DF Advocates Malta

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Robert Higgans
Robert Higgans

Head of the Financial Services Department

Practice Areas:

Financial Services


Robert holds an M.A. in Financial Services and a B.Com (Hons.) in Banking & Finance from the University of Malta, the IFSP Foundation Certificate in Trusts Law & Management and is a Certified Financial Services Auditor, a designation he earned from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Robert has over nineteen years of experience in the financial services industry having previously worked for the single regulator of financial services in Malta, the Malta Financial Services Authority, where he occupied various senior posts including that of Deputy Director, Authorisation Unit for five years until 2016.

During his tenure at the MFSA, Robert was involved in various areas of the regulatory field with his work being particularly focused on the review and processing of licence applications in respect of all types of collective investment schemes, investment services providers including MiFID companies, AIFMs and fund administrators.  He was also involved in the development of the Investment Services Rules applicable for collective investment schemes and investment services providers, the drafting of regulations under the Investment Services Act and in the development of the regulatory regime for second and third pillar pensions in 2007, during which time he also actively participated in the EU Occupational Pensions Committee of CEIOPS.

Robert was secretary to the MFSA’s Supervisory Council for two years in 2005 and 2007, and a member of the EWSM Listing Committee in 2016.

Robert is currently involved in training initiatives and acts as technical advisor in the investment services field.

Languages Spoken:

English, Italian, Maltese

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