We are AE Legal

AE Legal is a law firm headquartered in Malta’s capital city, Valletta. We are the Multilaw firm for the island offering legal services to the business community and to private clients.

Multilaw in Malta

Multilaw is an international network of independent law firms that work together to deliver superior results to clients worldwide. Aside of its own resources AE Legal enjoys the support of thousands of lawyers from one hundred and fifty commercial centres around the world. AE Legal’s clients benefit from this extended reach, ensuring that no legal matter, local or international, is beyond our competence.

What sets us apart

We understand that each case is unique, requiring a bespoke approach and strategy. Our goal is to deliver tailor-made excellence, engineered by a team that places passion behind every result. AE Legal promises to be on hand throughout the entire relationship, providing advice and reassurance that’s human as well as practical. We’re a firm that believes in the fundamental importance of a transparent work flow. This is paired with open communication to ensure our clients are never left in the dark. The bottom line is that AE Legal is built by people for people, and we thrive on a work ethic that’s designed to be clear, honest and precise.

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AE Legal Team

Georg Sapiano

Georg Sapiano LL.D.

Partner

Georg leads the Legal Strategy and Advice team and has been practising in his field since the early nineties. As the contact partner for Multilaw since 2002, he has travelled extensively, building a global network of sources and referrers in all the principal areas of legal practice.

He is sought out for the unusual and practical insights he brings to the table. His wealth of international and Maltese clients rely on his ability to build consensus whenever possible or lead them into conflict, whenever necessary.

He obtained his LL.D in 1992 and , in 1998, was one of the founder partners of this firm.

Professional Memberships:

1. MultiLaw
2. Gala Law
3. IR Global
4. Chamber of Advocates

Georg Sapiano
Partner

Nicolette Spiteri Bailey LL.D.

Partner

B.A., M.A. (Econ. Comp. Law), Dip. Tax, ADIT, LL.D.

Nicolette is a leading member of the generation of lawyers that entered the profession when Malta became a member of the European Union, fourteen years ago.

Her work and research has steadfastly followed the trends and the opportunities that the Single Market opened to our jurisdiction: When the rules on State Aid and uncompetitive practices came into force she made deregulation the focus of her practice accepting engagements in the field of competition law and monopoly busting. Her work was so highly regarded that the Ministry of Transport asked her to author important legislation that liberalized several modes of transport in Malta.

After that, when it was clear that Malta was headed towards becoming one of the world’s principal jurisdictions for tax structuring she built , and now leads, the firm’s tax and corporate services group. Work is referred to the firm by her peers from all over the world.

At each juncture, Nicolette ensured she was ready for the challenge by going back to the books. Aside of her doctorate in law, she has a Masters degree in the Economics of Competition Law, and is an international tax advisor ( www.adit.com) as well as holding qualifications in Maltese tax.

Practice Areas :
Tax Structuring,
Corporate Services
Private Client

Professional Memberships:
MultiLaw
Gala Law
IR Global
Chamber of Advocates

Nicolette Spiteri Bailey
Partner

Kris

Kris Scicluna LL.D.

Partner

Kris read law at the University of Malta in 2010 and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in March 2011. He joined AE in 2012 and was admitted to partnership in 2018.

Kris has garnered a breadth of experience in both commercial law, having advised a number of international corporates, as well as in dispute resolution and litigation which is now his main focus.

Kris maintains an uncommon profile as a litigator and beneath his urbane manner is a tenacity that his clients value and seek. In his insolvency work, in different major cases, he has been crucial and effective when representing both creditors as well as debtors.

As the firm’s Litigation Partner, he leads a team of other litigators who have deep experience in tax litigation, commercial and civil law disputes. He has been engaged in several cases involving internet based parties and is closely following the development of the legal framework regulating virtual financial assets in Malta and other jurisdictions , as its rise will inevitably become the merit of local and cross-border litigation.

Kris is a member of the Chamber of Advocates and holds a certificate in ‘Trust Law & Administration’ (2011) and ‘An Introduction to the Virtual Financial Asset Act’ (2018) from the Institute of Financial Service Practitioners.

Practice Areas:

1. Dispute Resolution
2. Litigation
3. Mediation
4. Arbitration
5. Real Estate & Construction Law
6. Probate and Inheritance Law
7. Employment and Pensions
8. Consumer Protection Law

Professional Memberships:

1. MultiLaw
2. Gala Law
3. IR Global
4. Chamber of Advocates

Kris Scicluna
Partner

Karl Tanti

Senior Associate

Karl graduated Doctor of Laws in 2014 after he successfully defended his thesis ‘The Takeover Bids Directive: a Critical Analysis of its Implementation in Malta and other EU Member States’, and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in March 2015.

As a final-year law student and trainee at Ganado Advocates, Karl also co-authored the Maltese Legal Rating chapter of Philip R Wood QC’s ‘World Universities Comparative Law Project’ (Allen & Overy, 2014)

Joining as an Advocate in 2014 upon completing his studies, Karl was subsequently promoted to an Associate in 2015 and more recently to Senior Associate within the firm’s Litigation Department.

Karl regularly pleads civil, commercial and company law cases before the Inferior and Superior Courts of Malta, as well as being responsible for cases at the Malta Arbitration Centre. Perhaps ironically, Karl always strives to help his clients in seeking amicable resolutions to their disputes, and has in fact negotiated and drafted several out-of-court settlements on his clients’ behalf.

Karl has also represented several clients before the Public Contracts Review Board (PCRB) in public procurement matters.

Practice Areas:
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Real Estate & Construction Law
Property Law
Public Procurement
Company Law and Insolvency
Trademark Registration

Professional Memberships:
MultiLaw
Gala Law
IR Global
Chamber of Advocates

Karl Tanti
Managing Associate

Joseph Grech

Senior Associate

Joseph is a Senior Associate lawyer in the Litigation Department, having joined the AE Legal team in July of 2017. Joseph obtained his Doctor of Laws (LL.D) in 2015 and was subsequently called to the bar in January 2016.

Before joining AE Legal, Joseph worked as a junior Associate with another firm in Malta, advising clients on a number of different matters, mostly relating to dispute resolution, as well as matters relating to civil and commercial litigation.

After joining AE Legal, Joseph has taken the role of a Senior Associate and regularly appears before the Inferior and Superior Courts of Malta as well as a number of Boards and Tribunals established by law. He also deals with matters relating to Employment and Industrial Relations, Consumer Protection and Real Estates and Construction Law.
Joseph is a member of the Chamber of Advocates.

In 2016, Joseph co-authored a paper titled “The Promotion of a Human Rights Culture in Malta through adequate implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”

Practice Areas:
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Probate and Inheritance
Employment & Industrial Relations
Consumer Protection

Professional Memberships:
MultiLaw
Gala Law
IR Global
Chamber of Advocates

Joseph Grech
Senior Associate

Luke Masini

Senior Associate

Luke joined AE in 2016 as a trainee in the firm’s corporate services department.

Luke read law at the University of Malta from 2010 to 2016, and submitted his thesis entitled 'Long-term shareholder engagement in European company law: a legal analysis of shareholder rights and roles'. He also spent a semester in Rome, Italy reading company law and intellectual property law at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in February 2017.

Luke is part of the corporate services department and assists both local and international corporate clients.

Luke is a member of the Chamber of Advocates and holds a certificate from the Institute of Financial Service Practitioners following the successful completion of ‘An Introduction to the Virtual Financial Asset Act’ (2018) course.

Practice Areas:

1. Corporate Law
2. Compliance
3. Fin-tech
4. Remote Gaming Law
5. Data Protection Law
6. Employment Law
7. Intellectual Property Law

Professional Memberships:

1. MultiLaw
2. Chamber of Advocates

Luke Masini
Senior Associate

Sean Cutajar – Junior Associate

Sean Cutajar

Advocate

Sean is an Associate lawyer in the Litigation Department, having joined AE Legal in April of 2023. Sean read Law at the University of Malta where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2021. In 2022 he graduated with Master of Advocacy and was subsequently called to the bar in October 2023.

Before joining AE Legal, Sean had also read for a Bachelors (Honours) and Masters in European Studies at the University of Malta, subsequently having worked for over a decade in Government, specialising in Foreign Affairs, Trade matters and Defence related matters.

Sean is currently specialising in Civil Litigation and Contract Law.

Sean Cutajar
Associate

Andrea Martinelli

Advocate

Andrea has joined AE in July 2021 as a Legal Intern.

Andrea read Law at the University of Malta where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2021 after having submitted his dissertation entitled ‘An analysis of the prevention of corruption in sport act in the light of Malta’s refusal to sign the Council of Europe’s convention on the manipulation of sports competitions’. In 2022 he graduated with Master of Advocacy.

During his time at AE, Andrea has mainly worked within the firm’s corporate services department. Under the guidance of the warranted lawyers of AE Legal, Andrea has worked in different areas of the law. These include Compliance, Company Law, and Contract Law.

Andrea also helps with clients in the Gaming Sector, namely concerning the obtainment of gaming licenses (both local and foreign) and with the fulfilment of their respective regulatory obligations.

Andrea Martinelli
Associate

Matthew Mifsud - Legal Trainee

Matthew Mifsud

Bachelor of Laws

Matthew Mifsud Bio - Website
Matthew joined AE Legal as a trainee in the Litigation Department in November 2021. He is a law student following the Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) course at The University of Malta with a particular interest in Public Law and areas of Civil Law and Commercial Law such as Development Planning Legislation, Competition Law, Anti-Money Laundering Legislation, Education Law and select topics of International Law and the Law of the Sea.
During his time as a student, Matthew has also taken an active part in student organisations including a role in the Junior Chamber of Advocates, the Malta Model United Nations Society and President of the De La Salle College Sixth Form Student Council.
He is also in the process of writing a dissertation on the effectiveness of public domain legislation in protecting the rights of the general public over areas of public interest including the foreshore, valleys, sites of natural & historical heritage and also movable property of a particularly important cultural heritage.
During his work at AE, Matthew has worked on a variety of briefs including the writing of ordinary and sworn court applications and many tasks incidental to litigation and dispute resolution processes under the guidance of the warranted lawyers at AE Legal. He has also worked on a number of projects within AE Legal involving research on a variety of branches of law including extensive research on the new legal cannabis regime in Malta and Multi-Disciplinary Practice (MDPs) firms and their legality.

Matthew Mifsud
LLB

Matthew Camilleri

Bachelor of Laws

Matthew is currently reading law at the University of Malta. Soon after enrolling in the law course in 2019, he became part of the AE Legal Team. This has given him an invaluable opportunity to continuously find a medium of practical application for his legal studies.
Matthew has served as Director for Academic Affairs within ELSA Malta, during which he spearheaded Malta’s contribution to ELSA’s International Legal Research Group on Human Rights and Technology – an international publication which focused primarily on data protection in the age of artificial intelligence.
For his dissertation, titled ‘The Interplay between Vested Rights, Legitimate Expectations and Government’s Right to Govern and Change Policy – With Particular Focus on Development Planning Legislation’, Matthew has decided to explore a topic which strikes at the heart of two areas of law which are of particular interest to him: Property Law and Public Law.
Matthew has assisted AE’s lawyers within the Litigation Department in various judicial proceedings before the Courts of Malta, primarily in their civil and commercial jurisdiction. He has also conducted extensive research for clients, both local and foreign, on a plurality of matters, including property rights, condominium law, expropriation proceedings, trademark law, real estate agency law, the newly introduced cannabis legislation, and Malta’s Freedom of Information Act.

Matthew Camilleri
LLB

Luca Zammit

Bachelor of Laws

Luca Zammit
LLB