Senior Associate

Katrina Abela

Katrina joined the firm as an associate in September 2015. Her main areas of focus are maritime law and aviation law. Over the years, Katrina has advised on a number of yacht sale and purchase transactions, as well as ownership structures, VAT, importation and registration matters.

Similarly, in the aviation field, Katrina has assisted companies in acquiring a Maltese Air Operators’ Certificate and has advised operators and owners in acquisition transactions and the regulation of aircrafts’ customs and VAT status.

She also regularly assists local and international clients on matters related to compliance, fiduciary and trust obligations.


Chamber of Advocates | Secretary General of the Malta Business Aviation Association | Malta Maritime Law Association | Advocacy Committee of the European Business Aviation Association


Katrina graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2013, having submitted a thesis entitled ‘Global Transparency and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act’. She was called to the bar in 2014.


Legal 500 | 2021 Edition: Rising Star – Aviation | ‘Katrina Abela: Great Cooperation.’

Legal500 | 2020 Edition: Clients mention that GVZH Advocates are ‘Specialists in the area of aviation, with very high standards in all aspects. Very accurate when advising (Joseph Vella and Katrina Abela)’  and that ‘Dr Katrina Abela is exceptionally professional, always ready to help and advise even clients like us, with language not so proficient; we never had misunderstandings and she found a way to make matters understandable and clear for clients… also, her colleagues are the same.’