Dr Silvana Zammit > Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates > Valletta, Malta > Lawyer Profile

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Work Department

Commercial Law




Silvana heads the Commercial Law department of Chetcuti Cauchi covering mainly Gaming ICT & Intellectual Property Law, Real Estate and Transport Law.

Silvana is a prime civil lawyer specializing in Civil and Commercial matters, Real Estate and Property law including conveyance, leasing, as well as all other transactions dealing with estate management and inheritance law.  

Silvana’s ‘pet’ subject is i-Gaming. She started practicing in the IP, ICT & i-gaming sectors shortly after the inception of the i-Gaming law in Malta in 2004 and has considerable experience in the sector having assisted tens of operators in attaining their i-gaming license in Malta. Working closely with the Maltese regulatory authorities, her role involves providing tailor-made advice for the obtainment and maintenance of licenses, referring to the specific operations of the client. Her team also provides ongoing legal support to clients, making sure that all requirements relating to their licensed operations are adhered to.

Specializing in ICT law, Silvana provides an in-depth and practical approach to the formation and running of an i-gaming company.  She is also the adviser to a number of well-established ICT companies which she assists with all legal aspects concerning website development and operation; drafting and application of software contracts; licensing of rights and transfer of technology.

Silvana’s other main practice is transport law with special focus on Maritime law. She project manages transactions involving the registration of vessels under the Maltese flag, transfer of vessel ownership, vessel finance and registration of mortgages. Apart from assuring the successful implementation of the transactions, together with our tax advisers, she is heavily involved in advising clients about the best structures to set up for efficient tax and operational planning.  She represents a wide range of clients including marinas, recreational boaters, charterers, brokers, vessel owners and seamen.


Maltese, English, Italian & French


Chamber of Advocates, Valletta, Malta
Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, Malta (Investment & Banking Sub-Committee, Education Sub-Committee)
Malta Remote Gaming Council, Malta – Panel Member of Working Group
Malta Maritime Law Association
Malta Digital Games Association


CEFA Certificate for Financial Advisors (Modules 1&2) – Institute of Financial Services (2012)
M.A. Private International Law – University of Malta (2012)
LL.D. Law – University of Malta (2006)
Dip. Notary Public – University of Malta (2005)
B.A. Law Sociology – University of Malta (2003)


Travelling, international relations, theatre

Lawyer Rankings

Malta > Aviation

Current highlights for Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates include handling a relocation exercise for a corporate group in the jet engine and repairs market. The firm is assisting with ongoing property acquisition, corporate structuring and licensing and certification compliance issues relating to the matter. Silvana Zammit leads on the firm’s major aviation transactions involving private aircraft acquisitions and contract negotiations. Senior partner Kenneth Camilleri heads the practice.

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Charlene Mifsud led the team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates on numerous corporate restructuring mandates including the establishment of the Ability Marine consultancy operation. Other instructions come from clients in the energy, aviation and gaming industries. Mifsud-Parker advises on re-domiciliation and tax structuring matters for listed companies and high net-worth individuals. Silvana Zammit assists with company incorporation procedures, GDPR implementation and gaming licence procurement. Senior manager Steve Muscat Azzopardi is also a key contact.

Malta > Dispute resolution

Highly versatile and persuasive negotiatorSilvana Zammit heads up Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’ dispute resolution practice, which ‘strives to give its clients the best possible service’. Zammit has a particular focus on cross-border matters. The team has a ‘diplomatic‘ approach to out-of-court settlements and is ‘always well researched‘. Particular fields of expertise include IP, maritime, aviation, real estate and commercial disputes. Charlene Mifsud is another key contact, as is Jean-Philippe Chetcuti; the latter is ‘a personable lawyer with strong business acumen’, who advises on tax-related matters.

Malta > Real estate

Silvana Zammit leads on Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates‘ real estate work, which includes real estate transactions, development projects and portfolio investments. The practice’s client base includes high-net-worth individuals, construction companies, developers and architects seeking to establish operations in Malta. Zammit assisted with terms of purchase negotiations for a major development in Mosta. Founding partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, who heads up the practice, handles contentious matters. Highlights included a cross-border beneficiary rights issue, which encompassed succession law, private international law and trusts law.

Malta > Shipping

In a matter highlight, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’ shipping practice head Silvana Zammit assisted a client with a major redomiciliation exercise concerning a fleet of commercial vessels. The team regularly handles vessel registrations and ship purchases, and it also advises clients on the establishment of companies in the maritime sector. Of particular note is the firm’s yachting expertise; the team advises on yacht relocations, leasing arrangements and flag registration.