Our Culture

At Hili Ventures, we have two priorities: growing our business and supporting our people to grow in their professional and personal lives. We believe that our business will only prosper if our people prosper within it.  It’s that simple. Our secret? Opportunity.

We are expert at seeing opportunity and potential and we pursue them relentlessly. That’s why we are an open, collaborative, and multi-cultural organisation. We thrive on communication, connectivity and diversity. We train, mentor and inspire so everyone can be the best they can be. And we do all this with the utmost integrity and transparency.

We may be present in 10 countries around Europe and North Africa (so far, at least!) but we never let hierarchy or geography get in our way. We invest heavily in travel to bring people together whenever we can. Our business and HR planning processes are designed so that none of our teams ever feel isolated, wherever they are based. And, if you’d like to take up an opportunity with another company within Hili Ventures outside your country, there are procedures to help you take the plunge.

Our philosophy is stemmed in five values.

They guide every decision, every action we take.



We conduct ourselves transparently at all levels, fostering openness and collaboration, with a commitment to communicating outcomes.



We drive a high performance culture that ensures increased employee commitment and sustainable organizational growth.



We actively revisit our structures and processes and the way we impact our stakeholders to constantly change for the better.



We encourage curiosity and creativity in our pursuit of efficiency and excellence.



We are accountable for leaving the most positive impact on all stakeholders to the benefit of the communities we operate in.

Our Story


We build on a legacy that’s almost 100 years old!

We do business proudly through our underlying groups of companies engaged in partnerships with McDonald’s and Apple, logistics, marine & engineering, technology, property, hospitality, and leasing in 10 countries thanks to a fantastic team of more than 9,000 people.


How it all started

Carmelo Caruana trades in grain and other goods and expands into shipping.


Carmelo Caruana Shipping Agency

The Hili brothers join Carmelo Caruana Shipping Agency


Carmelo Caruana Company

Carmelo Caruana Shipping Agency is established as a limited liability company


Motherwell Bridge

A joint venture with Motherwell Bridge Group of Scotland offers engineering services to the oil and gas industry, ports and utilities.


Hili Company

Carmelo Caruana Company changes its name to Hili Company to act as the group’s investment arm.


McDonald’s in Malta

First Food Franchises acquires the McDonald’s developmental licence for Malta.


Baltic Container Terminal

The group acquires the Baltic Container Terminal in Riga


Mariner SpA

Mariner SpA, the ports holding company, acquires 50% in Terminal Intermodale Venezia


Premier Capital

Premier Capital is set up and acquires 75% of First Food Franchises.


McDonald’s in the Baltics

Premier Capital acquires the McDonald’s developmental licence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


McDonald’s in Greece

Premier Capital acquires McDonald’s developmental licence for Greece.



The group acquires Philip Toledo Ltd in Malta, which rebrands to PTL.


Hili Ventures

The group is split. Mariner continues port business separately. Hili Ventures is set up as the holding company for the other business lines.


SAD in Poland

PTL International acquires SAD in Poland.


McDonald’s in Romania

Premier Capital acquires McDonald’s developmental licence for Romania.


ALLcom in Poland

Logistics company ALLcom joins the group.


TechniPlus in Morocco

Engineering company TechniPlus joins the group.


Private: Eunoia and Stride

Technology companies Eunoia and Stride set up in Harvest.


1923 Investments plc

1923 Investments plc is set up to hold three groups – Harvest Technology, iSpot Holdings and Hili Logistics


Hili Finance Company plc

Hili Finance Company plc is established to act as a holding, financing and investment company


Cobalt Leasing Ltd

Cobalt Leasing Ltd established to trade in containers


HV Marine Ltd

HV Marine Ltd established as the holding company of a diversified and reputable array of businesses within the marine industry


HV Hospitality Ltd

HV Hospitality Ltd established as an investor in distinct properties and locations around Europe

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