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Corporate/Commercial: Gaming & Licensing — Malta


Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Charlene Mifsud
- 4 partners
- 15 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. New client wins for the firm include GL Services, Bookie Software and Wish Me Luck.

Strengths One client appreciates that the team is "very efficient and prompt."

Others say: "It is a great pleasure working with Chetcuti Cauchi," and note that "they provide a wide variety of complementary services which enhance the overall solution to a client's needs."

Work highlights Advised Stakers on the set-up of its operations in Malta and Curaçao, including advice on applications for licences from the relevant gaming authorities.

Provided comments on behalf of OnlineChampion.com regarding a new law on the licensing of skill games in Malta.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Priscilla Mifsud Parker.

About the Team (content provided by Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates)

Our Corporate/ Commercial Practice Group at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of corporate and commercial lawyers, tax advisors, accountants and corporate services officers. We are renowned for acting as counsel to Shangai Electric Power which carried out the largest foreign direct investment in Malta to date.

Type of Work handled

  • We advise clients on a vast array of corporate/commercial activities, including company formations & relocations, M&A, due diligence reporting, sale & purchase of assets through companies and trusts, liquidations, corporate reorganisations and restructuring and all ancillary matters.
  • We assist private clients, most notably UHNWI with their own portfolios of companies to be managed who entrust our law firm with their worldwide structures and set up Maltese elements to restructure their personal holdings or complement their already existing businesses.
  • Our corporate and commercial lawyers assist clients holistically by providing commercially-driven advice in a timely manner and work closely with our tax advisory team which is dedicated to providing high-calibre tax advice.

Testimonial  

I highly appreciate the commitment demonstrated by Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates in order to satisfy clients’ needs. I am very pleased with the way they consulted me throughout setting up my business in Malta and would – without hesitation – recommend Chetcuti to other business partners.

Michael Schutz, Msc E-Data Management Solutions

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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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GVZH Advocates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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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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WH Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its work in the gaming and gambling arena, handling mergers, sales and acquisitions that frequently have a cross-border element. 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.

Strengths Sources consider the firm "the best for gaming regulatory work" in the market.

Work highlights Led as legal advisers on the overhaul of Malta's gaming regulations on behalf of the Malta Gaming Authority.

Represented CVC Capital Partners in the sale and related due diligence of a major sports betting operation.

Notable practitioners

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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