Malta Marittima Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel Aquilina as the new Chairman. Dr Daniel Aquilina graduated from the University of Malta as Doctor of Laws in 2001 and holds a Master’s degree in international maritime law conferred by the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. He heads GANADO Advocates' Banking Ship Finance and Aviation teams, assisting leading international banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of Maltese registered vessels and aircraft by perfecting the registration of Mortgages and Security Interests. Daniel has considerable experience in the drafting of Maltese law regulated security and has been involved in complex multi-vessel and aircraft transactions including advice relating to alternative ship finance mechanisms and structures under Maltese law. He has been involved in major Maltese ship finance deals for several years, advising major multinational and providers/arrangers of finance with loan restructuring and mortgage enforcement matters.
He also advises on ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, ship registration and all other aspects of ship purchase, chartering and operation. Daniel was the Secretary of the Malta Maritime Law Association and Council Member of the Maritime Legislative Advisory Council for many years and now continues to give his contribution as a member of the Association. He also served on the board of governors of the International Propeller Club, Port of Valletta. Daniel has advised several leading aircraft finance banks and syndicates on aircraft acquisition transactions as well as owners and/or lessors of aircraft. He has also assisted and advised on aircraft registration and leasing structures/procedures and advised financiers in connection with the registering of security in the Malta Register of Aircraft Mortgages as well as with the filing and perfection of International Interests in the International Registry. Daniel and his team also advise on the enforcement of aircraft mortgages and the arrest of aircraft in Malta. Daniel advised the then Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure & Communications in connection with the legislative amendments required to Maltese aviation laws and was directly involved in the drafting of the Aircraft Registration Act, 2010 which regulates the registration of aircraft and aircraft mortgages in Malta and is a key element of the reform which seeks to encourage growth of aviation business in Malta. As a result of this legislation, Malta has also acceded to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol thereto. Daniel continues to contribute to the legislative development of Maltese aviation and shipping laws and is currently assisting and advising Transport Malta with recommended amendments and general fine-tuning of the existing legislation.