Donald Vella
Donald Vella
T: (+356) 2123 8989

Languages: English, Maltese and Italian

Key facts

Partner since


Practice areas

Aviation|Corporate and Commercial|Corporate Support and Compliance|Finance|Mergers and Acquisitions|Shipping and Yachting|Taxation|Estate Planning, Trusts and Foundations

Professional experience


Partner, Camilleri Preziosi


Senior Associate, Camilleri Preziosi


Associate, Camilleri Preziosi


Trainee, Camilleri Preziosi

Academic qualifications


LL.M. Corporate & Commercial Law, University of London, UK


LL.D. University of Malta, Malta


Certificate in Trust Law and Administration, University of Malta, Malta


Diploma Notary Public, University of Malta, Malta


B.A. Legal and Humanistic Studies, University of Malta, Malta


Donald is the head of the firm’s tax department and regularly advises and assists clients in Maltese corporate law and tax aspects in a wide range of transactions. He provides advice in a number of other areas including trusts, foundations and corporate finance.

Donald advises a number of clients from various industry sectors including financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund promoters and managers as well as high net worth individuals. Donald also leads the Blockchain Task Force set up by Camilleri Preziosi to study the technology and its potential application to the firm’s practice areas.

He regularly acts as an examiner at the University of Malta and is a speaker at a number of seminars and conferences.

Professional memberships

  • Interlaw
  • Chamber of Advocates
  • Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
  • International Tax Planning Association
  • Taxation Expert Group, IFSP
  • Super Yacht Industry Network, Malta
  • International Bar Association

What others are saying

"Rising star" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2013

Recommended Citywealth Leaders List, 2013

Leading Individual Chambers Global, 2013

Leading Individual Chambers Europe, 2013

"He is technically good and extremely sharp" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2015

"His approach is always that things can be done, and he will find a way to get there. He is a very creative and technical guy" - Tax Chambers Europe, 2015

"Broad knowledge of the market and law" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2016

"Rising star" - Tax Chambers Europe, 2016

"He is a well-read and committed lawyer who has broad knowledge of the market" - Tax Chambers Europe, 2016

"Very accessible, practical and receptive" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2017

"Extremely capable in negotiations between different parties" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2017

"Very accessible, practical and receptive" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2017

"Extremely capable in negotiations between different parties" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2017

"Specialised knowledge of the area" -  Tax Chambers Europe, 2017

"A very practical approach" - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2018

"The ability to go straight to the point"  - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2018

"Very good technical skill and being very commercially driven" -  Tax Chambers Europe, 2018

"Very bright, well respected, and always comes across as knowing his stuff."  - Private Wealth Law Chambers High Net Worth, 2018 

"Very fair in the way he handles sensitive transactions," and described as "a very diligent person and talented in what he does."  - Private Wealth Law Chambers High Net Worth, 2018 
Ranked lawyer - Aviation Legal500, 2018

Ranked lawyer - Banking, finance and capital markets Legal500, 2018

Ranked lawyer - Commercial, corporate and M&A Legal500, 2018

 "He is just the best and the most reliable guy. It is always good to have him next to you during difficult times." - Financial and Corporate IFLR1000, 2019

"It was a pleasure to work with him. He has always been responsive, providing useful guidance on the regulatory issues of the deal." - Financial and Corporate IFLR1000, 2019

Donald Vella assists clients with restructuring, corporate transactions and tax mandates. Recent work includes representing Harbour Pensions and its selling shareholders in its acquisition by STM. - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2019

Head of department Donald Vella of Camilleri Preziosi is the first port of call to clients on matters concerning transfer pricing issues and general tax. He is praised for being "fast in response and efficient." He advises a diverse array of clients on tax matters in addition to his corporate expertise. - Tax Chambers Europe, 2019

Ranked lawyer - Aviation Legal500, 2019

Donald Vella advises on aircraft acquisitions and syndicated lending matters.  - Aviation Legal500, 2019

Ranked lawyer - Commercial, corporate and M&A Legal500, 2019

Donald Vella recently led on transactions in the healthcare, pensions, shipping and real estate sectors.  - Commercial, corporate and M&A Legal500, 2019

Donald Vella acts for international clients on the acquisition of Maltese companies, as well as assisting domestic companies with asset sales. Clients describe him as "very efficient" and "very thorough." Vella also advises on joint venture agreements and restructuring. - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2020

Donald Vella of Camilleri Preziosi is regarded as an expert in taxation and corporate restructurings, advising international clients on Maltese tax regulations and the tax aspects of establishing companies in Malta. Clients praise his "can-do attitude, focus and efficiency in his delivery." Vella is also active on VAT matters. - Tax Chambers Europe, 2020

Donald Vella is highly regarded by clients for his knowledge in corporate law, with a client stating: "He handles the whole spectrum of corporate law," and adding that "from a corporate perspective he is very complete." Another client reports that Vella is "a diligent and well-researched lawyer who thinks outside of the box." He is also very active on tax law matters. - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Global, 2021

Band 2 - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2021

Band 3 - Tax Chambers Europe, 2021

Donald Vella is highly regarded by clients for his knowledge in corporate law, with a client stating: "He handles the whole spectrum of corporate law," and adding that "from a corporate perspective he is very complete." Another client reports that Vella is "a diligent and well-researched lawyer who thinks outside of the box." He is also very active on tax law matters. - Tax Chambers Europe, 2021

Band 2 - Corporate/Commercial Chambers Europe, 2022

Band 3 - Tax Chambers Europe, 2022

Recommended lawyer - Commercial, corporate and M&A Legal500, 2022

Recommended lawyer - Private Client Legal500, 2022

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Valletta, VLT 1103


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