Firm Profile > Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) > Valletta, Malta

Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance)
147/8, ST. LUCIA STREET
VALLETTA VLT 1185
Malta

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Aviation Dr Deborah Mifsud dmifsud@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Banking and financial institutions Despoina Xynou despoina.xynou@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Banking and financial institutions Dr Katarzyna Bronżewska kbronzewska@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Banking and financial institutions Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivan sesullivan@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Banking and financial institutions Dr Daniela Gaffarena dgaffarena@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Corporate and commercial Despoina Xynou despoina.xynou@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Corporate and commercial Dr Joseph Bugeja jbugeja@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Corporate and commercial Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivan sesullivan@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Corporate and commercial Dr Katarzyna Bronżewska kbronzewska@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Corporate and commercial Daniel Inguanez dinguanez@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Taxation Despoina Xynou despoina.xynou@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Taxation Dr Deborah Mifsud dmifsud@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Citizenship and residency Despoina Xynou despoina.xynou@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Citizenship and residency Daniel Inguanez dinguanez@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Data Protection and IP Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Data Protection and IP Dr Daniel Inguanez dinguanez@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Data Protection and IP Dr Katarzyna Bronżewska kbronzewska@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr Daniela Gaffarena dgaffarena@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Litigation and dispute resolution Daniel Inguanez dinguanez@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr Joseph Bugeja jbugeja@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Gaming Dr Katarzyna Bronżewska kbronzewska@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Gaming Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivan sesullivan@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Gaming Dr Daniel Inguanez dinguanez@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Insurance and re-insurance Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Insurance and re-insurance Dr Daniela Gaffarena dgaffarena@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Investment funds Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Investment funds Daniel Inguanez dinguanez@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Pensions and employment Dr Daniela Gaffarena dgaffarena@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Pensions and employment Dr Joseph Bugeja jbugeja@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Regulatory compliance & anti-money laundering Dr Daniela Gaffarena dgaffarena@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Regulatory compliance & anti-money laundering Dr Katarzyna Bronżewska kbronzewska@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Regulatory compliance & anti-money laundering Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Real estate and construction Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Real estate and construction Dr Joseph Bugeja jbugeja@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Shipping Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Shipping Despoina Xynou despoina.xynou@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Shipping Dr Deborah Mifsud dmifsud@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Yachting Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre jpgm@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Yachting Despoina Xynou despoina.xynou@gmxlaw.com +356 21247785
Taxation Dr Deborah Mifsud dmifsud@gmxlaw.com +356 21247789
Photo Name Position Profile
 Katarzyna Bronżewska  photo Katarzyna Bronżewska
Dr Joseph Bugeja  photo Dr Joseph Bugeja
Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivan  photo Dr Stephanie Ellul Sullivan
Dr Daniela Gaffarena  photo Dr Daniela Gaffarena
Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre  photo Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre
Mr Daniel Inguanez  photo Mr Daniel Inguanez
 Deborah Mifsud  photo Deborah Mifsud
Ms Despoina Xynou  photo Ms Despoina Xynou
Number of lawyers : 8
Albanian
Bulgarian
English
French
Greek
Italian
Maltese
Polish
Portugese
Serbian
Association 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)

Senior Corporate Lawyer

Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) is a dynamically developing Greco-Maltese law firm having its head office in Malta. Due to the expansion process being undertaken by GMX, the firm is currently looking to recruit a corporate lawyer to join its Valletta office on a full-time basis.

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