GTG Advocates > Valletta, Malta > Firm Profile

GTG Advocates
66 OLD BAKERY STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1454
MALTA
Malta

Malta > Fintech Tier 1

GTG Advocates is primarily known for utilising its ability to ‘work across the gap that exists between technology and law‘ to advise regulators and public bodies in the fintech sphere; the firm’s client roster includes such notable names as the Malta Digital Innovation Authority and the Malta Information Technology Agency. Practice head Ian Gauci is particularly widely known for his knowledge of blockchain and virtual currency. Senior associates Terence Cassar and Cherise Abela Grech bring gaming and corporate expertise, respectively, to the team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gauci; Terence Cassar; Cherise Abela Grech

Testimonials

‘Ian Gauci has extensive experience in the fintech industry and has assisted several international clients. He is also invited to several international seminars and conferences as a key speaker on fintech. His way of explaining fintech and legal matters are a crucial aspect of allowing his firm to reach and understand clients’ exigencies.’

‘Ian Gauci was always ready to assist us and offer his personal attention to our requests. It is difficult to find law firms whose senior management and/or senior partners give their personal attention to clients. Ian Gauci was always ready to assist us and he always explained the legal way forward with great clarity and simplicity.’

‘GTG had consistently provided legal and regulatory input to the Malta Digital Innovation Authority. The members involved had an excellent grasp of not only legal and regulatory issues but could work across the gap that exists between technology and law – which is a focus of the authority. Their knowledge, ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, and professionality sets them apart.’

‘Their grasp of technology related issues.’

‘Key capabilities in tech-related regulations and concepts.’

‘Ian Gauci has key capabilities in tech-related regulations and concepts.’

Key clients

Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)

Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

The Government of Malta

RS2 Software plc

FMPay Ltd

ForumPay (System 73 Ltd)

Qufan Internet Technologies Limited

Tech.mt

Enemalta plc

Lopoca Gaming

BitBay (Pinewood Holdings)

Kyber Network Group

Instacoins Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Malta Digital Innovation Authority on the Proposal for Markets in Crypto-Assets and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937, the Proposal for Regulation on Digital Operational Resilience for the Financial Sector, the EU’s Proposal for a Regulation on Artificial Intelligence and on legal matters in relation to the MDIA’s Sandbox for Innovative Technologies.
  • Assisted RS2 Software – and its subsidiary RS2 Financial Services GmbH – with the process of acquiring an E-Money Institution license from the BaFIN, the German Federal Supervisory Authority.
  • Advised ForumPay on designing their offering in manner compliant with fintech (and gaming) regulations.

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

GTG Advocates’ broad expertise spans corporate, commercial, regulatory and compliance matters, share option agreements and share incentive schemes as well as corporate restructuring. The group is noted for its work in the technology, fintech and gaming spaces. Managing partner Ian Gauci co-heads the the corporate and commercial practice alongside senior associate Terence Cassar, who is especially sought after to advise on M&A transactions, acquisitions of gaming companies and games distribution projects, and senior associate Cherise Abela Grech, who regularly acts for investment funds and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gauci; Terence Cassar (Senior Associate); Cherise Abela Grech (Senior Associate)

Other key lawyers:

Reuben Portanier (Director)

Testimonials

‘GTG is made up of a close-knit team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers. One of the best qualities of the firm is their practical approach on how to handle situations.’

‘They explain the matter at hand in a way that everyone can understand.’

‘Being a B2B online gaming operator, our interactions mostly relate to gaming law, gaming compliance and gaming licensing which are splendidly handled by GTG’s managing partner Ian Gauci, together with regulatory expert, and a former gaming regulator, Reuben Portanier. Corporate affairs, commercial agreements and IP matters are provided by senior associate Terence Cassar who is always there to help us with very swift response times, and is extremely knowledgeable in these fields. This mighty trio in our view distinguishes GTG from their competitors.’

‘Individuals I worked with are knowledgeable of the subject and provide detailed and clear replies to our queries and advice.’

‘GTG’s team are probably the best in Malta in serving the technology and gaming sector, where their commercial and corporate services are specifically fit for the technology sector. The team place special attention on us and are very responsive and proactive. Attention to detail is a key characteristic of the firm, which is very reassuring for a client. A characteristic which we value is that GTG is not only a team of lawyers, but also comprises a multidisciplinary team of regulatory experts, most notably in gaming, Fintech and AML. The team also supported us in numerous transactions also involving restructuring and share transfers.’

‘GTG Advocates is professional and they are always at your service. With an innovative mind to be the first, they always provide top class service. We have been working with them for 6 years and this is the reason why we will continue.’

‘Terence Cassar is a top-class lawyer with a commercial sense of business and brilliant negotiation skills. HE sees the commercial implications on all things and always find a solution to a challenge.’

‘Very knowledgeable individuals with a practical approach.’

Key clients

Blackstone Group Inc

RS2 Software Plc

Anker Technologies (UK) Ltd

Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)

Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

Notarial Council of Malta

Malta Gaming Authority

Finance Malta

Tech.mt

Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA)

Golden Race Group

BMIT Plc

Hacksaw Gaming

Pinewood Holdings Limited (BitBay)

Mompalao Trading

Playson

Qufan Internet Technologies Ltd

FMPay

Peperosso Group

Lopoca Gaming

Spinmatic Ltd

Entain (previously GVC)

Kyber Network Group

Green Brick Labs

NovusBet Ltd

ComeOn!

Montaldo Insurance Agency Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the Blackstone group on local FDI screening clearances necessary for Blackstone’s $4.7bn acquisition of Ancestry.com.
  • Assisted Golden Race Group as lead counsel with a major games distribution deal in Italy with GameNet SPA and its subsidiaries (including GoldBet SPA), for both online and land-based gaming, including exclusivity rights for land-based operations.
  • Advised RS2 Plc on an initial public share offering as a new public issue for shares in the amount of nearly €50m.

Malta > Dispute resolution Tier 2

GTG Advocates‘ extensive disputes experience ensures that the ‘team of experts‘ receives instruction from a range of private individuals, corporations and public authorities. Family, employment, property, inheritance and immigration law are all areas of particular strength. Robert Tufigno and Ivan Gatt jointly lead the litigation department; the duo are also able to leverage their positions as co-heads of the real estate offering to act on cases at the intersection of both areas. Senior associate Maria Attard is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Robert Tufigno; Ivan Gatt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘GTG offer very focused advice and support, backed up with knowledge of technology that is not very common with other firms. Their ability to understand complex technical issues, and provide legal support for them is something ideal in a dynamic environment like ours.’

‘From partner level down, GTG has built a team of experts that provide us with a holistic service across the various disputes that arise. The access to them in an immediate and proactive manner further helps in GTG’s support to our services.’

‘GTG Advocates is a very serious and reliable legal firm. The qualities that we like most are the personal attention we get and their reliability in providing well researched solutions also based on their vast experience and expertise.’

‘Our main contact at GTG is Robert Tufigno – the service that we get from him is second to none. We get personal attention, all the meetings and time necessary to delve deep into our requirements and he is always prepared for meetings and court sessions.’

‘The fact that GTG Advocates analysis the legal position of the potential client first to determine if they can indeed be of service to the client and also present the client with the possibilities for discussion is very welcoming. The knowledge of the people is in our opinion key to the team’s strengths.’

‘We have been working with Maria Attard who we have learned to be a very knowledgeable and service-minded person. She has been able to assist us with all our queries about the laws and regulations in Malta and is guiding and assisting us up till now to our satisfaction.’

‘They are very dedicated and professional.’

‘Ivan Gatt and Maria Attard have been outstanding – extremely supportive not only on the detail of my case but also on an emotional level. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need.’

Key clients

Montaldo Insurance Agency Limited (Malta General Agents for AIG Europe)

GO Plc

Camilleri & Cuschieri Consulting Engineers

University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA)

Worldfone 1 Company Limited

MDM Costruzione Generali S.r.l.

La Mode Company Limited

BMIT plc

Golden Race Group

Qufan Internet Technologies Ltd

RS2 Software plc

The Authority for Transport in Malta

The Malta Resources Authority

Edwards Lowell Company Limited

Boatcare Trading Limited

Amas Group

SMD Development NV

HBM Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Montaldo Insurance Agency in various insurance cases before Malta’s Superior Courts and Tribunals.
  • Represented the University of Malta Academic Staff Association in a lawsuit for being granted sole recognition as the Union for Resident and Research Academics employed with the University of Malta, as well as representing the client in a dispute regarding a collective agreement.
  • Represented GO in a dispute before the Administrate Review Tribunal relating to the FTTH network. .

Malta > Intellectual property Tier 3

GTG Advocates is able to leverage its considerable technology, software and gaming expertise to provide in-depth intellectual property advice to clients operating at the intersection of those industries. Under the joint leadership of managing partner Ian Gauci and senior associate Terence Cassar, the group handles matters ranging from contract drafting and outsourcing on the advisory side, to infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gauci; Terence Cassar

Testimonials

‘GTG is a top firm in IP, with a very knowledgeable IP team that does not only focus on local IP legal matters but has very strong knowledge about IP matters across countries. What makes GTG above the rest in our view is that they take care of our IP matters as a matter of course, where they take special care in ensuring our IP is protected in every transaction we enter into.’

‘Ian Gauci has a reputation of being one of the top experts on IP law in Malta, and we confirmed it ourselves in our interactions with GTG. However, GTG also has another IP expert, Terence Cassar, who we use extensively, given he has specialised in IP matters for online gaming companies and e-commerce companies. Both Ian Gauci and Terence Cassar work extensively in the online gaming sector and thus address IP matters specifically for our sector.’

Key clients

Apollo Group

ReCreating Europe

Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)

Golden Race Group

BMIT plc

Playson

Hacksaw Gaming Group

RS2 Software plc

Enemalta Plc

Tech.MT

ComeOn!

Entain (Bwin Holdings, previously GVC)

Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA)

Peperosso Group

Mompalao Trading

Novusbet Limited

Qufan Internet Technologies Ltd

EjjaBet

Flint Innovations Limited

Anker Holdings (UK) Ltd

Fazi & Triple Crown

Green Brick Labs

System 73

Spinmatic Limited

Kyber Network International Limited (Jedha Holdings)

Pinewood (BitBay)

Lily Bonnici Grima

Hollywood TV Studios

University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA)

Work highlights

  • Appointed as National Expert for Malta in the EU funded Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme ReCreating Europe, an unprecedented exercise of systematic legal mapping of copyright flexibilities both at an EU and national level, which will materialise in an open database and a report submitted to the EU Commission.
  • Advised Golden Race Group, as lead counsel, on a major games distribution deal in Italy with GameNet SPA and its subsidiaries – including GoldBet, Lottomatica, Intralot and Better – for both online and land-based gaming, including exclusivity rights for land-based operations.
  • Advised Apollo Group, as lead counsel, on a cross-border restructuring of IP Holdings and part re-branding.

Malta > Private client Tier 3

The private client team at GTG Advocates has expertise in handling issues related to obtaining citizenship and residency, along with succession planning and real estate matters. Ivan Gatt and Robert Tufigano jointly head the practice which also includes Cherise Abela Grech and Maria Attard.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Edwards Lowell & Co

Swiss Consulate in Malta

Kompass Kapital Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Consulate on family reunification and marriage recognition in Malta.

Malta > Real estate Tier 3

GTG Advocates advises on a broad spectrum real estate transactions, including sale or purchase of property and lease agreement matters. It also handles property disputes and property searches with the public registry and land registry. Ivan Gatt and Robert Tufigano jointly head the team.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable team, speedy response and action.’

‘The availability and swift response from Dr. Maria Attard alongside the expertise of Dr. Ivan Gatt.’

‘In their handling of matters referred to them, full attention to detail is given. They’ve always delivered expert advice.’

‘Personal attention given by both Dr. Robert Tufigno and Dr. Ivan Gatt has been exceptional. They care to ensure that the customer is well taken care of.’

‘The members of the legal team I have worked with have been very helpful and available to answer pressing questions even outside of scheduled visits. As a firm, they are sensitive to their clients’ needs.’

‘The team is very approachable and willing to listen to their clients. They appear to take a genuine interest in the client’s case and reach their best interests.’

‘The individuals I have worked with on a regular basis are Dr. Robert Tufigno and Dr. Ivan Gatt in particular who are partners in GTG Advocates. Both are highly experienced and trustworthy individuals in their personal capacity and professional dealings. Their legal knowledge and areas of expertise extend well beyond the local boundaries and encompass many aspects of international law.’

Key clients

Social Projects Management Limited

Montaldo Insurance Agency Limited (Malta General Agents for AIG Europe)

BMIT Technologies PLC

PKJK Company Limited

La Mode Company Limited

Four Site Operations Ltd

Raise Fields Limited

LLMA Limited / JP & A Limited

Antonia Zammit

Pauline Debono

Jude Cassar

Emanuel Busuttil Dougall

Hal Lija Local Council

CS Group

Igino Xuereb

Larissa Jonk

Nicola Busuttil

Ignatius Borg

Frank Farrugia

Work highlights

  • Advised S.P.M on real estate matters realted to the social housing projects.
  • Advised Four site operations on the purchasing of real estate.
  • Advised CS group on matters relating to contracts of works of turnkey construction projects in corporate and residential developments.

Malta > Shipping Tier 3

GTG Advocates’ boutique team advises on shipping registration, finance, construction, litigation, and tax matters. It also assists creditors or oyther interested party with the drafting and filing of judicial claims in courts against vessels located within Maltese territorial waters. Practice head Robert Tufigno has notable experience advising on mortgages and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Solid experience.’

‘Robert Tufigno is brilliant. He has a great experience in shipping matters and always finds a viable solution to possible issues. He also has great negotiation skills.’

‘The team has expertise in shipping. Services are timely provided and replied are on the point.’

‘Personal contact, diligence and availability when needed are the strong points of the team.’

Key clients

ICCREA Banca Impresa

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

Yachting by Kompass, LLC

Corner Banca S.A.

Pontoporia Navigation Limited

Baker & McKenzie

Augustea Maritime Transportation Ltd

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Arena Ship Management Services Pte Ltd

Marnavi S.p.A.

Norton Rose Fulbright

DFT Law

Medazur Yacht Leasing Company Limited

Makalu Shipping B.V

Stephenson Harwood

Work highlights

  • Advised ICCREA Banca Impresa on the re-negotiation and re-structuring of a loan agreement that was secured by five mortgages registered over Maltese flagged barges.
  • Advised Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. on the legal implications involved in the transfer of a loan secured by a mortgage on a Maltese vessel.
  • Advised Yacthing by Kompass, LLC on the registration of a 180-foot luxurious super yacht under the Malta flag as a commercial yacht.

The firm:

Since its founding in 1997, GTG has been at the forefront of Malta’s legal profession, blending together established private practices into a centre of expertise and excellence. Based in Malta’s capital city of Valletta, our ever-growing team of industry specialists is internationally ranked and recognised as a leader across multiple fields, offering a multi-disciplinary approach to service the requirements of our local and international clients.

Always faithful to our core values, we pride ourselves in constant evolution, embracing growth and innovation to best serve our vast client base, while remaining rooted in our tradition of service and tailor-made solutions.

Our vision and dedication are the hallmark of our practice, putting your success at the centre of it all.

Areas of practice

Fintech

An industry leader in international financial services in the Euro-Med region, Malta is the first jurisdiction to expand its comprehensive, flexible regulation to the Fintech sector with the introduction of three legal bills regulating distributed ledger technology (DLT) platforms, the application of blockchain technology and the ever-growing cryptocurrency market.

GTG has been at the forefront of these developments, with direct involvement in the development of Malta’s innovative legal framework and vast experience in advising clients operating in the fields of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, payment services and electronic money. Our experienced Fintech team provides practical and nuanced regulatory guidance and advice on:

  • The regulatory status of cryptocurrencies and companies trading in VCs
  • The regulatory requirements to register a whitepaper with the MFSA or apply or a VFA service provider licence
  • Financial Instrument Tests to determine the legal classification of any DLT Asset
  • The legal aspects of blockchain-backed operations
  • Drafting legal opinions
  • Solutions and advice for KYC-related matters

Our services are also complimented by GTG Corporate, our dedicated CSP which is duly authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority to act as a Company Service Provider and offers specialised guidance in corporate, regulatory & compliance matters including the incorporation of companies and set ups in Malta.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

GTG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications department is cross-sectoral team of legal professionals with vast experience in providing clients with tailored, efficient and value-added legal solutions in technology matters. We provide assistance to tech companies throughout their business life cycle, from start-up stage when setting up of their business through to assistance relating to commercial and legal matters and all facets company law, including listing, mergers and acquisitions. We combine extensive experience and multidisciplinary knowledge of the law with a solid background in the fast-moving and dynamic technology sector, consistently standing at the forefront of legal development in the sector in Malta. Known for acting for some of Malta’s most prominent technology companies, as well as young and rapidly growing clients, our specialist lawyers are regularly seconded into clients and plugged into the business industry advising on new threats and opportunities as well as applicable strategies within the local and international tech sphere across a number of industries including:

  • Software, where our experience ranges from working with companies with narrow vertical software offerings to generic platform providers looking to licence their APIs and SDKs to others.
  • Hardware vendors and integrators, where we assist in issues dealing with, in particular, data protection, consumer legislation, and e-commerce regulations.
  • Payment, Internet and e-commerce, where we assist on any deals, disputes as well as advising on consumer issues, data security and data protection.
  • Media, where we advise on M&A, IPR, commercial deals, content production and distribution carriage arrangements, advertising, regulatory issues as well as spectrum and coordination requirements.

 

  • Telecommunications, where our experience ranges from Authorities to the top market and sector leaders locally and abroad. Our clients are both providers and users of telecoms services. We offer advice on the full range of issues in the sector: commercial/transactional, regulatory, consumer, competition (both ex ante and ex post).
  • Litigation, Complaints and Dispute Resolution, where our experienced litigation teams regularly assist to provide a seamless service.

Competition Law

We have long recognised the importance of competition and antitrust law in the spheres of business and commerce. With unsurpassed expertise in the area of competition law, GTG at all times aims to minimise the antitrust risk of its clients’ transactional objectives through preventative and precautionary measures, avoiding the risk of possible penalties, legal reviews and contractual nullification as consequences of non-compliance.

With particular focus on adherence to domestic and EU legislation, we carefully guide and advise our clients on restrictive practices, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, and concerted practices for enterprises, as well as regulatory and transactional issues concerning mergers and acquisitions, such as merger control and clearance, licensing, and setting up joint ventures as well as FDI.

 

Data Protection & Privacy

Across Europe, data protection rights are fundamental human rights regulated by a comprehensive legal framework. We understand that the specific requirements of European data protection law can be challenging for organisations, especially because of variations in local laws across EU Member States despite the GDPR.

Our Data Protection team has extensive experience in data protection across multiple sectors, including specifically regulated sectors such as telecommunications and gambling. We have assisted multiple companies, individuals and state entities and can readily advise on:

  • Tailored compliance tools and procedures (such as privacy impact assessments, checklists, notice and consent forms, data transfer and processing agreements, sample security procedures, complaint handling and dispute resolution procedures and employee training materials)
  • Corporate privacy risk management, as well as legislative and strategic policy advice
  • Corporate information policy and legal compliance
  • Data breach notification requirements
  • Data protection by design principles and data minimisation
  • International data transfers, including Binding Corporate Rules, model clauses and the EU-US Privacy Shield
  • Data protection issues in the context of outsourced arrangements
  • Compliance issues related to cloud-based data processing services and by novel tech such as blockchain and IoT.

Our Data Protection team is particularly known for successfully representing clients in Data Protection disputes including on GDPR matters before the Information and Data Protection Commissioner.

Intellectual Property Rights

IP is an often overlooked asset and our specialised team is focused on identifying, creating, protecting and enforcing our clients’ intellectual property (IP) rights and intangible assets. We aim to provide comprehensive IP solutions for our clients’ businesses, to make the best IP decisions to meet both short-term and long-term goals with a view to secure market position and maximise IP value. Our team can advise on the registration, protection and securitisation of all aspects of intellectual property assets as well as IP portfolio management, both in Malta as well as on an EU and international context.

We have experience covering all forms of IP rights, including but not limited to trademarks, designs, copyright and trade secrecy. From structuring a wide range of commercial agreements, amongst which those dealing with licensing, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, technology transfer and services to drawing up internal agreements such as employment contracts with non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses, or team has got you covered.

GTG also represent clients in trademark opposition proceedings and have a specialized IP Litigation professionals focusing on IP Litigation processes and procedures, within the Courts of Malta as well as internationally.

 

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

GTG prides itself in its strategic approach to dispute settlement which combines careful analysis of our clients’ legal position with the ability and determination to represent our client in the best possible way. We effectively and efficiently resolve disagreements in all contexts, including both the Courts of Law and non-judicial contexts, as well as through arbitration, conciliation, mediation and out-of-court settlements or before Authorities and Regulators. We are dedicated to protect our clients’ every interest, but in doing so we are also mindful of the need for rapid and cost effective solutions.

GTG’s team of lawyers are all members of the local Bar and able to appear before all the Courts of Justice including all the local Tribunals: their experience covers all aspects of Civil, Commercial, Company and Industrial Litigation, including expertise in all matters relating to family law, insurance (including vehicle collisions and personal injury claims, amongst others), corporate, data protection, gaming, intellectual property, competition, banking, contractual disputes, insolvency, debt collection, public procurement, employment disputes, consumer protection, aviation law, maritime law and the enforcement of foreign judgements.

Our team is also able to draw upon the knowledge and experience of lawyers in other practice areas of the firm to offer assistance in representing clients in highly technical or specialized matters. We are also experienced in handling and coordinating various aspects of our clients’ litigation requirements overseas.

Commercial Law

Failure to understand the realities of any commercial obligation can result in financial losses as well as reputational damage. With global knowledge and local expertise, GTG’s experienced team is able to assist clients throughout the whole lifecycle of a commercial decision, from advising on the implications and consequences of business strategies to the actual negotiations and drafting of legal contracts as well as representation in disputes, litigation and alternative settlement proceedings.

We provide sound advice aimed at guiding clients in overcoming the legal challenges that they face in the business world. Our services include advice and assistance in:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions;
  • Contract drafting and negotiation;
  • Branding and Marketing;
  • Regulatory Matters;
  • Consumer Protection Issues;
  • Commercial Agreements;
  • Litigation.

Corporate Law

Our team’s expertise in corporate matters is renowned: we routinely advise Maltese and international leading businesses ranging from start-up ventures to multinational companies, providing our customary tailor-made services and solutions.

With experience spanning the corporate lifetime, we provide advice ranging from the establishment of structures and companies in Malta through to providing ongoing assistance on all business and corporate matters, up to dissolution of a company. GTG provides assistance to clients on various corporate, commercial, regulatory and compliance matters, licensing and domiciliation, share option agreements and share incentive schemes, the drafting of commercial contracts, and providing legal due diligence reports in relation to commercial transactions.

GTG’s significant experience in the field and global broad market and sectoral knowledge give our clients’ access to advice on cutting-edge transactions and complex cross-border arrangements, as well as assistance in major dealings involving company and partnership formations and maintenance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements, insolvency matters, capital markets and securities.

Capital Markets

While contained in size, Malta is a vibrant emerging capital market jurisdiction, with an increasing number of financial instruments on the main market as well as on the secondary market. Enjoying a sound international reputation through comprehensive regulation, the Malta Stock Exchange operates effective facilities to a high standard for the trading, settlement, and registration of securities. The Malta Stock Exchange has recently also effected changes to its by-laws to accommodate the listing of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), while more recent legislative advancements now include crowdfunding and distributed ledger technology (DLT) market infrastructure regulation in Malta.

GTG’s experienced team regularly assists clients in obtaining all required authorisations, including:

  • Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
  • Bond Issues
  • Rights Issues
  • Private Offerings
  • Convertible and exchangeable securities
  • Security Token Offerings
  • DLT Market Infrastructure

Citizenship and Residence

A rare blend of sun, sea, history and technology, Malta has earnt its place as the foremost destination for those wanting to successfully establish themselves on Europe’s Mediterranean coast. Offering a variety of residence schemes, Malta also offers the Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations leading to the obtainment of Maltese citizenship through exceptional services by direct investment. These schemes provide a beneficial tax rate to those residing in Malta, together with a variety of other, scheme-specific benefits.

Our specialised teams routinely advise international clients on identifying which programme suits them best, providing guidance and assistance throughout the process. Malta’s comprehensive range of residence programmes includes:

  • The Global Residence Programme
  • The Highly Qualified Persons Programme
  • The Key Employee Initiative
  • The Malta Permanent Residence Programme
  • The Malta Residence & Visa Programme
  • The Malta Retirement Programme
  • The Qualifying Employment in Aviation Programme
  • The Malta Residence Programme
  • The Qualifying Employment in Maritime Activities and Servicing of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Activities (Personal Tax) Scheme
  • The Nomad Permit

GTG is a duly authorised agent for applications for Maltese citizenship under the Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations and Maltese residence under the Malta Permanent Residence Programme and the Malta Residence & Visa Programme. Our firm is also an authorised mandatary to assist clients seeking to apply under one of Malta’s beneficial tax residence schemes. We also offer assistance with applications for Maltese residence permits for EU nationals under the freedom of movement principle, and the Single Work Permit for non-EU nationals.

 

Financial Services

One of the foremost business hubs for international financial services in the Euro-Med region, Malta’s financial services industry is backed by comprehensive, flexible regulation which has allowed it to grow and innovate over the years, establishing it as leader in traditional financial services and in the Fintech sector. Offering significant advantages for operators in the financial services industry, Malta has drawn and continues to draw several international operators to it as an onshore jurisdiction providing internationally recognised standards.

 

An EU member state since 2004, Malta offers its domiciled licensees the possibility of operating throughout the EU in accordance with the EU’s passporting procedures while also offering a wide network of Double Taxation Treaties allowing for significant tax advantages in international tax planning.

GTG’s dynamic team provides practical and nuanced regulatory guidance and advice to its domestic and international clients wishing to apply for the following Malta licences:

  • Credit Institutions
  • Crowdfunding Services Providers
  • E-Money Institutions
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Companies, Insurance Intermediaries & Captives
  • Investment Funds
  • Investment Services
  • Payment Services Institutions
  • Pension Scheme Service Providers & Retirement Funds

 

Shipping and Maritime

 GTG has long established itself as one of the top-tier firms in the area of shipping law, with our experienced Shipping and Maritime team having extensive experience in all aspects contingent to the maritime sector.

Holding one of the largest shipping registries in the region, Malta has established itself as an ideal transit route between Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with efficient customs formalities, a reliable handling and delivery system, advanced warehouse and distribution centres, and shipping agents providing excellent services at competing prices. The Malta flag is particularly renowned for its value, requiring rigorous compliance with Maltese regulations and international treaties.

Ship registration is inexpensive and simple, and is open to bareboat charters and all types of vessels, including pleasure yachts, cruise liners and oil rigs, that may be registered by EU citizens or in the name of legally-constituted corporate bodies or entities, irrespective of nationality. As a member of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Maritime Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT), Malta is a party to all major maritime conventions and abides to all internationally-recognized standards, while also offering considerable tax advantages thanks to its many double taxation agreements.

GTG provides timely, meticulous and expedient results, drawing on its vast expertise to apply the law to the advantage of our clients, ranging from ship owners, charterers, agents and freight forwarding companies to international banks and other entities providing ship finance. We assist our clients on all matters relating to:

  • The formation and maintenance of shipping companies
  • The registration of vessels in the Malta Registry of Ships
  • Agreements concerning shipbuilding, sale and finance of ships
  • Maritime contracts such as charter contracts, carriage of goods by sea, tug and tow and marine insurance
    Our dynamic team also acts for clients purchasing or selling luxury yachts and represents clients in admiralty practice, litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Yachting

Malta is an extremely attractive jurisdiction for yacht owners and proudly holds the record of having the highest number of registered superyachts in the world. The success of its yachting industry is largely the result of Malta’s ability to build upon its strong maritime foundation while also catering to the varied needs of yacht owners through strong legal developments and highly efficient mechanisms. Our Services include:

 

 

–       Tailormade solutions for yacht owners

–       VAT structuring

–       Assistance with Importation procedures

–       Assistance with Temporary Admission procedures

–       Assistance with sale and purchase

–       Assistance with employment matters

–       Pleasure Yacht Registration

–       Commercial Yacht Registration

–       Registered agent services

–       Ship Finance, including registration of mortgages

 

Gaming and Betting Law

One of the first Malta law firms actively involved in the provision of legal services to companies in the gaming and betting industry, GTG boasts one of the country’s most dynamic teams in the field. We have assisted a vast number of clients in the successful obtaining of remote gaming licenses in Malta and abroad, and provide ongoing support on any aspect relating to the operation of the licence holder. Our comprehensive expertise in other relevant areas including Mergers and AcquisitionsCorporate LawpaymentsISPs, and data protection, enables us to provide practical and nuanced guidance and advice across multiple disciplines.

Our dynamic teams of lawyers an industry specialists can:

  • Offer advice on the optimal jurisdiction for a client from a regulatory perspective
  • Assist in obtaining a gaming license in Malta or in another EU member state, and provide the necessary assistance through a one-stop-shop service
  • Offer advice on all aspects of business including media and data rights agreements
  • Advise local license holders on regulatory obligations
  • Provide a full range of commercial and regulatory, corporate lawand dispute resolution services
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Fintech / Data Protection & Privacy / Technology, Media & Telecommunications / Financial Services / Competition Law / Mergers & Acquisitions Dr Ian Gauciigauci@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution / Citizenship and Residence Schemes / Commercial Law / Corporate Law Dr Ivan Gattigatt@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Shipping & Maritime / Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution / Yachting Dr Robert Tufignortufigno@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Corporate Law / Financial Services / Citizenship & Residence Schemes / Fintech / Corporate Services / Mergers & Acquisitions Dr Cherise Abela Grechcabelagrech@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Intellectual Property / Data Protection & Privacy / Technology, Media & Telecommunications / Gaming & Betting Law / Commercial Law / Mergers & Acquisitions Dr Terence Cassartcassar@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Commercial Law / Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Dr Maria Attardmattard@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Yachting / Shipping & Maritime / Data Protection & Privacy / Gaming & Betting Law / Compliance Services for Regulated Entities Dr Gigi Gattggatt@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Compliance for Regulated Entities Dr Agnes Antalaantal@gtg.com.mt+356 21242713
Number of lawyers : 9
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