Dr Ian Gauci > GTG Advocates > Valletta, Malta > Lawyer Profile

GTG Advocates
66 OLD BAKERY STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1454
MALTA
Malta

Work Department

Communications, Media and Technology, Blockchain, DLTs and Cryptocurrencies, Data Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions, Competition Law, Consumer Law, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence

Position

Partner

Career

Dr Gauci is primarily engaged in technology law, fintech, regtech, electronic communications, information society, data protection and gaming/gambling, while also focusing on consumer law, competition law, broadcasting law, cyber law, e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-payment, information technology, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising.

Dr Gauci also provides consultancy on legal matters related to blockchain technology, smart contracts, crypto-currencies and ICO/ITO. He is frequently invited to participate and speak in local and international conferences, seminars and events touching on these areas as well as Electronic Communications, Data Protection and Technology Law.

He has advised and assisted in mergers and acquisitions and represented clients in local and cross-border negotiations, mediation and arbitration. Dr Gauci has obtained substantial experience in drafting international commercial and technology contracts, including platform and hardware agreements, sourcing, outsourcing and software license agreements, sponsorship agreements, product and service supply, distribution, franchising and broadcasting agreements.

Dr Gauci has also assisted the Maltese Government on issues dealing with E-Trust certification, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) on its E-Commerce strategy, as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and co-authored the Maltese Electronic Communications Framework.

Currently, he is one of the strategic advisors appointed by the Maltese Government on the National Blockchain Strategy Taskforce. Apart from his work within the firm, Dr Gauci also lectures Legal Futures and Technology at the University of Malta.

Languages

Maltese, English, Italian

Memberships

Chamber of Advocates, Blockchain Malta Association

Education

Dr Gauci graduated in law from the University of Malta

Lawyer Rankings

Malta > Intellectual property

The team at GTG Advocates offers a range of services, with a strong focus on gaming and betting technologies. It has been appointed by the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) to provide IP services and advice to technology start-ups. The team is led by co-heads Ian Gauci and Terence Cassar.

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A

The commercial, corporate and M&A team at GTG Advocates is ‘knowledgeable within the areas of regulatory advice, regulatory law and blockchain advisory’. With a strong technology focus, the team works on a full range of commercial transactions from M&A work to regulatory and compliance as well as some strategic advisory work. Key names include Ian Gauci, the firm’s managing partner, Ivan Gatt and Robert Tufigano. The team has worked on a number of deals for gaming companies including Hacksaw Gaming and Terrence Cassar has also been appointed key legal and compliance officer for the client.

Malta > Fintech

(Leading individuals)

Ian GauciGTG Advocates

Knowledgeable and competent in the fintech space’, the team at GTG Advocates has a great reputation in the market for its experience in blockchain and virtual currencies. Highlights included advising on a corporate restructuring exercise for one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in Europe as well as its work as counsel for the MDIA and MFSA. The firm’s managing partner, Ian Gauci, acts as an adviser to the government of Malta, devising policy and strategy on the regulation of blockchain and virtual currency services. Key names to note at associate level are Terrence Cassar and Cherise Abela Grech.

Comparative Guides

Malta: Fintech October 2021 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Fintech laws and regulations that may occur in Malta.