GANADO Advocates is Malta’s largest full-service business law firm and possibly its most prestigious. 

As trusted legal advisors to some of the largest international and local corporations and financial institutions for the past 50 years, we are proud to have contributed to Malta’s achievements by underpinning our clients’ continued success. 

We are known for the quality of our work. Whether advising on our clients’ daily needs or on some of the most groundbreaking and complex transactions or disputes, we consistently provide our clients with advice that they can depend upon. 

Our approach combines legal excellence with commercial acumen. We make it our business to understand our clients’ operations and commercial motivations in order to provide advice that is not just legally sound but also clear and commercially practical. 

The firm’s values, principles and passion for the law and our clients’ business are reflected in our people. Our lawyers and other professionals are not only recognised leaders in their legal practice areas but also in the industry sectors which we service. 

We believe that our clients’ satisfaction is the best gauge of our success and strive to consistently raise the benchmark not just for local legal services but for all lawyers in our industry sectors.  We also believe that our clients are best served if we focus on what we are best at and instead collaborate effectively with our clients’ foreign legal advisors and non-legal service providers. 

GANADO Advocates is Malta’s exclusive member for Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms.

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New OECD measures are an opportunity for Malta

Dr Max Ganado, Senior Partner of GANADO Advocates
The OECD’s new measures on base erosion and profit shifting have caused much uncertainty for companies throughout Europe. However, as Malta already has a transparent tax system in place, this could prove to be a positive step, Max Ganado tells MaltaProfile.
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Latest Articles & Insights

New OECD measures are an opportunity for Malta

Dr Max Ganado, Senior Partner of GANADO Advocates
The OECD’s new measures on base erosion and profit shifting have caused much uncertainty for companies throughout Europe. However, as Malta already has a transparent tax system in place, this could prove to be a positive step, Max Ganado tells MaltaProfile.
Dr Louis Cassar Pullicino
Dr Louis Cassar Pullicino
Managing Partner
Languages: English, French, Italian, Maltese

Dr Max Ganado
Dr Max Ganado
Senior Partner
Languages: English, Italian, Maltese

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Dr Max Ganado
Senior Partner

DATE FOUNDED
1950
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
101-500
COMPANY TYPE
Partnership
NETWORK
Lex Mundi Member Firm in Malta
LANGUAGES SPOKEN
English, French, Italian, Maltese, Spanish

The Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets practices at GANADO Advocates regularly advise on a number of the major corporate and capital markets transactions in Malta for the benefit of international corporate groups and private equity firms, and is recognised as a leader in this sector. The corporate team has long standing experience in assisting foreign clients in establishing local presence in all sectors of commercial activity. In order to further enhance its corporate services offering, GANADO has established a Corporate Services and Governance Team with particular focus on supporting the boards of both regulated and non-regulated businesses.

Lawyers from our litigation and dispute resolution practice have represented clients in some of the largest and most complex commercial and maritime litigations in Malta. Boasting an internationally renowned litigation team, our Litigation and Dispute

Resolution Team covers a broad range of disputes (both in the local courts and in local and international arbitrations) in various industries ranging from ship arrests to hedge fund litigation to insurance claim disputes. This team of experienced litigators also has the enviable ability to supplement its dedicated litigators’ courtroom skills and experience with specialised knowledge and industry know-how drawn from GANADO’s industry sector teams.

As the lawyers that led the Trust Law Reform project in Malta, our trusts and foundations practice offers clients a unique blend of intimate knowledge of Malta’s trust law with practical industry experience. Our Trusts & Foundations Team is regularly involved in structuring, and providing general legal advice on, trusts and foundations in Malta, and is also responsible for ongoing assistance to various Maltese based (local and international) trustees. The team has assisted the majority of international players with obtaining authorisations from the Malta Financial Services Authority for the provision of fiduciary services in Malta, and provides ongoing guidance to trustees, administrators of foundations and other fiduciaries on regulatory aspects of their fiduciary activities.

Our Maritime and Aviation practices are consistently ranked as top practices on the island. With unparalleled strength in depth, our expertise covers the whole maritime and aviation sphere including contentious and non-contentious issues. Whether you are an individual buying the yacht or private jet of your dreams or a multinational shipowner or airline looking to re-register your fleet or refinance operations, our Maritime & Aviation Team has the industry leading expertise and experience to provide dependable support and advice.

Our Tax practice is the largest and longest-established tax practice group amongst the Maltese law-firms. Headed by Tax Partner Stephen Attard, the Tax Team regularly advises corporate and individual clients of the firm on all aspects of Maltese tax legislation. This team is actively involved in assisting international clients and their advisors in optimising tax efficiency for cross-border structures utilising Malta’s various tax benefits.

Our financial services and regulation practice is widely acclaimed as the leader for financial services and regulatory advice in Malta. GANADO Advocates’ financial services and regulation practice is comprised of sector-focused teams on banking, insurance and reinsurance, investment management, retail and non-retail funds, investment firms, pension funds and each of their respective service providers.

Our information technology and intellectual property practice advises clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues in the technology, media and entertainment space. With activities as diverse as advising on art law to patenting a new pharmaceutical drug to obtaining Malta Communications Authority authorisation to act as an internet service provider or an IT takeover, our IT & IP Team offers its clients reliable and practical advice.

At the cutting edge of these fledgling industries in Malta, our Environment, Energy and Renewables Team advises a wide variety of clients on both regulatory and commercial issues. From drafting and negotiating power purchase agreements to assisting with public procurement, from the implementation of EU Directives into local law to advising on ship sourced pollution issues, our Environment, Energy and Renewables Team provides bespoke and focused solutions to its clients.

SERVICES
Legal Services
Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Trusts & Foundations
Maritime & Aviation
Tax
Financial Services and Regulation
IT & IP
Environment, Energy and Renewables
Dr Louis Cassar Pullicino

Dr. Louis Cassar Pullicino is an experienced litigator specialising in commercial litigation, who is particularly active in admiralty and shipping, banking, corporate, insolvency, insurance, telecommunications, pensions and contractual disputes with an international dimension. For over 25 years, he has been advising numerous banking institutions and has been involved in the market’s most complex marine and commercial litigation cases.

In June 2015, Louis was appointed Managing Partner at GANADO Advocates with a vision to continue driving the success achieved by the firm over the years.

Dr Max Ganado
Dr. Max Ganado has been practising law for the past 34 years. He started his career as a maritime lawyer dealing with all aspects of shipping, including ship finance. He became a Partner of the firm in 1986 and moved on to develop the Financial Services practices at GANADO Advocates. He has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a financial centre, including the revision of the law relating to trusts and the law on legal persons and foundations, as well as on netting, securitisation and aviation. Max has been delivering lectures on varied subjects for a number of years, having been actively involved in disseminating education to the Maltese legal professions and Maltese law students. He has published various articles and has acted as editor of a number of publications. Max was the firm’s Managing Partner for 6 years. In 2015, he moved into a Senior Partner position within the firm, taking over a mix of duties, some professional and others relating to strategy.

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