People

Personal attention is one of our hallmarks. You are not a number for us but someone we would like to establish a relationship with.

By choice, we are a small law office. This allows us to be responsive and efficient because we know that you would like to hear from us in the shortest time possible. We are approachable and not bureaucratic.

 

We believe in innovative thinking because we understand that legal issues can be addressed and resolved in a number of ways. We do not work with forms and templates but for us each project is different from the other. We want you to have a tailor-made solution rather than an off-the-shelf product.

 

Whether you are an individual client establishing a small company or a multinational forex broker, we promise the same level of dedication by our professionals. We believe in opportunities and in giving everyone the same treatment.

Dr. Omar Zerafa

Founder

Dr. Zerafa has obtained the degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta, following which he has also graduated from the University of Leicester with a Masters in European Union Law specialising in Commercial Law. 

 

Prior to establishing Zerafa Advocates, Dr. Zerafa has worked as an associate with one of the leading financial services law firms in Malta where he was also admitted to partnership, responsible for the structuring and licensing of collective investment schemes, investment vehicles, investment services licence holders including asset management companies and financial institutions. Specialist areas of practice include UCITS, non-UCITS retail funds, AIFs, professional investor funds, corporate finance, investment products, listing of collective investment schemes, online forex trading companies, competition law and cross-border mergers. He was instrumental in redomiciling a number of funds into Malta and has successfully licensed several funds, fund managers and a Forex trading platform. He has also handled the application process of one of the first Binary Options trading platforms in Malta and has served as a Director, Compliance Officer and MLRO on a local Investment Management company.

 

Dr. Zerafa has a Foundation Certificate in Trust Law and Management awarded by the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and is a member of the Chamber of Advocates, the International Bar Association, the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and the Financial Services Lawyers Association (UK).  

 

Dr. Emerson Bonello

Associate

Dr. Emerson Bonello obtained a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree before obtaining a Master in Advocacy degree in 2017 from the University of Malta. He has also obtained a Foundation Certificate in Trust Law and Management awarded by the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, has successfully completed the "Introduction to the Virtual Financial Assets Act" course organised by Institute of Financial Services Practitioners by achieving a pass on the 29th September 2018, and is also a member of the Chamber of Advocates.

 

Dr. Bonello is currently an Associate within Zerafa Advocates and dedicates a considerable amount of his time researching and providing legal opinions in the field of cryptocurrenices, virtual financial assets, blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies.

 

He also advises collective investment schemes and investment services licence holders and has been involved in the submission of application for a licence to several collective investment schemes.

 

Dr. Bonello is also a Director, MLRO and Designated Person to perform the activities of a VFA Agent for Zerafa.io Ltd, an associated company of Zerafa Advocates, which provides the services of a VFA Agent in terms of article 14 of the VFA Act.

 

Dr. Bonello is also approved by the MFSA to act as Compliance Officer for trustees and company service providers, and is a Compliance Officer for several licensed Company Service Providers in Malta.

Dr. Celine Dalli

Associate

Dr. Celine Dalli graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Laws and subsequently with a Masters in Advocacy in 2017. Dr. Dalli completed the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP) Trusts Law and Management course in 2017.

 

Before joining the firm, Dr. Dalli worked with a local big four accounting firm where she was mainly involved in company law, corporate restructuring, tax law, and mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Dalli was also awarded the Schuman Traineeship by the European Parliament where she spent five months working in Brussels with the Directorate for Legislative Acts.  

 

Dr. Dalli is primarily involved in the licensing of Investment Services Providers and Collective Investment Schemes and also assists clients in relation to Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies issues.

Trainee Lawyer

Carla Galea graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Laws and is currently in her third and final semester of the Master of Advocacy course.  Her Term Paper focused on the EU-US Data Privacy Shield.

Carla was very active all throughout her University years, especially during the past two years where she was elected as Secretary General and subsequently as President of the University Students’ Council (KSU) for the term 2018/19.  Having also been elected as a student representative on the University of Malta Council, enabled her to bridge the gap further between the KSU and University Administration.

As a trainee lawyer, Carla is primarily focusing on investment services, financial institutions and collective investment schemes.

Ms. Carla Galea

Ms. Martha Rizzo has a Diploma in Administrative, Personal Assistant and Secretarial Duties.

She has a vast experience in administrative duties, coordinating and preparing meetings, handling clients and managing documents and files. She is in charge of the overall smooth running of the office.

Office Administrator 

Ms. Martha Rizzo

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