Lara Saguna Axiaq is a Senior Associate at Fenech and Fenech Advocates and a Director at Fenech & Fenech Marine Services Ltd. She has practiced in the area of ship finance, ship registration as well as ship sale and purchase since 2007. Lara was awarded a Doctorate in Laws (LL.D.) conferred by the University of Malta in 2007. She was admitted to the Maltese bar in 2008 and subsequently read for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Maritime Law with Queen Mary University (University of London), graduating in 2011. She is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and the Malta Maritime Law Association.

 

As a lawyer specialized in maritime law, Lara Saguna Axiaq is involved on a daily basis in various transactions relating to the registration of new-buildings and second hand vessels under the Malta flag, both Maltese and foreign owned. These include vessels ranging from large tanker vessels to yachts, both pleasure and commercially registered. She also advises clients on ship sales and acquisitions, transfer of ownership of vessels within the Malta flag, all matters relating to the continuance of vessel registration as well as their subsequent deletion from the Malta flag.

 

Furthermore, as a lawyer within the firm’s Ship Finance Department, she advises clients – Maltese and non-Maltese, corporate and individual – in their capacity as borrowers, guarantors and mortgagors, as well as leading financial institutions and major international Banks, assisting the parties with the preparation of the relevant security documentation required for perfecting the registration of Maltese statutory mortgages and security interests.

Education

2008 – 2011

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Maritime Law – Queen Mary University (University of London)

2005 – 2007

Doctorate in Laws (LL.D.), University of Malta

Sept 2006 – Jan 2007

Studied at the “Universita’ degli Studii di Roma Tre” – Rome (Erasmus Student Exchange Programme)

2004 – 2005

Diploma of Notary Public, University of Malta

2001 – 2004

B.A. in Legal & Humanistic Studies (European Studies), University of Malta

Memberships & Involvements

Malta Maritime Law Association – Member of the Merchant Shipping Sub-Committee

Malta Chamber of Advocates – Member

Admitted to the Bar – 2008

Speaking Engagements
  • ‘BOV: Technical and Skills Development Programme” – High Level Insights of the Maritime Law and the Industry’, Hilton, Malta, January 2016
  •  ‘Maritime Malta Seminar’, Chamber of Commerce, Valletta, Malta, December 2015
Articles & Publications
  • Future of Ship Recycling in the European Union” – co-authored with Dr Peter Grima, published in ILO Shipping & Transport – European Union Newsletter, December 2018
  • Mortgage amendments – when are they required?”, re-published in The Malta Independent on Sunday – Shipping Logistics supplement, November 2018
  • Mortgage amendments – when are they required?”, published in ILO Shipping & Transport Newsletter, November 2018
  • Lost Mortgage Instruments”, co-authored with Dr Charlotte Spiteri, published in ILO Shipping & Transport Newsletter, November 2018
  • Malta Chapter”, co-authored, published in the Chambers and Partners -Shipping 2018 Global Practice Guide – January 2018
  • “Ship Finance 2016 – Malta Chapter”, published in Getting the Deal Through, July 2016
  • “Ship Finance 2015 – Malta Chapter”, published in Getting the Deal Through, July 2015
  • “Flying the Maltese flag”, published by The Times of Malta – Shipping & Logistics Supplement, March 2015
  • “ Ship Finance 2014 – Malta Chapter”, published in Getting the Deal Through, July 2014
  • “A reputable flag of choice”, published by The Times of Malta – Shipping & Logistics Supplement, July 2014
  • “Costs of maritime piracy and the ‘No arms on board’ policy”, published by The Times of Malta – The Times Business, February 2011
  • “The EU’s Maritime Policy Green Paper – 3” – “Sanctions for marine pollution”, published by The Times of Malta – The Times Business, April 2007