Maria Deguara



DF Advocates’ specialised tax consultancy department provides our clients with practical tax advice on a standalone basis or as an integral part of the other legal services offered by our firm. We understand our client’s requirements, whether this involves purely domestic and/or cross-border transactions, whether clients are corporate entities or private individuals.

In today’s increasingly complex area of tax legislation and practice, we offer full support to our clients by providing them with advisory services which are always integrated with the legal, regulatory and other aspects of the relevant matter and by delivering practical and commercial solutions. Tax Lawyers at DF Advocates have the specialist knowledge and experience to help clients deal with all the different aspects of taxation and, where required, to negotiate with the various tax authorities. We work to minimise the impact of taxation and maximise wealth, whilst ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.

Our work in this area of law is extensive covering:

Business Tax Compliance – offering comprehensive ad hoc solutions designed for the business sector in meeting their statutory accounting and reporting requirements as well as advising them on complex statutory demands;

Direct Taxation – advising on income tax issues, both for private individuals and corporate entities, and providing same with tax planning services (including dividend, royalty and interest planning) especially for clients operating in multiple jurisdictions, employment taxes and employee benefits;

Indirect Taxation – encompassing a host of taxes on consumption, value-added tax (VAT), customs duties, property related taxes, environmental levies and many more. We understand that in today’s global markets, the effects of a transaction undertaken in one country can be felt in other jurisdictions. This is also true for indirect taxes which can affect every link in the supply chain, both domestically and internationally.

Maria Deguara


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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