We are AE

In an increasingly demanding market, consumers around the globe seek access to one-stop shops. We recognise the importance of this and have sought to develop an offering that broadly addresses our clients’ need to receive advice in sequence, according to the flow of their business. To achieve this we have gone beyond our roots and merged with our closest associates.

On that platform, we then built a team of talented and experienced people from different professions. Today clients benefit from the different perspectives of our accountants, our legal advisors and our management consultants. Their online business can be accelerated by our internet marketing gurus and their technology certified by our IT specialists.

We pride ourselves on being creative people and we love to work out problems by thinking consequentially. Almost every day we learn something new from our clients and use it when tailoring a new solution, to a different challenge.

There is nothing artificial about our intelligence. We feel, we understand, we are inquisitive and we care: It is true to say that this firm’s capital, is human.

AE Partners

Georg Sapiano - Partner - AE

Georg Sapiano LL.D.

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Georg leads the Legal Strategy and Advice team and has been practising in his field since the early nineties. As the contact partner for Multilaw since 2002, he has travelled extensively, building a global network of sources and referrers in all the principal areas of legal practice.

He is sought out for the unusual and practical insights he brings to the table. His wealth of international and Maltese clients rely on his ability to build consensus whenever possible or lead them into conflict, whenever necessary.

He obtained his LL.D in 1992 and , in 1998, was one of the founder partners of this firm.

Professional Memberships:

1. MultiLaw
2. Gala Law
3. IR Global
4. Chamber of Advocates

Georg Sapiano
LL.D.

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Nicolette Spiteri Bailey LL.D.

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B.A., M.A. (Econ. Comp. Law), Dip. Tax, ADIT, LL.D.

Nicolette is a leading member of the generation of lawyers that entered the profession when Malta became a member of the European Union, fourteen years ago.

Her work and research has steadfastly followed the trends and the opportunities that the Single Market opened to our jurisdiction: When the rules on State Aid and uncompetitive practices came into force she made deregulation the focus of her practice accepting engagements in the field of competition law and monopoly busting. Her work was so highly regarded that the Ministry of Transport asked her to author important legislation that liberalized several modes of transport in Malta.

After that, when it was clear that Malta was headed towards becoming one of the world’s principal jurisdictions for tax structuring she built , and now leads, the firm’s tax and corporate services group. Work is referred to the firm by her peers from all over the world.

At each juncture, Nicolette ensured she was ready for the challenge by going back to the books. Aside of her doctorate in law, she has a Masters degree in the Economics of Competition Law, and is an international tax advisor ( www.adit.com) as well as holding qualifications in Maltese tax.

Practice Areas :
Tax Structuring,
Corporate Services
Private Client

Professional Memberships:
MultiLaw
Gala Law
IR Global
Chamber of Advocates

Nicolette Spiteri Bailey
LL.D.

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Michael Spiteri Bailey CPA

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Michael started his professional career with a big four Audit Firm. After spending important, formative, years at this firm, during which he obtained his accounting and auditing warrants, Michael took up the post of regional CFO with a major gaming software company which was setting up offices in Malta. This was at a time when the gaming Industry in Malta was still in its infancy. During his tenure, Michael played a pivotal role in the licensing and compliance of this company.

As the gaming industry in Malta flourished, Michael set up his own boutique firm to assist gaming, and other clients to set up and become regulated in Malta. Over the years, his experience in the sector grew exponentially.

Today Michael heads the i-gaming practice at AE. Michael provides clients with a one-stop shop service ranging from licensing to compliance to back office administration, accounts and reporting.

Michael draws upon his financial academic training and professional experience to regularly advise clients on corporate finance and structuring, on the preparation of business plans and business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, investment appraisals and feasibility studies.

Michael Spiteri Bailey
CPA

Kris Scicluna LL.D.

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Kris read law at the University of Malta in 2010 and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in March 2011. He joined AE in 2012 and was admitted to partnership in 2018.

Kris has garnered a breadth of experience in both commercial law, having advised a number of international corporates, as well as in dispute resolution and litigation which is now his main focus.

Kris maintains an uncommon profile as a litigator and beneath his urbane manner is a tenacity that his clients value and seek. In his insolvency work, in different major cases, he has been crucial and effective when representing both creditors as well as debtors.

As the firm’s Litigation Partner, he leads a team of other litigators who have deep experience in tax litigation, commercial and civil law disputes. He has been engaged in several cases involving internet based parties and is closely following the development of the legal framework regulating virtual financial assets in Malta and other jurisdictions , as its rise will inevitably become the merit of local and cross-border litigation.

Kris is a member of the Chamber of Advocates and holds a certificate in ‘Trust Law & Administration’ (2011) and ‘An Introduction to the Virtual Financial Asset Act’ (2018) from the Institute of Financial Service Practitioners.

Practice Areas:

1. Dispute Resolution
2. Litigation
3. Mediation
4. Arbitration
5. Real Estate & Construction Law
6. Probate and Inheritance Law
7. Employment and Pensions
8. Consumer Protection Law

Professional Memberships:

1. MultiLaw
2. Gala Law
3. IR Global
4. Chamber of Advocates

Kris Scicluna
LL.D.

Key Contacts

Shaun Debono CPA

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Shaun is a seasoned auditor who cut his teeth in the insurance market before moving to the audit and assurance sector. He now heads an assurance practice where clients appreciate his calm and rigorous work ethic. His service line is unique in that it concentrates its resources exclusively on the firm’s existing clients. To do so however, he and his team operate within parameters that are strictly designed by European and Maltese law to ensure his independence and impartiality.

Shaun is a CPA who holds an ACCA and is a fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants

Shaun Debono
CPA – Manager

Maria Debono CPA

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Maria is a warranted CPA who specialises in tax compliance services for local and foreign owned companies. After obtaining her ACCA qualification, she furthered her studies in corporate and personal taxation with the Malta Institute of Taxation. She assists clients with the regular compliance requirements and regulatory filings. Maria has extensive experience in servicing clients across a wide range of industry sectors including retail, igaming, pharma and hospitality.

Maria Debono
CPA – Manager

Sabrina Sammut CPA

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Sabrina’s career kicked off in 2014 after mastering in Accountancy at the University of Malta. She joined the accountancy department of the firm as an associate.

Before joining the firm, she used to provide training and exam preparation for accreditation on one of the leading accounting software and IT.

Combining deep knowledge of IT and accountancy, she is now responsible for the accounts and VAT management of a wide range of local and international clients across a wide spectrum of industry sectors.

Her fluency in the use of Sage Line 50 renders Sabrina more time efficient which works in favour of the client in terms of cost savings, accuracy and delivery time.

She is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountancy.

Sabrina Farrugia
CPA – Assistant Manager

Karl Tanti

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Karl graduated Doctor of Laws in 2014 after he successfully defended his thesis ‘The Takeover Bids Directive: a Critical Analysis of its Implementation in Malta and other EU Member States’, and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in March 2015.

As a final-year law student and trainee at Ganado Advocates, Karl also co-authored the Maltese Legal Rating chapter of Philip R Wood QC’s ‘World Universities Comparative Law Project’ (Allen & Overy, 2014)

Joining as an Advocate in 2014 upon completing his studies, Karl was subsequently promoted to an Associate in 2015 and more recently to Senior Associate within the firm’s Litigation Department.

Karl regularly pleads civil, commercial and company law cases before the Inferior and Superior Courts of Malta, as well as being responsible for cases at the Malta Arbitration Centre. Perhaps ironically, Karl always strives to help his clients in seeking amicable resolutions to their disputes, and has in fact negotiated and drafted several out-of-court settlements on his clients’ behalf.

Karl has also represented several clients before the Public Contracts Review Board (PCRB) in public procurement matters.

Practice Areas:
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Real Estate & Construction Law
Property Law
Public Procurement
Company Law and Insolvency
Trademark Registration

Professional Memberships:
MultiLaw
Gala Law
IR Global
Chamber of Advocates

Karl Tanti
LL.D. – Senior Associate

Joseph Grech LL.D.

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Joseph is an Associate lawyer in the Litigation Department, having joined the AE team in July of 2017. Joseph obtained his Doctor of Laws (LL.D) in 2015 and was subsequently called to the bar in January 2016.

Before joining AE, Joseph worked as a junior Associate with another firm in Malta, advising clients on a number of different matters, mostly relating to dispute resolution, as well as matters relating to civil and commercial litigation.

After joining AE, Joseph has taken the role of an Associate and regularly appears before the Inferior and Superior Courts of Malta as well as a number of Boards and Tribunals established by law. He also deals with matters relating to Employment and Industrial Relations, Consumer Protection and Real Estates and Construction Law.
Joseph is a member of the Chamber of Advocates.

In 2016, Joseph co-authored a paper titled “The Promotion of a Human Rights Culture in Malta through adequate implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”

Practice Areas:
Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Probate and Inheritance
Employment & Industrial Relations
Consumer Protection

Professional Memberships:
MultiLaw
Gala Law
IR Global
Chamber of Advocates

Joseph Grech
LL.D. – Associate

Cames Wagner

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Cames holds an MA in Technical Communications & a BA in Court Interpreting Studies, both obtained at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg, Germany. Thanks to her studies, she has a strong background in technical matters, including data & content management as well as a profound understanding of document & data processing software, but also in linguistic matters, including user-relevant documentation of policies & procedures and training material.

Following her studies, Cames moved to Malta to start working in the Corporate Services Industry for many years to come. She joined AE in 2016, to take on and lead all matters related to Governance, Risk and Compliance, including developing internal procedures, testing & auditing as well as training & development.

Cames holds Certificate in Prince2 (Project Management), in Trust Law (IFSP), in Risk in Financial Services (CISI), as well as a Certificate in Compliance (ICA). She currently undergoes a further BA-level course offered by the ICA to obtain the ‘International Diploma in Governance Risk and Compliance’.

Cames’ practice areas include:
Data & Content Management
AML Risk Management & Compliance Risk Management
User-Relevant training
Audit & Consultation regards implementation of GDPR, PMFLTR, etc.

Professional memberships:
ICA, International Compliance Association
CISI, Chartered Institute of Security & Investments
MACO, Malta Association of Compliance Officers

Cames Wagner
– Risk & Compliance Executive

Denise Falzon

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Denise Falzon
– Corporate Services Executive

Enrico Bradamante

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Enrico holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Trieste. He has worked in England, the USA and in Italy, and has been based in Malta for the last six years.

He has held senior executive positions with multinational companies like Kodak, Dell and until March 2018, with NetEnt, the Swedish gaming group. He served as Head of European Operations and Managing Director of the Malta office.

Enrico offers clients in the online gambling industry who wish to set up and operate in Malta, unparalleled experience and key industry insights.

He is also the chairman of iGEN, the European online gaming industry association based in Malta.

Enrico Bradamante

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