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Refalo Advocates

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Refalo Advocates is particularly valued for the ‘excellent‘ team’s willingness to ‘take on non-standard disputes‘ and come up with ‘innovative solutions‘. Mark Refalo leads the civil dispute resolution practice, and regularly acts in both national and international courts. John Refalo oversees the commercial litigation work, which includes maritime issues. Ian Refalo heads up the public law offering.

Practice head(s):

Ian Refalo; Mark Refalo; John Refalo

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Grech; Gabrielle Scicluna


‘Experience, attention to detail and pragmatic legal solutions.’

‘The Refalo team is excellent. It comes up with innovative solutions and advocates them to the fullest extent.’

‘We chose Refalo Advocates because the services required a team of legal professionals that held a comprehensive understanding of commercial operations, and the difficulties and complexities faced by long-established large family businesses, such as our own. Refalo Advocates have a first-class reputation on the island particularly for litigation, corporate, and commercial matters. The team has the ability to identify your requirements and objectives and act upon them effectively. They are solution-oriented advisors, with an expert understanding of the law. The firm offers extensive experience and professionalism in all these areas and satisfied all required criteria and beyond.’

‘Responsibility and clarity in fulfilling obligations, business and non-standard approach in solving assigned tasks, teamwork co-ordination – all this, in my opinion, gives Refalo undeniable advantages in the international legal services market. I would especially like to note the ability of the firm’s specialists to take on non-standard disputes and find effective legal ways to resolve them.’

‘I would like to thank Refalo’s lawyers for their clarity and efficiency in their work, their ability to find a solution in difficult situations and their professionalism. The law firm has a proven track record of resolving complex disputes quickly and efficiently by being creative in developing alternative solutions and strategies. Co-operation with this company is distinguished by high professionalism and an individual approach to clients’ requests.’

‘Both Ian Refalo and John Refalo have been our main advisors and provided us with the peace of mind that our interests and affairs are protected at all stages.’   

‘The entire team are excellent. I have worked with them on a complex case and was able to note first hand their effectiveness.’

Key clients

Construct Furniture

Schembri & Sons

Infinitely Xara Group

Citadel Insurance plc

BNP Paribas

Libyan State

Futura Funds Sicav

Ledaro Investments

Cardinal Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ledaro Investments in an action concerning the liquidation for insolvency of Maltese company Ulmart Holdings, which controlled the Russian online retailer Ulmart.
  • Defending BNP against a claim of not less than €1bn by way of damages allegedly occasioned to the claimant and related enterprises by the client.

Refalo Advocates is a multidisciplinary leading law firm based in Valletta, Malta. The firm was founded by Professor Ian Refalo whose practice began in the 1970s. Today, the firm houses specialist lawyers and other professionals suited to provide its clientele tailored legal advice and business solutions. The firm is committed to delivering excellent service to its clients and maintaining its reputable position on the local and international forum.

Its clientele includes foreign and local private and public corporate bodies, high-net-wealth individuals and public authorities and agencies. The firm’s core practice areas are:

  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Procurement, construction and real estate
  • Shipping and yachting
  • General business law
  • Administrative and constitutional law
  • Private client and trusts.

The firm is frequently involved in cross-border transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. It is also dedicated to providing tailored corporate services to businesses and individuals wishing to establish themselves in Malta.

Constitutional Dr Ian 2122 3515
Dispute Resolution Dr John 2122 3515
Dispute Resolution Dr Manuel 2122 3515
Dispute Resolution Dr Rossana 2122 3515
Insurance Dr John 2122 3515
Insurance Dr Rose Galea 2122 3515
Insurance Dr Rossana 2122 3515
Shipping & Aviation Dr John 2122 3515
Shipping & Aviation Dr Amy Lee 2122 3515
Corporate & M&A Dr John 2122 3515
Corporate & M&A Dr Jennifer 2122 3515
Corporate & M&A Dr Amy Lee 2122 3515
Corporate & M&A Dr Maris 2122 3515
Intellectual Property Dr. Jennifer 2122 3515
Administrative Dr Mark 2122 3515
Natural resources, energy and environmental Dr Mark 2122 3515
Real estate, construction and planning Dr Jacqueline 2122 3515
Civil & Constitutional Law Dr Sarah 2122 3515
Dispute Resolution Dr Gabrielle 2122 3515
Construction Dr Gabrielle 2122 3515
Immigration & Employment Dr Rose Galea 2122 3515
Number of lawyers : 13
IBA (International Bar Association)
Contacts : Dr John Refalo
Contacts : Dr Mark Refalo
Contacts : Jean Chapelle Paleologo