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Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

120 ST URSULA STREET, VALLETTA, VLT 1236, MALTA
Tel:
Work +356 22 056 200
Fax:
Fax +356 22 056 201
Email:
Web:
ccmalta.com
London, Valletta

Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi

Tel:
Work 22056875
Email:
Web:
www.chetcuticauchi.com/maria-chetcuti-cauchi
Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Work Department

Financial Services & Intellectual Property

Position

Founding Partner

Career

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.

Languages

Maltese, English, Italian (excellent)

German, French, Spanish (basic)

Member

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

Education

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)

Leisure

Reading, creative arts, interior decoration, antiques, art


Malta

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates has ‘really deep knowledge’ of traditional banking matters, and also in the fast-growing fintech space. Founding partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi advised a foreign bank on compliance issues concerning obtaining a Maltese banking licence. Chetcuti Cauchi also assisted other clients with initial coin offerings (ICOs) and electronic money licensing issues. Key contacts Steve Muscat Azzopardi and Priscilla Mifsud Parker are recommended for their crowdfunding and fintech experience.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Highlights for the team at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates included guiding a university through numerous patent applications, including for a speech therapy device. Practice head Maria Chetcuti Cauchi also represents clients in trade mark, copyright, patent and domain name dispute resolution matters. The group is ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced’, and has ‘an ability to provide insight that can make an important difference at every stage of the process’.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

Founding partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi is a key contact at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates for advice on establishing asset management entities, and her expertise also includes sub-fund and SICAV licensing, and tax and regulatory issues. Priscilla Mifsud Parker, who has a background in corporate and trusts, advises on wealth management and business structuring for high net-worth individuals, family businesses and multinational companies. The practice also acts for clients in the burgeoning virtual asset fund space.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Silvana Zammit leads on Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates' real estate work, which includes real estate transactions, development projects and portfolio investments. The practice's client base includes high-net-worth individuals, construction companies, developers and architects seeking to establish operations in Malta. Zammit assisted with terms of purchase negotiations for a major development in Mosta. Founding partner Maria Chetcuti Cauchi, who heads up the practice, handles contentious matters. Highlights included a cross-border beneficiary rights issue, which encompassed succession law, private international law and trusts law.

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