Tonio Fenech LL.M (Lond), LLD
Name: Tonio Fenech LL.M (Lond), LLD
Firm Name: Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal
Country: Malta
Expertise: Aviation Law

Telephone: +356 2549 6400
Fax: +356 2549 6444
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Tonio’s areas of legal practice and study have evolved in line with the development and diversification of the Maltese economy since the early 1990’s, encompassing such areas as corporate commercial law, corporate finance, investment funds and the financial services industry. His central areas of professional interest and specialization, however, are subjects which he also regularly teaches at the University of Malta, being various aspects of aviation law, maritime law and fiduciary relationships, including trusts and foundations.

Tonio is moreover among the few individuals who pioneered a more effective organization for legal services in Malta in the 1990’s, and after developing the infrastructure in what is now one of the larger practices in Malta, he established Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal in January 2009, together with Dr. Christian Farrugia and tax expert Dr. Antoine Fiott (now a consultant with the firm, following retirement).

FFF Legal is a full service firm that has adopted resource access methods that allow it to take on large transnational matters and issues. The firm is principally active in the corporate commercial, asset finance and financial services fields, besides particular niche industries such as the aviation and maritime industries, the investment and pension funds industry, remote gaming and pharmaceuticals. The firm also includes particular expertise in the private clients area, encompassing residence and immigration issues, estate planning, trusts and foundation design, etc.

The firm is also very active in the field of real estate development law, and has a wide ranging commercial and civil litigation department.

FFF Legal forms part of A|R|Q Group, a multi-disciplinary consulting group developed as a joint venture initiative with the Maltese mid-tier audit and accounting firm Capstone Group. A|R|Q Group is a specialist provider of trust & corporate services, as well as management, accounting and infrastructural support services. It represents a truly integrated, seamless approach in which clients’ best interests are kept at heart in a collaborative and professional manner.

Maritime & Aviation Law Practice:

The Maltese Islands have become a hub for the maritime and shipping industry, due in part to its strategic location between Europe and North Africa, as well as its favourable business environment and a range of incentives for ship owners, financiers and other shipping service providers. Malta’s harbours have historically offered a sheltered and secure berthing location in close proximity to some of the world’s busiest trade routes, furthermore,  the Maltese flag has become the largest registry in Europe and one of the most respected in the world.

The countries success as an international maritime centre has been recently complemented by the growth of the aviation field, with Malta being one of the first EU countries to ratify the Cape Town Convention which allows for the registration of assets on the international register. This combined with Malta’s flexible taxation framework and corporate legal systems mean that increasing numbers of air transport operations have chosen to base themselves here.

Malta has also proven to be an attractive jurisdiction for the operation of MRO facilities for the aviation industry and perhaps the most well-known of these is Lufthansa Technic Malta Limited who established themselves here several years ago with the assistance of our lawyers.

Whether you are looking to register a super-yacht, finance a new fleet aircraft, find out more about the nuances of Maltese maritime law or you have questions about the yacht and aircraft leasing scheme- please contact Dr Tonio Fenech to find out more.