Matthew Xerri


Partner | Malta

Matthew Xerri is a Partner within Ganado Advocates’ shipping and aviation team, with particular focus on ship and aviation finance, including the implementation of alternative financing methods. Matthew regularly assists financial institutions and leading banks in the perfection of security over yachts, commercial vessels and aircraft. Matthew also assists in the registration of international interests in the international registry as well as acts on behalf of various aircraft lessors in aircraft leasing transactions and structures, including the drafting of lease agreements. Matthew, together with the litigation team, also provides guidance on enforcement issues, including the arrest and/or re-possession of aircraft and vessels.

Matthew also assisted the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate with the drafting of legislation in order to amend the Malta Aircraft Registration Act.


English, Italian, Maltese

Matthew Xerri is responsive, and is supportive of the aims of the client. He strikes a fine balance between the imperative to get deals done on time and the duty to get deals done properly.The Legal 500, 2020

Career & education

  • Ganado Advocates, Partner: 2023
  • Ganado Advocates, Senior Associate: 2018
  • Ganado Advocates, Associate: 2014
  • Ganado Advocates, Advocate: 2011
  • Diploma in Taxation, 2011 (Malta Institute of Taxation)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) (Maritime Law), 2009 (I.M.L.I)
  • Doctor of Laws (LL.D), 2009 (Malta)
  • Certificate in Trust Law and Administration, 2008
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), 2006 (Malta)
  • Admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta
  • Member of the Chamber of Advocates
  • Malta Maritime Law Association
  • Malta Institute of Taxation

Latest insights

January 25, 2024

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September 3, 2021

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