Dr. Maria Chetcuti Cauchi – Managing Partner

B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., TEP
Intellectual Property & Family Businesses

Maria’s team is capable of handling sizable transactions and private equity work in Malta and is regularly required to advise on some of the highest-value deals on the market. Specific to real estate work, the firm has handled investment projects, development initiatives on behalf of both domestic and international clients, buy-to-let projects, leasing matters, developments in the private rental and student accommodation sectors, and boutique hotels and hostels mostly in the capital city, Valletta.

Maria has had vast experience in all aspects of transactional work. She has advised a range of high-profile clients on significant real estate acquisitions and disposals, as well as major developments. Maria has also set up the firm’s Project Advisory Services (PAS) team, which handles all the aspects required to offer a specialised ‘buyer’ service, mainly through the use of in-house or external expertise. PAS focuses on being the investor’s ‘voice on the ground’ and works on managing a project team, usually encompassing corporate and commercial lawyers, notaries, designers, architects, estate agents, brokers, vendors, and lessors.

Maria is a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, the Society for Trusts & Estates Practitioners, and the Chamber of Advocates. and is also a registered trademark and patent attorney and an approved EPO European Patent Attorney.

Noteworthy projects include acting as a lead partner and representing Shanghai Electric Power in Malta’s largest FDI investment; working on Prospects, the most recent capital market created by the Malta Stock Exchange; and representing one of Malta’s major banks in the acquisition of their headquarters in Malta.


Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
International Tax Planning Association
Malta Remote Gaming Council
European Patent Organisation
International Trademark Association (INTA Malta Member)
Finance Malta Foundation
Chamber of Advocates
STEP Malta Branch

Professional & Civic Activities

Claris Capital Ltd, Director
Claris Foundation, Administrator
The Malta Council for Science & Technology, Appointed advisor
Centre for Entrepreneurship & Business Incubation, Appointed mentor

Academic Record

Foundation Certificate in Trust Law and Administration
University of Warwick
LL.M. (International Economic Law)
Dissertation: Online Initial Public Offerings.
University of Malta 
LL.D. (Doctor of Laws)
Doctoral Thesis: Societas Europea as a new corporate vehicle.
University of Malta 
Dip. Not. Pub. (Notarial Studies)
University of Malta
B.A. (Law & English)


Maltese, English, and Italian