Dr Daniel Aquilina qualified as an advocate in 2001 and joined GANADO Advocates as an Associate in the same year. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Associate and in 2009 he was appointed Partner. Today, Daniel heads GANADO Advocates' Banking Ship Finance and Aviation teams, assisting leading international banks and financial institutions involved in the financing of Maltese registered vessels and aircraft by perfecting the registration of Mortgages and Security Interests.
Daniel has considerable experience in the drafting of Maltese law regulated security and has been involved in complex multi-vessel and aircraft transactions including advice relating to alternative ship finance mechanisms and structures under Maltese law. He has been involved in major Maltese ship finance deals for several years, advising major multinational and providers/arrangers of finance with loan restructuring and mortgage enforcement matter. He also advises on ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, ship registration and all other aspects of ship purchase, chartering and operation.
Daniel has advised several leading aircraft finance banks and syndicates on aircraft acquisition transactions as well as owners and/or lessors of aircraft. He has also assisted and advised on aircraft registration and leasing structures and procedures and advised financiers in connection with the registering of security in the Malta Register of Aircraft Mortgages as well as with the filing and perfection of International Interests in the International Registry. Daniel and his team also advise on the enforcement of aircraft mortgages and the arrest of aircraft in Malta.
Daniel advised the then Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure & Communications in connection with the legislative amendments required to Maltese aviation laws and was directly involved in the drafting of the Aircraft Registration Act, 2010 which regulates the registration of aircraft and aircraft mortgages in Malta and is a key element of the reform which seeks to encourage growth of aviation business in Malta. As a result of this legislation, Malta has also acceded to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol thereto. Daniel continues to contribute to the legislative development of Maltese aviation laws and has more recently assisted and advised Transport Malta with recommended amendments and general fine-tuning of the existing legislation.