Nicolai Vella Falzon

Managing Partner
Nicolai is Managing Partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates. He heads the Commercial and Corporate Department. Nicolai is an experienced commercial and corporate lawyer, having practised in this area since 1998.

His expertise includes corporate and commercial law, M&A transactions, liquidation and insolvency. He has also handled numerous project and asset finance transactions with particular expertise in aircraft finance having in-depth knowledge of the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol as applying to security interests in aircraft and related assets. Nicolai is also an experienced litigator in commercial and corporate disputes and handles court and arbitration cases of this nature on a continuing basis.

Nicolai is also a visiting lecturer and an examiner within the Commercial Law Department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Malta. He is a contributor to a number of international publications such as Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights (Sweet & Maxwell) and Aircraft Finance – Registration, Security and Enforcement (Sweet & Maxwell).

Languages: English, Maltese, Italian and French

Career Highlights

January 2021

Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Managing Partner heading the Commercial & Corporate Department

January 2008

Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Equity Partner heading the Commercial & Corporate Department and co-heading the Aviation Law Department

January 2004

Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Junior Partner heading the Commercial & Corporate Department and co-heading the Aviation Law Department

January 2002

Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Senior Associate

January 2000

Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Associate

October 1998

Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Trainee Associate


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

1997 – 1998, Masters (LL.M.): Commercial & Corporate Law

University of Malta

1995 – 1997, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) Title of doctoral thesis: Ships as a Cause of Marine Pollution – The role of Regulatory Legislation in its Prevention

University of Malta

1991 – 1995, Diploma – Notary Public

Corporate/Commercial | Eminent Practitioner
Financial & Corporate | Tier 1
Corporate/Commercial (Global) | Band 2
Aviation | Tier 2
Commercial, Corporate And M&A | Tier 1
Corporate/Commercial | Eminent Practitioners
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‘Nicolai has an excellent understanding and patience with the complexities of our cross border group.‘
Chambers Europe 2023
‘Joseph Ghio and Nicolai Vella Falzon stand out, providing great guidance and support. They are backed by a great team of associates. I feel confident that I or my business clients will receive answers to any problems straight away.’
Legal 500 2023
‘Nicolai Vella Falzon stands out for his wealth of knowledge. Excellent communicator, excellent negotiator. Profound civil and commercial law knowledge.’
Legal 500 2023
‘The team is very competent and possesses very valid and proficient knowledge in various areas of different specialisations. Each and every member of the team is a specialist in their area and they are all very diligent and dedicated members. The level of professionalism can be found in each member of the team. It has been truly a joy to deal with all of them.’
Legal 500 2022
‘The team was always available for us and never missed a deadline.’
Legal 500 2022
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