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Mamo TCV Advocates

Malta > Aviation Tier 1

Clients laud Mamo TCV Advocates as a ‘forward-looking firm that provides the aviation sector with pragmatic, cost-effective advice and services'Core areas of activity include asset finance, the sale and purchase of aircraft, and handling liability and passenger claims. Practice head Nicholas Valenzia focuses on financing, asset management and the coordination of aircraft repossession procedures on behalf of international credit institutions. Associate Joshua Chircop provides crucial support in aircraft transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Valenzia

Other key lawyers:


‘Mamo TCV Advocates is a forward-looking firm that provides the aviation sector with pragmatic, cost-effective advice and services.’

‘The partner and associate network afforded to clients provides the mix of seniority and availability that is appreciated.’

‘Having worked closely with Joshua Chircop on several aircraft sale and purchase and financing transactions, I can attest to his responsiveness even to the eleventh-hour demands of closing and consistent diligence in his work.’

‘Mamo TCV Advocates provided us with invaluable (and creative) advice that was very effective in enabling us to enforce our rights.’

‘Long-established and reputable firm in Malta. Attention to detail and solid  knowledge of the aviation legal structures in Malta and beyond.’

‘I very much like working with Nicholas Valenzia and Joshua Chircop at Mamo. I have worked with them on a number of aviation matters over the years. I regard them as trusted advisers on the Maltese aspects of deals – they provide effective and clear advice and are responsive and approachable. Overall, a pleasure to work with.’

‘Joshua Chircop has been our go-to associate on a number of deals over the last few years and I find him to be responsive, and clear and detailed in his responses. I also find Joshua to be personable and nice to work with.’

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Described as ‘a leader in his field in Malta’, Andrew Muscat is the senior partner at Mamo TCV Advocates‘ corporate practice. His experience ranges from mid to high-end M&A transactions and corporate restructurings, to privatisations and joint ventures, often with an international element. Other key figures of note include office managing partner Michael Psaila, insurance expert Joseph Borg Bartolo and Edmond Zammit Laferla.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Muscat; Michael Psaila


‘The law firm provides practical legal advice in areas of commercial and corporate law while highlighting the latest judgements which can impact internal business decisions.’

‘Quick response times, covering all areas of the law at reasonable rates.’

‘We built a great relationship with Michael Psaila, who is not only a great lawyer but also a great guy to get along with and has good availability.’

‘Knowledgeable and experienced partners and associates, working very efficiently and effectively.’

‘The key characteristics of this firm are the quality of their partners, the range of skills they offer and their efficient responses.’

‘Andrew Muscat is a leader in his field in Malta.’

‘Andrew Muscat is noted for his exceptional knowledge of the law and practicality.’

‘The partners are all commercially aware and well plugged in to commercial life on the island of Malta.’

Key clients

Steward Health Care


Doordash Inc.

GO p.l.c.

AX Real Estate p.l.c.

BCRS Malta Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised EVOS B.V. in connection with the acquisition of Oiltanking Malta Limited, which owns and operates a liquid storage facility in Malta.
  • Advised Doordash Inc in connection with the acquisition of Wolt OY, a Finnish food delivery company which has a Maltese subsidiary with operations in Malta.
  • Advised GO p.l.c. in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in SENS Innovation Group Limited, an energy management company that leverages proprietary IOT-based technology to reduce energy consumption and associated costs for commercial buildings.

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Considered one of the best law firms in Malta’, Mamo TCV Advocates is highly regarded for its strong representation of clients in civil and general commercial, insurance and banking claims and in the enforcement of foreign judgments in Malta. Frank Testa heads the commercial and international arbitration practice, alongside Stephen Muscat. Distinguished by his constitutional law expertise, Joseph Camilleri is noted for public procurement and planning law cases. Associate Maria Lisa Buttigieg provides valuable support.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa; Stephen Muscat

Other key lawyers:


‘MAMO TCV’s strength lies in their understanding of the client’s exact needs, and acting with alacrity. They are a very modern firm that, however, has one principle that is timeless: you get value for money.’

‘We have grown with Frank Testa and he has grown with us. We have experienced him becoming a very seasoned lawyer, but with a beating heart. His reasoning in court is backed by meticulous research and a thorough knowledge of the law, but he is not afraid to put forward innovative arguments. Maria Lisa Buttigieg backs Frank up with even more research and good legal arguments, but with a practical approach to solving problems.’

‘Mamo TCV can certainly be considered one of the best law firms in Malta. They have a large practice, covering various areas of expertise. The dispute resolution department is well structured, as well as the shipping and aviation department.’

‘I regard Joseph Camilleri, who is a skilled litigator with extensive experience, highly. We have also appreciated Frank Testa’s contribution to our cases.’

‘We have been collaborating with this firm for over 20 years and the service is still the same: impeccable.’

‘Mamo TCV has an exceptional team with diverse yet complementary specialisations. It has really been a one-stop shop for dispute resolution, from commercial to GDPR, tax, regulatory, medico-legal, civil and corporate cases. Billing by comparison to others is fair, transparent and extremely reasonable.’

‘Joseph Camilleri has been truly exceptional in being our point of reference at MAMO TCV. He is always available for our team, and will loop in specialists from the relevant departments of the firm according to the particular case, saving us the hassle of looking for the appropriate specialist ourselves. He is extremely knowledgeable and yet humble, and has a rare ability to explain complicated legal matters in understandable terms. His quiet yet firm demeanour also earns him respect from opponents, and this has been instrumental in building relationships and resolving disputes where others have not succeeded.’

‘I would like to mention Joseph Camilleri for dispute resolution matters. His breadth of knowledge and expertise, as well as his 24/7 availability and support, have proved invaluable.’

Key clients

Futura Funds SICAV

Optimum Funds SICAV

Simonds Farsons Cisk

GO p.l.c.

Liquigas Malta Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented SICAVs based in Malta and Luxembourg in ongoing proceedings involving the Istituto per le Opere di Religione.

Malta > Intellectual property Tier 1

Mamo TCV Advocates is highly regarded for the breadth and depth of its practice in intellectual property and technology law, specialising in transactional matters, and both prosecution and enforcement work. ‘One of Malta’s leading experts’, Antoine Camilleri maintains a busy practice advising on licensing, software agreements and general commercial contracts, IP prosecution and coordinating anti-counterfeit measures. Claude Micallef Grimaud is another leading figure for TMT and data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Camilleri; Claude Micallef Grimaud


‘The practice has recently launched a rebranded website which we find to be much more user-friendly. The rebranding builds on the already highly professional image of this firm, which strengthens its standing amongst Malta’s top-tier law firms.’

‘Antoine Camilleri is one of Malta’s leading experts in intellectual property but also in information technology law. His delivery has always been impeccable. He is our first point of contact with Mamo TCV and immediately responds to our requests for assistance.’

‘The lawyers are all well versed on the subject and available any time for clarifications.’

Work highlights

  • Defending a client in court in a copyright infringement claim.
  • Advising a client on the ongoing reorganisation of its intellectual property, including general advisory work, attending to various IP filings in Malta, and extensive contract work.
  • Advising a client on ongoing filings and representing the client in a multitude of EU trade mark applications and registrations (including filing and defending against third-party oppositions and appeals in front of the European Union Intellectual Property Office).

Malta > Real estate Tier 1

Mamo TCV Advocates is noted for its expertise in assisting developers, investors and construction firms with large-scale and mixed-use real estate developments, historic buildings and yacht marina projects. It also maintains a strong practice advising on residential sales and purchases, and assisting with commercial leasing transactions. Corporate partner Joseph Borg Bartolo works alongside head of disputes Joseph Camilleri and real estate specialist Frank Testa.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Borg Bartolo; Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa


‘Mamo TCV have an excellent, large and diverse team available for the full range of cases that present themselves. All cases are centred around a key representative of their firm who is constantly aware of the status of our cases and follows up accordingly. This makes for efficient communication processes and the relevant expertise is always brought in when required.’

‘While we deal with the partner in charge of our matters – Joe Borg Bartolo – who provides an excellent service and who has grown to know and understand our own firm, other partners are brought in when their specific expertise is required. This makes for a strong foundation for the advice given to us.’

‘We have been working with Mamo TCV for a number of years now. They have always been accessible and very professional. The people there are always on top of our cases and have a good success rate when dealing with any disputes.’

‘Frank Testa is always updated on our cases and always gives us top legal advice. He is available at any time to answer any of our questions.’

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Mamo TCV Advocates‘ corporate finance practice advises local and international credit institutions, asset management and investment firms, listed companies and private equity firms in respect of all finance matters, and in particular syndicated loan transactions. Refinancing loan facilities, debt securities listings, leveraged buyouts, sustainability-linked loans and financial compliance matters are its other key areas of work. Andrew Muscat and Michael Psaila head the group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Muscat; Michael Psaila


‘Michael Psaila is very knowledgeable and good to deal with.’

‘The law firm’s strengths are that they are easily accessible and provide feedback within a reasonable period of time within a defined deadline – they provide guidance on a number of legal fields including guidance on recent judgments.’

‘Great communication and co-operation with their clients. Great service.’

Key clients

GO p.l.c.

BMIT Technologies p.l.c.

Trident Estates p.l.c.

Simonds Farsons Cisk p.l.c.

Hili Properties p.l.c.

Central Business Centres p.l.c.

St. Anthony Co. p.l.c.

Steward Healthcare

BNF Bank (Malta) plc

HSBC Bank Malta plc

FCM Bank Malta Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Hili Properties p.l.c. as issuer on an IPO offering of 185,185,185 new ordinary shares at an issue price of €0.27 per share.
  • Advised Malta Properties Company p.l.c. on the establishment of a €50m bond issuance programme and the issuance of 4% secured bonds with an aggregate principal amount of €25m redeemable in 2032.
  • Acting as legal adviser to GO p.l.c. on the issuance of 3.5% unsecured bonds with an aggregate principal amount of up to €60m redeemable in 2031 pursuant to a prospectus and final terms dated 27 May 2021.

Malta > Investment funds Tier 2

Mamo TCV Advocates is predominantly instructed on the structuring and licensing of collective investment schemes, mainly UCITS funds, alternative investment funds and professional investor funds. It also advises on the development of alternative investment policies and investment in alternative and complex asset classes. Regulatory lawyer Katya Tua is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Katya Tua


‘Katya Tua is very knowledgeable and good to deal with.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted PCM Global Core Fund SICAV IC plc with the conversion of its licence to a UCITS licence.
  • Advising ACL Fund SICAV plc on all the regulatory and legal matters relating to its operations in Malta.

Malta > Shipping Tier 2

At Mamo TCV Advocates, practice head Nicholas Valenzia focuses on ship finance and management work, including matters relating to superyachts. He is the main contact for sale and purchase transactions, all tax matters relating to shipping, and the coordination of vessel repossession procedures on behalf of international credit institutions.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Valenzia

Malta > Fintech Tier 3

At Mamo TCV Advocates, Katya Tua is the key contact in the fintech practice, which offers compliance support and assistance relating to the Virtual Financial Assets Act and its underlying framework, and the preparation of the MFSA FinTech Regulatory Sandbox proposal and application process.

Practice head(s):

Katya Tua

The firm: Mamo TCV Advocates is one of Malta’s leading law firms, with significant depth and expertise across a broad range of practice areas. As an integrated corporate and commercial legal practice, the service delivery is the firm’s pride. The team always strives to exceed the expectations of clients by providing expert advice and legal insight.

With a team of over fifty lawyers and professionals from other disciplines, the firm is confident of the ability to continuously act as a point of reference for the clients.

Over the years the firm has built strong relationships with its clients and will remain committed to supporting them at all times as they face complex business and legal issues as well as trying to adapt to changing markets and regulatory landscapes.

The firm’s broad range of expertise, client relationships, sector-specific knowledge and the quality of its people, is what makes the firm a unique proposition to clients.

Over recent years Mamo TCV has been top ranked by The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

A fast-changing and inter-connected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what the team at Mamo TCV provides to each and every client. Mamo TCV has assisted clients in complex transactions and has become the preferred correspondent in Malta for some of Europe’s largest legal firms. The firm is highly connected within a global network of lawyers giving access to global expertise.

The world continues to change at a fast pace. Whether change brings about new opportunities, additional risk or even challenges, the team at Mamo TCV is always ready to support and guide clients throughout the process.

Areas of practice: Mamo TCV is retained by a number of clients, including private and institutional investors, financial institutions, governments and public authorities, on a wide range of matters with a special focus on company law issues, mergers and takeovers, investment services, aviation and shipping, intellectual property, employment, expatriates and permanent residence, banking and finance, insurance, conveyancing of property, franchising including licensing, distributorship and agency agreements, syndicated loans and refinancing facilities, immigration matters, litigation and general commercial matters. The firm is also the preferred correspondent in Malta for various leading international law firms based in Europe, particularly those operating out of the UK.

Aviation Dr. Nicholas 2540 3000
Banking and finance Prof. Andrew 2540 3000
Capital markets Dr. Michael 2540 3000
Competition Dr. Michael 2540 3000
Corporate and commercial Prof. Andrew 2540 3000
Employment and labour Dr. Frank 2540 3000
Energy and resources Dr. Joseph 2540 3000
Trusts, foundations and wealth management Dr. Joseph Borg 2540 3000
Gaming and betting Dr. Michael 2540 3000
Insurance and reinsurance Dr. Edmond Zammit 2540 3000
Intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting Dr. Antoine 2540 3000
Investment services and funds Dr. Katya 2540 3000
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr. Joseph 2540 3000
Mergers and acquisitions, insolvency Prof. Andrew 2540 3000
Planning and environment Dr. Frank 2540 3000
Procurement and state aid Dr. Joseph 2540 3000
Real estate and construction Dr. Frank 2540 3000
Shipping and yachting Dr. Nicholas 2540 3000
Telecoms, media and technology Dr. Claude Micallef 2540 3000
Tourism, leisure and hospitality Dr. Stephen 2540 3000
Communications and IT Dr. Claude Micallef 2540 3000
EU law Dr. Michael 2540 3000
Infrastructure Dr. Frank 2540 3000
Energy Dr. Joseph 2540 3000
Environment Law Dr. Michael 2540 3000
FinTech Dr. Katya 2540 3000
Jonathan Abela Fiorentino photoDr Jonathan Abela FiorentinoPartner
Petra Attard photoDr Petra AttardSenior Associate
Erika Azzopardi Taliana photoDr Erika Azzopardi TalianaAssociate
Erika Azzopardi Taliana photoDr Erika Azzopardi TalianaAssociate
Maria Bonello photoDr Maria BonelloSenior Associate
Nicole Bonett photoMs Nicole BonettAssociate
Martina Bonnici photoDr Martina BonniciAssociate
Tessa Borg Bartolo photoMs Tessa Borg BartoloAssociate
Joseph Borg Bartolo photoDr Joseph Borg BartoloPartner
Michael Borg Costanzi photoDr Michael Borg CostanziOf Counsel
Kirk Brincau photoDr Kirk BrincauAssociate
Maria Lisa Buttigieg photoDr Maria Lisa ButtigiegSenior Associate
Mikiel Calleja photoDr Mikiel CallejaPartner
Christine Calleja photoDr Christine CallejaPartner
Antoine Camilleri photoDr Antoine CamilleriPartner
Michael Camilleri photoDr Michael CamilleriSenior Associate
Joseph Camilleri photoDr Joseph CamilleriPartner
Michael Camilleri photoDr Michael CamilleriSenior Associate
Dorita Cardona photoDr Dorita CardonaSenior Associate
Joshua Chircop photoDr Joshua ChircopAssociate
Warren Ciantar photoDr Warren CiantarAssociate
Kevin Cutajar photoDr Kevin CutajarSenior Associate
Julian Fenech Adami photoDr Julian Fenech AdamiAssociate
Zachary Galea photoDr Zachary GaleaAssociate
Veronica Grixti photoDr Veronica GrixtiSenior Associate
Claude Micallef-Grimaud photoDr Claude Micallef-GrimaudPartner
Mario Mizzi photoDr Mario MizziAssociate
Stephen Muscat photoDr Stephen MuscatPartner
Annalies Muscat photoDr Annalies MuscatSenior Associate
Andrew Muscat photoProf Andrew MuscatPartner
Alexia Pollacco photoMs Alexia PollaccoAssociate
Nicole Portelli photoDr Nicole PortelliAssociate
Michael Psaila photoDr Michael PsailaManaging Partner
Anthea Sammut photoDr Anthea SammutAssociate
Louise Sant Fournier photoDr Louise Sant FournierSenior Associate
Jeanine Schembri photoMs Jeanine SchembriAssociate
Timothy Spiteri photoDr Timothy SpiteriAssociate
Laura Spiteri photoDr Laura SpiteriAssociate
Frank B. Testa photoDr Frank B. TestaPartner
Andrea Theuma photoDr Andrea TheumaSenior Associate
Katya Tua photoDr Katya TuaPartner
Nicholas Valenzia photoDr Nicholas ValenziaPartner
Claudio Xerri photoMr Claudio XerriSenior Regulatory Advisor
Edmond Zammit Laferla photoDr Edmond Zammit LaferlaPartner
Number of lawyers : 46
Primary Contact : Dr Michael Psaila (Managing Partner)

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