Max Ganado

Senior Partner

Ganado Advocates

Law Firm
Law Firm

Ganado Advocates



Business Profile

I have been practising law for over 35 years, starting my career as a maritime lawyer dealing with all aspects of shipping, including ship finance. I became a Partner of the firm in 1986 and moved on to develop the Financial Services practices at Ganado Advocates. I have been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a financial centre, including the revision of the law relating to trusts and the law on legal persons and foundations, as well as on netting, securitisation and aviation. I am now heavily involved in the design and development of laws and practice around DLT and smart contracts as Malta takes a proactive stance in this regard. I have been delivering lectures on varied subjects for a number of years, having been actively involved in disseminating education to the Maltese legal professions and Maltese law students. I've also published various articles and have acted as editor of a number of publications. I held the position of the firm’s Managing Partner for six years. In 2015, I moved into a Senior Partner position within the firm, taking over a mix of duties, some professional and others relating to strategy.

Business Activities


  • 1984 – 2013: International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), External Lecturer
  • 1984 – 2013: University of Malta, External Lecturer
  • 1986 – 2008: Ganado Advocates, Partner
  • 2008 – 2015: Ganado Advocates, Managing Partner
  • 2015 – Present: Ganado Advocates, Senior Partner


  • 2010: TEP Dip (ITM) – Full Member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • 1983: Master of Laws (LL.M), (Canada)
  • 1982: Doctor of Laws (LL.D), (Malta)


  • Admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta
  • Member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates, the International Bar Association, the Society of Trust & Estate
  • Practitioners, The International Academy of Estate & Trust Law and the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
  • Member of the Law Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group in relation to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Aircraft Protocol
  • Founding Member of the Mediterranean Maritime Arbitration Association and Chairman of the Malta Arbitration Centre (2000-2004)
  • Former Member of Law Drafting Committees (1988-2013) on the Merchant Shipping Act, Investment Services laws, the Set-Off and Netting on Insolvency Act, the Securitisation Act, the Trusts and Trustees Act, the Civil Code on derivatives, life insurance, factoring, legal personality, foundations and associations and the Voluntary Organisations Act and Aircraft registration and financing, and currently leading teams on other legislative projects

Official Partners

  • GO
  • mca
  • PTL
  • trade
  • HBSC
  • Edward Lowell
  • C Fino & Sons