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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: 29
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 crossborder 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

Banking & Finance:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Valletta
■ Re-organisation of Maltese corporate groups
■ Re-financing of a major national energy project
■ Re-financing of a major telecommunications operator based in Malta
■ Leveraged financing transactions
■ Financing of a bank note facility in Malta
■ Financing of a major FinTech project
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit

Competition/Antitrust Regulations:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Valletta
Actively involved in anti-trust control of concentrations clearances, in the context of its strong M&A practice.
Contact: Dr Michael Grech

Corporate & M&A:
3 partners, 8 fee earners based in Valletta
M&A is the firm’s most active practice, covering a wide spectrum of transactions across multiple industries including:
■ Sale and acquisition of insurance, investment services and payment services operators, undertaking legal due diligence (buyer and seller) and advising on all regulatory matters and anti-trust clearances
■ Intra-group and third party cross border mergers
■ Redomiciliation of companies into and out of Malta
■ Sale and purchase of assets transactions
■ Management of stakeholder interests and disputes in the context of merger and acquisition transactions
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit

Data Protection:
1 partner, 4 fee earners
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit

Employment & Industrial Relations Law:
2 partners, 2 fee earners based in Valletta
Advising on various complex employment issues including the posting of workers in overseas jurisdictions, transfers of undertakings and the correct treatment of pilot and cabin crew working on board Malta-registered aircraft. In 2018, the firm advised several international operators on the Maltese aspects of their employment policies and procedures. The 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.
Contact: Dr Joseph J Vella

Financial Services:
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
Assists operators with obtaining the relevant financial licenses or authorisations for their operations in payment services, electronic money, insurance business, asset management, financial brokerage, investment funds, trust and fiduciary activities and securitisation structures. It provides a full spectrum advisory and support role to operators from the application process to obtain the relative licence/s to on-going corporate governance and compliance matters.
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit

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 Joseph J Vella

iGaming:
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm assists operators obtain the necessary licensing for remote and land-based gaming operations, and assists with all legal and compliance matters thereafter.
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit

Intellectual Property:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm registers and administers a large portfolio of trademarks, most of which are world-known, household brands.
Contact: Dr Michael Grech

Litigation & Arbitration:
2 partners, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
GVZH Advocates has a solid litigation team which covers the full litigation spectrum, and specialises in corporate governance matters, protection of minority rights and other corporate matters. The team has been engaged to act in a series of high-profile disputes within a Malta-based family business having an international trading footprint.
Contact: Dr Karl Briffa

Private Client, Citizenship & Residence:
1 partner, 2 fee earners based in Valletta
The firm acts for a number of private clients with their residence and citizenship requirements.
Contact: Dr Ann Bugeja

Real Estate:
3 partners, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
Malta has seen a significant increase in lifestyle real estate developments over the past years, and GVZH Advocates has been and continues to be actively involved in the largest real estate developments taking place on the island.
■ The sale of a business tower within a lifestyle development based in Malta’s leading touristic/ business centre
■ Advising on the acquisition of land and the negotiating of a contract of works for the construction of a business tower within a new lifestyle development due for completion in 2020/ 2021
■ Advising and negotiating other significant real estate investments exceeding EUR150m in value for 2018
Contact: Dr Joseph J Vella

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 has played an instrumental role in negotiating and finalising several transactions and adopts a strategic advisory role for the parties involved. The firm prides itself in providing sophisticated, tailor made solutions catering to individual client needs.
Contact: Dr Michael Grech
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
1 partner 2 fee earners based in Valletta
Contact: Dr. Andrew J. Zammit

Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT):
1 partner, 4 fee earners based in Valletta
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit
Email: [email protected]

Trusts, Foundations & Voluntary Organisations:
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Valletta
Contact: Dr Andrew J Zammit
Email: [email protected] com.mt