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GANADO Advocates

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Managing Partner: Louis Cassar Pullicino
Number of partners: 20
Number of fee-earners: 70+ (including partners)
Total number of staff: 140+

Firm Overview:
GANADO Advocates is a leading law firm established in Malta, widely recognised for its financial services and commercial law practices. The firm traces its roots back to the early 1900s, and is today one of Malta’s foremost law practices consistently ranking as a leading firm in all its core sectors.
GANADO Advocates has, over the past decades, contributed directly towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services. Today, the firm continues to provide high standards of legal advisory service to support and enhance Malta’s offering.

Aviation
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Competition
Construction
Contract Law
Corporate & M&A
Corporate Finance & Tax
Digital & Blockchain
Dispute Resolution
Employment
Insurance & Pensions
Intellectual Property & Telecoms, Media & Technology
Investment Services & Funds
Private Client
Public Procurement
Shipping & Yachting
Trusts & Foundations

Main Areas of Practice:

GANADO Advocates consistently provides its clients, coming from various industry sectors, with specialist advice and practice. The firm’s practice areas dealing with High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) are highlighted below.

Trusts & Foundations:
The trusts and foundations practice regularly assists with the setting up of various types of trusts and foundations governed by Maltese law, including employee benefit trusts, purpose foundations in the context of securitisation transactions, employee share option schemes, and various private trusts and foundations for estate planning and other private purposes. The team assists the majority of international players in the fiduciary sector with obtaining authorisations from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) – the local regulator – for the provision of fiduciary services in Malta. The team has also successfully assisted HNWIs in setting up the first Private Trust Companies (PTCs) in Malta.
Key Contact: Anthony Cremona
Email: [email protected]

Private Client:
The private client practice provides legal advice and ongoing assistance to HNWIs and their families, foundations, trustees, family offices and other wealth management service providers in connection with the planning and structuring of their own or their clients’ private wealth and assets and the regulatory aspects of their fiduciary activities. The team provides HNWIs and their families with all suitable legal and tax advice with respect to their applications under the Malta Individual Investor Programme – a citizenship by investment programme that is the first of its kind to have had its validity officially recognised by the European Commission. The practice also advises on the regulatory aspects of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML-CFT) legislation and regulations, having assisted various regulated entities with respect to their regulatory and other AML-CFT responsibilities in terms of the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive as well as in respect of relevant Maltese laws, regulations, procedures and guidelines.
Key Contact: Anthony Cremona
Email: [email protected]

Yachting:
GANADO Advocates has a long-standing practice advising clients on the most tax efficient structures for the ownership and leasing of their yachts as well as the registration of the yachts under the Malta flag. The firm also advises and assists yacht financiers on the Maltese security aspects. The firm has been strongly involved in the drafting of much of the relevant shipping legislation over the years, and the Malta regulatory and tax authorities have regularly sought advice from the firm in respect of technical aspects of Malta’s legislation relating to yachts. The Yachting practice is renowned for its level of expertise and detail when assisting yacht owners who lease their yachts through Maltese companies, import yachts into the EU through Malta, and acquire or transfer yachts owned by Maltese companies and/or Malta-flagged vessels.
Key Contacts: Christine Cassar Naudi, Stephen Attard
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Private Aviation:
The aviation practice at GANADO Advocates is well renowned for its expertise and experience. The team works regularly in aviation finance transactions, sale and purchase, leasing structures and in providing assistance to HNW aircraft owners with various legal aspects related to aircraft registration. The firm is also considered as a market leader in all matters relating to security interests over aircraft registered in Malta as well as in structuring air-finance deals through various methods including syndicated loans and securitisation.
Key Contact: Daniel Aquilina
Email: [email protected]
For a full list of the firm’s sectors and practices please visit: www.ganadoadvocates.com/expertise/.

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