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Firm Profile

GVZH Advocates

Firm Profile

Valletta

  • Profile
  • 192 Old Bakery Street
  • Valletta
  • Malta
  • Malta
  • VLT 1455

Firm profile submitted by GVZH Advocates

Managing Partner: Dr Andrew J Zammit
Number of partners: 6
Number of associates: 29
Languages: Maltese, English, French, German, Italian


GVZH Advocates is a modern and sophisticated legal practice composed of top-tier professionals, firmly rooted in decades of experience in the Maltese legal landscape. The firm has established itself as a market leader in cross-border transactions and business structuring particularly in the banking and finance, hospitality, pharmaceutical and telecommunications and technology sectors. Built on the values of acumen, integrity and clarity, the firm is dedicated to providing the highest levels of customer satisfaction, ensuring that legal solutions are not only soundly rooted and rigorously tested, but also meticulously implemented.


All lawyers are located in Valletta, Malta.
Tel: +356 21 228888

Banking & Finance:
1 partner, 3 fee earners
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit
Email: [email protected]m.mt
■ Crane Currency - advising on the establishment of a printing facility in Malta; assistance with all regulatory and corporate requirements; advising and assistance on the obtaining of a $100 million facility; advisory assistance with all real estate matters
■ Advising and drafting the prospectus for Corinthia Finance p.l.c. in connection with an issue of €40 million 4.25% unsecured bonds which were duly admitted to the official list of the Malta Stock Exchange
■ Advising and drafting the prospectus for Hili Properties p.l.c. in connection with an issue of €37 million 4.5% unsecured bonds which were duly admitted to the official list of the Malta Stock Exchange

Competition/Antitrust Regulations:
1 partner, 3 fee earners
Contact: Dr Michael Grech
Email: [email protected]
The firm is actively involved in anti-trust control of concentrations clearances, particularly in the context of its strong M&A practice.

Corporate & M&A:
3 partners, 8 fee earners
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit
Email: [email protected]
■ Advising on the acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. of Allergan plc’s generic pharmaceuticals business in Malta, for an aggregate consideration in the region of $36 billion
■ Advising local energy supplier Electrogas on various aspects of its operations including energy contracts, corporate and various arbitration and litigation matters
■ Advising Idox plc, a London Stock Exchange listed company in connection with its acquisition of 6pm plc, a company listed on the official list of the Malta Stock Exchange, and handling the subsequent squeeze-out and de-listing process

Employment & Industrial Relations Law:
2 partners, 2 fee earners
Contact: Dr Joseph J Vella
Email: [email protected]
Advising on various complex employment issues including the posting of workers in overseas jurisdictions, transfers of undertakings and the correct treatment of pilot and cabin crew working on board Malta-registered aircraft.

Financial Services:
1 partner, 4 fee earners
Contact: Dr. Andrew J Zammit
Email: [email protected]
The firm assists operators with obtaining the relevant financial licenses or authorisations for their operations in asset management, financial brokerage and underwriting, insurance, investment funds, trust and fiduciary activities and securitisation structures.

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 3 fee earners
Contact: Dr. Michael Grech
Email: [email protected]
The firm registers and administers a large portfolio of trademarks, most of which are world-known, household brands.

Litigation & Arbitration:
2 partners, 4 fee earners
Contact: Dr Karl Briffa
Email: [email protected]
GVZH Advocates has a solid litigation team which covers the full litigation spectrum, and specialises in corporate governance matters, protection of minority rights and other corporate matters. The team has been engaged to act in a series of high-profile disputes within a Malta-based family business having an international trading footprint.

Private Client, Citizenship & Residence:
2 partners, 3 fee earners
Contact: Dr George Hyzler
Email: [email protected]
The firm acts for a number of private clients with their residence and citizenship requirements.

Real Estate:
3 partners, 4 fee earners
Contact: Dr Joseph J Vella
Email: [email protected]
Malta has seen a significant increase in lifestyle real estate developments over the past years, and GVZH Advocates has been and continues to be actively involved in the largest real estate developments taking place on the island.
■ The development of a residential and retail lifestyle development in the centre of St Julian’s
■ The sale of an entire office block forming part of Malta’s most exclusive real estate development in St Julian’s
■ Other significant and confidential real estate developments exceeding €100 million in value for 2017

Maritime & Aviation:
1 partner, 2 fee earners
Contact: Dr Michael Grech
Email: [email protected]
■ The firm is very active in the maritime sector and provides various solutions for yacht and super-yacht owners, financiers and managers while representing some of the industry’s leading players. The firm prides itself in providing tailor made solutions catering to individual needs
■ TAG Aviation SA- the firm assisted with obtaining an AOC and establishing the company’s operations in Malta

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