Fintech in Malta

Ganado Advocates

Clients laud Ganado Advocates as ‘the go to consultants when it comes to the fintech industry‘. The ‘very responsive‘ team is regularly instructed in blockchain and cryptocurrency matters, and it is also well-regarded for its ability to handle licensing and regulatory issues in connection with investment services. Practice head Leonard Bonello is sought after for his expertise in assisting with blockchain-focused work, while James Debono is noted for his capabilities in handling fintech, blockchain and crowdfunding mandates. The team is also able to draw on the expertise of in-house regulatory experts Paul Falzon and James Farrugia.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Bonello

Other key lawyers:

James Debono


‘The team at Ganado are very responsive to the market and bring a lot to the table and are considered to be the go to consultants when it comes to the fintech industry. We very much appreciate the collaboration we have going with them and they are considered to be our trusted fintech consultant.’

‘Firm is strong on e-money and payment services, has supported us across a number of matters including passporting and other authorisations. The industry and regulator knowledge / contacts are very helpful and mean we trust Ganado for insightful and practical advice.’

‘Leonard Bonello gives clear practical advice.’

GTG Advocates

GTG Advocates‘ fintech practice ‘stands out in the legal landscape‘. The team ‘possesses a unique blend of legal acumen and contemporary knowledge of the rapidly evolving fintech space‘ and ‘their hands-on approach, combined with unparalleled expertise, positions them as leaders in the fintech legal domain‘. The highly regarded practitioner Ian Gauci heads up the practice, and counts regulatory, licensing, e-commerce, initial coin offerings and crypto-asset matters as key areas of strength. Cherise Abela Grech fields expertise in virtual currency issues, and Terence Cassar advises on data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gauci; Cherise Abela Grech; Terence Cassar


‘Ian Gauci’s knowledge and concise explanations in our opinion are of very high quality.’

‘Ian Gauci is a brilliant lawyer, with great knowledge and full of energy. His dynamism is contagious.’

‘The Fintech practice at GTG Advocates stands out in the legal landscape. Their team possesses a unique blend of legal acumen and contemporary knowledge of the rapidly evolving fintech space. Their approach combines robust legal frameworks with agile methodologies, a synergy that is rare to find.’

‘The team continually embraces the latest technological tools, ensuring they are at the forefront of the fintech revolution. GTG Advocates distinguishes itself through its ability to anticipate industry shifts and its proactive approach to client needs. Their hands-on approach, combined with unparalleled expertise, positions them as leaders in the fintech legal domain.’

‘Partner Ian Gauci has been instrumental in our partnership. His in-depth knowledge of the fintech sector, combined with an astute business acumen, has been invaluable.’

Key clients

The Government of Malta

Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)

RS2 Software plc

Hacksaw Gaming




Ethernity Cloud

ForumPay (System 73 Ltd)

Evolution Travel

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Malta Digital Innovation Authority with the proposals for a regulation on markets in crypto-assets and a regulation on digital operational resilience for the financial sector.
  • Advised the Malta Digital Innovation Authority on the implications of the proposed EU Regulation on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Advised on issues pertaining to the EU Artificial Intelligence Act.

Camilleri Preziosi

Led by Malcolm Falzon, Camilleri Preziosi's practice fields expertise in fintech and blockchain matters. Falzon is well versed in advising on regulatory, licensing and corporate issues in the space, while banking expert Andrei Vella handles investment and e-commerce mandates. Senior associate Diane Bugeja is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Falzon

Other key lawyers:

Diane Bugeja; Andrei Vella

Key clients

Metaverse Group Ltd

Tether International Limited

Computime Limited

Aqubix Limited

Gamechainger Limited

Mediarex Enterprises Limited


Work highlights

  • Acts as counsel to Aqubix Limited and its sister company Finopz Limited on KYC portal protection matters.
  • Advised on financial regulatory issues pertaining to Mastercard’s MATCH system.

Deguara Farrugia Advocates

At Deguara Farrugia Advocates, the financial services practice brings experience in representing e-money companies, banks, financial institutions and fintech clients seeking authorisation to operate in the virtual financial assets space. Jean Farrugia specialises in handling regulatory matters, and Johan Farrugia is well versed in advising on initial coin offerings and distributed ledger technology issues.

Practice head(s):

Jean Farrugia; Johan Farrugia

Key clients

Andaria Financial Services Limited

Koala Group

Payage Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Andaria Financial Services Limited with various regulatory issues.
  • Advised the Koala Group on an e-money licence and a virtual financial asset service provider licence issued in Malta.

GVZH Advocates

At GVZH Advocates, Andrew Zammit is the key practitioner to note for fintech work; he has an excellent reputation for advising on financial regulatory issues, with an established track record in handling Maltese licensing matters for clients in the gaming space.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Zammit


‘The team at GVZH understand the requirements to adhere with EU and local legislation.’

‘Andrew Zammit uses his legal acumen to not only provide legal advice but also tailor this towards the business needs and requirements.’

Key clients


Bird & Bird

eToro Money Malta Limited

Wefunder Inc

Nobel Financial

Work highlights

  • Assisted Moneybase Limited with a broad range of legal, regulatory and governance issues.
  • Advised on eToro’s e-money offering via its Malta-based company eToro Money Malta Limited.

Mamo TCV Advocates

Katya Tua is at the helm of Mamo TCV Advocates' practice, which has a particularly strong reputation for advising on fintech regulatory compliance work, as well as assisting with licensing and corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Katya Tua

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of clients on legal and regulatory issues pertaining to activities under the Virtual Financial Asset Framework and the MiCA Regulation.