Senior Partner & Chairman

Joseph J. Vella

Joseph currently occupies the role of Chairman of the Firm. His main area of practice is the commercial and corporate field and he looks after a prestigious and varied client list among which are prominent local and foreign, privately owned companies. Joseph has participated in a number of public offerings as well as the listing of Bonds and other securities on the Malta Stock Exchange.

He has gained considerable experience in representing clients overseas, particularly with respect to cross border acquisitions and the hospitality industry. Joseph also acts as a director on the Boards of several prominent organisations including public and public interest companies and is regularly mentioned in specialist legal publications as a leading practitioner in Malta.


Joseph was called to the Bar in Malta in 1973.


Legal500 | 2020 Edition: Clients ‘mention Joseph Vella, Karl Briffa and Ariana Falzon here as not only are they experts at litigation, but they go to great lengths to understand the complex issues that underlie the disputes that we have’ and that GVZH Advocates are ‘Specialists in the area of aviation, with very high standards in all aspects. Very accurate when advising.’ Moreover, Legal500 adds that chairman and managing partner Joseph J. Vella ‘competently oversees‘ a range of ‘multifarious legal issues‘.

Chambers & Partners | 2020 Edition: Senior Statesman – Joseph Vella is highlighted by sources for his experience in the corporate and commercial area. Clients enthuse that he is “super connected and a real problem solver.”

Chambers & Partners | 2019 Edition: Senior Statesman – Joseph Vella has a long-standing reputation as a key adviser to domestic and international clients seeking corporate counsel. His broad experience includes work on bond issuances and M&A transactions.

Chambers & Partners | 2018 Edition: Senior statesman – Distinguished older partner 

Chambers & Partners | 2017 Edition: Joseph Vella remains a well-known figure in the corporate and commercial sphere. He frequently advises local and international clients on cross-border matters.

Contact Details

+356 2122 8888
+356 9942 0042

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