AI Issue 9 2017

46 Acquisition International - September 2017 LexPractis specialises in all areas of law, albeit with a focus on financial services, tax, corporate and trust law, commercial, intellectual property, civil and family law, employment and labour law, criminal law and litigation. The firm recently celebrated success in receiving the exclusive Leading Adviser of the Year – Malta accolade, within the Leading Adviser Awards 2017. To mark this success, we spoke to the firm’s Joseph Giglio, to learn more about their extraordinary breadth of legal work. n a rapidly changing economic and legal environment, LexPractis recognises the importance of continued education and accordingly, their lawyers regularly attend relevant training courses, seminars and conferences whilst several lawyers within the firm are engaged as lecturers and speakers in such events. Joseph Giglio is one of the firm’s managing partners, heading up their financial services sector, which includes all aspects related to commercial and tax law. He kicks things off by providing some interesting background to the firm’s work and more about the legal areas they specialise in. “Two of the firm’s partners have been working for us, in their field of practice for over 25 years and the third partner, for 15 years. They have decided to join their legal practice and set you the firm LexPractis Legal last year. “One area we specialise in is aviation. Malta is building a steadfast reputation in the aviation industry, which has grown in the past few years. Malta has implemented a favourable legislative set- up and fiscal incentives, to promote and strengthen this industry. This industry has flourished, attracting many major international companies in aircraft leasing and operators of commercial as well as private aircrafts. Airline services range from maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircrafts, engines and components to airline call centres, financial services, software development, aircraft management and support services. “We also specialise in banking and finance. On this aspect of our work, Malta’s drive to become a leading financial centre has attracted some of the major operators in this industry. International and local players have established their operations Company: LexPractis Name: Joseph Giglio Email: Web Address: Address: 98 Archbishop Street, Valletta, VLT 1446, Malta Telephone: +356 2122 1030 A Key Player inMalta’s Success Story I 1708AI25 here. Malta has witnessed an increase not only in the banking segment, but also in financial institutions that have set up their operations here since the regulatory framework, which also suits their demands. “We also look at civil and family matters. This concerns disputes that involve civil matters, as well as sensitive family disagreements which unfortunately, are encountered frequently and touch on the everyday life of those concerned. Our team of lawyers have acquired many years of experience in this field and possess the necessary expertise in such matters. Due to the nature of such conflicts, we shall first attempt to resolve such matters, before redress to court.” On corporate matters, LexPractis has exponentially built its repute in corporate practice, Joseph tells us. He reveals more about this aspect of the firm’s work, plus their undoubted expertise in commercial, criminal and other matters. “Concerning corporate matters, we primarily assist international clients in cross-border transactions, providing realistic solutions in a timely manner. Our firm prides itself in offering a 360 degrees’ guidance and advice in relation to any issue regarding corporate matters. This includes corporate and tax planning, company and commercial partnership formation, mergers and acquisitions, re- domiciliation in and outside Malta, share transfers, dissolution and winding-up, liquidator services, joint ventures, trust companies as well as corporate tax and VAT. “The firm is also qualified to provide advice on corporate and commercial issues, including personal and corporate tax, franchising, intellectual property, immigration, banking, securities law, anti-trust and merger control. Other services we provide, include corporate compliance and company secretarial services for both private and public companies, setting up of brick-and-mortar or online business operations, formation of local and international companies, corporate finance, group restructuring, liquidations and commercial litigation. “When it comes to our work around criminal matters, I would say firstly that Malta is a safe country, with a low percentage of crime. Nevertheless, unfortunate “LexPractis can assist you in achieving the necessary protection, when it comes to intellectual property matters, Joseph reveals.”