Conrad Portanier


Partner | Malta

Conrad Portanier’s legal practice focuses on banking and financial law, as well as general commercial and corporate law. Conrad heads the banking and finance team at Ganado Advocates and has a wealth of experience in advising domestic and international financial institutions. He has considerable practical experience in structuring deals and advising on various aspects of commercial and financial law. He is also responsible for issuing the firm’s industry legal opinions to a number of organisations including the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA), the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) and the Central Bank of Malta.

He has written a number of articles on financial services legislation in Malta and has participated in many Maltese legislative initiatives in connection with financial services legislation. Conrad is also a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta.


English, Italian, Maltese

Conrad Portanier is an extremely knowledgeable professional, who remains firmly grounded and approachable. He is capable of adapting the way he provides his feedback on the basis of the audience in front of him, which is crucial to avoid miscommunication on what are often sensitive matters and cases.’ The Legal 500, 2022

Career & education

  • Ganado Advocates, Partner: 2009
  • Ganado Advocates, Senior Associate: 2006
  • Visiting Lecturer and Examiner for the Faculty of Laws LL.D and M.A Financial Services, University of Malta: 2005
  • Ganado Advocates, Associate: 1999
  • Certificate in Trusts Law & Administration, 2004 (Malta)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) (Banking & Finance), 2000 (London)
  • Doctor of Laws (LL.D), 1999 (Malta)
  • Diploma in Canonical Law, 1999 (Malta)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A), 1996 (Malta)
  • Admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta
  • Member of the Chamber of Advocates
  • Member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
  • Member of the International Bar Association