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

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates
120 ST URSULA STREET
VALLETTA, VLT 1236
Malta

Work Department

Commercial Law

Position

Partner

Career

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.

Languages

Maltese, English, Italian & French

Memberships

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

Education

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)

Leisure

Travelling, international relations, theatre

Lawyer Rankings

Malta > Shipping

The ‘excellent‘ team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates stands out for its ‘practical ideas‘. It handles international vessel sales, purchases and registrations and also assists with the full range of yachting matters. The group handled a conveyancing case for Quickly Group Holding before the Malta Registry and advised on the takeover of a chartering business for Larimar Ltd. Practice head Silvana Zammit is ‘patient and clear when the inevitable deal crunch time arrives‘, while Christine Sammut is a key name for high-value deals in the space.

Malta > Real estate

The team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates is renowned for its ‘high level of professionalism‘ and ability ‘to work with different types of clients‘ across the real estate sector. Headed by Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, Charlene Mifsud and Silvana Zammit, who is ‘ready to go the extra mile‘, the practice handles a range of work. Highlights included acting for a renowned international economist on purchasing a high-end property and assisting Miramar Holdings with the purchase of a retail outlet in Malta’s main shopping district.

Malta > Intellectual property

The ‘very responsive‘ team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates is ‘meticulous‘ and ‘ready to go the extra step‘ in its day-to-day work. Practice co-head Silvana Zammit assists multi-national clients with safeguarding their IP and asset protection matters, as well as filing patents with the European Patent Office and registering trade marks in Malta or abroad. The team assisted General Supreme with obtaining trade mark protection in the European Union and Asia and acted for Castellar in negotiations with third parties relating to a partial trade mark assignment. Associate Dario Azzopardi provides ‘constant assistance at all levels‘ and co-head Charlene Mifsud is also noted.

Malta > Fintech

The fintech practice at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates regularly acts for payment service and virtual financial asset providers, and provides regulatory advice on DLT, ICOs or security token offerings. The team is headed by four lawyers: Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Silvana Zammit, who specialise in security token offerings and fintech start-ups respectively, Steve Muscat Azzopardi and Natasha Cachia. Highlights included assisting Umbrella International Services Ltd with the licensing process for an e-money institution, and advising Bleu Digital Enterprises on the set-up of a Maltese cryptocurrency exchange. Associate Nadja Calleja is ‘a smart professional‘ who ‘can generate new ideas‘.