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GVZH Advocates

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Managing Partner: Dr Andrew J Zammit
Chairman: Dr Joseph J Vella
Number of partners: 6
Number of associates: 25
Languages: Maltese, English, French, German, Italian

Firm Overview:
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.

Main Areas of Practice:

Aviation:
1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm is one of the leaders in the aviation space in Malta, assisting operators with their Air Operator Certificates (AOC) in Malta, the registration of aircraft and aircraft leasing and financing projects.
Contact: Dr Michael Grech, Dr Katrina Abela
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
3 partners, 5 fee earners based in Valletta
GVZH Advocates is actively involved in banking, finance and capital market transactions in Malta, and the volume, nature and complexity of deals handled by the firm each year stands as evidence of the depth and breadth of its expertise. The firm acts for both institutional lenders and borrowers on a variety of financing and secured lending transactions.
Contact: Dr Kurt Hyzler, Dr Luca Vella
Email: [email protected]

Competition/Antitrust Regulations:
1 partner, 5 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm advises clients on the compatibility of their commercial practices with competition law. From selective distribution agreements to agency models, rebates to discount schemes we assist clients by assessing their sales or business models and advising on any antitrust implications. The firm is also actively involved in control of concentrations clearances, in the context of its strong M&A practice, assisting clients submit the relevant concentration notification to the national competition authority (MCCAA). GVZH Advocates also advises on state aid control.
Contact: Dr. Gayle Kimerbley
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
3 partners, 9 fee earners based in Valletta The foundations of GVZH Advocates lie in our corporate and M&A practice, acting predominantly for an international client base in cross-border transactions, advising on all aspects of the Maltese legal and regulatory landscape . The firm has acted as Maltese counsel for several Fortune 500 companies, advising on international merger and acquisition transactions, tender offers, corporate restructuring, transfers of business, spin-offs and leveraged buy-out transactions, mandatory bids, and capital market transactions. The firm is geared to assist buyers, sellers, investors, investment banks, commercial banks, private equity and venture capital funds, institutional lenders, and management groups.
Contact: Dr. Kurt Hyzler, Dr. Luca Vella
Email: [email protected]

Data Protection:
1 partner, 5 fee earners
Forming part of the firm’s TMT practice, the privacy and data protection practice is active in advising on all aspects of the GDPR, from audits and compliance to the handling of data breaches, incident responses, and international data transfers.
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit, Dr Annabel Hili
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Industrial Relations Law:
1 partner, 8 fee earners based in Valletta
Whilst the firm’s M&A practice generates a significant volume of work on transfers of undertakings and the related safeguarding of employee rights, principally from an employer perspective, the firm is also heavily engaged in advising on collective agreements, posting of workers, gig economy models for freelance workers, managing work permits, structuring employee share option programmes, and the hiring and dismissal of C-suite staff.
Contact: Dr Karl Briffa
Email: [email protected]

Financial Services:
3 partners, 8 fee earners based in Valletta GVZH Advocates boasts a leading financial services practice, covering banking, payment services, asset management, and insurance business, and is retained by top names for their legal and regulatory needs in Malta.
Contact: Dr. Andrew J Zammit, Dr. Kurt Hyzler, Dr. Luca Vella
Email: [email protected]

Hospitality:
2 partners, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm is retained by some of Malta’s largest five-star hotel operators and has an impressive all-round industry grasp. Contact: Dr Michael Grech Email: [email protected] iGaming: 1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Valletta The firm advises top-end gaming operators with all their licensing, legal and compliance requirements in Malta, working alongside a wide network of advisors in other jurisdictions worldwide.
Contact: Dr. Andrew J Zammit
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Valletta
GVZH Advocates offers a full spectrum of IP related services, advising clients on technology and software related issues, as well as traditional trademark, copyright and patent-related work for several household name brands.
Contact: Dr Michael Grech, Dr Annabel Hili
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
1 partners, 5 fee earners based in Valletta
GVZH Advocates has handled some high-profile litigation matters dealing primarily with material corporate and commercial issues having an international dimension.
Contact: Dr Karl Briffa
Email: [email protected]

Private Client, Citizenship & Residence:
1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm provides an array of solutions to private clients including assistance with obtaining work permits; obtaining special tax statuses; applying for Maltese citizenship by naturalisation or by investment and any legal aspects related to relocating to Malta.
Contact: Dr Ann Bugeja
Email: [email protected]

Projects & Public Procurement:
1 partner, 8 fee earners based in Valletta
Contact: Dr Karl Briffa
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
1 partner, 8 fee earners based in Valletta In-keeping with Malta’s significant increase in lifestyle real estate developments over the past 15 years, GVZH Advocates has played an instrumental part in advising on some of the largest real estate developments on the island, covering planning, construction and sale of the development.
Contact: Dr. Karl Briffa
Email: [email protected]

Maritime:
1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm has a strong maritime law practice focussing primarily on yachts and super-yachts and servicing owners, financiers and managers. The maritime team adopts a strategic advisory role, providing sophisticated, tailor made solutions for a discerning client base.
Contact: Dr. Michael Grech
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
1 partner 2 fee earners based in Valletta
GVZH Advocates provides a range of local and international clients with consultancy and advisory services addressing various aspects of domestic and intrenational taxation. The firm’s tax practice is regularly called upon to assist in high-level tax and estate planning and advise on the Malta tax implications of non-tax driven exercises involving corporate, trusts and other arrangements.
Contact: Dr. Andrew J. Zammit
Email: [email protected]

Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT):
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm’s TMT team is a cross-disciplinary team dealing with various aspects of the technology, media and telecommunications industries, advising on various legal, regulatory and compliance issues from the regulation of satellite transmissions to converging technologies, and from the legal aspects of IOT technologies to legal intercept allowances under Maltese legislation. The team has been engaged to advise the FAANG companies on some aspects of their business in Malta.
Contact: Dr. Andrew J Zammit

Contributions

Total 1 contributions

Gaming Law 2019 Law and Practice in Malta

Andrew J. Zammit, Gayle Kimberley, Amanda Vella, Nicole Sciberras Debono

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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Employment on board Maltese flagged vessels – do seafarers get a fair deal?

Angela Bruno

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