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Mamo TCV Advocates

Malta > Aviation Tier 1

Mamo TCV Advocates' broad aviation practice fields expertise in asset finance, handling passenger and liability claims and the sale and purchase of aircraft, to name a few key areas of activity. Practice co-head Nicholas Valenzia specialises in asset management and finance issues, and is recognised for his experience in advising international credit institutions on the coordination of aircraft repossession procedures. Practice co-head Joseph Camilleri is the key name for contentious work. Senior associate Joshua Chircop is singled out for his contributions.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Valenzia; Joseph Camilleri

Other key lawyers:


‘Very warm and welcoming, yet professional.’

‘Impressed with the knowledge of the team, friendly environment and how easy is to work with them.’

‘Nicholas Valenzia and Joshua Chircop have always replied with very professional answers.’

‘Nicholas Valenzia and Joshua Chircop remain consistently engaged and responsive.’

‘Noted for the speed, efficiency and knowledge that the matter was dealt with. The team was always on time and professional.’

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dispute resolution is a cornerstone area of expertise at Mamo TCV Advocates. The practice is home to a team of 'dedicated and experienced litigators', with an excellent track record in advising on high-value corporate and financial disputes and cross-border litigation. Joseph Camilleri, Frank Testa and Stephen Muscat are the key practitioners to note; Testa and Camilleri are well versed in handling real estate and construction arbitration, and Muscat brings expertise in advising on contractual and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa; Stephen Muscat


‘They ensure you don’t feel like just a number and are quick to identify the best way to assist you, even if they’re in the midst of a hearing. A team of dedicated and experienced litigators who know the courts, judges, opponents and can guide clients to the best outcomes. ’

‘Frank Testa is innovative and experienced in equal measure.’

‘Partners and team members have diverse roles and specialisations making the firm extremely practical to do business with, and user-friendly. Fees are transparent and excellent value for money when compared to competitors.’

‘I work closest with Joseph Camilleri – he is always available, very adept at explaining complex legal terms and implications in a thorough yet understandable manner, making him very much respected and appreciated by my team members. Joe is always humble, respectful and well-mannered in even the most trying of situations, inspiring trust and respect also in court.’

Key clients

Futura Funds SICAV

Optimum Funds SICAV

Simonds Farsons Cisk

GO p.l.c.

Liquigas Malta Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Raiffeisen Bank International SG in multi-jurisdictional litigation and recovery proceedings concerning a revolving credit line of €62,500,000.

Malta > Intellectual property Tier 1

Mamo TCV Advocates has seen an uptick in instructions relating to patent prosecution cases and Maltese and EU trade mark filings. Antoine Camilleri has expertise in advising on IP prosecution work, software and hardware contract agreements, licensing issues and data protection matters. Claude Micallef Grimaud acts for leading retail companies and brand owners in trade mark and copyright infringement cases, as well as anti-counterfeiting actions.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Camilleri; Claude Micallef Grimaud


‘Small but strong team. Very much on top of cases. Good communication.’

‘The team is excellent. The service provided is highly qualified and managed to deliver very satisfactory work results even in the case of low budget constraints.Uncomplicated and more goal-oriented work than others. The billing team is very organized. ’

‘Claude Grimaud is a very pleasant contact who, in addition to his legal knowledge, also keeps an eye on the business challenges of his clients. He is extremely well connected throughout the region.’

Key clients

GO plc

Liquigas Malta Limited

BNF Bank (Malta) plc

Work highlights

  • Defending a leading software company in a copyright infringement claim.
  • Assisting an Asian chocolate and confectionery manufacturer with ongoing trade mark matters.
  • Assisting a film and media production company with contract negotiations, location permits, and negotiating with distributors, concerning locations for filming in Malta.

Malta > Real estate Tier 1

Mamo TCV Advocates' real estate practice has established strength in advising on yacht marina projects, large-scale and mixed-use real estate developments, and historic buildings. Frank Testa handles hotel and hospitality-related sales and acquisitions; he co-heads the practice with Joseph Camilleri, who brings expertise in advising on real estate contracts, commercial leasing and property conveyancing, and litigator Joseph Borg Bartolo.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Borg Bartolo; Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa


‘The individuals provide exceptional assistance. Very easy to get in touch, fast response and vast knowledge within the firm.’

‘They ensure you don’t feel like just a number and are quick to identify the best way to assist you.’

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The team at Mamo TCV Advocates is particularly recommended for assisting lenders and borrowers with syndicated loan transactions, often with international elements, and is also adept at advising local credit institutions on corporate and project finance. Andrew Muscat and Michael Psaila are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Muscat; Michael Psaila


‘Legal services are provided in a meticulous manner and in a very in-depth form. This is provided effectively thanks to the professionals’ legal background and experience.’

‘The practitioners at the firm provide tailor-made advice.’

‘We work primarily with Andrew Muscat. He is someone who inspires confident, based on his knowledge, availability and politeness.’

Key clients

GO p.l.c.

BMIT Technologies p.l.c.

Trident Estates p.l.c.

Simonds Farsons Cisk p.l.c.

Malta Properties Company p.l.c.

Central Business Centres p.l.c.

Depositor Compensation Scheme

St. Anthony Co. p.l.c.

Steward Healthcare

BNF Bank (Malta) plc

HSBC Bank Malta plc

FCM Bank Malta Limited

Novum Bank Ltd

APS Bank plc

Truevo Payments Limited

Aristocrat Technologies, Inc

Alteris Financial Group & Commencer Group

Proximus NV/SA

Baxter International, Inc.

BF Capital. IPM Group and Mr. Alexis Murphy

Work highlights

  • Advised VGW Group on a $150,000,000 loan credit agreement entered into by VGW Luckyland Inc. (as borrower), VGW Holdings Limited with Brigade Agency Services LLC (as administrative agent, collateral agent and security trustee).
  • Advised Alteris and Commencer on a convertible loan agreement entered into with the Genesis Global group.

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

At Mamo TCV Advocates, the corporate team is 'extremely knowledgeable and knows how to get things done'. Senior partner Andrew Muscat is a highly regarded practitioner, with established strength in handling M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and the setting up of businesses. Muscat co-heads the practice with Michael Psaila, who is active on domestic M&A transactions in the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Muscat; Michael Psaila


‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to get things done.’

‘The company has established a very good relationship with the key people in the firm and the service they offer is always very prompt and efficient. Their strength is in the great communication, skills, and application of the law.’

‘Key people have always proven to be very efficient and prompt with the advice and very available.’

‘Michael Psaila knows his stuff and is very knowledgeable of his sector.’

Key clients

Steward Health Care

GO p.l.c.

BCRS Malta Ltd.

Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.

SR Technics Switzerland AG

AX Group p.l.c. Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Aristocrat Technologies on the 100% acquisition of NeoGames S.A. and all of its subsidiaries.
  • Advising GO p.l.c. on the sale of its telecom tower portfolio to BMIT Technologies p.l.c. and acquisition of a majority stake in Cybersift Holdings Limited.
  • Assisting Baxter on Maltese legal issues in relation to the spinoff of its RenalCare and Acute Therapies business.

Malta > Investment funds Tier 2

Katya Tua heads up the practice at Mamo TCV Advocates, which has a solid track record in advising on the structuring and licensing of alternative investment funds, professional investor funds and open-end and closed-end funds. The team is also adept at handling EU regulatory issues and passporting UCITS funds in or out of Malta.

Practice head(s):

Katya Tua

Key clients

Pamplona PE Investment Malta Limited (Investment Manager Licensed by the MFSA as AIFM)

Woodman Funds SICAV plc

Lombard Capital Asset Management Ltd

ACL Fund SICAV plc

Work highlights

  • Advised an Alternative Investment Fund Manager licensed in Malta on regulatory matters.
  • Assisted a fund with changing a licence from an Alternative Investment Fund to a Maltese Professional Investor Fund, as well as advising on the NPIF regime.
  • Assisted a MifID entity with updating its MiFID licence for the purpose of trading derivatives.

Malta > Shipping Tier 2

At Mamo TCV Advocates, the 'outstanding' team is led by Nicholas Valenzia, 'a top tier lawyer' in the shipping arena. Valenzia is well versed in assisting with corporate and tax issues pertaining to vessels and superyachts, and has a solid track record in handling vessel repossession procedures on behalf of international credit institutions.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Valenzia


‘The team are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable with very good contacts with the relevant authorities.’

‘The individuals I work with are very helpful suggesting alternatives in order to succeed in our goals and business needs.’

‘Nick Valenzia is the go to guy in yachting matters.’

‘The Shipping team of Mamo TCV is outstanding and provides effective, viable and commercially oriented assistance in all different matters of shipping law. Particular attention is devoted to find the most tailored solution in the exclusive interest of clients. Flexible rates are agreed with clients to meet their needs and expectations.’

‘Nicholas Valenzia is a top tier lawyer and leads the department with attention and accuracy. Nicholas is committed to the matters and is able to deal with the different matters personally in a timely and effective manner. He succeeds in creating strong relationships with clients and correspondents lawyers.’

Malta > Fintech Tier 3

Katya Tua is at the helm of Mamo TCV Advocates' practice, which has a particularly strong reputation for advising on fintech regulatory compliance work, as well as assisting with licensing and corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Katya Tua

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of clients on legal and regulatory issues pertaining to activities under the Virtual Financial Asset Framework and the MiCA Regulation.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Dr. Nicholas Valenzia +356 2540 3000
Banking and finance Prof. Andrew Muscat +356 2540 3000
Capital markets Dr. Michael Psaila +356 2540 3000
Competition Dr. Michael Psaila +356 2540 3000
Corporate and commercial Prof. Andrew Muscat +356 2540 3000
Employment and labour Dr. Frank Testa +356 2540 3000
Energy and resources Dr. Joseph Camilleri +356 2540 3000
Trusts, foundations and wealth management Dr. Joseph Borg Bartolo +356 2540 3000
Gaming and betting Dr. Michael Psaila +356 2540 3000
Insurance and reinsurance Dr. Edmond Zammit Laferla +356 2540 3000
Intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting Dr. Antoine Camilleri +356 2540 3000
Investment services and funds Dr. Katya Tua +356 2540 3000
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr. Joseph Camilleri +356 2540 3000
Mergers and acquisitions, insolvency Prof. Andrew Muscat +356 2540 3000
Planning and environment Dr. Frank Testa +356 2540 3000
Procurement and state aid Dr. Joseph Camilleri +356 2540 3000
Real estate and construction Dr. Frank Testa +356 2540 3000
Shipping and yachting Dr. Nicholas Valenzia +356 2540 3000
Telecoms, media and technology Dr. Claude Micallef Grimaud +356 2540 3000
Tourism, leisure and hospitality Dr. Stephen Muscat +356 2540 3000
Communications and IT Dr. Claude Micallef Grimaud +356 2540 3000
EU law Dr. Michael Psaila +356 2540 3000
Infrastructure Dr. Frank Testa +356 2540 3000
Energy Dr. Joseph Camilleri +356 2540 3000
Environment Law Dr. Michael Psaila +356 2540 3000
FinTech Dr. Katya Tua +356 2540 3000
Photo Name Position Profile
Andrea Abela photo Dr Andrea Abela Associate
Jonathan Abela Fiorentino photo Dr Jonathan Abela Fiorentino Partner
Petra Attard photo Dr Petra Attard Senior Associate
Erika Azzopardi Taliana photo Dr Erika Azzopardi Taliana Associate
Maria Bonello photo Dr Maria Bonello Senior Associate
Nicole Bonett photo Ms Nicole Bonett Associate
Martina Bonnici photo Dr Martina Bonnici Associate
Joseph Borg Bartolo photo Dr Joseph Borg Bartolo Managing Partner
Tessa Borg Bartolo photo Ms Tessa Borg Bartolo Associate
Michael Borg Costanzi photo Dr Michael Borg Costanzi Of Counsel
Paula  Briffa photo Dr Paula Briffa Associate
Kirk Brincau photo Dr Kirk Brincau Associate
Daniela Bugeja photo Dr Daniela Bugeja Associate
Maria Lisa Buttigieg photo Dr Maria Lisa Buttigieg Senior Associate
Christine Calleja photo Dr Christine Calleja Partner
Mikiel Calleja photo Dr Mikiel Calleja Partner
Joseph Camilleri photo Dr Joseph Camilleri Partner
Michael Camilleri photo Dr Michael Camilleri Senior Associate
Antoine Camilleri photo Dr Antoine Camilleri Partner
Dorita Cardona photo Dr Dorita Cardona Senior Associate
Joshua Chircop photo Dr Joshua Chircop Associate
Warren Ciantar photo Dr Warren Ciantar Senior Associate
Kevin Cutajar photo Dr Kevin Cutajar Senior Associate
Julian Fenech Adami photo Dr Julian Fenech Adami Senior Associate
Zachary Galea photo Dr Zachary Galea Associate
Veronica Grixti photo Dr Veronica Grixti Senior Associate
Claude Micallef-Grimaud photo Dr Claude Micallef-Grimaud Partner
Aleandro Mifsud photo Dr Aleandro Mifsud Associate
Mario Mizzi photo Dr Mario Mizzi Associate
Matthew Muscat photo Dr Matthew Muscat Senior Associates
Stephen Muscat photo Dr Stephen Muscat Partner
Annalies Muscat photo Dr Annalies Muscat Senior Associate
Andrew Muscat photo Prof Andrew Muscat Partner
Alexia Pollacco photo Ms Alexia Pollacco Associate
Nicole Portelli photo Dr Nicole Portelli Associate
Michael Psaila photo Dr Michael Psaila Managing Partner
Louise Sant Fournier photo Dr Louise Sant Fournier Senior Associate
Jeanine Schembri photo Ms Jeanine Schembri Associate
Timothy Spiteri photo Dr Timothy Spiteri Senior Associate
Laura Spiteri photo Dr Laura Spiteri Senior Associate
Frank B. Testa photo Dr Frank B. Testa Partner
Andrea Theuma photo Dr Andrea Theuma Senior Associate
Katya Tua photo Dr Katya Tua Partner
Nicholas Valenzia photo Dr Nicholas Valenzia Partner
Claudio Xerri photo Mr Claudio Xerri Senior Regulatory Advisor
Edmond Zammit Laferla photo Dr Edmond Zammit Laferla Partner
Number of lawyers : 46
Primary Contact : Joseph Borg Bartolo - Managing Partner

Joe Borg Bartolo Appointed Managing Partner at Mamo TCV Advocates

Mamo TCV Advocates is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Joe Borg Bartolo as the Managing Partner of the firm with effect from 1st January 2024.

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