Firm / Organisation

Camilleri Preziosi

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Senior Partners: Louis de Gabriele, Henri Mizzi
Partners: Marisa Vella, Ron Galea Cavallazzi, Malcolm Falzon, Donald Vella, Andrei Vella, Steve Decesare
Number of partners: 8
Number of lawyers: 30
Languages: English, Maltese, Italian

Firm Overview:
The firm is respected by clients and peers for its consistent ability to deliver pragmatic and solution-driven advice to clients by combining innovation in thought and technical excellence in the law. The firm is organised into two practice groups: corporate and finance; and regulatory, EU and litigation. The corporate and finance practice group focuses principally on domestic and international transactions including M&A, corporate finance and capital markets; it advises the financial services and insurance sector and provides tax advice and compliance services. Andrei Vella was admitted to partnership within the corporate and finance practice group as of 1st January 2018. The regulatory, EU and litigation practice group handles competition matters, commercial dispute resolution as well as regulatory advice and support. Steve Decesare was admitted to partnership within the regulatory, EU and litigation practice group as of 1st January 2018. The level of specialisation within the firm and its lawyers’ constant exposure to commercial considerations, enable it to advice on the most complex commercial and finance transactions and disputes.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance, Asset Management & Funds
Capital Markets
EU & Competition
Technology, Media & Communications
Intellectual Property
Dispute Resolution

5 partners, 12 fee earners
■Assisted sell-side in the disposal of a retail banking institution licensed in Malta
■Assisting the seller on the sale and purchase of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Malta
■Advising on the acquisition of a licensed retirement scheme administrator based in Malta by a cross border financial services provider

Banking & Finance (including Insurance):
3 partners, 6 fee earners
■Assisted a leading local bank with regulatory matters in particular with MiFID II compliance
■Assisted a majority shareholder in the transfer of its shareholding in a leading retail credit institution in Malta
■Assisted a leading local credit institution in a number of syndicated loan facility agreements
■Assisted a global asset and wealth management company with the acquisition of a unit-linked portfolio of life insurance policies from a major local bank
■Advised prospective indirect shareholders of a local insurance company in relation to a bond-for-share exchange, including advising on regulatory change of control implications as well as drafting and review of transaction and security documents

Investment Services:
2 partners, 6 fee earners
■Assisted a number of established market players (including credit institutions) in updating processes/documentation for the implementation of MiFID II
■Assistance in setting up and licensing of five alternative investment fund managers, a UCITS management company and a number of PIFs, AIFs and UCITS
■Assistance in the ongoing corporate and regulatory matters of a number of collective investment schemes, investment managers (both AIFMs and UCITS management companies) and fund administrators

Capital Markets:
3 partners, 6 fee earners
■Once again 2017 saw the firm engaged as legal counsel on the majority of local capital market issues, in both the retail and professional investor segments including two public share offerings
■Advised on the creation of multiple securitisation cell companies and advised on their respective programmes
■Technical advisors to the Ministry of Finance during Malta’s presidency of the European Council, in the STS Securitisation Working Party

2 partners, 5 fee earners
■Advising a major multi-national gaming and betting company with Maltese group members with respect to issues of mutual assistance between foreign and Maltese tax authorities under Directive 2010/24/EU concerning mutual assistance for the recovery of claims relating to taxes, duties and other measures
■Advising on the Maltese tax implications of the remittance of considerable wealth and assets to Malta applicable to an individual who is a beneficiary of a Malta tax residency programme
■Advised on the VAT implications and procedures of acquisition by a Maltese company of an aircraft, the importation of such aircraft through Maltese customs and the subsequent operation and lease of such aircraft to third party charterers as well as group companies

EU & Competition:
4 partners, 7 fee earners
■Advising on merger control and merger notifications
■Advising on vertical agreements, abuse of dominance and other antitrust matters
■Representing clients before the Office for Competition and the Competition and Consumer Appeals Tribunal
■Advising the Maltese Government, State-owned companies, utilities and regulatory authorities on a number of EU related-matters, including public procurement, PPPs, State aid matters and EU funding

Technology, Media & Communications:
2 partners, 4 fee earners
■Involved in the enactment of laws for the liberalisation of the Maltese electronic communications market and the privatisation of the incumbent operator
■Leading consultants on applicable regulations, permits and necessary authorisations for the proposal of a fibre optic cable between Malta and Gozo

Intellectual Property:
2 partners, 3 fee earners
■Representing a major communications operator before the Courts of Malta in connection with the illegal sale and use of decoder cards in Malta which give access to football matches over which the client retains copyrights
■Advice to a renowned online digital games company with respect to court proceedings on intellectual property infringement and the application for a pan-European injunction
■Assisting a major non-European airline operator with a trademark infringement claim with respect to the unauthorised use of an identical mark on an in-flight magazine by an unauthorised third party

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 6 fee earners
■Representing a group of companies in connection with a variety of claims on intellectual property matters
■Representing an established accountant and auditor in defending a claim of fraudulent trading

2 partners, 3 fee earners
■Assisting in the ongoing corporate, financing, licensing and regulatory requirements of a number of gaming operators and a software platform provider licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority
■Assisting prospective Maltese gaming licensees in their application for a online gaming license issued by the Malta Gaming Authority
■Transactional and regulatory advice relating to the acquisition of or change in control applications relating to a number of Maltese gaming licensees

2 partners, 4 fee earners
■Instructed by Holman Fenwick Willan to assist in the registration of aircraft on the Malta registry for commercial air transport
■Acting for the lenders and/or security trustee in connection with various aircraft and ship financings
■Acting for owners and charterers in connection with acquisition and sale of aircraft, yachts and other vessels, chartering and operation and maintenance agreements of said assets