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Andrew Muscat

Andrew Muscat

Andrew Muscat is a Senior Partner at Mamo TCV Advocates and heads the Corporate, Capital Markets, Insolvency and Banking practice groups. He has developed a wide-ranging commercial law practice advising corporate clients on corporate and commercial matters ranging from M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and corporate finance to privatizations and joint ventures. He regularly advises international banks in various forms of financing including project financing and merger and acquisition financing.

As counsel to some of Malta’s leading publicly listed companies, he has gained considerable experience on capital markets issues, including bond issues, spin-offs, rights issues and voluntary and mandatory bids. He also regularly advises clients in dealing with distressed companies operating in the financial and commercial sectors.

Andrew is also Professor of Commercial Law in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta where he has taught company law, insolvency law, banking law and credit instruments.

Education

  • Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) (1979, University of Malta)
  • Master of Letters (M.Litt). (1983, Worcester College, Oxford)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) (1980, University of London)
  • Ph.D (1994, University of London)

Representative Experience

  • Headed the team advising on the successful spin-off of a subsidiary of a major listed company
  • Advised consortium of bankers financing major energy project in Malta
  • Headed team advising on the sale of a major listed company
  • Headed team advising on bond issues listed on the Malta Stock Exchange
  • Advised on sale and acquisition of major companies registered in Malta
  • Regularly acts for international banking consortia on bank financing projects involving Maltese companies
  • Represented financial institution on charges relating to money laundering
  • Advising on acquisition of significant interest in airline company
  • Advises publicly listed companies in the manufacturing and services sectors on duties of directors
  • Advised insurance company and its directors on an insolvency situation
  • Advises creditors on asset tracing litigation
  • Advises on liquidation and winding up proceedings and actions for wrongful or fraudulent trading

Memberships

  • Admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta (1980)
  • Member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates
  • International Bar Association
  • Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
  • Professor in Commercial Law at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta

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Address

MAMO TCV Advocates
Palazzo Pietro Stiges
103, Strait Street
Valletta, VLT 1436
Malta

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Testimonials

At Mamo TCV Advocates, the corporate team is ‘extremely knowledgeable and knows how to get things done’. Senior partner Andrew Muscat is a highly regarded practitioner, with established strength in handling M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and the setting up of businesses. Muscat co-heads the practice with Michael Psaila, who is active on domestic M&A transactions in the TMT sector.

The Legal 500 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A2024

The team at Mamo TCV Advocates is particularly recommended for assisting lenders and borrowers with syndicated loan transactions, often with international elements, and is also adept at advising local credit institutions on corporate and project finance. Andrew Muscat and Michael Psaila are the key contacts.

The Legal 500 - Banking, Finance and Capital Markets2024

Mamo TCV Advocates is a popular choice for private and public companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, investment funds and public authorities. The group frequently acts on privatisations, M&A transactions, cross-border structured financings, syndicated loans and restructurings. The practice’s leadership is split between project and M&A financing expert Andrew Muscat and Michael Psaila, whose expertise spans capital markets products, insolvency law and M&A deals.

The Legal 500 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Tier 1)2022

Mamo TCV Advocates is a popular choice for domestic and international credit institutions, asset managers, investment and private debt funds, as well as corporates. Its seamless integration with the firm’s compliance, regulatory and investigations, corporate and restructuring, and litigation teams means that the practice is well positioned to handle complex mandates. In the corporate lending space, the team acts for both lenders and borrowers on syndicated credit facilities. On the international front, the group regularly works alongside international firms to assist clients with cross-border restructurings. Practice head Andrew Muscat is a key contact for corporate, capital markets, insolvency and banking matters.

The Legal 500 - Banking, Finance and Capital Markets (Tier 2)2021

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.

The Legal 100 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Tier 1)2021

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.

The Legal 100 - Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Tier 1)2021

Andrew Muscat is revered as "the eminent expert on corporate law in Malta." A client comments that Muscat is "very competent technically and is held to be an authority on the Companies Act," while another describes him as a "walking book for all legal aspects in Malta." Muscat assists clients with rights and securities issuances, as well as corporate restructurings.

Chambers Europe - Star Individual2021