The Legal 500 EMEA published its 2021 edition and rankings on 14th April, 2021 and once again recognized Mamo TCV Advocates as one of the leading law firms in Malta.
Apart from excellent rankings in all areas of practice, Prof. Andrew Muscat is listed in the Hall of Fame for Commercial, Corporate and M&A and as a Leading Individual in Banking, Finance & Capital Markets while Dr. Katya Tua and Dr Joe Camilleri were recognised as Leading Individuals in Investment Funds and Dispute Resolution respectively. Moreover, another 10 members of our team were singled out for their work in their respective areas of practice.
This is how the Legal 500 described our work and expertise:
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A (Band 1)
The ‘knowledgeable, responsive, client-oriented’ team at Mamo TCV Advocates, led by Andrew Muscat, has been kept busy handling a range of work relating to company set up, as well as drafting complex articles and shareholder agreements. The team has been retained as external counsel to Steward Healthcare to advise on a number of matters, Michael Psaila has led on this work. The firm has seen an increase in wind-up and insolvency work as a result of the pandemic as well as an increase in activity in the insurance sector.
Practice head(s): Andrew Muscat
Other key lawyers: Michael Psaila; Joe Borg Bartolo; Edmond Zammit Laferla
‘They are one of Malta’s top tier law firms and well exposed in dealing with international clients, they have always addressed our needs and have proved to have a wide range of legal expertise. ‘
‘We mainly work with Michael Psaila (Partner) and Maria Mulvaney (associate). They always have performed their work in a professional manner, highlighting all risks, and were always available when needed. ‘
‘Team is practical and reachable. Deadlines set are met and urgent matters are tackled on time’
‘Their technical knowledge and practicality. ‘
‘Mamo TCV Advocates is one of Malta’s leading law firms. It is highly regarded in all sectors of the community. In my experience its unique strength is in commercial and corporate law, where one of the senior partners, Andrew Muscat, is regarded as the country’s leading expert.’
‘My main contact with the firm has been with Andrew Muscat who, apart from clearly being a world class subject matter expert, is very attentive and very focused on the detail.’
‘Knowledgeable, responsive, client-oriented’
‘I have positive working relationships with them and they have helped us on a number of matters. They are well-respected in the Malta and their reputation is well deserved. ‘
‘Mamo-TCV has always engaged top professionals in its ranks.’
‘It has been a leading law firm for many years, especially in the field of commercial law’
‘Mamo-TCV is selective in its choice of personnel. Overall the firm can give a comprehensive legal service of a high quality. Their culture is a healthy one based on competence not bluster.’
DISPUTE RESOLUTION (Band 1)
The practice at Mamo TCV Advocates handles a variety of contentious matters, including those relating to family law, general commercial law, insurance, public procurement, bank finance, environment and planning, ship and aircraft arrests, employment law and the enforcement of foreign judgments in Malta. The team has seen a shift in the market towards more cross-border work and is well positioned to handle financial services and corporate disputes from local companies involved in larger deals. The department is led by Frank Testa, ‘a lawyer who really cares about his clients’, Joseph Camilleri and Stephen Muscat.
Practice head(s): Stephen Muscat; Joseph Camilleri; Frank Testa
Other key lawyers: Nicholas Valenzia; Maria Lisa Buttigieg
‘I have been using this practice for commercial dispute resolution for a number of years. In my opinion, the practical way they handle disputes, avoiding the hassle of protracted lawsuits, but always keeping that option in mind, is very good. The breadth of experience in the team is also a very big plus. In comparison to other firms, this firm is the ‘first amongst equals’ in this field.’
‘Frank Testa – A lawyer who really cares about his clients, who listens, and who does not let the grass grow under his feet.
‘Maria Lisa Buttigieg – A lawyer whose technical expertise, coupled with dogged research of caselaw, is outstanding.’
‘The company has a number of experts and so it is great to be part of this team!’
‘Joseph Camilleri is a great person to work with – he makes himself available and also takes client concerns very seriously. He is the lawyer that you always want on your side. ‘
‘Very well prepared and the practice houses a very wide spectrum of expertise in various sectors’
‘Well informed and always available to help’
‘I find working with the lawyers within this firm to be a breath of fresh air. They are unique, in that they are very practical / pragmatic and are not time wasters’
‘The advice given by Dr. Frank Testa, is very professional, to the point and measured. It really is a pleasure to work with him.’
‘Practical, flexible and solution driven approach.’
‘Frank Testa is a leader in terms of litigation lawyers in Malta. Nicholas Valenzia is a leader in terms of maritime litigation in Malta.’
‘Thorough knowledge of all areas of law coupled with the availability that one would expect of an in-house / solely dedicated team of lawyers make MAMO TCV an exceptional legal services provider. Definitely the go-to choice for business in Malta.’
‘Partner Joe Camilleri is an exceptional individual who matches a wide and deep understanding of the law with a hard work ethic. Always available for assistance and pragmatic in his approach.’
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Band 1)
Mamo TCV Advocates’ advice spans all aspects of intellectual property law, but it is particularly notable for IP prosecutions. The team ‘knows the counterfeit business in Malta’ and has worked on numerous anti-counterfeiting cases for world leading brands in the sportswear, tobacco, fashion and electronics industry. Practice head, Antoine Camilleri is an expert in IP litigation,and an active member of several intellectual property associations. Claude Micallef-Grimaud joined the partnership this year.
Practice head(s): Antoine Camilleri; David Tonna; Claude Micallef Grimaud
‘Mamo knows the counterfeit business in Malta and accommodates to the client’s strategy.’
‘Antoine Camilleri is very client oriented.’
INVESTMENT FUNDS (Band 1)
The team at Mamo TCV Advocates is experienced in the structuring and licensing of retail open-ended or closed-ended funds as well as alternative and professional investor funds. Led by Katya Tua, the team has recently advised on Maltese regulatory matters for several investment management companies including Futura Investment Management, The Macro Fund and The ARP Funds.
Practice head(s): Katya Tua
‘Katya Tua is always available.’
REAL ESTATE (Band 1)
The team at Mamo TCV Advocates is regularly engaged on a full scope of real estate matters. It is experienced in working on a variety of projects from large-scale mixed-use real estate developments to historic buildings; the practice has assisted with purchasing and lease agreements, drafting and negotiating complex contracts and dispute resolution. Joseph Borg Bartolo, an expert on immovable property transactions, and experienced litigator, Frank B. Testa are the practice heads.
Practice head(s): Joseph Borg Bartolo; Frank B. Testa
‘The quality of the partners and their availability is what makes this firm unique. Also the open discussion and the industry knowledge of both the partners and the associates makes it easier to deal with real estate legal matters.’
‘Dr Joseph Camilleri is always available, knowledgeable about any matter/question we raise, efficient in delivering the request and has a very good approach even with harder matters.
‘Dr Joe Borg Bartolo has given us good guidance in negotiations and also have a very good approach in negotiating with third parties.’
The team at Mamo TCV Advocates offers clients a complete service when it comes to aviation matters. It has been engaged by the Maltese government to act as the legal adviser on legislative matters and regularly acts for major financiers. Nicholas Valenzia and Joseph Camilleri head the practice.
Practice head(s): Nicholas Valenzia; Joseph Camilleri
BANKING, FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS (Band 2)
Led by Andrew Muscat, the banking and finance practice at Mamo TCV Advocates is a popular choice for both local and international financial institutions. It has worked on a variety of financing projects as well as regulatory work. The team has advised several issuers from a variety of sectors on listings on capital markets and has been retained as counsel to various credit and financial institutions operating in Malta. Simon Pullicino was recently promoted to the partnership.
Practice head(s):Andrew Muscat
Other key lawyers: Simon Pullicino
SHIPPING (Band 2)
The team at Mamo TCV Advocates can handle all aspects of maritime law from ship registration and ownership structures to maritime litigation. Nicholas Valenzia and his team has assisted major financiers and providers in the lease financing of yachts. Joseph Camilleri handles maritime litigation and transactional work.
Practice head(s): Nicholas Valenzia; Joseph Camilleri
FINTECH (Band 3)
The team at Mamo TCV Advocates offers advisory and transactional services to a range of clients from banks to telecoms providers to software companies. It has assisted clients in setting up a VFA exchange and advised on obtaining a license under the new virtual financial asset framework. The team is led by Katya Tua, who is experienced in investment services.
Practice head(s): Katya Tua
About Legal 500
For nearly three decades, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research program revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms over 100 jurisdictions. Their research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The criterion for entry is to have been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years.
The complete list of Mamo TCV Advocates lawyers and practices recognized by The Legal 500 can be viewed in our Awards and Recognition page.