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Malta’s Ganado Advocates Joins L2b Aviation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2021                                

Contact: Tracey Cheek


Valletta, Malta: L2b Aviation is pleased to announce that Ganado Advocates has joined its worldwide network of premier aviation law firms under the leadership of Partner Daniel Aquilina and Senior Associate Matthew Xerri.

With roots dating back to the early 1900s, this leading commercial law firm specializes in corporate finance and maritime/aviation, predominantly servicing international clients doing business through Malta. The firm also works in the areas of tax, pension, intellectual property, employment, and litigation. They were responsible for drafting the Aircraft Registration Act of 2010 and instrumental in advising Malta to accede to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Aircraft Protocol.

In addition to regularly advising aircraft financiers, owners, lessors, and operators, Ganado Advocates also assists buyers and sellers with aircraft transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity. Their depth of knowledge and industry know-how in aviation/finance means they are often the first choice for all matters related to security interests over aircraft registered in Malta, as well as structuring air finance deals through both syndicated loans and securitization.

About Daniel Aquilina:

Daniel leads Ganado Advocates’ banking ship finance and aviation teams, assisting leading international banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of Maltese-registered vessels and aircraft by perfecting the registration of mortgages and security interests. He has advised several leading aircraft finance banks and syndicates on aircraft acquisition transactions, as well as aircraft owners and/or lessors. Additionally, he has assisted and advised on aircraft registration and leasing structures/procedures and advised financiers in connection with the registering of security in the Malta register of aircraft mortgages. Daniel also has experience with the filing and perfection of international interests in the international registry and, along with his team, routinely advises on the enforcement of aircraft mortgages and the arrest of aircraft in Malta.

Daniel advised the then Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure & Communications in connection with the legislative amendments required to Maltese aviation law and was directly involved in the drafting of the 2010 Aircraft Registration Act, which seeks to encourage growth of aviation business in Malta. He continues to contribute to the legislative development of Maltese aviation laws and has more recently assisted and advised Transport Malta with recommended amendments and general fine-tuning of the existing legislation.

About Matthew Xerri:

As a Senior Associate in Ganado Advocates’ shipping and aviation team, Matthew specializes in shipping and aviation finance, including the implementation of alternative financing methods. He regularly assists financial institutions and leading banks in the protection of security over yachts, commercial vessels, and aircraft. Matthew also assists in the registration of international interests, in addition to acting on behalf of various aircraft lessors in aircraft leasing transactions and structures. Together with the litigation team, Matthew also provides guidance on enforcement issues, including the arrest and/or re-possession of aircraft and vessels.

For more information about Ganado Advocates, visit https://l2baviation.com/location/malta/


About L2B Aviation: L2b Aviation is a network of over 45 law firms around the globe who specialize in aviation, successfully representing airlines, financiers, lessors, manufacturers, insurers, airports, and export credit agencies. The network provides a platform for seamless multilingual legal services in cross-border cases and transactions.

Members are carefully selected from the leading specialist aviation law firms in their jurisdiction. They are widely recognized as providing tailored, responsive, consistent and personal service, with in-depth knowledge and experience in all aspects of aircraft/engine leasing and financing, airport-related matters, passenger and cargo liability claims and aviation insurances, as well as all other matters affecting aviation clients. More about L2b at l2baviation.com.

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