GANADO Advocates is a leading business law firm based in Malta, widely recognized for its business and commercial law practices. Consistently ranked by clients, peers and independent directories alike as a top-tier law firm in all its core sectors, the firm aims to provide its clients with sound yet practical legal advice based on its unparalleled experience and industry insight. GANADO Advocates traces its roots back to the early 1900s and is today one of Malta’s foremost law practices and possibly its most prestigious one. Having over the past decades contributed directly towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services, GANADO Advocates makes it its business to continue to provide high standards of legal advisory service to support and enhance Malta’s offering.
Areas of Practice
Financial Services GANADO Advocates’ financial services and regulatory practices are internationally renowned as leaders in Malta. This practice grouping encompasses the firm’s industry focused teams servicing asset managers and their funds, banks, insurers and reinsurers, pension funds, investment firms, trusts and other operators in the financial services sphere. Their work covers all corporate, regulatory and transactional work and, in conjunction with lawyers from other practice areas, litigation, dispute resolution, tax and regulatory investigations.
Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets The firm regularly advises on major corporate and capital markets transactions in Malta, for the benefit of international corporate groups and private equity firms. The practice provides the full range of corporate legal services, having long standing experience in assisting foreign clients in establishing local presence across all sectors of commercial activity. The firm has also established a Corporate Services and Governance team with particular focus on supporting the boards of both regulated and non-regulated businesses.
Maritime and Aviation Ship registration, ship finance and admiralty law are at the heart of the firm’s maritime law practice. The firm was a pioneer in this field and its specialist maritime lawyers hold the industry leading expertise to provide dependable support and advice, making the firm among the most established in this area. The firm is a prime mover in the development of local aviation law and regularly advises aircraft financiers as well as aircraft owners, lessors and operators.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Prominent in commercial and civil litigation, the firm has represented clients in some of the largest and most complex commercial and maritime litigations in Malta. This includes arrests and judicial sales of vessels, insurance claims, hedge fund litigation, corporate disputes and insolvency, salvage and other maritime disputes, and international arbitration.
Corporate Finance and Tax GANADO Advocates has one of the largest and longest-established tax practices amongst Maltese law firms. The firm’s multidisciplinary team of legal and tax specialists regularly advises corporate and individual high net worth clients, both international and local, on all aspects of Maltese tax legislation and their impact, whether at structuring stage, transactional or on an ongoing basis.
Trusts and Foundations The firm is regularly involved in structuring and providing general legal advice on trusts and foundations, and is also responsible for providing ongoing assistance to various Maltese based (local and international) trustees, administrators of foundations and other fiduciaries on regulatory aspects of their fiduciary activities.
Labor and Employment The practice encompasses the full range of employment services, including advice given on litigious and non-litigious employment law matters, industrial relations, employment benefits and employment licenses.
Environment, Energy and Renewable Energy GANADO Advocates has been at the forefront of the significant developments in this dynamic and ever changing sector in Malta. The firm advises a wide variety of clients on both regulatory and commercial issues, including drafting and negotiating of power purchase agreements, providing assistance with public procurement, implementing EU Directives into local law, and advising on ship sourced pollution issues.
Intellectual Property, Media, Entertainment and Technology The practice advises clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues in the technology, media and entertainment space. Services include the registration of trademarks, advice on intellectual property related agreements, and representing clients in intellectual property infringement cases.
Competition/European GANADO Advocates’ EU law and competition/anti-trust practitioners advise clients and public authorities in all industry areas serviced by the firm. The practice regularly advises on privatisations, public procurement processes, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and major transactions involving issues of dominance, state aid and other competition related matters.