Dr. Maria Chetcuti Cauchi – B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., TEP

Practice

Maria Chetcuti Cauchi acts as managing partner at Chetcuti Cauchi and heads the Intellectual Property & ICT Departments and the Financial Services and Banking Departments. Maria advisesintellectual property firmscopyright & trademark owners, ICT & licensed gaming companies, investment services firms and professional investor funds, financial institutions, investors, investment bankers, financial advisors, and financial and credit institutions.

Practice Groups

· Business Advisory
· Company Law

· Financial Services Law
· Lotteries & Gaming Law
· Intellectual Property Law

· Media & Entertainment

· Technology & Telecoms

Industry Groups

· Commercial Property

· E-commerce

· Gaming

· ICT

· Pharmaceutical

· Credit & Financial Institutions

· Investment

Professional Experience

As head of the Intellectual Property & ICT Law departments, Maria acts as legal counsel to large and medium sized corporates requiring any form of IP protection in Malta and the EU. These services range from registration and assignments of trademarks & patents to general prosecution matters. Maria represents many online operators setting up in Malta, mostly to operate in Europe and North Africa. These usually include ICT companies, semi-conductors and microprocessors operations set up under Malta’s favourable Business Promotions Act, online trading and servicing companies and gaming companies. In addition, Maria’s practice includes working with other IP attorneys and firms. She has also been involved in many complex trademark and patent projects as well as other transactions involving regulatory or licensing issues. Maria is an approved EPO European Patent Attorney and trademark agent in Malta.

Maria has been acknowledged for her expertise and experience in legal matters related to investment services, banking and financial institutions. Through the firm’s specialised practise group Maria and other team members have advised large international corporates on relocating their operations to Malta or opening a branch / agency herein. Maria speaks regularly at various international fora associated with IP & ICT law and regularly writes legal articles linked to corporate restructuring, financial services & IP matters.

Together with the firm’s corporate services and tax practise groups, Maria routinely works in complex structures and corporate restructurings. She also provides advice connected to regulatory matters connected to licensing, IP, ICT, finance and corporate law. She is mostly interested in the application of traditional notions of Intellectual Property Law to the online world, as well as the conversion of brick and mortar notions to cyberspace. These mostly include projects with a fusion of technology law and investment/finance law, such as payment gateways, gaming operations, e-money institutions and ICT online operators.

Maria speaks regularly at various international fora and academic institutions on intellectual property law and is a regular speaker at the Academy for Law & Finance. Maria acts as examiner of law students LLD thesis’ mostly connected to Intellectual Property and Company Law.
Memberships & Affiliations

Professional & Civic Activities

Bar Admissions

Education

  • 2007 Certificate in Fundamentals & Fund Administration
    · 2007 Investment Services Certification
    · 2006 Foundation Certificate in Trust Law and Administration
    · 2002  LL.M. International Economic Law(University of Warwick)
    · 2001 LL.D. European Corporate Law (University of Malta)
    · 2000 Diploma Notarial Studies (University of Malta)
    · 1998 B.A. Law & English (University of Malta)

Legal Research

  • Online IPOs
    · Corporate governance
    · Transfer of Technology Law & IP
    · International Corporate Finance
    · International Banking

Languages

Fluent in Maltese, English, Italian
Basic knowledge of French, German & Spanish.

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