This is an industry sector which has dominated our firm’s practice for the past 30 years, as prime movers and the counsel of choice in servicing our clients in this sector. We maintain a leading market presence in assisting banks and financial institutions across a broad spectrum of areas in this industry sector. Our banking and finance team advises integrated banking institutions; non-bank finance providers; payment institutions, asset and wealth managers; insurers and other market participants in all their requirements. Our Financial Services team brings together specialisations from other teams across the firm including corporate, fintech, capital markets and financial regulatory and compliance to provide one integrated service to the client. In addition, we draw on the expertise of other teams within the firm including our tax, employment, competition, IP and our dispute resolution team to ensure that our clients in this industry obtain a complete and comprehensive service from lawyers they know and who know them.
We foster important and long-standing relationships with financial services related clients . Our continued involvement in this industry sector has enabled us to understand not only our clients’ requirements but also the policy approach taken by regulators and apply this knowledge and experience to provide an effective and important communication channel between our clients and regulators; contribute towards policy evolution in a number of areas and provide appropriate regulatory solutions to bespoke situations.
We maintain a leading market position in this segment which has been consistently recognised by our clients and peers in the market, having been ranked as a Top-Tier firm for a long number of years in directories such as Chambers, IFLR1000 and the Legal500. Our position as trusted long-standing counsel to a significant number of financial operators in the local market has also assisted us is establishing and maintaining over the last 25 years important relationships with international clients and law-firms involved in international cross-border transactions for whom we remain the Maltese firm of choice in referrals and with whom we have today established a relationship that can provide an immediate, effective and seamless service to clients.
Malta’s development as an international financial services centre over the last years and the development of a comprehensive legislative and regulatory framework to accommodate operators in this space has motivated us invest even further in this sector and to ensure that our lawyers can provide advice which is comparable to that in major financial centres across the world at a significantly lower cost to international clients.
Our expertise in this area includes:
• advise on domestic and international banking and restructuring transactions
• acquisition finance;
• derivatives, including interest rate, currency, credit, equity, commodity, insurance and
other swaps and options, repos and stock lending;
• leasing and asset finance for aircraft, ships and other capital assets;
• loan finance;
• project finance;
• securitisation and structured finance;
• debt capital markets;
• regulatory advice in both contentious and non-contentious scenarios;
• advice on regulatory capital to banks and financial institutions.