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Europe Guide

Corporate/Commercial: Gaming & Licensing — Malta

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Nicholas Warren 
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing practice acting for local and international clients. Well equipped to handle an array of matters, including redomiciliation, shareholders' rights issues and structured finance. Broad expertise in all aspects of gaming law, with particular emphasis on licensing matters and regulatory compliance.

Strengths Clients praise the team's size and structure, adding: "This is a sizeable and well-organised team, who are highly responsive and available."

Another source commends the team's professionalism and client-oriented service: "The team is professional, capable of taking care of the client's needs and eager to find solutions."

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Priscilla Mifsud Parker. 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises lenders and borrowers on significant corporate and asset finance deals. Regularly handles M&A, aviation-related matters and corporate and commercial litigation. Expertise also extends to the TMT, IP and labour and employment areas. Strong focus on gaming and licensing matters.

Strengths Interviewees value the firm's service: "The lawyers at Fenech & Fenech are thorough, knowledgeable, very responsive and highly professional in their approach."

Another source adds: "The firm is very serious, meticulous and offers expertise in all legal fields through its different departments." 

Work highlights Advised VistaJet on the transfer of its business from Switzerland to Malta.

Advised Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions on the sale of two of its subsidiaries.  

Significant clients UEFA, Malta Public Transport, Klesch Group, Argus Group, GVC Holdings.  

Notable practitioners  

Nicolai Vella Falzon receives extensive praise from clients and peers alike who say: "He is one to watch." They add: "I found him to be knowledgeable, very responsive and professional in his approach."  

Antonio Ghio remains an active player in the corporate and commercial sphere, with a focus on TMT and IP law. 

Joseph Ghio enters the rankings based on positive comments from interviewees who consider him "a very good lawyer." He is well known for his financial knowledge and experience of M&A transactions. 

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From the Chambers Europe guide

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. Also advises leading companies in the gaming sphere. CSB Advocates and GVTH Advocates merged to become GVZH Advocates on 1 April 2016.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Vella remains a well-known figure in the corporate and commercial ambit. He frequently advises local and international clients on cross-border matters.

Michael Grech is recognised as a strong player within the firm's corporate and commercial team. He also acts as head of the IP department.

George Hyzler receives praise from peers who describe him as "a very capable lawyer." He specialises in advising foreign companies on their operations in Malta.

Albert Grech regularly acts for a number of local and international clients in this space. His wide-ranging practice spans a variety of areas, including M&A, corporate governance and competition.

Andrew Zammit is deemed "sharp and hard working" by interviewees, who also note he "has all the good qualities that a lawyer should have."

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From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olga Finkel, James Scicluna and Ruth Galea 
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its work in the gaming and gambling arena. Acts on behalf of a variety of European clients such as Swedish, Portuguese and German companies. Also advises clients on regulatory matters, payment service provisions and e-money issuances.

Work highlights Advised Swedish company Cherry on its 49% acquisition of ComeOn.

Advised Caixa Económica Montepio Geral on all Maltese law matters regarding the financing of a EUR40 million loan facility to a Maltese company.

Significant clients The Intertain Group, CVC Capital Partners, Malta Gaming Authority.  

Notable practitioners  

Olga Finkel co-heads the firm's corporate department. She specialises in advising local and international clients on cross-border matters, and is recognised for her vast expertise in gaming and gambling law. She also has a wealth of experience advising Ukrainian clients on a variety of corporate, commercial and gaming matters.

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