Firm Profile > Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) > Valletta, Malta
Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) Offices
147/8, ST. LUCIA STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1185
Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) > Firm Profile
The firm: Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) is a boutique Greco-Maltese firm which was formed with the main scope of bridging the divide between the legal and assurance services sectors, particularly within the financial services industries. It is with this in mind that the founding partners, Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre and Despoina Xynou setup GMX. Prior to founding GMX, Jean-Pie headed the Legal Department of a Malta based group of companies which had been active for over four decades in various sectors primarily corporate and financial services and ship and yacht registration. Despoina Xynou moved to Malta having spent her professional career with a renowned Greek law firm. Given that Dr Gauci-Maistre had established a strong client base in Greece, the partnership with Despoina Xynou was a logical development. The firm has since grown from strength to strength and today boasts of a large international client portfolio active in various sectors.
The law firm’s international desks allow GMX to offer unique tailor made legal services ensuring that an internationally holistic approach is adopted for every case. Gauci-Maistre Xynou is therefore well-placed to assist clients from various jurisdictions in their respective industries. It has truly emerged as an efficient and reliable one stop shop. Solidifying its presence both locally as well as internationally, the firm comprises a team of professionals, specialising in their respective fields, ready to provide tailor made services to their various clients.
Ultimately, Gauci-Maistre Xynou’s top priority is its clients.
Practice areas: Gauci-Maistre Xynou is a boutique multi-disciplinary practice offering bespoke legal, audit and assurance services. The practice comprises Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Law Firm) which includes a team of advocates warranted to practise law in Malta or their respective jurisdictions and exclusively authorised to provide legal services under the Gauci-Maistre Xynou brand. The law firm’s international desk allows us to offer unique tailor made legal services ensuring that an internationally holistic approach is adopted for every case.
Shipping and Aviation are among the firm’s main practice areas, with the firm’s partners both being very competent in these areas. The firm has advised a number of shipping companies which are renowned to be industry leaders and assisted them with contentious matters such as the arrest of vessels as well as corporate matters, financial instruments and registration under the Malta flag. Gauci-Maistre Xynou is also very active in the fields of Corporate and Commercial Law and regularly advises on matters relating to Maltese company legislation including company incorporation, corporate restructuring and matters relating to shareholders’ and company officers’ rights and obligations. Gauci-Maistre Xynou is linked with GM Corporate and Fiduciary Services Limited, which is licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority to provide fiduciary services.
The firm has also done notable work in Regulatory Compliance, assisting a number of entities licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority, particularly those active in Investment Funds, comply with their regulatory obligations. It has also assisted a number of clients, particularly ones operating in the Real Estate sector and Notarial, Legal and Accountancy professions set up their anti-money laundering policies and procedures and regularly provides ad hoc advice in this regard.
|Aviation||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistreemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Aviation||Dr Deborah Mifsudfirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Banking and financial institutions||Despoina Xynouemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Banking and financial institutions||Dr Katarzyna Bronżewskafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Banking and financial institutions||Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivanemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Banking and financial institutions||Dr Daniela Gaffarenafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Corporate and commercial||Despoina Xynouemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Corporate and commercial||Dr Joseph Bugejafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Corporate and commercial||Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivanemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Corporate and commercial||Dr Katarzyna Bronżewskafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Corporate and commercial||Daniel Inguanezemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Taxation||Despoina Xynoufirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Taxation||Dr Deborah Mifsudemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Citizenship and residency||Despoina Xynoufirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Citizenship and residency||Daniel Inguanezemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Data Protection and IP||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistrefirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Data Protection and IP||Dr Daniel Inguanezemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Data Protection and IP||Dr Katarzyna Bronżewskafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistreemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Dr Daniela Gaffarenafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Daniel Inguanezemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Dr Joseph Bugejafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Gaming||Dr Katarzyna Bronżewskaemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Gaming||Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Gaming||Dr Daniel Inguanezemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Insurance and re-insurance||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistrefirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Insurance and re-insurance||Dr Daniela Gaffarenaemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Investment funds||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistrefirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Investment funds||Daniel Inguanezemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Pensions and employment||Dr Daniela Gaffarenafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Pensions and employment||Dr Joseph Bugejaemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Regulatory compliance & anti-money laundering||Dr Daniela Gaffarenafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Regulatory compliance & anti-money laundering||Dr Katarzyna Bronżewskaemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Regulatory compliance & anti-money laundering||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistrefirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Real estate and construction||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistreemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Real estate and construction||Dr Joseph Bugejafirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Shipping||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistreemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Shipping||Despoina Xynoufirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Shipping||Dr Deborah Mifsudemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Yachting||Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistrefirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247785|
|Yachting||Despoina Xynouemail@example.com||+356 21247785|
|Taxation||Dr Deborah Mifsudfirstname.lastname@example.org||+356 21247789|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 8
LanguagesAlbanian Bulgarian English French Greek Italian Maltese Polish Portugese Serbian
MembershipsAssociation of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO) International Bar Association (IBA) International Tax Planning Association (ITPA) Finance Malta Malta Association of Compliance Officers (MACO) Malta Chamber of Advocates Malta Funds Industry Association (MFIA) Malta Institute of Management (MIM) Malta Institute of Taxation (MIT) Malta Maritime Law Association (MMLA) Ship Arrested Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP)
On 26 March 2020 the Maltese government announced that with effect from Saturday morning 28 March 2020, people over sixty-five years of age and people with health-related conditions (irrespective of their age), including insulin-dependent diabetics, individuals with an immune suppression, patients currently undergoing chemotherapy or having done so over the past six months, and individuals on dialysis, together with pregnant women, should be required to stay at home at all times, barring a few exceptions. It is important to note that people in these categories and who work, are being asked to either work from home or benefit from special quarantine leave.
The lure of unmanned transport services is no longer a science fiction scenario but a living reality.
Crewless merchant ships are already operating along rivers in Norway, Finland, Singapore and China. The advantages are plentiful because they reduce crewing and fuel consumption costs, increase the safety of life and cargo as well as allow for more efficient use of space in ship design.
Trade marks give a face to a product which enable us identify a brand. As consumers, we take them for granted even though they punctuate memories of our daily lives. How many of us ever think of the creative and strategic thinking that goes into their composition? In contrast, we are more familiar with trade mark infringement. And what is breaking news are the risks of re-filing new applications for the same trade mark that should not be glossed over.
Billionaire and crypto investor Tim Draper envisages a radical overhaul in payment systems; predicting that cryptocurrencies will replace fiat currencies within the next five years.
Smart contracts are contracts which are written in computer code on a blockchain according to the terms set out by the parties to such contract and which are self-executing in the manner pre-determined by said code.
The whirling hype of blockchain and the race to benefit from its instant click efficiency and spiralling profitability continues to generate truckloads of excitement. It is rocking captains of industry and the maritime sector is on the front line of all the buzz.
But what really lies behind the seductive spin?
The legal profession has evolved at an unprecedented speed. Technology and new emerging tools harnessing artificial intelligence and data visualization all help legal professionals now uncover valuable insights. It is almost impossible to attend a conference today and not encounter multiple discussions about artificial intelligence (AI). Many in the legal profession have begun to assume—that AI is the future of law. While still in its infancy, artificial intelligence-powered tools are at a point where new insights are now possible.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as blockchain technology may both be lauded for having reached evolutionary milestones in their respective fields of data privacy and innovative technologies. Combining these fields is however giving rise to unprecedented concerns. Although GDPR and blockchain technology protect data, ironically data protection compliance is turning out to be significantly challenging for government agencies and private companies alike when seeking to make use of hashing technology. It is pertinent to observe that the GDPR was drafted prior to blockchain’s insurgent impact in the digital world hence any tensions between the two had not as yet been envisaged.
Soaring. Flying. Whirling. Hovering. Diving. Landing. All at the press of a button.
Civil drones are the 21st century dancers in the sky. Tech savvy consumers have fallen in love with them and the romance is set to endure as technological advances have jaw-dropping models hit the market every few months. DJI Mavic 2, Mavic Air, Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 2 and Walkera Voyager 5 have fingers itching and pulses racing for more.
With more complicated company structures being used, it has become increasingly more difficult to establish who the ultimate beneficial owners of entities are. In light of the new regulation, do you believe that the Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) Register can help in any way to prevent financial crime?
Cross-border insolvency law has been gaining importance in the EU’s legal system over the past few decades. Harmonising insolvency laws is a difficult process as the legal framework interacts with a myriad of domestic laws.
Bitcoin has raised the question of whether computer code, rather than a central bank, should control the money supply. But is it desirable for society to allow a digital money system which enables its users to operate outside the remit of the law, unlike physical cash which is more regulated.
Guidelines concerning the taxation of DLT Assets under the Income Tax Act, the VAT Act and the Duty and Documents and Transfers Act were published by the Commissioner for Revenue.
Identity Malta Agency launched the Key Employee Initiative (KEI) providing a fast-tracked service to highly-specialized Third-Country Nationals who are employed in Malta. The scheme will facilitate the issuing of work/residence permits to prospective key employees within five working days from the date of submission of the applications.
Legal Notice 384 of 2018, Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta (Amendment) Regulations, 2018, and Legal Notice 385 of 2018, Malta Individual Investor Programme Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Order, 2018 were published on the 16th November 2018 in the Government Gazette, with the aim of setting up a new and separate agency which will be responsible for the Malta citizenship by investment programme.
The shipping industry has been given a fresh opportunity to strengthen the security of their data that could spell the end of paper documentation. Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize container logistics by connecting the supply chain in a way the industry has never seen before. Should the technology enter operation it could also bring annual cost savings, eliminate time-consuming processes, as well as create trust and partnership to all parties involved. Blockchain establishes a shared, immutable record of data which is encrypted and inherently resistant to modification, requiring confirmation from all participants in the network before any changes can be made.
the right to be forgotten in connection with the Financial Services Sector by Gauci-Maistre Xynou
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Personal data can vary from the most indisputable forms of identification, such as; the name, surname, home address, date of birth, phone numbers, eye and hair colour, tax information, religious beliefs, character traits, email address (containing the name and/or surname), identification card number extending to the Internet Protocol Address, location data setting on one’s phone, as well as data held by medical experts. It is imperative to note that one cannot assume that a simple name and surname falls within the ambit of this article, considering that many people have the same name; however, if that name is combined with other information it narrows down the number of people, which could eventually lead to the identification of a particular person, giving rise to rights and obligations.
Forget generation gap issues in our ‘Copy & Paste’ habits. Unless you don’t use a computer, copying and pasting is part of our keyboarding lives – especially when it comes to downloading images/video clips to finish off a presentation, blog/vlog post or website update. Precious time is spent scrolling down myriad visuals until ‘the one’ appears. With a Cheshire smile and a gleeful blurting of ‘YES!’ we click away without batting an eyelid.
The good news is that our search is over. The bad news is that the days of worry-free Ctrl +C, Ctrl +V are over too.
Picture the scene. An autonomous truck fully loaded with goods leaving the warehouse and arriving without a hitch at its destination almost 200 km away.
The stuff of a millennial James Bond movie? The latest commercial going viral? No, this is October 2016 when a self-driving semi-trailer heaped with Budweiser wheeled its way across the 1-25 from Fort Collins, Colorado through Denver to Colorado Springs. Surely a few beers must have high fived to celebrate the world’s first driverless commercial shipment.
Deborah Mifsud The Commissioner for Revenue has published guidance relation to the 2020 budget measures introduced regarding the withholding tax due on the assignment of rights acquired under a promise of sale agreement (ċessjoni ta’ konvenju). This measure is retroactively applicable in relation to any assignments made from 1 January 2020 and the relative legislation will be made retroactive to that date.