Peter is an Associate whose main areas of practice include ship finance and ship registration, energy and natural resources law and corporate and commercial law.

 

He began his career at Fenech & Fenech Advocates as a Trainee Advocate before qualifying Doctor of Laws in 2012. He then pursued a Master of Laws degree in energy law and policy from the University of Dundee, graduating in 2013 prior to joining Holman Fenwick Willan LLP in London on Secondment within the shipping and corporate, projects and finance departments.

 

As a member of the Shipping Practice he focuses on the registration of vessels and yachts and sales/acquisitions of vessels. He regularly assist international banks, as lenders in transactions involving Mortgages registered over Malta-flag vessels, as well as Maltese and non-Maltese shipping companies in their capacity as borrowers and mortgagors.

 

Within the energy sector he has gained experience advising international oil companies in relation to offshore petroleum E&P activities, energy investors in downstream and midstream energy activities and renewable energy investors in licensing, planning and permitting requirements, EIA approvals and financing arrangements.

 

He further has exposure to the International Practice Group at Fenech & Fenech Advocates, where he frequently assists with corporate financing structures and transactions including mergers, takeovers and restructurings, related security arrangements, as well as corporate governance and general company law issues. He also assist with both vendor and purchaser related legal due diligence processes relevant to the sale and purchase of corporate entities

Education

2012 – 2013

University of Dundee, Master of Laws (LL.M.) Energy Law and Policy. Subject areas: International Petroleum Law and Policy; Downstream Energy Law and Policy; International Trade Law; Project Finance; Energy and Climate Change Law and Policy; Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics and Policy; and Transnational Legal Problems Facing Extractive Industries. Dissertation on European gas trading and gas market development, “Moving Towards Gas Hubs In A Market Priced Europe.”

2009 – 2012

University of Malta, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) thesis “Implementation of The Renewable Energy Directive: Legal Effects and Challenges For Malta.”

2009 – 2010

University of Malta, Dip. Notary Public.

2006 – 2009

University of Malta, Summa cum laude Bachelor of Laws Degree with International Relations as a subsidiary.

Memberships & Involvements

Malta Chamber of Advocates – Member
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators – Member

Malta Maritime Law Association – Member

Speaking Engagements
  • September 2014, “Aircraft registration: why Malta’s aircraft register is today the fastest growing in Europe”, a presentation delivered during the 3rd Annual Business Aviation Conference.
Articles & Publications
  • December 2018, co-author ‘Future of ship recycling in the European Union’, published by ILO Shipping and Transport Newsletter
  • October 2016, ‘Legal aspects of EU energy regulation (Second Edition) – Chapter on Malta’, published by Oxford University Press
  • June 2016, co-author “Upstream Security in Europe”, a brochure published by P+P Pollath + Partners
  • October 2015, “Energy supply dynamics”, published by The Times of Malta
  • February 2015, “Building energy performance – legal obligation, not an option”, published by The Sunday Times of Malta Business Section
  • September 2014, “Global Legal Insights in Energy (Third Edition) – Chapter on Malta”, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London
  • June 2014, “Bribery, corruption and commerce: Their cross-border implications”, published by The Sunday Times of Malta Business Section
  • May 2014, co-author “Aviation finance and security interests in Malta: a new impetus”, published by Thomson Reuters in Practical Law Review
  • March 2014, co-author “Security and quasi-security vehicles for lenders in Malta: an increasingly creditor-friendly jurisdiction”, published by Thomson Reuters in Practical Law Review
  • February 2014, “Shifting to gas: Malta’s energy game changer?”, published by The Times of Malta Business Section
  • April 2013, co-author “EU renewable energy law: The legal effects and challenges for an alternative investment”, published by Id-Dritt Volume XXIII