The Team

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Dr Franklin Cachia

Managing Partner

Dr Franklin Cachia assists clients with Taxation, Financial Services, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Commercial & Corporate, Employment, and Trusts & Foundations. His secondary areas are Gaming, Residency & Citizenship, GDPR, and Civil & Property Law. Dr Franklin Cachia was previously employed with a law firm and tax advisory firm for over 7 years. He attended the University of Malta, and successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws degree, followed by a Doctor of Laws degree in 2012. In fulfilment of his LL.D., Franklin submitted and defended his thesis entitled: “The Custody Business in the Financial Sector”. Franklin obtained his Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) which helped him solidify his foundations in domestic and international taxation.

In 2015, Franklin furthered his studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he read an Advanced LL.M. in International Tax Law with a specific focus on European Tax Law and VAT Law. He successfully submitted and defended his thesis entitled, ‘Analysing the European Commission’s Final Decisions on Apple, Starbucks, Amazon and Fiat Finance & Trade’.

Franklin is also a lecturer with the Malta Institute of Accountants and is also an examiner on the Board of Examiners at the University of Malta. He also published other articles on the international tax journal EC Tax Review published by Kluwer Law International with his very latest article entitled: ‘Tax Transparency for Intermediaries: The Mandatory Disclosure Rules and Its EU Impact’ (2018) 27 EC Tax Review, Issue 4

Areas of Practice: International and Maltese Tax Law, Financial Services Law and VFA & Blockchain Law

Dr Donna Bugelli

Senior Associate

Dr Donna Bugelli assists clients with Gaming, GDPR, and Commercial & Corporate. Her secondary areas are Intellectual Property, and Trusts & Foundations.Dr Donna Bugelli read Law at the University of Malta and was conferred a Bachelor of Laws with Italian in 2009 and a Diploma of Notary Public in 2010. She obtained her Doctor of Laws in 2013 after having presented her thesis entitled “The Child’s Right to Know her Genetic Parentage”. Donna proceeded to obtain a master’s degree from the University of Strathclyde in IT and Telecommunication Law, and successfully defended her dissertation entitled ‘The Freedom to Provide Services as seen from a Remote Gambling Operator’s Perspective, with Specific Regard to Technical Standards.’

During her previous experiences, Donna has worked as an in-house counsel for a number of well-established gaming and telecommunications companies, assisting the management of such companies with the day-today operations, including being responsible for legal and compliance matters of the same.

Donna is a member of the Chamber of Advocates.

Areas of Practice: Company Law, iGaming Law, MGA Licenses and Compliance.

Dr Rachel Genovese

Senior Associate

With years of progressive experience as a legal advisor, Dr Rachel Genovese mainly assists clients with matters relating to Civil Litigation and Arbitration law, Financial Services law, Shipping, Yachting, Ship Recycling and Environmental law, and Commercial and Corporate law. Additionally, she also assists clients with respect to Intellectual Property, GDPR, and Civil & Property Law matters.

Dr Rachel Genovese attended the University of Malta, and successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws degree, followed by a Doctor of Laws degree in 2016. In fulfilment of her Doctor of Laws, Rachel focused her studies on corporate and shipping law, with her thesis tackling the Bunkering industry in Malta and its impact on environmental law. Rachel also completed a Masters in corporate and commercial law with Queen Mary University of London.

Rachel is admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta and is also a member of the Chamber of Advocates.

Primary Areas of Practice: Civil Litigation and Arbitration, Financial Services, Shipping, Yachting, Ship Recycling and Environmental Law, and Corporate and Commercial.

Edward Meli CSB Legal Associate

Dr Edward Meli

Associate

Dr Edward Meli assists clients with Shipping & Yachting, and Commercial & Corporate. His secondary areas are Employment, and Intellectual Property. Dr Edward Meli attended the University of Malta, where he obtained his Master of Advocacy Degree in 2017, having successfully completed his Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) Degree in 2016. He proceeded to obtain an LL.M in International Business Law from King’s College London in 2018, wherein Edward focused his studies on corporate and commercial and shipping law, with his thesis tackling ‘The Bunkering Trade and the Implications of the Res Cogitans Decision’.

Edward is admitted to the Maltese Bar, Superior Courts of Malta. With years of experience, Edward has been involved in various tasks assisting and advising clients on a wide array of matters stemming from general corporate and commercial law to shipping and yachting law.

Primary Areas of Practice: Commercial & Corporate, Shipping & Yachting

Dirk Urpani CSB Legal Associate

Dr Dirk Urpani

Associate

Dr Dirk Urpani assists clients with Financial Services, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, and Commercial & Corporate. His secondary areas are Trusts & Foundations, and GDPR.

Dr Dirk Urpani graduated with a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2017 and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in March 2018. Dirk just graduated with a Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta. During his studies, Dirk was a legal trainee in the International Tax Department of a Big Four audit firm. Following his graduation, Dirk moved to the legal and compliance department of a leading mid-tier audit firm. He went on to hold the role of Compliance Officer within a local VFA Agent and formed part of a boutique law firm.

Primary Areas of Practice: In-House Legal, Financial Services, AML, Commercial and Corporate
 

Kyle Scerri CSB Legal Associate

Dr Kyle Scerri

Associate

Dr Kyle Scerri assists clients with Financial Services & Fintech, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, and Gaming. His secondary areas are GDPR, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Employment, General Civil, Wealth Management Structures (Foundations & Trusts).

Dr Kyle Scerri read law at the University of Malta whereby he was conferred a Doctor of Laws degree in 2017. He went on to further his studies at the University of London and in 2019, was conferred the degree of Master of Laws in Banking and Finance. Kyle has also been a speaker and panellist at a number of local and international conferences on the topics of blockchain, payments and regulated investment services.

Kyle is also a member of the Chamber of Advocates and has been admitted to the Bar, Superior Courts of Malta.

Primary Areas of Practice: Financial Services & Fintech, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, Gaming

Dr Bjorn Camilleri

Junior Associate

Dr Bjorn Camilleri assists clients with Relocation & Immigration, and Employment Law. His secondary areas are Sports Law, and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance.

Dr Bjorn Camilleri graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2019 after having presented his dissertation entitled “The Freedom of Contract of Footballers in Malta in the light of the Principles of European Law”. He obtained his Master of Advocacy in 2020 from the University of Malta.

Bjorn’s engagement with CSB Legal was his first in his line of work after having conducted a year of professional practice with a renowned Legal Firm in Valletta, mainly focusing on Family Law.

Primary Areas of Practice: Relocation & Immigration, Employment Law