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 assists domestic clients from the banking industry with capital markets matters, including rights issues. Interviewees appreciate that he is “very skilled, very attuned to innovation and a very thoughtful thinker” and also add that Portanier “thinks ahead and has a very sophisticated mind when it comes to negotiating financial documents.”Chambers Global, 2020

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