Technology, Media & Telecoms

GANADO’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice combines the knowledge accumulated by lawyers across a range of practice areas, enabling us to produce innovative yet practical solutions in this fast developing sector.

Our firm regularly advises the key local players in the Technology, Media & Telecoms space including the local regulators as well as multinationals in respect of their Maltese business. The TMT practice would also, in conjunction with lawyers from other practice areas, assist private equity investors and lenders requiring transactional assistance in relation to an IT, Media or telecoms target or borrower, as well as stakeholders in the filming and audiovisual media industry requiring assistance in providing services in, or through the use of facilities situated in, Malta. Included within this practice area is our firm’s data protection practice which advises the firm’s diverse client base on their ongoing data protection related obligations including registration, drafting of data protection statements and policies, the entry into TBDF arrangements and related issues.

GANADO has also been at the centre of the development of the telecommunications market, assisting and advising the Maltese regulator, the Malta Communications Authority, on various legal aspects, mainly in litigation related matters.

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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Corporate insolvency, whether domestic or cross-border, raises numerous issues that need to be thoroughly and efficiently addressed in most transactions, particularly financial services ones. GANADO constantly assists creditors and insolvent companies or traders that experience financial difficulties, in preserving their rights efficiently in accordance with the relevant provisions of law.

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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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Given its extensive experience in the financial services regulatory industry GANADO is well placed to assist clients wishing to obtain a license from the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) to act as an e-money institution or a payment services institution. Once licensed and operational, GANADO is also well-equipped to assist clients in all aspects of their day to day needs including employment, outsourcing, consumer legislation and AML compliance obligations.

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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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With an ever-growing client base in the IP and TMT sectors, GANADO has consolidated this legal practice which, over the years, has developed throughout the firm. Having a core team focusing on the developments in the IP, ITC, Media, Telecoms and Entertainment, including Gaming, industries, GANADO has taken the incentive to service these industries in the most pro-active manner possible.

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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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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 has been at the centre of the development of the telecoms market, assisting and advising the Maltese regulator on various legal aspects, mainly in litigation related 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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