Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi > Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates > Valletta, Malta > Lawyer Profile

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Work Department

Financial Service and Intellectual Property


Managing Partner


Co-founding partner, Maria leads the Property & Projects Practice Group of the firm. She focuses on providing bespoke advice to buyers seeking to invest in Malta through the use of structured asset plans, private equity and real estate funds, special purpose vehicles and trusts.

Maria’s team is capable of handling sizable transactions and private equity work in Malta and is regularly required to advise on some of the highest-value deals on the market. Specific to real estate work, the firm has handled investment projects, development initiatives on behalf of both domestic and international clients, buy-to-let projects, leasing matters, developments in the private rental and student accommodation sectors and boutique hotels and hostels mostly in the capital city, Valletta.

Maria has had vast experience in all aspects of transactional work. She has advised a range of high-profile clients on significant real estate acquisitions and disposals, as well as major developments. Maria has also set up the firm’s Project Advisory Services (PAS) team which handles all the aspects required to offer a specialized ‘buyer’ service, mainly through the use of in house or external expertise. PAS focuses on being the investor’s ‘voice on the ground’ and works on managing a project team usually encompassing corporate and commercial lawyers, notaries, designers, architects, estate agents, brokers, vendors and lessors.

Maria is a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, the Society for Trusts & Estates Practitioners and the Chamber of Advocates and is also a registered trademark and patent attorney and an approved EPO European Patent Attorney.

Interesting & noteworthy projects include acting as lead partner and representing Shanghai Electric Power in Malta’s largest FDI investment; working on Prospects, the most recent capital market created by the Malta Stock Exchange & representing one of Malta’s major banks in the acquisition of their headquarters in Malta.


English, Maltese, Italian, German and Spanish


MSI Global Alliance of Independent Law & Accounting Firms
Malta Remote Gaming Council
STEP Malta: Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (Malta)
Malta Chamber of Advocates
European Patent Organisation
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Finance Malta
Chamber of Advocates
STEP Malta Branch


Foundation Certificate in Trust Law and Administration – IFSP (2006)
LL.M. (Int. Econ. Law) – University of Warwick (2002)
B.A. – University of Malta (2001)
Dip. Not. Pub. – University of Mlata (2000)
B.A. (Law & English) – University of Malta (1998)


Reading, creative arts, interior decoration, antiques, art

Lawyer Rankings

Malta > Intellectual property

At Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, founding partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi is highly experienced in advising European design brands and IP owners on trade mark, patent, design and copyright protection in Malta. The firm also has an increasing focus on assisting individual entrepreneurs seeking to protect their IP at a national and international level. Corporate partner Charlene Mifsud and associate Susanna Grech Deguara are the other key contacts.

Malta > Real estate

Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates has a strong track record of advising individual clients on the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, and the negotiation of leases, and of representing clients in disputes concerning succession and the division of property assets. It also assists development businesses and consortia on their day-to-day operational and transactional matters. Senior partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi leads the practice, which includes corporate partner Charlene Mifsud and ‘up-and-coming star’ associate Julia Magri.