CATHERINE MIFSUD
Senior Associate
 
T: (+356) 27 237172
E: catherine@mifsudadvocates.com.mt
Languages: English, Maltese, Italian
Catherine graduated as lawyer in 2015 after submitting her thesis entitled “The Prospects of Compulsory Implementation of Occupational Retirement Schemes in Malta: A Socio-Legal Perspective” for which she was awarded The Professor David J. Attard best Doctor of Laws Theses Award 2015. She was admitted to the Maltese Bar and granted her warrant to practice as a lawyer in 2016.
 
Catherine joined Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates as an associate in 2016 where she assists in Civil and Commercial Matters and Litigation, vetting of contracts, shipping registrations, general corporate duties and drafting of Agreements. She has recently attended a course entitled “Aspects of Registration of Vessels under the Malta Flag”.
 
She has previous experience in the financial services sector, having worked in the legal departments of one of the leading audit firms and an investment fund administration company.
Publications
  • The Prospects of Compulsory Implementation of Occupational Retirement Schemes in Malta: A Socio-Legal Perspective – Doctor of Laws Thesis, May 2015
AREAS OF SPECIALISATION
An effective regulatory framework for the regulation of waste, development planning and environmental protection is imperative, particularly with global environmental awareness on the rise. This has become increasingly important when one takes into account the limited land available in such a densely populated island, whereby one needs to strike a balance between the interests of both the developer and the public interest. This would ensure that the environment and historical heritage is safeguarded whilst allowing for land development to take place.
Despite Europe’s recent financial crisis, Malta retained its reputation as a financial hub as it proves to be a favorable jurisdiction for those seeking fund and asset management. The numerous licenses granted by the MFSA for collective investment schemes are processed expediently and provided at low rate servicing costs. Malta’s advantageous corporate tax regimes and schemes encourage employment, further attracting clients worldwide. In order to take its financial market a step further, Malta also seeks to attract Middle Eastern investors through the establishment of Sharia-compliant funds and operators.
Malta’s legislation for the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights has been recently reinforced with the influx of EU legislation on the matter coming in with Malta’s accession to the EU in 2004.
Malta’s steady growth in various sectors such as iGaming and Blockchain services has contributed substantially in establishing a real estate market as one of Malta’s economic building blocks. The legal team at Mifsud & Mifsud provide a comprehensive industry-specific experience and knowledge on all aspects relating to real estate transactions in Malta, including regulations on transfers of property, leases, condominia, contracts of works and financing of immovable property in Malta
The Maltese Civil Code provisions have been constantly evolving in tandem with social progress in Malta. Our laws provide for testate succession (where the deceased left a will), intestate succession (where no will was left), the reserved portion (previously known as the ‘legitim’) in favour of children and the surviving spouse, for legacies and various other legal mechanisms regulating the manner in which one’s estate is to devolve.
Malta’s unique hybrid system is the product of numerous influences coming in from different legal systems throughout the years. In our judicial system we thus witness civil law and common law practices working together with the recent EU laws introduced upon Malta’s accession in 2004.
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