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2019

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.

Financial Services

(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.

Legal 500

Awards and Recognition - 2019

Aviation

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.

Dispute resolution

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.

Intellectual property

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.

Investment funds

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.

Real estate

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.

Shipping

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.

Chambers Europe 2019

(Band 1) Corporate and Commercial

The Department is known for Considerable corporate and commercial practice advising leading companies in the medical, financial services and aviation sectors. Covers a wide array of matters such as M&A, securitisations and capital markets. Also assists with regulatory and compliance issues and acts on licensing and domiciliation mandates.

Clients praise the lawyers for being "very comprehensive and constructive, providing practical and efficient advice."

Other sources note: "Working with them is very comfortable," as the lawyers are "very accessible and always right in their legal advice."

Notable practitioners

(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) Financial Services

Firmly established team known for providing assistance with financing mandates and regulatory issues. Assists a range of domestic and international clients including banks, fund managers and investment managers. Highly active on funds mandates, advising on licensing, regulatory issues and set-ups.

Clients laud the team as being "very knowledgeable and good to work with."

Notable practitioners

(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.

(Band 1) Dispute Resolution

Exceptional dispute resolution firm offering clients expertise in litigation and arbitration. Assists those in the real estate, banking and transportation sectors with an array of disputes including shareholder disagreements, bankruptcy and construction disputes. Extensive experience dealing with and representing regulatory authorities, as well as acting before domestic courts. Additional strength in insurance, environmental law and debt collection.

Clients are left with an "excellent" impression, adding that the firm offers "100% commitment to the client.

Other sources note: "a prestigious, well-known firm," adding that the lawyers are "very clear, precise and practical."

Notable practitioners

(Band 2) Clients praise Franco Vassallo for being "a very intelligent and practical person, always thinking outside the box to protect clients' interests." He acts on civil and commercial litigation including those with constitutional implications.

(Band 3) - Frank Testa is a "breath of fresh air" to sources, who describe him as "very practical, extremely flexible and sharp" and add: "He would always advise us on the best way to arrive at a particular position." He acts on a host of financial and real estate disputes, as well as advising on a range of shareholder mandates. He represents clients from the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors.

(Band 3) - Joseph Camilleri acts across a variety of mandates including shipping, corporate and real estate disputes. Sources praise him for being "down-to-earth, intelligent, extremely capable and hard-working."

(Senior Statespeople) - Richard Camilleri has long-standing experience acting for clients on IP and competition disputes and is also noted for his skill in labour disputes.

(Band 2) Shipping

Substantial firm offering clients assistance with ship registration, ship building and financing mandates. Additionally advises on yacht-related matters including yacht financing and the sale and acquisitions of yacht portfolios. Often acts for banks, financial institutions, international shipowners and regulatory authorities.

Clients praise the "efficient and timely manner" in which the team handles their work.

Sources also appreciate the team's clear communication, saying: "The team was very easy to deal with."

Notable practitioners

 (Band 3) - Nicholas Valenzia handles a range of transactions and structuring mandates for private and public entities including financial institutions. He enjoys a strong reputation among interviewees, with particular note made of his "strength in financing and enforcement matters."

Mamo TCV Advocates recognised as a Top Tier Law Firm by IFLR 1000

Tier 1 - Financial & Corporate

Client feedback

"Provided professional and timely advice when required and easy accessibility to the senior partners." – Capital markets, M&A, regulatory

"Thorough knowledge and good interpersonal skills supporting a culture of positively addressing key issues. Functional specialists and good corporate clients." – M&A, regulatory