Mark Fenech is a Partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates, heads the firm’s Ship Finance department and is a member of the Ship Registration and Corporate law department.


Since 1996, he has practiced in the area of ship finance and has gained considerable experience in advising various international banks as lenders in different transactions involving Mortgages registered over Malta-flag vessels.


He has also advised Maltese and non-Maltese shipping companies in their capacity as borrowers and mortgagors and has also given advice and issued legal opinions on security documents governed by Maltese Law involving the registration of Maltese mortgages.


He has vast experience on the Maltese law aspects in relation to security documentation connected with financings granted by major international Banks to Maltese corporate borrowers, leading up to the legal registration of Maltese Statutory Mortgages against the respective Malta flag vessels.


1982 – Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) University of Malta. Title of doctoral thesis “The Lifting of the Corporate Veil: A Comparative Study”.


1980 – Diploma of Notary Public, University of Malta.

Involvements and Memberships

Member of the International Bar Association (Section on Business Law) since 1988
Member of the Chamber of Advocates, Malta
Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Malta)
Chairman of Scandinavian Business Forum – Malta (a body forming part of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry)
Founder Member Association of Nominee Companies (Malta)
Founder Director of Impetus Europe Consulting Group Ltd (
1999 – 2001: Regular columnist on politics and current affairs for Maltese daily In-Nazzjon and Radio 101
2001 – 2003: Regular columnist on politics and current affairs for Malta Independent on Sunday,
2002 – 2004: Regular animator of discussion programmes on politics and current affairs for Smash TV
1997-2002 Consul, Honorary Consul for Lebanon to Malta
1992 -2002 Director of Foundation fro Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers
1999 -2002 Chairman Board of Professions Supplementary to Medicine.


Legal 500 2021:


‘Mark Fenech is our first point of contract regarding ship finance matters; always quick and to the point in his advice.’


Legal 500 EMEA 2020:


Mark Fenech: very experienced, fast response, very efficient.


Chambers Europe 2020:


Mark Fenech is praised by clients for his experience and particularly handles ship financing, advising international banks on mortgage registrations. Fenech is also noted for his work on shipping regulations.


Chambers Europe 2019:


Mark Fenech offers substantial expertise in handling ship financing mandates for financial institutions, international freight companies and yacht owners. “He has a lot of experience and he’s a reliable partner,” says one client appreciating his “quick and to-the-point answers.”


Chambers Europe 2018:


Mark Fenech maintains a solid reputation in the market thanks to his skills dealing with ship finance matters. He is especially well versed in mortgage matters pertaining to yachts.


Chambers Europe 2017:


Mark Fenech co-heads the firm’s ship finance department. He specialises in advising local and international clients on the registration of vessels. Sources note his prominence in the ship mortgage area.


Chambers Europe 2016:


Mark Fenech is lauded by interviewees who deem him “one of the most reputable shipping lawyers in Malta.”


Legal 500 2016:


Mark Fenech is ‘a superb drafter of finance documents and very client oriented’.


Chambers Europe 2015:


Mark Fenech focuses his practice on ship finance and frequently advises on transactions concerning mortgages on Malta-flagged vessels.


Chambers Europe 2014:


Mark Fenech leads the ship finance team, advising a range of international financial institutions in relation to mortgages involving Malta-flagged vessels. Clients appreciate his combination of legal expertise and an awareness of “the commercial realities and practical issues involved.”


Legal 500 2014:


Sources say that Ship finance head Mark Fenech has ‘excellent technical legal skills and knowledge’.


Chambers Europe 2013:


Mark Fenech enters the rankings on the back of tremendous market feedback. Clients appreciate his availability and care, saying he is “responsive, precise, and dedicated to finding the best solution no matter how challenging.”