Investment Management & Funds
GANADO is a leading Maltese law firm for asset managers and investment funds as well as their service providers. Recognised by legal directories, industry and peers alike as the “go-to name” for investment management and funds in Malta, we assist clients ranging from small start-ups and boutique operators to some of the biggest names in the industry.
The investment management and funds industry is facing a prolonged period of game-changing regulatory overhaul. Within the European Union, industry players continue to get to grips with new wide-ranging legislation and regulatory rules affecting hedge funds (AIFs), retail funds (UCITS) and certain private equity funds as well as their managers, custodians and other service providers. In this major reboot of investment management and fund regulation, GANADO is well placed to assist clients with riding the regulatory wave and taking full advantage of the opportunities created.
Our Investment Management & Funds Industry Grouping assists clients with corporate and fund structuring, set-up and authorisation, ongoing regulatory compliance and advice as well as transactional work including drafting and negotiation of documentation.
GANADO’s Investment Management & Funds Industry Grouping brings lawyers from our dedicated Investment Services & Funds Team together with leading lawyers in other practice areas to offer its asset management and investment fund clients integrated full life-cycle assistance including stock exchange listing, taxation, employment and dispute resolution.
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GANADO’s Investment Services & Funds Team has developed a stellar reputation in Malta for advising investment fund managers ranging from the major fund management names to boutique or start-up operations.View Practice
Our Capital Markets practice is singled out for its depth and ability to provide legal advice on even the most complex debt and equity transactions and securitisation deals. Our team has been at the forefront of the most innovative capital markets transactions in Malta as well as a driver for innovation in their regulation, reporting and taxation.View Practice
GANADO has a leading and well-developed corporate practice. It regularly advises a broad portfolio of international corporate clients on commercial and corporate law matters and provides company administration support services.View Practice
GANADO’s Corporate Finance Team has advised on a number of the major corporate transactions in Malta for the benefit of international corporate groups, and is recognised as a leader in this sector.View Practice
The need for effective corporate governance practices and procedures is increasingly featuring on our clients’ agenda – and that of supervisory authorities. GANADO’s Corporate Governance Team was formed in order to address this demand in a focused yet cost-effective manner. We assist corporate clients from different business environments to develop a corporate governance system that meets local requirements. The members of our Corporate Governance Team have the training and experience to assist companies with identifying and satisfying their ongoing corporate responsibilities.View Practice
Corporate insolvency, whether domestic or cross-border, raises numerous issues that need to be thoroughly and efficiently addressed in most transactions, particularly financial services ones. GANADO constantly assists creditors and insolvent companies or traders that experience financial difficulties, in preserving their rights efficiently in accordance with the relevant provisions of law.View Practice
GANADO offers a broad spectrum of corporate and administrative services in conjunction with its corporate law advisory. It does so principally through its affiliated entities, Ganado Trustees & Fiduciaries Limited (licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority as a fiduciary and trustee) and Ganado Services Limited. They range from registered office, process agent, resident agent and fiduciary shareholder services to company secretarial services and the maintenance of statutory records, such as Registers of Members, Minute Books and the filing of Annual Returns and other statutory forms.View Practice
GANADO regularly advises both multinationals and locals regarding their Maltese data protection obligations ranging from the more mundane registration of processes with the local data protection regulatory authority and drafting of privacy policies for the firm’s client base to advising on complex transactions involving global data transfers and advising on the data protection aspects of large scale data theft, losses and cyber terrorism.View Practice
Recognised by clients and industry commentators as a sector leader in Malta, we apply our market knowledge, experience and insight into applicable regulatory frameworks to help issuers and underwriters, both domestic and international, to originate, distribute and manage investment in debt investments effectively.View Practice
GANADO has pioneered advice in this area since the involvement of the first Maltese counterparties in the market. Representing the industry’s global trade organisation for OTC derivatives, we regularly deliver industry as well as private opinions on master agreements, exchange trading, repos and securities lending arrangements.View Practice
Our Employment & Pensions Team acts for many of the islands’ employers on an array of areas such as the drafting of contracts of employment, employment handbooks, employment policies, share option schemes, pension schemes and other related documents. GANADO also assists clients in relation to dismissals, termination of employment, redundancies (including collective redundancies), matters relative to employee information and consultation, the transfer of undertakings and employee protection, employment discrimination and harassment, industrial disputes and all types of litigation connected with such matters.View Practice
GANADO’s Capital Markets team acts for both issuers and underwriters of equity and equity linked products in Malta. It also advises issuers of equities and related instruments issued, offered or traded abroad where this impacted upon by subsidiaries or assets held in Malta. Our local clients include the largest listed companies, leading stockbrokers and underwriting institutions in the country.View Practice
Traditionally, financial markets work in Malta was a very local affair – advising issuers and corporate stockbrokers on share and less frequently debt securities listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. However, this decade has seen a step change in the activity levels, opportunities, complexity and international influences surrounding the trading of financial instruments in or from within Malta.View Practice
GANADO’s Investment Service & Funds Team has assisted the majority of fund custodians authorised in Malta to obtain their Category 4 licence (Custodian for Collective Investment Schemes) in terms of the Investment Services Act (Cap. 370, Laws of Malta) and drafted their operational manuals and template documentation. The team also has extensive experience in advising on global custody and settlement related issues as well as drafting and negotiating custody and sub-custody agreements on both sides of the negotiation table.View Practice
Commercial and Contract Law is at the centre of every activity performed by GANADO’s lawyers. Apart from the various aspects dealt with in the specific practice areas, the firm assists traders, corporate entities and private individuals alike in the more generic and non-sector specific aspects of commercial and contract law.View Practice
GANADO’s leading Investment Services & Funds Team has extensive experience in advising investment funds of all types at all stages of their life-cycle.View Practice
GANADO’s has an unequaled reputation in the Maltese legal market for advice in relation to investment services regulation.View Practice
GANADO has an extensive and well respected Court practice, concentrated mainly around commercial and maritime litigation.View Practice
GANADO is regularly involved in a number of M&A transactions, both local and international. It advises on corporate restructurings and drafts up or reviews the documents needed. It has extensive experience in the conduct of legal due diligence and provides up-to-date advice and assistance on all aspects of law relevant to each particular M&A transaction.View Practice
As one of the pioneers of the private pensions industry in Malta, GANADO has reaped the benefits of its foresight and occupies the enviable position of leader in this fast growing sector.View Practice
GANADO provides advice on the regulatory aspects of anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing legislation and regulations.View Practice
GANADO assists its clients with all matters relating to commercial or private real estate deals, whether relating to the acquisition of property of all sizes, the leasing of offices or the structuring and setting up of a real estate property fund authorised by the Malta Financial Service Authority. Ancillary services include litigation relating to immovable property, and the payment and redemption of ground rents.View Practice
GANADO is regularly involved in the redomiciliation or continuation of companies into and out of Malta and has developed a strong practice in this field. Over the past several years, we have collaborated closely with many lawyers and corporate service providers worldwide to ensure that the company continuation process allows companies to transition their operations effectively and uninterruptedly into their new jurisdiction of choice.View Practice
The importance of well documented facility agreements and creditor-friendly collateral documentation has grown considerably over the past years. Within a very competitive market, banks and financial institutions are continuously trying to protect and insulate themselves from credit risk. In this environment, GANADO strives to achieve the highest possible levels of legal certainty for its clients.View Practice
GANADO provides Maltese tax advice to a variety of international corporate entities out of which a good number are listed on international stock exchanges. These include financial institutions, insurers, investment funds, fund managers, pension funds, private equity groups and shipping entities. We also advise private clients from across the globe on a range of tax matters.View Practice
GANADO has led the project team that was entrusted with the Trust Law Reform project (which culminated in the extensive 2004 amendments to the Maltese law on trusts, and other related legislation), and with the enactment of the 2007 provisions on foundations and other legal organisations. The Trusts and Foundations practice is regularly involved in structuring, and providing general legal advice on, trusts and foundations in Malta, and is also responsible for ongoing assistance to various Maltese based (local and international) trustees.View Practice