purpose funds and general asset and fund management matters. Dr Andre Zerafa is ‘without doubt the most outstanding lawyer in the asset management and fund industry’. Another key figure is James Farrugia, who has ‘outstanding knowledge of the regulatory field, a great practical approach and can speak the language of finance professionals’. The team approaches all matters with ‘a genuine passion and dedication to its work’. Also noted are senior associates Dr David Borg-Carbott and Dr Marina GrechDr Stephanie Farrugia  made senior associate in 2018.

Leading individuals

Andre Zerafa - Ganado Advocates

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

The 'very knowledgeable' Dr Antoine G Cremona leads Ganado Advocates’ real estate practice, which offers ‘a broad range of legal services and has a very experienced team with a strong customer focus’. The team is noted for its 'professionalism' and strong reputation in construction law. Its work currently includes assisting international clients with negotiating and drafting FIDIC contracts in connection with the construction of residential and commercial properties. The firm’s client base comprises government entities and both local and foreign public corporations. Cremona also applies his dispute resolution expertise to contentious real estate and construction issues.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Ganado Advocates

The shipping practice at Ganado Advocates ‘consistently provides first-class service in a timely manner, making sure that clients are fully satisfied’. Dr Jotham Scerri-Diacono, who has 'vast and deep knowledge of shipping law’, focuses on ship registrations, marine litigation and all maritime law enquiries. The ‘exceptionally goodDr Daniel Aquilina handles ship finance matters for major international banks and financial institutions, Dr Karl Grech Orr assists clients with all aspects of shipping and corporate issues, while Christine Cassar Naudi heads up the yachting tax practice. The ‘very helpful and reliableDr Matthew Xerri, ‘very experienced and efficientDr Caroline Risiott and ‘highly professionalDr Matthew Attard are all recommended senior associates.

Leading individuals

Jotham Scerri-Diacono - Ganado Advocates

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Malta

Offices in Valletta

Legal Developments by:
Ganado Advocates

  • AIFMD Passport – Extension Denied to the US, Hong Kong and Singapore

    The AIFMD passport is currently only available to EU AIFMs and EU AIFs. However, AIFMD makes provision for access to the passport rights to be possibly extended to non-EU entities at a future date. Although the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) just recommended this extension to managers and funds established in Jersey, Guernsey and, potentially, Switzerland, investment manager and funds set up in the US, Hong Kong and Singapore will not be granted the same right at the present time.
    - Ganado Advocates

Legal Developments in Malta

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  • EUROPEAN RULES ON DATA PROTECTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT (“DPIA”)

    1. Overview
  • Malta Gaming Authority publishes Guidance Document on Brexit Impact

    The Malta Gaming Authority (“MGA”) has published a guidance note (“Guidelines”) laying out the impact that the United Kingdom’s (“UK”) exit from the European Union (“EU”) will have on regulatory affairs within the remit of the MGA. These Guidelines apply to entities established in Malta and operating in the UK, with a UK licence but without a Maltese Licence , or entities established in the UK providing services and supplies within Malta.
  • Data Protection Implications of a Bring Your Own Device Policy

    BYOD is an acronym for ‘bring your own device’ and refers to a policy which an employer may implement to regulate the use of personal devices for work-related purposes at the workplace. Such a policy would regulate how employees access privileged company information and software on their personal devices, which devices would be connected to the corporate network. An effective BYOD policy is essentially a set of rules which establishes the level of support which an IT department may provide to employee-owned devices used in the workplace, while safeguarding both employers’ and employees’ interests.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.
  • Redemption of Government-owned Land held under a Title of Revisable Perpetual Emphyteusis

    On 27 th August, Legal Notice 216 of 2019 was published, which grants any person who holds a property of the Government or of the Lands Authority, under a title of revisable perpetual emphyteusis, the right to request the Authority to redeem that property at any time.
  • Autonomous shipping – Caution required to avert the blind leading the blind

    The lure of unmanned transport services is no longer a science fiction scenario but a living reality.
  • Re-filing Trademarks: A Case of Déjà Vu?

    Trade marks give a face to a product which enable us identify a brand. As consumers, we take them for granted even though they punctuate memories of our daily lives. How many of us ever think of the creative and strategic thinking that goes into their composition? In contrast, we are more familiar with trade mark infringement. And what is breaking news are the risks of re-filing new applications for the same trade mark that should not be glossed over. 
  • ITALIAN “SINGLE ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION”

  • PSD2 Implemented into Maltese Law: What now?

    On the 2 nd August 2019, Bill 89 of 2019, entitled “Various Financial Services Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019” was published in the Government Gazette to become Act XXVI of 2019. This law will effectively amend the Banking Act (Chapter 371 of the Laws of Malta) and Financial Institutions Act (Chapter 376 of the Laws of Malta), making several amendments to the text of those principal legislative instruments dealing with various elements introduced by the Second Payment Services Directive, or, as it has come to be more affectionately known, “PSD2”, as a preference to the more formal and somewhat more taxing reference: “Directive (EU) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on payment services in the internal market, amending Directives 2002/65/EC, 2009/110/EC and 2013/36/EU and Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, and repealing Directive 2007/64/EC.”
  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .