Hugh Peralta & Associates
Hugh Peralta & Associates is primarily a commercial law firm for business clients; it is composed of a co-ordinated team of lawyers, each having expertise in a specific field and being responsible for a particular area of the practice - but able to step in and generally assist each other as the need arises.The Firm is listed in various international Law Directories (e.g. Martindale-Hubbell etc) and Dr. Hugh Peralta has been a member of the International Bar Association (of the UK) for many years.Hugh Peralta & Associates act on behalf of many reputable major cities’ Law Firms, and has a wide international and local client base which includes: international banks, financial institutions and insurance companies; international airlines; ship owners and charterers; freight forwarders and transportation companies; multinational corporations engaged in production, manufacturing and distribution in several industrial and commercial sectors including tourism; property companies.We seek to provide our clients with a complete service. Our experienced team of lawyers, assisted by a Notary Public and a Legal Procurator, are equipped to tackle clients’ issues from all relevant perspectives. We also enjoy a significantly close relationship with an international firm of certified public accountants and auditors with a view to offering our client a complete package of services; this local firm provides, inter alia, tax planning; accountancy ; VAT accounting; auditing and payroll services. We may however also liaise with all local representatives of major international audit and accounting firms..The Firm’s size ensures that a very personal service is provided. Our approach to clients’ needs is directed not only at a careful analysis of their legal and technical requirements and the provision of sound and constructive advice, but also at ensuring that in so doing we guide our clients towards the best solution.The firm’s principal areas are:  1. Commercial2. Corporate3. European Law4. Family Law5. Financial Services6. Litigation7. Maritime8. Property/Residence Permits/Estates9. TaxationCommercial- Debt collecting and credit reporting- Sale of goods; contracts for the supply of plant, equipment and machinery- Distribution, agency, franchising and other trading arrangements- Know-how, patents, copyright, trade marks, and other intellectual property- Competition and consumer law- Industrial and Labour LawCorporate- Formation of companies – International Trading Companies- Mergers and acquisitions- Corporate restructuring, both local and international- Company secretarial services and general corporate adviceEuropean Law - Reports and Impact Assessment in the main EU areas (for example, EU Legal Order, Judicial Remedies, Competition, Policy, Single Market, EU Financial Services etc)- Sectoral Advise & general EU related aspects- Compliance with the acquis communautaire- Formation on trans-boundary business vehicles- Complementing the EU affairs of other areas of practice- Competition Law:  o Advice and assistance with commercial drafting  o Contract reviewing  o Competition law litigationFamily Law- Matrimonial – Regime (Separation, Divorce and Annulment) – Adoption – Abduction of children- Inheritance and EstateFinancial Services- Formation of international holding and trading companies- Setting up of trusts- Setting up of collective investment schemes- Nominee shareholding and directorship- International banking servicesLitigation We offer a broad range of services in order to assist clients in the solution or resolution of disputes, with emphasis in the following areas:- Shipping and transportation- International trade- Commercial litigation (banking; finance; insurance; corporate and commercial; employment law; labour law; construction and property matters; debt collecting; intellectual property; trademark and patent registration)- Civil litigation - including local service of writs etc issued in foreign jurisdictions; local registration and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards.Maritime- Ship and yacht registration- Bareboat charter registration- Mortgage registration and discharge- Arrest of vessels - leading to sale by judicial auction- Cargo claimsProperty / Residence Permits / Estates- Obtaining residence permits for non-Maltese- Conveyancing of property and estates- Estate management and devolution of property upon demise. Related succession problemsTaxation- Tax planning for foreign clients, with reference to local double taxation relief provisions and Malta’s double taxation agreements- Tax planning in relation to the financial services regime- Tax implications of establishment of subsidiaries of foreign organisations- Tax implications of corporate and commercial transactions- Tax status of individuals working in Malta- Related areas of law (employment law, social security law, immigration procedures)- Compliance work

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