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Ganado Advocates

General Business Law

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What the team is known for

Ganado Advocates remains a powerhouse law firm with an outstanding practice in the field of corporate, financial services and dispute resolution. On the financial services side, the team has a strong focus on investment funds and insurance regulatory matters, as well as acting on bond issuances, IPOs and the lender side of financing transactions. Ganado advises clients on debt restructuring matters and insolvency proceedings. Other high-level contentious work handled by the firm includes representing clients in white-collar crime allegations, procurement litigation, commercial disputes and litigation involving the media sector. The firm is additionally popular with clients from the telecoms and technology industries for advice on M&A transactions and data protection mandates. Lawyers at the firm have notable expertise in the fields of tax and intellectual property law.

Strengths

One client enthuses: "In my opinion Ganado is a top-class firm," and goes on to highlight that the team was "very clear with us from the outset what the risks were and had good foresight in the matters."

Another commentator reports that "Ganado is our go-to law firm for any matters involving Maltese law," and also praises the firm's collaborative approach on multi-jurisdictional matters: "Ganado is always willing to act as an extension of the existing legal and client team when required, which is a refreshing approach when it comes to international collaboration work."

Notable practitioners

Andre Zerafa is one of the key names for investment funds matters in Malta, assisting clients with the establishment of funds and transactional matters. A client calls him "decisive and knowledgeable." Andre Zerafa also has experience advising on capital markets matters.

Seen as a "promising litigator" by interviewees, Antoine Cremona acts for clients on financial and commercial disputes. He also has experience representing clients in white-collar crime litigation.

Conrad Portanier is a prolific lawyer in banking and finance who also assists clients with capital markets matters, including bond issuances.

Leonard Bonello acts for banks on corporate financing matters and on the issuance of notes. Clients particularly highlight him for his technical skills.

Louis Cassar Pullicino is a leading litigator in Malta with notable expertise in commercial disputes and insolvency proceedings. An interviewee describes him as a "very experienced commercial litigator." Louis Cassar Pullicino also represents claimants in criminal litigation.

Matthew Bianchi has a strong focus on matters in the insurance sector, including the establishment of new insurance ventures in Malta.

Matthew Brincat is praised by a number of sources for his ability to handle employment law matters.

Max Ganado has notable experience assisting clients with regulatory matters in the technology sector. A client enthuses that he is a "solution finder and provides out-of-the-box solutions." Max Ganado is also known for his experience in financial services matters.

Nicholas Curmi is active in capital markets mandates, advising clients on bond and notes issuances.

Paul Micallef Grimaud has notable experience representing clients in intellectual property disputes, as well as advising on data protection issues, software outsourcing and technology regulations. A commentator appreciates that he "adopts a commercial and practical approach, so as to ensure that the output is actually beneficial to the client and the situation it finds itself in."

Simon Schembri assists clients with corporate transactions in the telecommunications and gaming sectors. An interviewee describes him as a "hard-working, intelligent and tenacious lawyer."

Described by a client as "commercially savvy, responsive and able to explain complicated issues simply," Stephen Attard assists clients with corporate transactions and debt restructuring mandates. He also has experience in tax law, advising on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings, VAT matters and the taxation of dividends.

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Overview

Ganado Advocates has been the trusted advisor to major international banking groups and other financial institutions on all matters of Maltese law for over half a century. Our banking and finance, investment services and funds, capital markets and insurance and pensions teams continue to be at the cutting edge of Maltese legal and regulatory developments. The firm leveraged its long-standing experience in banking law and regulatory matters to target the burgeoning e-money and payment services sectors.

We act for a large number of corporate clients and regularly advise on various corporate and commercial law matters – from company restructuring, legal due diligence, cross-border mergers, joint ventures, public service contracts and partnerships, to company dissolution and liquidation. We are regularly involved in a number of local and international mergers and acquisitions, including some of the largest and most complex transactions.

Ganado Advocates’ litigation and dispute resolution team has an extensive and well-respected litigation and arbitration practice covering highly technical and specialised disputes. A notable amount of litigation involves an international commercial dimension in the areas of admiralty law, banking, insurance, gaming, corporate, international commercial arbitration, intellectual property, contractual disputes, insolvency, public procurement, competition and debt collection for foreign creditors including enforcement of foreign judgements and awards.

General Business Law

Ganado Advocates

firm
Location

171 Old Bakery Street

Valletta

Malta

Malta

VLT 1455

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 11 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Article

NatWest: A case of ignoring the obvious

Authors: Bettina Gatt, Ganado Advocates

Article

MiFID II ‘quick-fix’: A response to the Covid-19 pandemic and related disruptions

Authors: Stephanie Farrugia, Ganado Advocates, Erika Gabarretta, Ganado Advocates

Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Malta

Corporate/Commercial


Matthew Brincat
Band 4
Max Ganado
Senior Statespeople
Simon Schembri
Band 4
Stephen Attard
Band 2

Dispute Resolution


Antoine G Cremona
Band 2
Louis Cassar Pullicino
Band 1

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