Alison Vassallo is a Partner of Fenech and Fenech Advocates in Malta and heads the Yachting Department. She also works within the Marine Litigation Department.
She qualified as a lawyer in 2004 with a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Malta after presenting her thesis on ‘Recent Initiatives Affecting Port and Vessel Security Regimes’. She proceeded to obtain her Master’s Degree with Distinction in International Maritime Law from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMO) in 2005 and was awarded the IMO Secretary General’s Prize for Best Dissertation for the work ‘Persons Rescued at Sea: Recent Developments and Trends in Coastal State Response’.
She joined Fenech and Fenech Advocates in 2006. For the past 10 years she has been heavily involved in advising and co-ordinating projects for owners and financiers relating to the acquisition and sale of both private yacht and commercial yachts. She has extensive experience in advising clients with regard to registration, financing, chartering, yacht leasing, crewing and fiscal requirements and solutions. Furthermore her areas of practice within the firm embrace all aspects of maritime law including EU shipping law, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards, ship arrest and other precautionary measures for obtainment of security and co ordination of tender procedures involving a maritime element.
Alison Vassallo is the Chairperson of the Yachting Trade Section within the Chamber of Commerce, is an Executive Member and Secretary of the Malta Superyacht Industry Network, a Member of the Chamber of Advocates, an Executive Committee Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association (MMLA), a Board Member of the yachting sub committee formed within the MMLA and has served as a Director of Malta Marittima Agency.