Transactions are the cornerstone of our practice as we routinely assist businesses accomplish their strategic objectives and defend their position in the market.
On a daily basis, we advise businesses deal with a myriad of relationships and agreements that bind them to their suppliers, employees, customers, strategic partners and other third parties. In this way, we see ourselves as a functional extension to any enterprise, providing ongoing legal support through our interdisciplinary practice with the final aim of building long term relationships with clients based on mutual trust and recognition.
We never assume to know the business more than the client. Our game plan is to create the right synergy to facilitate business decisions, develop strategy, manage risks and solve problems as they arise. We do this by combining our legal knowledge with industry sector knowledge, and an energetic approach in order to cover the full range of transactional issues. The firm’s practice has direct exposure in a number of industry sectors, namely, IT and technology, financial services, real estate, entertainment and retail.Related Insights:
Muscat Mizzi works with companies and private investors to design and implement M&A programs that achieve critical business objectives.
Our M&A practice goes well beyond negotiating and structuring deals. As a legal partner to our clients, we endeavor to add further value by introducing financing options and leveraging our professional network to generate opportunities and deal flow.
We have a particularly strong track record on both buy and sell sides in the real estate, investment services, technology, and retail sectors. Clients value our timely, pragmatic, and commercial approach to problem-solving, in addition to our high degree of individualized attention.
The firm assists client with all types of M&A transactions, including:
Cutting edge technology and IP assets have become key drivers and critical components in commercial transactions.
In economic times characterized by volatility and aggressive business cycles, any business can pass through stages of distress. Taking action at the right time can save your business and ensure a better return for creditors.
Such periods necessitate the provision of ongoing legal support and advice to ensure that the legal obligations are complied with and that the rights of creditors are preserved.
Our restructuring, insolvency, and bankruptcy practice are by no means limited to advising debtors. We also advise creditors and insolvency practitioners in relation to the solutions available to dissolve or restructure a company or a trader’s business. Our expertise covers all types of transactions, including, schemes of arrangement and compromises, company recovery procedures (administration), rescheduling of debts, and restructuring by means of corporate finance transactions.
We also have the expertise to advise on matters related to secured finance, the ranking of creditors, and to represent clients (debtors and creditors) in both formal and informal proceedings related to restructuring, insolvency, and bankruptcy.
We provide commercially focused advice on all aspects of financing and security matters.
Real estate transactions require both specialist expertise and market insight.
A well-developed service-level or supply agreement is an important tool to mitigate risks associated with your business.
A service-level agreement or a long term supply agreement is a commitment between a service provider or supplier to its customer. It is a particularly necessary document to have in place where the success of a business relies on the performance of another business.
Such agreements differ from other agreements in the way they regulate the expected level of service between the parties post-execution of the contact.
Aspects related to the quality of service and product, responsibilities, availability, and responsiveness of ongoing support, monitoring, testing, remedies, and other ancillary matters are expected to be well defined and documented with a view to managing the expectations and ongoing interactions between the parties.
Whether you are supplying a critical service or product or receiving it, we are able to help you develop a bespoke agreement that meets industry expectations and that is suitable for your specific business.
We represent employers and employees with a broad range of work-related issues across the entire spectrum of employment law.
Ensuring rules and standards are met on an ongoing basis is an obligation to both your business and the community.
Staying on top of laws, rules and regulations may seem like an arduous endeavour. Our lawyers can assist by demystifying compliance requirements and streamlining their implementation through education, consultation and training. A proper compliance strategy should go beyond the preparation of policies. It is also necessary to integrate compliance into everyday workflow through systems and procedures that ensure the right incentives are in place and that vigilance is continuous.
We believe that compliance should not be seen as just an additional cost to your business or a distraction from your principal activities. On the contrary, a compliant business is one that can be trusted by customers, partners and regulators, and is a factor that ensures sustainability and long term success.
The financial services industry is the biggest enabler of global business and, compared with other industries, has been subjected to the most complex and fast-paced regulatory reforms.
The industry brings together an ecosystem of players such as banks, asset managers, insurance companies, investment funds, pension schemes, brokers, financial institutions, payment and e-money institutions, and investment advisors.
Trust is a key driver of business in financial services and compliance is a critical component of that trust. Maintaining that trust while staying ahead of the innovation curve is a complicated task. With technology disrupting the market landscape, financial services businesses need to tread carefully when looking to the future. That’s where we come in.
Our lawyers are often called on to advise clients to anticipate and implement regulatory developments in a pragmatic way. From day to day conduct of business to transactional regulatory support, market conduct, and regulatory investigations we can help you mitigate regulatory risk and preserve the reputation of your business.Related Insights:
We work closely with our clients to design and develop strategies that enable the utilisation of data without endangering the trust in their brand.
We offer comprehensive regulatory and transactional assistance to businesses operating in the distributed ledger technology and fintech space.
Boards are facing increased scrutiny on how they administer businesses.
Be it a debt recovery effort, contractual dispute or a civil claim, having the right legal support in a pre-litigation or litigation scenario is crucial to secure an efficient and effective resolution.
For the most part, our efforts are geared towards out of court settlements which are generally less costly and distracting. Where this is not a possibility, we provide assistance and representation at various proceedings, keeping clients constantly abreast with developments while protecting their interests and reputation at all times. Our office represents clients on a number of legal matters but our litigation and arbitration practice focuses mainly around commercial, civil and maritime law.Related Insight:
Every business should have adequate systems in place to monitor and recover debts.
Litigation risk is present in almost every commercial transaction. We can help you anticipate and mitigate contentious aspects of a transaction and take appropriate action where a dispute becomes unavoidable.
Commercial disputes are counterproductive in nature. A measured and equanimous approach is necessary to assess the appropriate level of escalation and to preserve the desired commercial outcome of a transaction.
Sometimes a commercial transaction is regulated by a clearly drafted contract, and a proper interpretation of the documentation is required prior to asserting contractual rights. In other instances, the behaviour of the parties in anticipation of the contract needs to be scrutinised to ascertain culpability.
There is certainly no one-size-fits-all solution to resolving commercial disputes and a thorough understanding of the relationship of the parties, jurisprudential aspects of the dispute and related commercial objectives is critical when considering the available options to manage and resolve the dispute.
As a trusted advisor, we help our clients take well-informed decisions to achieve the most commercially sound resolution to the dispute. From proceedings before the Courts of Malta to arbitration, mediation, conciliation and settlement negotiations, we are able to guide you through to an effective resolution that protects your most important business interests.
An ever-evolving real estate market requires lawyers with a good understanding of the law and related commercial aspects.
In the digital age, where tweets and blog posts can go viral, the years spent building a brand can be exposed to risk upon the occurrence of unforeseen events.
Preserving your reputation as a stable and good employer or a diligent and hard-working employee is critical to your future.
Our practitioners are often called upon to resolve highly complex intellectual property disputes
Intellectual property is an intricate practice area that is at the forefront of innovation. The legal landscape is ever evolving and so too are the relative rights and qualifications of right-holders.
Resolving intellectual property disputes necessitates a technical understanding of the subject-matter together with related areas such as competition and employment law.
Whether you intend to assert your IP rights or defend an alleged infringement, we can guide you through each step of the resolution process.
Our approach is to avoid prolonged litigation and to pursue tactical negotiations where this is possible.
Our IP practitioners have previously assisted clients with:
- Trademark disputes;
- National and EU trademark oppositions;
- Design and copyright disputes
- Trade secrets disputes.
We represent financial institutions, hedge funds, brokers, asset managers, retirement scheme administrators, insurers and investors on a wide range of regulatory, civil and commercial disputes.
Because we understand the business and the related products, and because we have robust compliance and dispute resolution practices, we are able to offer tangible solutions in an industry that continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace.
We believe that trust is the key driver in financial and investment services, which means that disputes must not be treated in isolation. A holistic evaluation of the broader ramifications such as the potential impact on relationships with regulators, counterparties and investors is necessary to formulate an optimal strategy to resolve the dispute.
Our financial services and investment disputes experiences includes:
- Defending and prosecuting allegations of mis-selling of financial products;
- Contractual disputes with counterparties such as insurers, execution brokers, liquidity providers, trading venues, technology providers and clearing houses;
- Pension, trust and retirement benefit disputes;
- Defending financial and investment services providers against regulatory actions.