Malcolm Mifsud

Malcolm qualified as a lawyer in 1995 and was engaged as an associate in one of Malta’s largest law firms. He branched out on his own in 1998 and participated in partnerships that developed into to Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates, which he co-founded with his brother Cedric in 2007. Malcolm has a vast experience in Civil and Commercial litigation and as a result has advised on a large range of legal issues to individuals, corporate structures and public institutions, whether in Malta or abroad.

When he acted as Advocate for Legal Aid, he assisted clients in criminal trial by juries and considered to be one of the lawyers who has the widest experience in criminal trials.

Malcolm had been elected Mayor five times from 1994 to 2013 and once President of the Central Region in 2009. From when Malta joined the EU to 2013, Malcolm was a member of the Committee of Regions in Brussels and participated in a number of EU committees on a variety of subjects.

Malcolm is responsible for and regularly advises in civil, corporate and commercial law and in the litigation. He is the Firm’s accredited agent at Identity Malta and advises and represents client in the various immigration schemes that exist. He is a point of reference to a number of local government entities. He advises a number of major companies in Malta and sits of the board of directors of Maltese companies.

He is a shareholder and director of Aegis Corporate Services Limited, a corporate service provider, licenced by the Malta Financial Services Authority.

Malcolm sits on the School Board of San Anton School.

Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates:

Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates is a multidisciplinary law firm set up in 2007, by its two founding partners, Dr. Malcolm Mifsud and his brother Dr. Cedric Mifsud. Situated in the heart of Malta’s capital city, Valletta, this law firm prides itself in having always furnished its clients with the most effective solutions which always meet and exceed their expectations.

Upholding a work-ethic based on honesty and integrity, Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates aids its clients in achieving positive results expediently and efficiently, whatever the nature of the issue brought before it may be. This law firm not only caters for dispute resolution in the criminal and civil spheres, but it has also expanded its practice to a number of other sectors. The firm’s services encompass services such as family and property law, employment law, competition law, commercial litigation, debt collection services, tax advisory, shipping and aviation, EU regulatory compliance services together with financial services such as trading and holding corporate structures, amongst others. In fact, Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates offers its main corporate services through its branch, Aegis Corporate Services.

The top-tier professional team at Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates guarantees practical, effective advice to its local-based clients, whilst also providing innovative solutions to cater for complex issues in its multi-jurisdictional transactions. Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates values the close, meaningful and long-term relationships it has established over the years with its clients. The whole team incessantly makes sure that each client is given the personalised and specialised attention required, allowing them to truly understand and cater for each client’s individual needs. This is achieved by ensuring that each Team Member possesses an in-depth knowledge of the law as well as the analytical skills and flexibility to apply such knowledge efficiently and flawlessly in order to continuously achieve optimal results.

 

George M. Hyzler

George graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1979 and obtained a Diploma in European Integration from the University of Amsterdam in 1980. His principal practice areas are Corporate and Civil Law. He acts as legal counsel to a number of local and international firms inter alia (ital) in the fields of transport, insurance and ICT. He is active in Transport Law advising a number of transport companies. George is active in Immigration Law with strong links in China and South Africa and advises foreign companies to set up in Malta. George is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malta Arbitration Centre, director on the Board of the Malta Tourism Authority, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and member of the Ethics Committee for Advocates. He is currently serving as Non-Resident High Commissioner of Malta to South Africa.

George is a former Member of Parliament. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Services (1998 and 2003), responsible mainly for competition, consumer protection, intellectual property, and standardisation. He is credited with setting up structures to support and promote Malta’s film industry.

Immigration Law Practice:

The Immigration Act provides for the issuance of residence permits to individuals that apply for retirement, settlement or indefinite stays in Malta. Upon successfully acquiring a permit to reside in Malta an applicant will be issued with a European e-residence card. A European e-residence card serves the dual purpose of a residence permit, as well as that of an identification document. The e-residence card is issued by the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs and is generally renewable an annual basis

GVTH Advocates:

Our distinguishing mark is our close and lasting client relationships, some of which still flourish after more than thirty years. This is the keynote of our legal practice at GVTH. It runs like a red thread through all our years of experience, helping us to expand the firm through its many client referrals. This is why we have grown from a family-run law firm in Malta into a leading practice based on the professionalism of our lawyers and the work we carry out for our clients.

Daniel Aquilina

Dr. Daniel Aquilina is the partner heading GANADO Advocates’ Banking Ship Finance team and Aviation team, assisting leading international Banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of Maltese registered vessels and aircraft by perfecting the registration of Mortgages and Security Interests.

In recent years Daniel has also focused on the firm’s Aviation Practice and has advised various financiers, lessors, owners and operators. He was part of the team engaged to develop and draft Malta’s Aircraft Registration Act and was instrumental in Malta’s decision to accede to the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol.

GANADO Advocates:

GANADO has a long heritage. Founded originally in Valletta – Malta’s capital city – we trace our roots back to the early 1900′s. Today, we are one of Malta’s foremost law practices.

Having contributed directly over several decades towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services, we make it our business to provide high standards of legal advisory services in a wide spectrum of international commercial and corporate activities.

The Firm has grown and adapted itself over the years to meet the changing and challenging needs of the international business and legal community. With a team of over sixty lawyers and professionals from other disciplines, supported by a growing complement of committed managerial, administrative and clerical assistants, we are confident of our ability to continue offering excellent client service and legal analysis, pragmatic solutions and attention to detail.

We pursue a philosophy which emphasises both study and pro-activity. We seek to identify trends in the international commercial and financial markets leading to opportunities for Malta once translated into tangible form. It is no surprise that we have been consistently at the forefront of local legislative initiatives and have provoked on several occasions over the years major legislative change in many fields, not least in maritime, ship finance, banking, aviation, trusts and investment services.

We are proud of our strong commitment to fostering education in law and academia. Several of our lawyers lecture regularly at various educational institutions, such as the University of Malta, and are often asked to attend as guest speakers in foreign and local fora. Our “Institute of Legal Studies” organises training sessions and courses for internal and external participants on a regular footing, and all aspiring associates are expected to take up post-graduate studies in pursuit of academic merit.

While we also provide corporate administration and related governance services, we have purposely avoided venturing into non-core legal areas and, particularly, from providing non-legal support services.

 

Ruth Galea

Ruth Galea is a corporate, financial services and taxation lawyer. She mainly practices in the Financial Services, Capital Markets, Gaming and ICT industries. Her principal areas of specialisation are corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate restructuring (with a particular focus on joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions), credit and financial institutions, taxation (direct and indirect) and contract drafting and negotiation. She also regularly advises on matters relating to investment funds, capital markets, gaming law and employment law.

Ruth joined WH Law in 2006 and became a partner of WH Partners on 1 January 2012.

Ruth holds a Master of Laws degree in Commercial Law magna cum laude from the University of Cambridge and a Doctor of Laws degree from in University of Malta.

Ruth is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2007. She is also a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners of Malta. She is fluent in English, Maltese, Italian and French, all of which she uses to conduct business on a day-to-day basis.

Ruth has a particular interest in current affairs, and enjoys travelling, Indian food and learning languages.

WH Partners:

WH Partners progressed from WH Law, which was founded by Olga Finkel in 2006. In January 2012, James Scicluna joined forces with Olga and together they co-founded the firm it is today. Ruth Galea, previously Senior Associate working alongside Olga, became Partner shortly afterwards. The firm has grown considerably since, not only in staff numbers but also in quantity and quality of clients.

At WH Partners we have a universal ethos: it is key for us to understand our clients’ business in order to advise them in their decision-making process. We believe that this can only be done by taking time and dedication to fully comprehend our clients’ needs, enabling us to ensure that their goals are achieved.

To accomplish this, we have built our approach on our values, which place the client at the centre. Our approach combines an in-depth grasp of our clients’ business with a result-oriented focus and a strong dose of enthusiasm and perseverance. We believe that the quality of our work reflects our values, whether in advice on the legal aspects of a market entry strategy, or conducting due diligence on a target asset or putting forward alternatives on the structuring of an IPR portfolio.

Lawyers at WH Partners, who specialise in licensing and regulatory, tax, IP, financial services, corporate and commercial law, are amongst the strongest in Malta and are well regarded by regulators and clients for their thoroughness, efficiency and knowledge of their clients’ business, as well as their versatility. To this end our firm has achieved an excellent reputation both locally and internationally for its expert legal advice in gaming and gambling, M&A, taxation, technology, intellectual property and corporate finance.

WH Partners, as well as its individual lawyers, are highly ranked by the foremost leading directories, including Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and the International Financial Law Review, in the above-mentioned practice areas. The firm has also received acclaimed international awards for its service levels in corporate services, mergers & acquisitions, taxation and insolvency & restructuring.

Dr Renald Micallef

Renald Micallef holds a warrant as a Certified Public Accountant, authorised to act as an Auditor and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal and Humanistic Studies and a Diploma in Notary Public . He also graduated as a lawyer from the Univeristy of Malta. He is a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants, a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Member of the Association of Certified Secretaries and Administrators, a Member of the Malta Institute of Taxation and a Member of the Association of International Accountants. Renald is also a Founder Member and current President of the Malta Institute of Taxation.

He started his career in 1978 in industry after which he joined the local member firm of the then Deloitte Huskins and Sells first in the general practice division and later the audit and investigations department where he had exposure to both local and overseas assignments. In 1987 he joined another practitioner and formed Gauci, Micallef and Co. In 1990 Gauci, Micallef and Co merged with another firm to form Grant Thornton. During this time, Renald became senior tax partner and represented the local firm in the international organization’s European Tax Committee. In 1996 Renald started his own practice. In 2002 Renald teamed up with David Busuttil to form the accountancy and audit firm Busuttil & Micallef. He also heads the Law Firm Renald Micallef and Associates.

Profession

Certified Accountant, Auditor, Tax Practitioner  and Lawyer

Education

Primary : St. Monica School, Gzira, Government Primary School, Gzira

Secondary : Lyceum, Hamrun and Upper Secondary, Valletta

Tertiary : Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, Msida and at the

University of Malta, Msida.

Academic Qualifications

Diploma in Notary Public

BA Legal and Humanistic

LLD

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants

Member of the Association of Certified Secretaries and Administrators

Fellow of the Malta Institute of Taxation

Languages

Maltese, English, Italian and a working knowledge of French

Appointments

2008 – President of the Malta Institute of Taxation

1995 – 2008 – Secretary and founder of the Malta Institute Taxation

1995 – 2008 – Chairman of the membership committee of the Malta Institute of Taxation

1996 – Member of the Direct and Indirect Tax Committees of the Malta Institute of Accountants

1994 -1995 – Member of the Education Committee of the Malta Institute of Accountants