Denise Abela
Senior Associate

Denise Abela is a senior associate in the Shipping and Aviation department within the firm and focuses on re-flagging of merchant vessels and registration of yachts. Denise has considerable experience in new-building and second-hand vessel sale and purchase transactions, the formation and support of shipping organizations, and regularly assists financial institutions with the registration of mortgages and other related securities.

Denise advises on matters relating to corporate law, marine environmental protection issues and employment matters relating to the shipping and aviation sectors. She also advises international clients (both corporate and individual) on leasing structures for yachts.

Bachelor of Laws with Sociology (2009, University of Malta) 

Doctor of Laws (2012, University of Malta) 

Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Maritime Law (2013, International Maritime Law Institute (I.M.L.I) 

Re-flagging and registering container ship fleet
Drafting of master crew employment contracts for an international yacht manager
Litigating for a mega-yacht owner in relation to a damages claim
Recovery of crew wages for distressed crew on an arrested vessels
Appearing on behalf of a mortgagee bank, as subrogated in the rights of crew, in proceedings for the sale by judicial auction of debtor vessel

Admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta (2013)
Malta Maritime Law Association

Related Practices

Employment and Labour
Shipping and Yachting

Contact Details

T: (+356) 2540 3000

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Palazzo Pietro Stiges
103, Strait Street

Valletta VLT1436