Capital Markets

Our Capital Markets practice is singled out for its depth and ability to provide legal advice on even the most complex debt and equity transactions and securitisation deals. Our team has been at the forefront of the most innovative capital markets transactions in Malta as well as a driver for innovation in their regulation, reporting and taxation.

Our involvement includes advising on and structuring public offerings of debt, equity, hybrid and structured securities, as well as private placements. The Capital Markets team at GANADO Advocates multiplies its effectiveness by drawing on considerable resources elsewhere in the firm, particularly in the tax, corporate, regulatory and derivatives areas. Similarly, the firm’s involvement in drafting much of the country’s financial services legislation and representation of supra-national and regulatory and trade bodies on Maltese issues, gives us an unparalleled perspective on the market’s legal landscape.

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GANADO has long recognised the pivotal role that EU and national competition and antitrust law plays in most domestic and cross-border commercial transactions. Our competition and anti-trust law practitioners advise clients and public authorities in all the industry areas serviced by the firm in relation to privatisations, public procurement processes, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and major transactions involving issues of dominance, intellectual property rights, State Aid and other competition related matters.

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GANADO has a leading and well-developed corporate practice. It regularly advises a broad portfolio of international corporate clients on commercial and corporate law matters and provides company administration support services.

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GANADO’s Corporate Finance Team has advised on a number of the major corporate transactions in Malta for the benefit of international corporate groups, and is recognised as a leader in this sector.

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The need for effective corporate governance practices and procedures is increasingly featuring on our clients’ agenda – and that of supervisory authorities. GANADO’s Corporate Governance Team was formed in order to address this demand in a focused yet cost-effective manner. We assist corporate clients from different business environments to develop a corporate governance system that meets local requirements. The members of our Corporate Governance Team have the training and experience to assist companies with identifying and satisfying their ongoing corporate responsibilities.

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GANADO offers a broad spectrum of corporate and administrative services in conjunction with its corporate law advisory. It does so principally through its affiliated entities, Ganado Trustees & Fiduciaries Limited (licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority as a fiduciary and trustee) and Ganado Services Limited. They range from registered office, process agent, resident agent and fiduciary shareholder services to company secretarial services and the maintenance of statutory records, such as Registers of Members, Minute Books and the filing of Annual Returns and other statutory forms.

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GANADO regularly advises both multinationals and locals regarding their Maltese data protection obligations ranging from the more mundane registration of processes with the local data protection regulatory authority and drafting of privacy policies for the firm’s client base to advising on complex transactions involving global data transfers and advising on the data protection aspects of large scale data theft, losses and cyber terrorism.

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Recognised by clients and industry commentators as a sector leader in Malta, we apply our market knowledge, experience and insight into applicable regulatory frameworks to help issuers and underwriters, both domestic and international, to originate, distribute and manage investment in debt investments effectively.

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GANADO has pioneered advice in this area since the involvement of the first Maltese counterparties in the market. Representing the industry’s global trade organisation for OTC derivatives, we regularly deliver industry as well as private opinions on master agreements, exchange trading, repos and securities lending arrangements.

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Our Employment & Pensions Team acts for many of the islands’ employers on an array of areas such as the drafting of contracts of employment, employment handbooks, employment policies, share option schemes, pension schemes and other related documents. GANADO also assists clients in relation to dismissals, termination of employment, redundancies (including collective redundancies), matters relative to employee information and consultation, the transfer of undertakings and employee protection, employment discrimination and harassment, industrial disputes and all types of litigation connected with such matters.

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GANADO’s Capital Markets team acts for both issuers and underwriters of equity and equity linked products in Malta. It also advises issuers of equities and related instruments issued, offered or traded abroad where this impacted upon by subsidiaries or assets held in Malta. Our local clients include the largest listed companies, leading stockbrokers and underwriting institutions in the country.

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Traditionally, financial markets work in Malta was a very local affair – advising issuers and corporate stockbrokers on share and less frequently debt securities listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. However, this decade has seen a step change in the activity levels, opportunities, complexity and international influences surrounding the trading of financial instruments in or from within Malta.

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Commercial and Contract Law is at the centre of every activity performed by GANADO’s lawyers. Apart from the various aspects dealt with in the specific practice areas, the firm assists traders, corporate entities and private individuals alike in the more generic and non-sector specific aspects of commercial and contract law.

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GANADO has an extensive and well respected Court practice, concentrated mainly around commercial and maritime litigation.

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GANADO is regularly involved in a number of M&A transactions, both local and international. It advises on corporate restructurings and drafts up or reviews the documents needed. It has extensive experience in the conduct of legal due diligence and provides up-to-date advice and assistance on all aspects of law relevant to each particular M&A transaction.

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GANADO is regularly involved in the redomiciliation or continuation of companies into and out of Malta and has developed a strong practice in this field. Over the past several years, we have collaborated closely with many lawyers and corporate service providers worldwide to ensure that the company continuation process allows companies to transition their operations effectively and uninterruptedly into their new jurisdiction of choice.

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The importance of well documented facility agreements and creditor-friendly collateral documentation has grown considerably over the past years. Within a very competitive market, banks and financial institutions are continuously trying to protect and insulate themselves from credit risk. In this environment, GANADO strives to achieve the highest possible levels of legal certainty for its clients.

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GANADO Advocates was instrumental to the introduction of modern structured finance techniques to Malta, with a hand in drafting both the Securitisation Act and a great deal of supporting legislation. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from overseas, GANADO lawyers advised on the establishment of the first two Maltese securitisation vehicles established here under the Act, issuing legal opinions to rating agency / Rule 10b 5 standard.

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GANADO provides Maltese tax advice to a variety of international corporate entities out of which a good number are listed on international stock exchanges. These include financial institutions, insurers, investment funds, fund managers, pension funds, private equity groups and shipping entities. We also advise private clients from across the globe on a range of tax matters.

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