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Camilleri Preziosi - Corporate/Commercial Department

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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 Leading Maltese firm advising local and international clients. Team specialises in handling M&A, restructurings and corporate governance issues for clients from a variety of sectors, including telecommunications, medical, energy and financial services. Provides counsel to multinational companies on their operations in the Maltese market. Also offers expertise in commercial litigation.

Strengths One interviewee says: "This firm is one of the best law firms in Malta. We are always satisfied and impressed by their expertise in local legal-related aspects, professionalism and availability."

Another client appreciates "the firm's ability to deal both with the general structure of the deal and with the practical issues which typically arise in these kinds of complex transactions."

Work highlights Successfully assisted Tunisie Telecom with the takeover of one of the major telecommunications operators in Malta, GO.

Advised Vistra Group on the acquisition of a local marine service provider.

Significant Clients Melita Group, Arphan SCC, Plaza Centres, Intertain Holdings, Banif-Banco International de Funchal.

Notable practitioners

Renowned figure Louis de Gabriele co-heads the department. Clients describe him as "a top-notch lawyer" and highlight his experience in the market. His remit spans takeovers and M&A transactions, and he is active in a variety of industries, including TMT and gaming.

Sources are complimentary about Henri Mizzi, stating: "He is an extremely good lawyer," in addition to highlighting his experience in the practice area. His areas of activity include M&A, and he is adept at handling mandates with a cross-border element.

Department co-head Malcolm Falzon is held in high esteem by clients and peers, who characterise him as a "bright" practitioner. He acts on M&A deals and capital markets-related issues.

Donald Vella co-leads the team and is recommended by clients "for his ability to go straight to the point." Interviewees further highlight him for his "very practical approach" in matters that range from M&A deals to joint venture agreements and restructuring proceedings.

Kirsten Cassar is "reliable and precise in her assistance," according to clients, who further appreciate her "responsiveness and clear advice." She regularly assists with corporate transactions and has additional expertise in tax issues.

About the Team (content provided by Camilleri Preziosi)

We service a wide range of local and international clients in every sector and advise them on a broad variety of corporate and commercial matters. 

Commitment, reputation, business-orientated and innovative approaches; these are the drivers that have built Camilleri Preziosi into a leading firm in an area that has proven to be the platform for the firm’s development in a number of other related areas, not least of which is M&A. Here, we have constantly ranked as a leading firm. Another related area is Capital Markets where we have acted as legal adviser for more companies having securities listed on the Malta Stock Exchange than all other local firms. The third related area of specialisation in the corporate and commercial realm is privatisations for which we have been engaged as legal advisors, both by the Government of Malta as well as private investors, on more occasions than any other local firm.

Our approach to this part of our practice is reflected in the way that our lawyers deal not only with their specialised areas of practice but also with the day-to-day requirements of our clients. We are constantly engaged in advising clients on all aspects of general commercial and civil law as well as assisting them in the negotiation of contracts from the standard to the most complex.


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Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Tonio Fenech and Christian Farrugia
- 5 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, regulatory issues and M&A. Other areas of strength include employment, real estate, maritime and fiduciary issues. Also represents companies in commercial litigation cases.

Strengths One commentator says: "I believe that their service has always been nothing short of excellent," adding: "Their advice is always accurate, they have the right level of expertise for what we require and they always found a way to meet the deadlines."

Significant Clients Temple Asset Management, Lufthansa Technik Malta, The Nuance Group Malta, Schindler, Alf Mizzi & Sons.

Notable practitioners

Christian Farrugia has a particular focus on M&A transactions and corporate shipping-related matters. He is also experienced representing clients in commercial disputes, as well as advising on financial matters.

Tonio Fenech is experienced supporting clients with a range of corporate services including financing, fiduciary matters and corporate disputes.

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Fenech & Fenech Advocates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clientele from a wide range of sectors on significant corporate and asset finance deals. Regularly handles M&A, aviation-related matters and corporate and commercial litigation. Expertise extends to the TMT, IP and labour and employment areas. Also strong on gaming and licensing matters. Experienced on cross-border transactions across Europe, as well as those involving the USA and Asia.

Strengths One interviewee highlights the team's commitment, saying: "The lawyers at the firm were all willing to go the extra mile in order to assist us, including late night calls and working on the weekend."

Work highlights Advised CA+ on its 75% share sale to Gentrack.

Assisted WIN Systems with the local law aspects of its acquisition of the Gold Club Group.

Significant Clients Autobuses de León, BNP Paribas Suisse, WIN Systems Group, IBM, Evoke Gaming.

Notable practitioners

Nicolai Vella Falzon maintains a distinguished reputation in the corporate space. He is recognised for his ability in the aviation space, and assists clients with M&A, corporate contracts work and project finance. Clients consider him "a remarkable professional."

Antonio Ghio focuses on TMT, IP and gaming matters. One client says: "He has always given us the advice which we needed, in a format we could easily understand and in a timely manner," explaining that "he manages to explain complicated legal concepts in layman’s terms – something which is quite hard to do but which he manages perfectly."

Joseph Ghio has established a solid reputation among peers in the market. He is noted for his expertise in banking and finance-related matters.

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

The firm has extensive experience and expertise in relation to all aspects of corporate and commercial law including commercial and corporate litigation. Its practice in this field is one of the most established on the island. The firm also regularly assists investors setting up operations in Malta on all matters concerning their business including commercial arrangements and contracts, employment, data protection, IP, tax, real estate, and the whole range of legal issues arising in connection with the establishment of a business operation in or from Malta.

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Galea Salomone & Associates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides commercial legal counsel to companies from an array of different industries. Advises on corporate governance, company law, distribution and international trade. Also handles due diligence processes, joint ventures and insolvency. Frequently represents foreign clients establishing themselves in Malta.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Galea Salomone is regarded as a leader in the field by market commentators. He focuses his practice on corporate law, M&A and real estate matters.

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GANADO Advocates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Adrian Gabarretta and Stephen Attard
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly reputed firm advising clients on venture capital investments, restructurings, financings, private equity and cross-border mergers, working with firms abroad to offer multi-jurisdictional legal expertise. Boasts additional experience in the privatisation of companies. Practice is also complemented by a dedicated corporate services and governance team to provide clients with a comprehensive service.

Strengths One client especially values "the great attention to detail" that the team exhibits on deals, and adds that "the client comes first for them."

Another source says: "They have excellent expertise. They work very fast and provide clear answers."

Notable practitioners

Respected senior statesman Max Ganado offers a wealth of experience advising major domestic and international clients on a wide range of corporate finance matters including regulatory compliance and capital markets transactions.

Head of the corporate finance and tax practice Stephen Attard maintains his top-class reputation for business matters. According to interviewees, "he is an expert in tax and corporate law and provides a strategic vision" as well as "well-crafted and incisive opinions."

Sources endorse Adrian Gabarretta for his solid acumen in this field, noting that "he is very responsive, pleasant and knowledgeable." He advises on commercial matters of all kinds, for both domestic and international clients.

About the Team (content provided by GANADO Advocates )

The Corporate/Commercial team at GANADO Advocates:
  • Tackles the whole range of corporate & commercial activities, including: M&A, corporate re-organisations, negotiation of joint ventures, company formations, company continuations, capitalisations, restructuring, cross-border mergers & liquidations
  • Is recognised as a leader in the organisation & execution of large due diligence reporting projects, including the mustering of appropriately specialised teams for effective delivery within short lead times
  • Assists with the negotiation, drafting & review of transaction documents and provides effective, up-to-date and commercially oriented advice & assistance on all aspects of law relevant to general corporate, company restructuring and M&A transactions, whilst affording to clients the benefit of the largest and longest-established tax departments amongst the Maltese law firms
  • Assists clients with restructurings, re-organisations and de-mergers; private equity structures & funds; venture capital investments; joint ventures; leveraged and management buyouts; finance leasing structures; share for share exchanges; shareholder and subscription agreements; cross-border mergers; transfers of European companies (SEs); & redomiciliations of companies
  • Advises on various corporate & commercial matters, providing both the legal analysis & administrative support required for successful corporate establishment as well as continuous assistance in relation to applicable legal & regulatory requirements.

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GVZH Advocates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known practitioners noted for their long-standing experience in the market. Assists international and domestic clients with cross-border transactions. Offers expertise in tender offers, buyouts, M&A, corporate restructurings and private equity, and is notably experienced handling employment-related matters. Also advises leading companies in the gaming sphere.

Strengths One client particularly values the "high focus on client service, responsiveness and subject matter expertise" that the firm offers, also noting that "they have exhibited an excellent ability to offer strategic perspective in addition to sound legal advice."

Work highlights Assisted Idox with its voluntary conditional public takeover bid with regard to the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of 6PM Holdings.

Represented Electro Gas Malta in financing and chartering of a floating storage unit in relation to a new gas power station investment.

Significant Clients Von Der Heyden Group Finance, Trustly AB, Tipico Co.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Vella is a key adviser to domestic and international clients seeking corporate counsel. His broad experience includes work on due diligence, bonds and M&A transactions and cross-border matters.

Michael Grech is known for his intellectual property expertise and heads the IP department at the firm. He is also experienced in corporate transactions and financing matters.

Senior partner George Hyzler handles corporate and intellectual property matters as part of a broad practice that frequently supports foreign companies. Peers praise his "skills as a diplomat and how he finds practical solutions."

Albert Grech focuses his practice on commercial matters including corporate governance issues and M&A. He has experience acting for both domestic and foreign companies.

Managing partner Andrew Zammit is experienced in a wide range of corporate law, including assisting clients with employment-related matters as well as financings and transactions. Market commentators recognise him for his "big thinking" and leadership.

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Mamo TCV - Advocates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrew Muscat
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed corporate and commercial practice advising leading companies from the construction, energy and financial services sectors. Covers a wide array of matters such as M&A, securitisations, bond issuances and capital markets. Also active on the insurance front, assisting clients with regulatory and compliance issues. Partner Michael Psaila has joined the firm.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its responsiveness, saying: "The senior partners are always available and provide accurate and professional support and advice within the requested timeframes."

Another client agrees that the firm provides "top-notch service."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees praise partner Richard Camilleri for his significant capabilities within the corporate commercial sphere. Peers consider him "one of the best" in the field.

Andrew Muscat is broadly experienced in corporate and banking matters, including insolvency, acquisitions and privatisations, with particular knowledge of the energy sector. Clients say: "He is very pragmatic and is always trying to find solutions," and also praise him for his "academic, in-depth knowledge and commercial approach."

Michael Psaila is known for his work on funds, banking and broad corporate matters. He is also experienced in insolvency cases.

Antoine Camilleri is best known for his intellectual property expertise. He represents clients in a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, food and beverages and IT.

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

The corporate/commercial law team at Mamo TCV is widely regarded as one of the top teams in Malta in this area of practice.

We have extensive experience on all aspects of corporate and commercial law and have had the privilege of advising a variety of clients, including public  and private companies, banks,, investment firms, governments and public authorities, on a wide range of matters such as company formation, re-domiciliations, corporate governance, shareholder disputes,  corporate restructuring, liquidations, distribution agreements, franchising and other and related matters.

The firm has also established itself as a leading local M&A firm, having acted for both vendors and purchasers, providing advice and assistance throughout the various stages of a transaction. The members of the firm's corporate department have extensive experience with privatizations, with work including the conducting of legal due diligence exercises as well as the drafting and negotiation of the relative agreements.

In capital markets, Mamo TCV has advised on the listing of securities by a number of issuers and we continue to advise such companies on a number of on-going regulatory matters, including compliance, prevention of market abuse and general corporate matters.

Following the recent increase in interest in Malta-based securitisation vehicles, we have also advised clients on the structuring of securitisation cell companies, securitisation transactions and the financing of such entities.

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Senior Statesperson

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Respected senior statesman Max Ganado offers a wealth of experience advising major domestic and international clients on a wide range of corporate finance matters including regulatory compliance and capital markets transactions.

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Senior Statesperson

GVZH Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joseph Vella is a key adviser to domestic and international clients seeking corporate counsel. His broad experience includes work on due diligence, bonds and M&A transactions and cross-border matters.

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Band 1

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the corporate finance and tax practice Stephen Attard maintains his top-class reputation for business matters. According to interviewees, "he is an expert in tax and corporate law and provides a strategic vision" as well as "well-crafted and incisive opinions."

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Band 1

Richard Camilleri

Mamo TCV - Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees praise partner Richard Camilleri for his significant capabilities within the corporate commercial sphere. Peers consider him "one of the best" in the field.

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Band 1

Louis de Gabriele

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Renowned figure Louis de Gabriele co-heads the department. Clients describe him as "a top-notch lawyer" and highlight his experience in the market. His remit spans takeovers and M&A transactions, and he is active in a variety of industries, including TMT and gaming.

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Band 1

Arthur Galea Salomone

Galea Salomone & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arthur Galea Salomone is regarded as a leader in the field by market commentators. He focuses his practice on corporate law, M&A and real estate matters.

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Band 1

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources are complimentary about Henri Mizzi, stating: "He is an extremely good lawyer," in addition to highlighting his experience in the practice area. His areas of activity include M&A, and he is adept at handling mandates with a cross-border element.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Mamo TCV - Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrew Muscat is broadly experienced in corporate and banking matters, including insolvency, acquisitions and privatisations, with particular knowledge of the energy sector. Clients say: "He is very pragmatic and is always trying to find solutions," and also praise him for his "academic, in-depth knowledge and commercial approach."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department co-head Malcolm Falzon is held in high esteem by clients and peers, who characterise him as a "bright" practitioner. He acts on M&A deals and capital markets-related issues.

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Band 2

Christian Farrugia

Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Farrugia has a particular focus on M&A transactions and corporate shipping-related matters. He is also experienced representing clients in commercial disputes, as well as advising on financial matters.

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Band 2

GVZH Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Grech is known for his intellectual property expertise and heads the IP department at the firm. He is also experienced in corporate transactions and financing matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

GVZH Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior partner George Hyzler handles corporate and intellectual property matters as part of a broad practice that frequently supports foreign companies. Peers praise his "skills as a diplomat and how he finds practical solutions."

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Band 2

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Donald Vella co-leads the team and is recommended by clients "for his ability to go straight to the point." Interviewees further highlight him for his "very practical approach" in matters that range from M&A deals to joint venture agreements and restructuring proceedings.

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Band 2

Nicolai Vella Falzon

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicolai Vella Falzon maintains a distinguished reputation in the corporate space. He is recognised for his ability in the aviation space, and assists clients with M&A, corporate contracts work and project finance. Clients consider him "a remarkable professional."

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Band 3

Andrew Borg-Cardona

BCGL Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrew Borg-Cardona of BCGL Advocates is known as an "employment expert." He is also experienced in corporate law matters such as contracts work, legislative compliance and financial services.

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Band 3

Camilleri Cassar Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Laragh Cassar of Camilleri Cassar Advocates is noted by market sources for her high-level prowess in corporate and commercial law, as well as financial services matters. Commentators consider her "top-notch."

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Band 3

Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tonio Fenech is experienced supporting clients with a range of corporate services including financing, fiduciary matters and corporate disputes.

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Band 3

Adrian M Gabarretta

GANADO Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources endorse Adrian Gabarretta for his solid acumen in this field, noting that "he is very responsive, pleasant and knowledgeable." He advises on commercial matters of all kinds, for both domestic and international clients.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Ghio focuses on TMT, IP and gaming matters. One client says: "He has always given us the advice which we needed, in a format we could easily understand and in a timely manner," explaining that "he manages to explain complicated legal concepts in layman’s terms – something which is quite hard to do but which he manages perfectly."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

GVZH Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Albert Grech focuses his practice on commercial matters including corporate governance issues and M&A. He has experience acting for both domestic and foreign companies.

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Band 3

Mamo TCV - Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Psaila is known for his work on funds, banking and broad corporate matters. He is also experienced in insolvency cases.

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Band 3

GVZH Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andrew Zammit is experienced in a wide range of corporate law, including assisting clients with employment-related matters as well as financings and transactions. Market commentators recognise him for his "big thinking" and leadership.

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Band 4

Antoine Camilleri

Mamo TCV - Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antoine Camilleri is best known for his intellectual property expertise. He represents clients in a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, food and beverages and IT.

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Band 4

WH Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Finkel is best known for her expertise supporting companies in the gaming sector. She advises local and foreign clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions and Maltese regulations.

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Band 4

GTG Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ian Gauci of GTG Advocates is experienced dealing with corporate matters and related competition law. He has a solid client base in the TMT sector and also handles gaming matters.

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Band 4

Fenech & Fenech Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joseph Ghio has established a solid reputation among peers in the market. He is noted for his expertise in banking and finance-related matters.

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Band 4

AMJ Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian Mallia of AMJ Legal provides expertise in corporate matters and competition law. Market sources consider him "an intelligent, capable lawyer."

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Band 4

Roderick Zammit Pace

Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to peers, Roderick Zammit Pace of Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates is "very capable and an extremely diligent lawyer" who is well versed in corporate and litigation matters.

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Associates to watch

Camilleri Preziosi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kirsten Cassar is "reliable and precise in her assistance," according to clients, who further appreciate her "responsiveness and clear advice." She regularly assists with corporate transactions and has additional expertise in tax issues.

^ See whole ranking table