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 inTransport 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 thePermanent 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 indefinitestays 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.

John Markianos-Daniolos

John specializes in maritime and transport law (corporate and litigation, including charter parties, carriage by sea, collision, pollution, salvage, personal injury, foreclosure and arrests, sale and purchase) with particular experience in maritime accidents. He advises and represents maritime companies, P&I Clubs, insurance companies, classification societies and banks in all sorts of shipping related cases both in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration).

“John Markianos-Daniolos is widely regarded as a reliable and trustworthy shipping litigator. I would definitely entrust him with any maritime dispute.” says a client. – Chambers Global 2013

John is also involved in Shipping Regulatory Law having participated in the drafting and amendment of relative legislation.

Apart from shipping John represents clients in civil and commercial disputes and real estate transactions.

Daniolos Law Firm:

The firm is the historical continuation of the law offices founded by George Daniolos in 1923 who commenced his practice as the legal advisor of Stamatis Embiricos then president of the Union of Greek Shipowners. In the ensuing years since its establishment our law office has merged and grown several times. It became a partnership under the name Daniolos-Zagoraios until late 1930s and subsequently G. & N.L.Daniolos.

In 2002 it merged with Issaias Law Firm (established in the late 1920s) both primarily active in maritime law. In 2006 Daniolos-Issaias & Partners merged with corporate law firm Kyriakides-Georgopoulos forming KGDI Law Firm. In 2013 the shipping branch of KGDI continued its operation independently as Daniolos Law Firm.

James N. Hurley

Jim represents domestic and international insurers, cargo carriers, major cruise lines, operators and charter companies, and marina and terminal owners and operators in negotiating and drafting various marine-related contracts essential to their business, including the purchase, construction and sale of vessels, financing and vessel registration, concessionaire contracts, contracts for charters, and storage contracts. Additionally, Jim regularly assists private clients with purchasing, financing, and registering multi-million dollar vessels for personal use.

Jim has significant experience trying maritime and admiralty cases in state and federal courts, and frequently represents clients in disputes including passenger and crew personal injury claims, first party coverage disputes, property damage claims, and commercial disputes. Jim also advises clients on regulatory compliances issues and defends civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions.

Jim is consistently recognized by esteemed legal publications Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers in America, which recognized Jim as the “Miami Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer of the Year” in 2011 and 2015. Widely recognized for his professional expertise, Jim is a frequent author on various topics in domestic and international maritime law, and is called upon to share his experience at maritime seminars throughout the country.

Jim served on the Certification Committee of the Admiralty and Maritime Section of The Florida Bar and has assisted in drafting the certification exam. He is also a past Chair of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, where he currently serves on its Advisory Committee.

Fowler White Burnett, P.A.:

Fowler White Burnett is a full-service law firm providing client-focused, proven legal strategies and business solutions to domestic and international clients across a wide spectrum of industries. Over 70 years ago, we built our firm on shared traditional values that remain at the core of our principles. As a firm, we evolved to meet the diverse needs of our clients and to keep in step with dynamic legal and business environments. Today, Fowler White Burnett distinguishes itself by its unique blend of traditional values and innovative thinking. We act as trusted partners with our clients and deliver intelligent, creative and effective counsel.

Core Strengths

Fowler White Burnett offers clients a talented roster of seasoned legal professionals who practice in numerous disciplines, including aviation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, maritime, health care, labor and employment, insurance defense, real estate and white collar crime. The collaboration between litigators and transactional attorneys across diverse practice areas stands out as one of our most important assets. Combining this approach with our knowledge of substantive areas of law, technical proficiency and first-hand industry experience, enables us to resolve the complex legal and regulatory issues facing our clients.


Unwavering commitment to our values and core strengths has garnered us positive recognition by industry publications and an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Fowler White Burnett is the only Florida law firm selected as a member of ALFA International, a global network of leading, independent law firms. We are also members and officers of numerous professional organizations. Our attorneys have earned the position of industry leaders and respected commentators to local and national media outlets.

Additionally, we are committed to Florida. We encourage our attorneys to devote time and resources to the community in which we live and work. They express genuine concern for local issues, and actively participate in civic and charitable organizations that shape our community and drive positive change.

Chris Chatfield

Leaders in Law endorses Chris Chatfield as our exclusively recommended Transportation Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Chris, please use the contact information provided above.

Chris Chatfield specialises in Goods in Transit work (primarily road and ocean carriage), policy disputes, insurance litigation and the drafting of commercial contracts (such as distribution agreements and forwarders’ standard trading conditions). His goods in transit work includes both recoveries and liability work.

I joined Waltons & Morse in July 1999 having qualified as a solicitor in December 1997. I have a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham and wrote my thesis on title to sue in respect of the carriage of goods by sea.

My practice consists of goods in transit claims (principally by road and sea, but also air and rail freight) and marine and liability insurance. I also specialise in warehouse claims defending and pursuing claims in relation to damage and loss to cargo arising from theft, floods, fires and other such causes.

My work regarding carriage of goods includes both claims and liability work involving both domestic and international carriage. .

I have represented stevedores and freight and port terminals in regard to claims by cargo interests, equipment claims and general liability issues.

I also advise and act on behalf of both insurers and insureds with regard to insurance policy issues. I specialise in cargo and freight liability policies. I have been responsible for drafting policies in this area for several of the leading insurers. I have advised a number of carriers, cargo interests and freight organisations on their liabilities arising from the importation of clandestine entrants.

Waltons & Morse LLP:

n about 1848 Charles Walton, the founder of the firm, opened a law office in the dock area close to the Tower of London to specialize in shipping and insurance law. These remain the core business activities of the firm, which is one of the leading specialist practices based in the City of London. A brief history of the firm is set out below.We have always been located at the centre of the London shipping and insurance markets and, since its earliest days, the firm’s clientele has included underwriters, shipowners and trading companies based abroad.

Contacts established over the years with foreign lawyers, surveyors and other experts, coupled with our modern communications facilities, enable us to deal with complex situations wherever they arise.

There is a wealth of experience amongst the partners and staff, and our aim is to provide prompt and practical advice and guidance. Our principal objective is to resolve problems efficiently and in the most effective manner in the client’s best interests.


Benoît Goemans

Leaders in Law endorses Benoît Goemans as our exclusively recommended Transportation Law expert in Belgium. If you wish to get in touch with Benoît please use the contact information provided above.

Benoît Goemans graduated at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, as a Candidate in law and as a Licentiate in law, at the Tulane University (New Orleans) as a LL.M. in Admiralty (1989) and at the Universiteit Antwerpen  (Diploma Maritime law and laws of the Inland Waterways, 1990).

Benoît Goemans was called at the Antwerp bar  (Belgium) in 1987, he is a founding partner of Goemans, De Scheemaecker Advocaten.  His practice is mainly related to the maritime and transport activity, both as a litigator and as a drafter of instruments.

He was a Professor of maritime law and marine insurance (Université de Liège 1995-1996, Université catholique de Louvain, 1994 – 2008, Universiteit Hasselt 1999 2008) and guest speaker at the University of Antwerp  (since 1997) and at a postgraduate degree of the French speaking universities in Belgium (1997 – 2008).

He was a member of the Group of Experts and of the  Royal Commission to the revision of the Belgian maritime law.

He is or was:

–          a member of the Executive Council of the CMI and the Treasurer thereof (since 2001) ;

–          a member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Maritime Law Association and Vice President thereof (since 2012);

–          a member of the General Council of the Belgian Maritime Law Association (2001 – 2004) ;

–          a member of the Council of the European Institute for Maritime Law;

–          a member of the Board of Directors and of the Board of Editors of the Jurisprudence du Port d’Anvers – Rechtspraak van de Haven van Antwerpen,  a maritime law review founded in 1851;

–          a member of the Board of Directors of the French Chamber of Commerce at Antwerp.

He was a guest speaker  or reporter on issues of maritime law in  Malmö (2007),  Brussels (2002, 1996), Buenos Aires (2000),   Antwerp (1999, 1997, 1994),  London (1997), and Liège (1997).

He submitted amendments to the Belgian Code of International Private Law which have now entered into force.

He is published in the field of European law,  maritime law, transport law and marine insurance:

Goemans, B., mmv Maes, C.,  The ship and the juridical personification, Antwerp,  Liber Amicorum Marc Huybrechts,

Goemans, B., « Privilèges et hypothèques maritimes », Répertoire Notarial, Larcier, Bruxelles 2009,

Goemans, B.,  « La responsabilité du fait du transport »,  Traité de Responsabilité,  Editions Kluwer, Louvain, 2005


Giovanni Gaggini

Giovanni Gaggini advises you mainly in the following legal fields:

– Civil Liability and Insurance Law

– Transport Law

– Intellectual Property Law, incl. Unfair Competition

– Entertainment Law, incl. Copyrights

– Inheritance Law

– International Legal Assistance

– Criminal Law


German, English, French and Italian


University of Virginia (LL.M.), USA – May 2002

Bar admission – December 1997

Zurich University (lic.iur), Switzerland – December 1993

Work Experiences

bellpark legal ltd. – since 2005

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. – 2003 – 2005

Finnegan Henderson LL.P., USA – 2002 – 2003

Greenblum & Bernstein P.L.C., USA – 2002

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. – 2000 – 2001

  1. Blum & Co. Marken- und Patentanwälte – 1998 – 2000

Wiedler Friedmann Lawyers – 1995 – 1998

District Prosecution Zurich – 1994 – 1995

District Court Zurich – 1994

Consulting and board memberships

Ammann Group Holding Ltd., Switzerland, Board Member – since May 2013

Ammann BauAusrüstung Ltd., Board Member – since May 2013

Poretti & Gaggini Ltd., Bedano, Switzerland, Chairman of the Board – since March 2013

SRE SwissRapide AG, Legal Advisor – 2007

Swiss-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Board Member – 2014


Zurich and Swiss Lawyers Association

Italian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Swiss-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Arabic-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Swiss Business Association Saudi Arabia (SBASA)




US-International Trade Commission: Schutzpatronin von US-Immaterialgüterrechten gegen Verletzungen durch ausländische Importe, sic! 03/2003 (US International Trade Commission: Patron of US Intangible Property Rights against Violations by Foreign Imports, sic! 03/2003)


Alan Cofman

Leaders in Law endorses Alan Cofman as our exclusively recommended Transportation Law expert in Canada. If you wish to get in touch with Alan please use the contact information provided above.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation and ADR
  • Transportation Law
  • Administrative Law


Alan was admitted to the bars of Upper Canada (Ontario) and British Columbia in 2006 after obtaining his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Ottawa in 2005.  He holds a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (1999).  Alan also obtained a certificat de compétence en français while completing his studies and has a strong working knowledge of French.

Prior to joining Fernandes Hearn, Alan practiced in the Vancouver office of a large national firm and in a small Toronto litigation boutique, where he had a varied practice in all manner of civil, commercial and insurance litigation.  He now focuses his practice on transportation law and casualty claims and related insurance and commercial litigation.

Alan has represented clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the British Columbia Supreme and Provincial Courts, and various other courts across Canada, including leave applications before the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals and arbitration panels.

Away from his desk, Alan plays soccer and other sports with the same enthusiasm that he brings to the law, albeit with admittedly less dependable results.  He also participates in several professional associations and volunteers heavily in the community.


  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2006)
  • Admitted to British Columbia Bar (2006)
  • LL.B., University of Ottawa (2005)
  • Certificat de compétence en français, level 2 of 4 (2005)
  • M.A., Carleton University (2002)
  • B.A., University of British Columbia (1999)


  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association / Ontario Bar Association (executive at large, National Maritime Law Section)
  • The Marine Club
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Toronto Transportation Club
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • The Annex Shul
  • Makom Toronto