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First Tier Intellectual Property Law Firm in Malta

The acclaimed independent legal directory Legal 500 has confirmed Chetcuti Cauchi as a first tier (Top Tier) Intellectual Property firm in Malta.

"Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates' IP team is 'quick to reply and proactive', and provides 'very user-friendly advice'. Dr Silvana Zammit and group head Dr Maria Chetcuti-Cauchi have been named by Legal 500 as 'excellent lawyers, very pleasant to work with and quick to assist'."

Lead by Dr. Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, founding partner at Chetcuti Cauchi, the Intellectual Property Practice seeks to apply a pragmatic business approach to each client’s intellectual property matters and obtain results consistent with the client’s business needs. Chetcuti Cauchi offers a wide-ranging variety of services for individuals and entities seeking to protect their ideas, marks, inventions, works and designs from potential threats.

Besides being regularly involved in regulatory consultations and legal revisions, the firm regularly advises governmental authorities and agencies as well as an array of local and international names in the manufacturing, home furnishings, beverages, internet, gaming and e-commerce fields. Typical clients include software developers and licensors, inventors, pharmaceutical companies, brand owners belonging to various industries, professional photographers, lyrical artists and song writers, authors, fashion designers, ICT companies and online gaming operators.

Top Tier Company Law Firm in Malta

Our Corporate and Tax Practice Groups have also received high acclaim by the directory, with the firm hitting the second tier in this area and the team being dubbed as a 'very competent and professional'.

Our Corporate and M&A team seeks to deliver an all-encompassing and truly multi-disciplinary service spanning company administration, banking support and legal, accounting and tax advisory services. Chetcuti Cauchi has adopted a truly all-round in-house service focusing on a coordinated approach translating into a spot-on, responsive service and higher value added to our clients.

The firm's partners and managers are leading corporate services professionals actively involved in local professional circles. Dr Jean Philippe Chetcuti, the firm’s managing partner, is the Vice Chairman of Malta’s STEP branch, a Council Member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners Council (IFSP), Chairman of the Committee in charge of the Promotion of Malta as a Financial Services Centre and the co-founder and Secretary of The Malta Association of Family Enterprises (MAFE). Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker is also STEP Malta's branch secretary. All this, coupled to the team’s high proficiency in tax and corporate matters, positions Chetcuti Cauchi as very apt to handle sophisticated corporate and tax matters for most industries.

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The respected Legal 500 review is predicting further consolidation in the mid-market and the continued rise of niche players challenging established firms. 

Legal500 Malta Rankings

In 2014, Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a tier 1 Malta intellectual property law firm:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’  multi-disciplinary intellectual property practice runs the gamut of IP work, from registration and portfolio management to complex trade mark and patent disputes. The practice has strong referral relationships with many international law firms. Highlights included registering a community trade mark for an educational and training services provider. Seasoned IP expert Maria Chetcuti-Cauchi heads the team.


In 2014, Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a leading banking and finance law firm and capital markets law practice:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates’  ‘professional and responsive’ team is recommended for its ‘great technical and regulatory knowledge’, which it uses to advise fund managers, investments advisers and forex brokers. Practice head Charles Cassar shows ‘innate understanding of the requirements to get the job done’.


In 2014,Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a leading Malta Aviation Law Firm:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates provides day-to-day commercial advice and advises on the registration of private aircrafts. In 2013, it represented private jet company Luxwing on the acquisition of a new aircraft through a hire-purchase agreement, and is acting for an international aviation group to obtain an air operator certificate in Malta. Kenneth Camilleri heads the practice, which also acts in aviation disputes.


In 2014, Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a leading Malta Corporate and M&A law firm:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates' corporate capability is an intrinsic part of the firm’s general offering. The team routinely advises on the establishment or maintenance of local and international companies, and works closely with the tax practice to advise clients on tax-efficient structures. In 2013, it advised on the establishment of a Maltese structure for a food sector company. Priscilla Mifsud Parker and Jean-Philippe Chetcuti are the main partners..


In 2014, Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a leading Malta real estate law firm:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates attracts praise for its ‘team of highly experienced and knowledgeable property practitioners, whose input enables smooth and problem-free completion of transactions’. In 2013, the firm advised on major residential and commercial property transactions.  CCA advised Melita Business Centre on the conversion of two properties from temporary to perpetual ground rent. Managing partner Jean-Philippe Chetcuti heads the team, which includes the ‘practical’ Silvana Zammit, who has ‘very good negotiating skills’.


In 2014, Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a leading dispute resolution law firm:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates' Silvana Zammit has ‘exceptional knowledge of Maltese gaming laws, and is a pleasure to work with’. The team successfully defended Luckbox Enterprises against breach of contract claims arising from the termination of a co-operation agreement.


In 2014, Legal500 Malta recognised Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates as a leading Malta Shipping Law Firm:

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates handles all maritime issues arising from yacht and commercial ship registration, and also advises on shipping company incorporations, tonnage tax structures and the registration of mortgages. It recently advised AB 140 Yacht Leasing on the registration of a 45-metre pleasure yacht and the leasing agreement. Silvana Zammit heads the team..




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