Shipping & Aviation Law

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Our Transport Law practice group provides practical, in-depth advice on shipping and aviation law - making the firm, a leader in the respective sectors.

Chetcuti Cauchi is the Malta aviation law firm of choice for companies seeking potential aircraft management solutions in Malta. Our savvy aviation team has established itself as a leading aviation law practice representing aircraft holding and management companies as well as aviation financiers and private jet owners.

Our maritime team specialises in the use of Malta companies in local and international ship ownership and vessel management. Our lawyers seek at all times to provide innovative and practical solutions to implement clients’ plans in the most efficient and advantageous manner. As regards shipping companies, the team is highly involved in the day to day running of its clients’ activities, providing the legal support necessary for the proper administration of the vessels and the companies themselves.

Maritime Law

For centuries, Malta’s strategic position in a crossroads between North Africa, Europe and the Middle East has played a significant part in Malta’s status as a prime maritime centre. Since EU accession in 2004, Malta’s maritime sector has continued to thrive, offering a variety of state of the art international integrated maritime services. Malta now boasts the 6th largest merchant ship register in the world and the largest in Europe.

Malta’s fully comprehensive registration process caters for the needs of all types of vessels, from pleasure yachts to oil rigs, and even includes vehicles still under construction which are wholly owned by EU citizens or by duly constituted corporate entities.

At Chetcuti Cauchi, our Maritime Law expertise spans an entire range of maritime services which include Malta ship and yacht registration, Malta bareboat charter registrations, incorporation of ship owning and ship management companies, assistance with the attainment of finances, setting up of leasing and chartering arrangements, drafting/reviewing of security documentation, mortgage registration and discharge, as well as structuring and tax planning.   

Apart from dealing with daily registrations, our Maritime lawyers also act as project managers to high profile matters, and work closely with our corporate lawyers, tax advisors and accountants in order to cater for high profile matters such as corporate structuring and tax planning, thus offering the comprehensive one-stop-shop service we pride ourselves for.

We can guide you through local and international ship and yacht ownership, yacht VAT leasing set-ups and vessel management, among others.

Aviation Law

As Malta continues to develop into a leading jurisdiction for the regulation of aviation matters, we have seen an increase in aircraft and mortgage registrations which may be attributed to a strong set of aviation laws which have incorporated a number of international conventions and which straightforwardly address the complexities which arise between players in the aviation industry in a business-friendly manner.

Our Aviation lawyers assist clients with an entire range of services, including registrations of aircrafts in Malta, sale and purchase deals, aircraft chartering and leasing, as well as the negotiations and drafting of aviation related service agreements such as servicing maintenance and repair agreements. Additionally our seasoned aviation lawyers vaunt thorough knowledge and experience in various other areas such as bilateral air services agreements, conditions of carriage, regulation of airlines, insurance, regulation of unlawful conduct on board of an aircraft, and seizure of aircraft.

Shipping & Aviation Expertise 

Dr Silvana Zammit, our commercial law partner, specialises in the regulatory aspects, taxation & general matters in regard to transport industries. As head of our Shipping & Aviation Law Team, Dr Zammit leads her team of shipping and aviation lawyers who are leading specialists in their respective fields. The team is geared with noteworthy proficiency and experience in advising on legitimate issues concerning aviation & shipping tax, airlines, air travels, relationships between private entities that operate vessels and other marine activities. 

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