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Dr Maria Deguara

Partner

Dr Jean C. Farrugia

Senior Partner

Corporate Governance

The Malta Financial Services Authority issued guidelines entitled The Code of Good Corporate Governance introduced in 2001. The aim of the guidelines is to assist enterprises in establishing a respectable approach towards not only shareholders but also the general public: the underpinning rationale is that the way company directors exercise their stewardship is a matter of public interest, and that better relations open up new business opportunities. The MFSA’s guidelines encourage companies to set up boards of directors, with a chairman, and to undertake rigorous evaluations of their annual performance and of the companies’ individual directors.

Corporate governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled.  It deals largely with the relationship between the constituent parts of a company. Transparency and accountability are the most important elements of good corporate governance. This includes: the timely provision by companies of good quality information; a clear and credible company decision-making process; shareholders giving proper consideration to the information provided and making considered judgments.

DF Advocates advise on changes in shareholding structures, protection on minority shareholding, corporate and individual directorship as well as group restructuring.

Dr Maria Deguara

Partner

Dr Jean C. Farrugia

Senior Partner

Sturgeon Ventures the Pioneer of Regulatory Incubation in the UK, has successfully worked and launched funds in Malta since 2012 with the assistance DF Advocates. We love working with this team because they are not only extremely knowledgeable about local regulations but their turnaround is exemplary and this is key in the timing of all fund launches. We were very excited when Robert Higgins joined the team from the MFSA, the Maltese Regulator as he too had worked with Sturgeon since 2011, bringing his deep expertise into an already vibrant team.

Seonaid Mackenzie
Founder and CEO
Sturgeon Ventures LLP

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