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Global Guide

Financial Services — Malta


Camilleri Preziosi - Financial Services Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Louis de Gabriele, Donald Vella and Malcolm Falzon
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed financial services department with an excellent track record of advising clients on cross-border deals. Handles a range of mandates, including regulatory advice, restructuring and due diligence, with particular emphasis on capital markets. Highly active representing banks and other financial institutions, as well as local and international companies from the energy, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths One source says: "The service is fantastic and they are always up to speed in what we requested."

Another client values "the highly detailed and complete advice and very efficient response times."

Work highlights Assisted International Hotel Investments with the issuance of a total of EUR95 million in two series of bonds listed on the Malta Stock Exchange.

Counsel to Barclays Bank on a security package relating to an amendment and restatement facility agreement.

Significant clients Bank of Valletta, BOV Asset Management, PG, Premier Capital, Fresenius Medical Care.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators report that co-head of department Louis de Gabriele "knows the business inside out." He regularly leads the firm on its largest and most complex financial matters for major international financial institutions.

Department co-head Malcolm Falzon joins the rankings this year off the back of widespread market recognition for "his great knowledge and experience" in the field. He is best known for his capital markets work.

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GANADO Advocates - Financial Services Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Market sources call Max Ganado "a top-notch lawyer," highlighting his creativity and cleverness. He leads the firm and boasts deep experience in the financial sector, remaining a key figure involved with some of its largest multinational clients.

Market sources highlight Conrad Portanier's expertise in both transactional and regulatory banking and finance matters. He is well versed in securities matters and acquisition finance as well as regulatory advice.

Andre Zerafa maintains a top-tier ranking due to extensive endorsement from clients, who praise his expertise in investment services and fund structures. They describe him as "knowledgeable, practical and responsive."

Matthew Bianchi enters the ranking this year following positive feedback from market commentators. Clients "recommend him for his knowledge and experience." He specialises in the insurance sector.

About the Team (content provided by GANADO Advocates )

Banking & Finance

  • Retained by a large number of Maltese banks & financial institutions
  • Acts for international banks in their Maltese law requirements & assists them in asset/project finance requirements involving Maltese law aspects
  • Instructed by a number of international industry associations to issue legal opinions on market documentation
Investment Services & Funds
  • Advises established & start-up market operators alike (primarily fund promoters, fund managers, investment firms & fund custodians) on all aspects of Maltese & EU law & regulation
  • A leader & first-mover in funds structuring, having set-up the first: multi-fund platform; professional investor fund; Notified Alternative Investment Fund (NAIF); & standalone master-feeder fund structure
Capital Markets
  • At the forefront of innovative capital markets transactions in Malta & a driver for innovation in their regulation, reporting & taxation
  • Best known for the provision of legal advice on even the most complex debt & equity transactions & securitisation deals
  • Instrumental to the introduction of modern structured finance techniques to Malta
Insurance & Pensions
  • Counsel to most of the local insurance management & pension trustee market, advising (re)insurance companies, pension schemes & related parties on a wide gamut of matters, including the establishment of new undertakings, pass-porting of insurance/pensions business across the EU, portfolio/business transfers, cross-border mergers & Solvency II regulatory support

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Fenech & Fenech Advocates - Financial Services Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Joseph Ghio co-heads the department and leads some of the most complex transactions handled by the practice. Clients have been "highly impressed with the level of knowledge" that he delivers, "which was not just legal but also business-oriented." He primarily advises investment entities.

Department co-head Rosanne Bonnici advises domestic and foreign clients on varied financial fronts. She is best known for her work on regulatory and tax matters.

About the Team (content provided by Fenech & Fenech Advocates)

The firm’s Financial Services Department is actively involved in assisting the whole spectrum of financial services operators, including banks, fund managers, investment service providers and insurance companies. The team also assists promoters of investment funds and fund platforms, handling the licensing process as well as advising same on an ongoing basis. Members of the team are also approved by the regulator to accept appointments by licensed operators as directors, compliance officers, MLRO and company secretaries.

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Mamo TCV - Advocates - Financial Services Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Department head Katya Tua rises in the rankings after impressing sources. Interviewees endorse her expertise dealing with funds and investment services, describing her as "very knowledgeable on the financial services and funds industry in Malta, and with a strong relationship with the authority."

Joseph Borg Bartolo is recognised by interviewees for "his great experience" in the field. He boasts particular expertise in insurance matters as well as general commercial and financial law.

About the Team (content provided by Mamo TCV - Advocates)

Mamo TCV is one of Malta's leading firms in the investment fund business. Our client base is international and includes leading investment banks, international fund managers and global administrators. The firm has experience in the structuring and licencing of UCITS funds, as well as alternative investment funds and professional investor funds. We typically assist our clients in drafting and review of all constitutional documents and agreements with service providers, the the provision of legal advice on different aspects of Maltese financial services law and the co- ordination with all the Fund's service providers. We also act as the main point of contact with the MFSA at application stage and on an ongoing basis. We have advised clients on different structures which include multi-fund structures, funds of funds, and master/feeder funds.  We also provide assistance on the development of strategies and investments in less traditional, alternative and complex asset classes. We have also acted in connection with the passporting of UCITS funds to and from Malta and have successfully passported Malta-registered UCITS funds into several other European countries such as Germany, Spain and Italy as well as registering them in Switzerland.

We also provide legal services to firms in possession of an investment service licence, including MiFID firms. We advise various multi-national companies on regulatory matters both in the context of passported and well as non passported activities.


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Senior Statesperson

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources call Max Ganado "a top-notch lawyer," highlighting his creativity and cleverness. He leads the firm and boasts deep experience in the financial sector, remaining a key figure involved with some of its largest multinational clients.

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Louis de Gabriele

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators report that co-head of department Louis de Gabriele "knows the business inside out." He regularly leads the firm on its largest and most complex financial matters for major international financial institutions.

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Band 1

salibastafrace Legal

From the Chambers Global guide

Joseph Saliba of salibastafrace Legal is held in high esteem by market commentators, who single out "his great legal mind." His practice encompasses a range of financial services work including structuring, cross-border and domestic transactions and funds advice.

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Band 1

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Andre Zerafa maintains a top-tier ranking due to extensive endorsement from clients, who praise his expertise in investment services and fund structures. They describe him as "knowledgeable, practical and responsive."

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Band 2

Camilleri Cassar Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Laragh Cassar of Camilleri Cassar Advocates is described by sources as "an excellent professional" with a good reputation in the market. She is highly regarded for her expertise across financial, corporate, funds and investment services.

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Band 2

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Joseph Ghio co-heads the department and leads some of the most complex transactions handled by the practice. Clients have been "highly impressed with the level of knowledge" that he delivers, "which was not just legal but also business-oriented." He primarily advises investment entities.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Market sources highlight Conrad Portanier's expertise in both transactional and regulatory banking and finance matters. He is well versed in securities matters and acquisition finance as well as regulatory advice.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Mamo TCV - Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Department head Katya Tua rises in the rankings after impressing sources. Interviewees endorse her expertise dealing with funds and investment services, describing her as "very knowledgeable on the financial services and funds industry in Malta, and with a strong relationship with the authority."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthew Bianchi enters the ranking this year following positive feedback from market commentators. Clients "recommend him for his knowledge and experience." He specialises in the insurance sector.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Rosanne Bonnici advises domestic and foreign clients on varied financial fronts. She is best known for her work on regulatory and tax matters.

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Band 3

Joseph Borg Bartolo

Mamo TCV - Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Joseph Borg Bartolo is recognised by interviewees for "his great experience" in the field. He boasts particular expertise in insurance matters as well as general commercial and financial law.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Malcolm Falzon joins the rankings this year off the back of widespread market recognition for "his great knowledge and experience" in the field. He is best known for his capital markets work.

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Band 3

David Griscti & Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

David Griscti of David Griscti & Associates has a long track record in the financial services sphere. Peers highlight his "vast experience in funds."

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