Corporate Finance & Private Equity

The Corporate Finance & Private Equity practice at GANADO has advised on a number of the major corporate transactions in Malta for the benefit of international corporate groups and private equity firms, and is recognised as a leader in this sector.

Corporate Finance advisors in the firm are able to assist clients with:

  • Re-structuring, re-organisations and de-mergers;
  • Private equity structures and funds;
  • Venture capital investments;
  • Joint ventures;
  • Leveraged and management buyouts;
  • Finance leasing structures;
  • Share for share exchanges;
  • Shareholder and subscription agreements;
  • Cross-border mergers;
  • Transfers of European companies (SEs); and
  • Re-domiciliations of companies.

As GANADO is one of the few major law firms in Malta which has a tax practice, the firm is able to provide comprehensive advisory services to clients in terms of both the corporate legal aspects as well as the tax implications of such transactions.

Our clients are primarily international corporate entities, with a good number of them being listed on the major international stock exchanges. We have regularly assisted vendors, purchasers, target entities, majority and minority investors, and management.

Our knowledge and experience in various major transactions are of benefit to clients as the Corporate Finance & Private Equity team is able to give value in the structuring and negotiation aspects of a transaction apart from the drafting and implementation side.

The depth of resources at the firm also enables the Corporate Finance & Private Equity team to co-ordinate the GANADO resources and provide full legal due diligence analysis and reports on all Maltese law aspects, as well as drafting of the relevant agreements which are typically required by international clients.

As corporate finance work is invariably of a cross-border nature, we co-operate with the client’s non-Maltese advisors in order to provide a seamless and integrated service to the client.

The firm has excellent professional relations with the Malta Registrar of Companies and is frequently involved in making technical submissions to, and negotiating with the Registrar on behalf of clients.

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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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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’s leading Investment Services & Funds Team has extensive experience in advising investment funds of all types at all stages of their life-cycle.

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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 assists its clients with all matters relating to commercial or private real estate deals, whether relating to the acquisition of property of all sizes, the leasing of offices or the structuring and setting up of a real estate property fund authorised by the Malta Financial Service Authority. Ancillary services include litigation relating to immovable property, and the payment and redemption of ground rents.

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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 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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GANADO’s Corporate team registers marks on a regular basis in the national trademark register for a variety of business organisations, especially in the international pharmaceutical and food industries. We provide guidance on the documents and formalities required for the registration and assignment of trademarks as well as a long-term trademark renewal service.

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GANADO has led the project team that was entrusted with the Trust Law Reform project (which culminated in the extensive 2004 amendments to the Maltese law on trusts, and other related legislation), and with the enactment of the 2007 provisions on foundations and other legal organisations. The Trusts and Foundations practice 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.

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