Stephan Piazza

Associate Director, Transport- Shipping and Aviation

KPMG in Malta

Stephan is an Associate Director at KPMG Malta. He joined the firm in 2017 leading the Transport team including the Aviation, Space and Maritime services across the Tax, Audit and Advisory areas within the firm. His role as coordinator for the firm’s Transport projects sees him at the forefront of some major engagements within the firm’s aviation, maritime and space practice. Stephan provides assistance in connection with the importation and tax compliance of luxury assets, registration of aircrafts and AOC application with the Civil Aviation Directorate at Transport Malta, advice upon the local and EU legal framework concerning drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles, and is also able to provide support in aircraft financing transactions. In addition to the above, Stephan also has extensive experience in the corporate law and maritime law space, having assisted several clients with ship and yacht registration procedures and accompanying corporate structures. Stephan has frequently contributed to a number of articles in both local and international journals. He lectures ACCA students in the field of corporate law. Stephan is warranted to practice law in front of the Superior Courts of Malta. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association, Counsel Member of the Superyacht Industry Network Malta and Executive Committee Member of the Shipping & Bunkering Committee within the Chambers of Commerce and Enterprise. He has also published a number of articles in both local and international journals. He collaborates with the University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology as an external examiner and has delivered lectures at the ELSA Malta Summer Law School.

Areas of expertise
Aviation services Bulk shipping Cargo shipping Container shipping High Growth Markets International Markets Shipping and ports Small Enterprises Tanker shipping Transport and Logistics
Education and qualifications
  • LL.M. Master in International Maritime Law with Distinction - IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute

  • Degree in Law – University of Messina (Italy) cum laude

Accreditation
  • Warranted to practice law in front of the Superior Courts of Malta

  • Executive Committee Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association

  • Counsel Member of the Superyacht Industry Network Malta

  • Executive Committee Member of the Shipping & Bunkering Committee within the Chambers of Commerce and Enterprise

  • External Examiner at the University of Malta and Malta College of Arts Science and Technology