Aircraft parking considerations – Choosing the right registry

Authors: Matthew Xerri
Published on July 21, 2020
Practices: Aircraft Registration
To say that 2020 has been a turbulent year for the commercial aviation industry is certainly an understatement. Various high-profile airlines such as Virgin Australia, Flybe and Avianca (Colombia) have already collapsed, while others had to resort to state-aid in order to keep afloat such as the Lufthansa Group (which includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines) and the Air France-KLM Group.

The Rise and Fall of the Pre-Contractual Remedy in Public Procurement

Authors: Clement Mifsud-Bonnici
Published on July 20, 2020
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Practices: General Commercial & Contract Law
The European Union quite early on, as early as 1989, made its first rudimentary attempts to harmonise rules on public procurement across the internal market for two principal reasons: the breakdown of trade barriers within the EU bloc and the elimination of distortion of competition through government purchasing.

Insolvency judgment: Winding up in the context of a bona fide dispute

Authors: Louis Cassar Pullicino
Published on July 17, 2020
Practices: Litigation, Arbitration & ADR
In a judgment delivered by the First Hall (Commercial Section) on 13 July 2020 in the case Avinco Group Holdings N.V vs Eolia Limited, the Court was asked to determine inter alia whether a winding up application based on the alleged insolvency of the respondent could be entertained in circumstances where the underlying claim of the claimant was disputed.

European Commission approves €18.7 million Maltese bond subscription in light of the economic impact of COVID-19

Authors: Neil Bezzina
Published on July 9, 2020
Practices: Capital Markets
On 6 July 2020, the European Commission approved, under the state aid rules, a bond subscription facility of €18.7 million by the Malta Development Bank (“MDB”) to support Mediterranean Investment Holdings p.l.c (“MIH”), a Maltese real estate developer with various projects in Libya.

The right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the EU

Authors: Saman Bugeja
Published on July 8, 2020
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Practices: International Transport & Sale of Goods
On the 18 June 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU” or the “Court”), delivered a preliminary ruling in proceedings between Ryanair Designated Activity Company (“Ryanair”) and the National Police Headquarters, Hungary (“Authority”) in relation to the proper interpretation of certain provisions found in Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States (the “Directive”).