Who am I?
I obtained my warrant to practice law in 2002 and joined the Chamber of Advocates as a member (equivalent of being admitted to the bar), having graduated in late 2001. I am still a member of the Chamber, which is the self-regulating body for the profession in Malta.
I subsequently qualified in the specialised areas of EU and Comparative Law (Magister Juris at University of Malta) and, later, obtained my Masters in International Maritime Law (LL.M. at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute, a subsidiary of the International Maritime Organisation).
I lecture at different institutes within MCAST, and have been a guest lecturer in other institutions, in matters relating to commercial and maritime law.
For a few years, I served as a judicial assistant at the Courts of Justice, Malta, which is a semi-judicial role in assisting the judge by compiling reports on legal matters (jurisprudence and texts) so as to support a judgement.
My main areas of practice are corporate law, maritime and transport law, superyachts and aviation, civil law and general commercial law, EU law in general, competition law (anti-trust), IT law and electronic communications law.
I also hold a Diploma in Matrimonial Jurisprudence (Canonical Law relating to Marriages) from the Archdiocese of Malta, qualifying me to appear before the Ecclesiastical Tribunal in marriage nullity cases.
I spent a few years at the Office for Competition (Malta) which brings about a world of experience and contacts in terms of team management and international / EU relations, and also provides me with an opportunity to participate in meetings of the European Commission. I also retain my lecturing posts and continually keeps abreast with developments in my other areas of practice.
I held the post of General Manager in Corporate Services withone of of the longest established private group of companies in Malta, having its roots in the shipping business.
I currently own and manage a corporate services firm, Asteria Management Limited, to which the larger share of my time effort is dedicated. This company was set up to offer directorships, registered office and company secretary services to clients wishing to appoint Maltese officers to their board of directors, thereby ensuring substance in Malta and giving their business a safe and secure management solution.