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Managing Partners: Kevin Deguara, Jean C Farrugia

Number of partners: 7

Number of lawyers: 17

Languages: English, French, Italian, Maltese, Spanish


Firm Overview:

Deguara Farrugia Advocates is a Malta-based law firm set up by its founding partners Kevin Deguara and Jean C Farrugia in 2003. The practice has in recent years established itself as a prominent commercial law firm covering various practice areas, including funds and investment services; banking law; corporate and commercial law; gaming and betting law; litigation and arbitration; public procurement and privatisation; trust and fiduciary services; real estate, yacht and aircraft registration and finance; shipping and admiralty law; and taxation law, notably international tax planning.


Deguara Farrugia Advocates acts for and advises international organisations, private and listed companies, funds and investment service providers, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals from around the globe. Throughout the years the firm has assisted clients on a multitude of deals and local and cross-border transactions, including the provision of legal assistance and advice on the setting up of businesses and joint ventures; licensing and regulatory matters; mergers and acquisitions; listings; setting up of international corporate structures; group reorganisations. The firm assists bidders in acquiring and taking control of state-owned entities in the course of privatisation and tender processes, and acts as legal advisor for the privatisation unit of the Government of Malta in connection with public concessions and tenders.


Main Areas of Practice:


Banking & Finance:

The financial services department at Deguara Farrugia Advocates has grown from strength to strength. The firm has advised both financial services providers, including investment funds, investment management companies, funds administrators, and credit and financial institutions, as well as investors, on a plethora of legal, regulatory, compliance and commercial issues.


Corporate:

The corporate law department is central to Deguara Farrugia Advocates. The general corporate advice given by the firm includes advice on local company legislation in connection with the incorporation of companies; M&A transactions; shareholder rights; directors’ duties; mergers and acquisitions, liquidations and company recovery. Members of the corporate law department are also frequently involved in security issues, listings and IPOs.


Transport:

The specialised lawyers composing the transport law team are highly knowledgeable in aspects related to the yachting, shipping and aviation industry, particularly registration; sales and purchase contracts; finance and mortgages; crewing; importation and VAT implications; chartering; management and insurance. Admiralty law and wet and dry claims also fall within the competence of the transport law team.


Public-Private Partnerships:

The firm is also active in the field of public procurement and public concessions. The firm has acted for governmental and public entities on a number of public competitive processes leading to the award of tenders and concessions or privatisations of public owned entities as well as for private bidders participating in similar processes.


Litigation & Dispute Resolution:

The litigation and dispute lawyers of the firm spend a considerable amount of time advising and working with client to resolve contentious issues before the matter is referred to the competent adjudicating body. The firm handles various kinds of disputes including large debt recovery, contractual disputes, real estate litigation, shareholder disputes, insolvency actions, investor rights actions, financial services related disputes, civil disputes, judicial review and other administrative actions, maritime litigation and all types of injunctions.


Recent Work:

■ Successfully assisted mortgagees in arresting bulk-carrier MV Bright Star in Malta following its judicial sale in Jamaica which failed to recognise our clients’ Maltese-registered mortgage.

Members: Jonathan Thompson, Marlon Borg


■ Representing groups of dissenting shareholders in various businesses and companies during negotiations and before the Courts of Malta.

Members: Jonathan Thompson, Marlon Borg


■ Provided legal advice and assistance to a premier aviation company in the management of the operations, including assistance with the obtainment and management of the AOC and AOL.

Members: Maria Deguara, Filippo Maria Arcaleni


■ Advised and assisted a business aviation company in the acquisition of aircrafts, including assisting the client in his dealings with the financing bank and set-up of necessary Malta based corporate structures.

Members: Maria Deguara, Filippo Maria Arcaleni


■ Provided legal advice and assistance to a premier luxury aviation company in the project of business expansion via acquisition of other operators.

Members: Maria Deguara, Filippo Maria Arcaleni


■ Advised and assisted a leading business aviation group of companies in the dual issuance of an aggregate USD 700m notes.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Maria Deguara, Johan Farrugia, Alejandro Borg, Richard Deschrijver, Andrew Massa


■ Advised and assisted a syndicate of US banks in the restatement of a credit facility of an aggregate of circa €600,000,000

Members: Johan Farrugia, Luana Borg


■ Appointed legal advisors to the Privatisation Unit (Government of Malta) in connection with the launch of several RFP processes. DF Advocates presently provides ongoing legal advice and assistance.

Members: Maria Deguara


■ Advised and assisted clients in obtaining accreditation for a tertiary education licence.

Members: Maria Deguara, Celia Mifsud


■ Advising and assisting clients operating more than fifty retail outlets, in a major corporate restructuring exercise, to be followed by a bond issue of €5M.

Members: Maria Deguara, Richard Deschrijver


■ Advised and assisted multiple clients in the acquisition of yachts and the registration process of yachts under Malta flag, both as commercial and as pleasure yachts and also under Delaware flag.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Andrew Massa


■ Advised and assisted multiple clients in the importation and exportation procedures, including assistance with customs formalities and obtainment of VAT deferrals and also VAT paid certificates.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Marlon Borg, Andrew Massa


■ Assisted a major local real estate group in connection with a €40,000,000 bonds issue and the listing thereof on the Main List of the Malta Stock Exchange.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Johan Farrugia


■ Assisted a major local pharma group in connection with a €13,000,000 bonds issue and the listing thereof on the Main List of the Malta Stock Exchange.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Johan Farrugia


■ Assisted in the issuance of €5,000,000 bonds by a major operator and franchise of convenience shops in Malta.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Johan Farrugia


■ Acted as advisors to an issuer of tokenized assets for the development of a major film, television and digital media financing platform.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Johan Farrugia


■ Advised, assisted in and managed the setting up and licensing application process of a new credit institution focusing on corporate and private banking solutions.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia; Johan Farrugia


■ Advised, assisted in and managed the setting up and licensing of a number of investment services companies, including Super Manco’s and MiFID firms, as well as advice and assistance in connection with change in control applications of investment services companies.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Johan Farrugia, Alejandro Borg


■ Advised, assisted in and managed the setting up, licensing and launch of a number of collective investment schemes in Malta and Luxembourg, including a fund focused on financing clinical trials.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Alejandro Borg


■ Advised, assisted in and managed the setting up, licensing and launch of two pension schemes for a local financial services group.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Alejandro Borg


■ Advised and assisted in the sale and acquisition of a majority stake in a local credit institution and change in control application therefor.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Alejandro Borg


■ Advised and assisted in the setting up and licensing of a local insurance structure, and the issuance of catastrophe bonds linked to the insurance vehicle.

Members: Jean C. Farrugia, Johan Farrugia, Alejandro Borg


■ Applied for residency under the Malta Residency and Visa Program for in excess of forty families from China and South Africa combined as Accredited Agents under the program.

Members: Kevin Deguara, Yakof Agius


■ Appointed as advisors in respect of various work permit, visa and residence applications for in excess of two hundred clients cumulatively.

Members: Kevin Deguara, Yakof Agius

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