Welcome to SMM Group
SMM group is a product of twenty plus years’ experience originating from a small Legal Office with now five established offices around Malta, having the head office in the capital city Valletta.
SMM Group comprises of SMM Consultancy Services Ltd and SMM Advocates – two separate and distinct entities within the group, operating in collaboration with each other, and assisting whenever a certain area needs specialized attention. SMM strives to to deliver quality legal advisory services and value to their clients, exceeding their expectations.
SMM Group’s services cover Dispute Resolution and Litigation within Corporate and Commercial space. The firm’s expertise spans within working with private, local and international clients. Within a vast range of industries, we also extend our niche expertise in shipping and super yacht registrations, employment and industrial relations, transport and international trade, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate within the construction space & Projects and Logistics.
Such breadth of expertise allows SMM to tackle complex multi-dimensional cases delivering encompassing results for our clients, ranging from high net worth individuals and families to owner-managed companies and larger corporations. SMM Group is a multicultural team being proud of their open and communicative culture, which helps clients to rely on us and be always aware of what’s going on and where we are standing in the process.
Meet our team:
Dr. Joseph M. Sammut
Dr. Sammut started his academic career by first attaining a Diploma in Law and Administration and then successfully completed his studies in 1993 attaining a Degree in Doctor of Laws provided by the University of Malta following which he immediately set up his private practice in various parts of Malta with the main office being in Valletta.
He was the founder and senior partner of Sammut and Zrinzo Azzopardi whose partnership was dissolved to pave the way to a more dynamic organization catering for Fiduciary services, Corporate and Legal matters under the name of SMM Group of which he is a partner, co-founder and senior Lawyer.
Through the years Dr. Joseph has acquired a vast experience and served as legal counsel for various organizations both locally and abroad in the fields, but not limited to, infrastructural, planning, investment, financial, banking, transport, insurance, business, and legal private matters.
Dr. Sammut was elected for 19 years to The Maltese House of Representatives on the Labor Party ticket in 1998, 2003, 2008 and again in 2013. He was a Shadow Minister for Transport and Maritime Affairs. He was a Spokesperson for the Self Employed and Spokesperson for The Housing Authority and Agriculture and Fisheries.
Dr. Sammut is the Senior Legal Advisor to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM). Joseph actively participated within the Council of Europe and IPU. He is a Member on the Financial Services Tribunal and Legal Consultant for The Ministry for the Economy & Small Industry. He was also a member on the Committee for Planning & the Environment. He was also the Founder and councilor for the Zurrieq local council and President for Zurrieq Civic Council.
Dr. Gianella Farrugia
Dr. Gianella Farrugia leads both the Immigration Law and Maritime Law practices at SMM Advocates. SMM Advocates is a boutique law firm with their Head Office in Valletta, the capital city of the island.
In the period that Dr. Farrugia has been with SMM Advocates, she has gained an impressive reputation in legal circles. She is continuously involved in major legal issues and constantly assisting clients in solving various challenges they are facing in their lives.
Dr. Farrugia can be seen at various expos, seminars and maritime exhibitions and finds a way to keep up with the latest legal updates in both Maritime Law and Immigration Law legal statutes.
Dr. Farrugia is a member of the Maltese Chamber of Commerce, Malta Maritime Law Association, Investment Migration Council and the Malta Chamber of Advocates.
In her younger days, Dr. Farrugia was a noted musical vocalist in Maltese musical circles and is still involved in performing arts. She is an active member in the Scouts Association of Malta, endorsing the ideals of the Scouts movement and voluntary work in general.
Dr. Natalia Camilleri
Dr. Natalia Camilleri completed her Doctors in Law from the University of Malta after submitting her thesis on “Relocation of Companies to and from Malta – Freedom of establishment and insolvency issues”. Following that, Dr. Camilleri joined SMM Group as a Junior Lawyer.
Dr. Camilleri has worked with one of the Big Four Accounting firms in Malta as a Junior Associate where she specialized in corporate issues including tax, employment, and data protection law as well as AML, CFT and Compliance.
During her time at University, Dr. Natalia was an active member of GhSL and she co-authored an annual policy paper on Euthanasia named ‘An insight into Euthanasia and a multi-faceted examination of voluntary medically-induced death and physician-assisted suicide.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and traveling.
Anshuman (Andrew) Ganesh
Anshuman (Andrew) is a client-oriented person, used to set up defined goals and get the projects done. He likes to approach various situations using his creativity and understands how to make things work the best possible way for all the parties. Being an avid reader, he holds a very strong knowledge and experience in various aspects of the business.
Anshuman (Andrew) is into Sales and Marketing with SMM Group, Malta and his favorite dictum in his head is that “You will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. He believes SMM is a one-pit solution to ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING”
A very hard working and self-proclaimed person who is dedicated to whatever is taken up as an initiative.
Rachida holds a wide experience into front desk where she has worked with Huge Hotel Chains across Malta. She works as a secretary at SMM Group since 2018 where she is responsible for preparation and process of legal documents and papers, schedules and makes appointments and also makes photocopies of correspondence, documents and other printed matter.
Rachida is a champion by her herself as her only stride to success is by “You only get one chance to make a good first impression, and yours maybe in the hands of a receptionist”
Anna is a career-oriented person with efficiency to strive and reach defined goals. She loves to interact with people and knows how to approach different kinds that are around the world. She is an avid learner who holds a very strong knowledge and experience in various aspects from the industry starting from Sales, Marketing, Business Development to Recruitment and HR.
Anna hold a degree in International Communication Management and passionate about business development. As a part of the team of SMM Group, Malta law firm, she also takes care of all the processes to go smooth and be delivered on time.
Being born perfectionist, Anna believes that every little detail matter, which is very important in our line of the business. She is hard-working and dedicated person, motivated to go the extra mile in order to achieve the most ambitious goals.