Chambers Global 2019
Corporate and Commercial
(Band 1) - Head of department Andrew Muscat acts on a wide array of mandates including M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and advising on company incorporation in Malta. Clients value that he "always gives very balanced advice" and also note that "the way he communicates is clear and easy to understand." Another interviewee enthuses: "Muscat is very experienced, knowledgeable and provides solutions."
(Band 3) - Managing partner Michael Psaila acts on re-domiciliation and transactional matters. He advises on the sale of corporate equity stakes, and is also knowledgeable on litigation and arbitration.
(Senior Statespeople) - Richard Camilleri is an experienced and long-standing corporate lawyer. A source comments that he is "brilliant and very well renowned internationally."
(Band 4) - Antoine Camilleri has a wide-ranging practice encompassing intellectual property, IT and corporate mandates, and also advises clients on compliance with changing legislation. Camilleri is also active on cryptocurrency-related matters, acting on issues relating to bitcoin.
(Band 2) - Katya Tua advises on fund structuring and licensing and assists clients with regulatory mandates. She acts on both domestic and cross-border matters.
Awards and Recognition - 2019
Mamo TCV Advocates' team has particular expertise in handling commercial aircraft purchase agreements, sales and leaseback transactions, employment contracts and aircraft repossessions. Key contacts Nicholas Valenzia and Joseph Camilleri are praised for their 'scope and depth of legal expertise and advice'.
Commercial, corporate and M&A
Andrew Muscat leads on corporate and commercial matters at Mamo TCV Advocates. The firm's recent work includes advising on a number of significant M&A transactions for international clients; one highlight involved acting for UK-based retailer The Entertainer on its acquisition of 50% of the equity of Maltese company John G. Cassar. Michael Psaila assisted a subsidiary of healthcare supplier Baxter Group with redomiciling from Switzerland to Malta. Elsewhere, the team advises clients on corporate governance, securitisation projects, asset finance projects and regulatory and compliance issues. Joseph Borg Bartolo is recommended for insurance-related mandates, which includes litigation, as well as regulatory and compliance advice. Bartolo assisted a network services operator with setting up a data centre in Malta.
Mamo TCV Advocates' contentious work spans commercial, bank finance, insurance and civil law matters. Key lawyers Joseph Camilleri, Stephen Muscat, Franco Vassallo and Frank B. Testa represent local and international private sector clients in litigation, and also provide assistance with alternative forms of dispute resolution. The firm’s client base also includes government departments and public authorities. The team represented a public authority in a contract dispute relating to an infrastructure project, and is also acting for a consortium of investors in a shareholder dispute.
The team at Mamo TCV Advocates excels in major trade mark enforcement actions, and has successfully handled anti-counterfeiting matters for multinational brands. Led by practice head Antoine Camilleri, it also leads on prosecution matters, agreement drafting, licensing and encryption issues. Key clients include multinational FMCG, computing, publishing and entertainment brands. Richard Camilleri is also a noted contact.
Mamo TCV Advocates' investment funds practice head Katya Tua has expertise in matters such as alternative investment fund structuring, corporate governance law, general company law and MiFID and UCITS regulatory requirements. Tua advised The Macro Fund on the restructuring, winding-up and re-establishment of a set of sub-funds under an umbrella Société d'investissement à Capital Variable (SICAV). The firm also assists with investment service licensing matters.
Mamo TCV Advocates is a leader in large-scale mixed-use real estate concessions. Its team includes Richard Camilleri, who assisted a developer with a preliminary agreement for a mixed-use development concession on a historical site. Andrew Muscat is advising a property investment company on the development of an office building and parking block; he is advising on lease agreements and other leasing matters. The firm also handles real estate transactions and tax issues, among other matters. Other noted individuals include experienced litigators Franco Vassallo and Frank Testa.
Mamo TCV Advocates’ shipping practice counts local and international companies, public bodies and private clients among its client base. Practice head Nicholas Valenzia focuses on asset management, ship and yacht finance, ownership structuring, tax structuring and shipbuilding contract matters. The team also handles disputes relating to ship arrests and repossessions. Joseph Camilleri is a noted lawyer in this field.
Banking, finance and capital markets
Highlights for Mamo TCV Advocates included being instructed by the Malta Stock Exchange to assist with the establishment of the Institutional Financial Securities Market for the listing of wholesale securities upwards of €100,000. Led by Andrew Muscat, the team regularly acts for listed companies on debt and equity issuance programmes. Recent work includes handling a €2m bond issuance for food and beverage conglomerate Simonds Farsons Cisk and a share listing for property investment company Trident Estates. Managing partner Michael Psaila is noted for his work on syndicated loan transactions, securitisations and other capital markets matters.