Louis de Gabriele
President - Chamber of Advocates
Louis was born on the 29th February 1964. He is a senior partner at the law firm Camilleri Preziosi, where he has practised law since 1993. He graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1988, after which he read for a Masters’ degree in Corporate and Commercial law at the London School of Economics and Political Science from where he graduated in 1989. He was admitted to the local Bar in that same year. Louis has practised the profession for the last 30 years predominantly in corporate law; corporate finance; banking and capital markets. He has formed part of the council of the Chamber of Advocates for the last 5 years and was appointed President in November 2018.
In 1998 he was elected to the Board of the Chamber of Advocates and was appointed its President in 2011, a position he held until March 2015, the maximum period allowed by the Chamber's statute. He is also the head of the Maltese delegation at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). He is also a member of the International Bar Association. He has served as a Director on the Board of the Malta Communications Authority, the national regulator responsible for electronic communications, electronic commerce and the postal sector, between 2001 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, he held the post of Chairman of the Malta Resources Authority which is the national regulator for energy, water and resources and is also responsible for oil exploration and climate change. Reuben practises mainly in commercial and corporate law, financial services, debt recovery, data-protection and consumer affairs. He also sits as Director on various boards of commercial companies with a varied range of commercial interests and also serves as Company Secretary of a number of commercial entities in Malta. His hobbies include photography, reading, IT and football.
Kris Borg graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1993 and thereafter pursued post graduate studies at the University of Oxford where he graduated as Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law.
Following his studies he returned to Malta and for the past twenty three years he has been in private practice dealing mainly with corporate, commercial and civil law. He is a regular litigator before the Maltese Courts and in this respect has also handled a number of cases involving Maltese Company Law. He is also an accredited arbitrator at the Malta Arbitration Centre, and for the past twenty three years he has been a lecturer and an examiner at the University of Malta. He presently lectures commercial and corporate law
Dr Richard Camilleri is a partner in the law firm Mamo TCV Advocates and a senior lecturer in the Commercial Law Department of the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. Dr. Camilleri graduated Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Malta in 1979 and Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London (University College) in 1980. He was admitted to the Maltese bar in 1980 and has been practising law since then. Over the years he has practised in several areas of Commercial Law. One of his principal areas of practice is Competition Law. He has been lecturing at the University of Malta since 1989 and has lectured on Competition Law ever since the coming into force of the Maltese Competition Act in 1995. He also served as Chairman of the Industrial Tribunal between 1987 and 1992
David Fabri LL.D., Ph.D. heads the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Malta and co-ordinates the Masters programme in Financial Services. His main areas of interest and research are regulation, financial services legislation, consumer policy and protection, corporate law, whistle-blowing, and business ethics; subjects on which he has lectured and written extensively since 1994, both locally and abroad. He currently services on the University Research Ethics Committee, the Administrative Review Tribunal and the Financial Services Tribunal.
Ann Fenech is the Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates - Malta. She qualified in 1986 and joined Holman Fenwick and Willan in London.
In 1991 she moved from there to Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans. In 1992 she joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner in June 2008.
She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response in collisions having acted and advised some of the most important international maritime operators.
She has been responsible for the drafting of a number of laws related to the maritime sector including the Pilotage Regulations and the sections on Jurisdiction in Rem in the
Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure. She lectures extensively on the subject in Malta and abroad; she is the President of the Malta Maritime Law Association. In October 2010 she was appointed an Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Awards held in London. In October 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy and in June 2014 was elected on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International – the international organisation responsible for drafting the vast majority of international maritime conventions. She was also appointed Chairman of the international working group on ship finance security practices. In October 2015 she was appointed on the Malta Maritime Forum Board of Directors and in April 2016 she was also appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the board of the government agency Malta Marittima. In September 2017 she was elected to serve a second term on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International.
B.A., LL.D. (Melit), LL.M. (IMLI) (distinction), M.Jur (Oxon) (distinction), Ph.D. (Melit)
Stefano Filletti, a practising lawyer, is the Head of Department and resident lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Malta. He also heads the Maltese delegation to the Council of Europe in the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC).
He holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree from the University of Malta, and a Master’s degree (LL.M- IMLI) with distinction from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMO).
As a Chevening scholar, he read law at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Master of Law degree (M. Juris) with distinction. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in European Criminal Law from the University of Malta
Neville Gatt is a graduate in law from the University of Malta (1993), Neville furthered his studies at the University of London (1994) where he read Legal Aspects of International Finance, International Tax & European Tax Legislation and the European Internal Market. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1994 and was seconded to the firm’s International Tax Services Group at the London office in 1998. After his return to Malta, he was admitted to the partnership in 2002.
Throughout his career Neville has been actively engaged in advising companies and groups on a variety of complex corporate and tax issues across different industries. He has also been active in making various proposals for reform in the fields of tax and company law. Furthermore, since 1995, Neville lectures in International Tax Law, European Tax Law and in Company Law at the University of Malta and has addressed various seminars and conferences on these subjects both locally and overseas
Dr. Antonio Ghio is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and heads its TMT Law Department. He destroyed his first computer at the age of seven and his professional work has solely revolved around ICT law issues, trying to find solutions to the constant struggle existing between law and technology, both inside and outside of the courtrooms. Ghio lectures ICT law and Cyber Crime at the University of Malta. He held the position of Chairman of the Malta Communications Authority as well as EU Malta Digital Champion.
He has an LL.M in ICT law from the University of Strathclyde where he specialised on legal aspects of Internet security and online privacy. He is a regular speaker on ICT law issues in local and international conferences.
Ghio is a founding member and current president of the Malta Information Technology Law Association. (www.mitla.org.mt) and is a member of the International Technology Law Association. He also sits on the board of the Malta Law Academy.
Ghio is also the Malta contributor for Electronic Signatures in Law (Cambridge University Press) and author of the Malta chapter of Data Protection: Laws of the World (Sweet and Maxwell).
Robert Thake holds a Doctor of Laws degree and a Masters of Arts in Laws degree from the University of Malta. He was admitted to the Bar in 2014 and began practicing at Thake Desira Advocates that same year, primarily in the fields of family and civil litigation. Shortly after, Robert became a member of the Chamber of Advocates (Malta) and a committee member as of 2015. He is also a casual visiting lecturer within the Civil Law Department of the University of Malta.
Robert is an avid collector of Melitensia and is a member of a number of bibliographical societies including The Bibliographical Society of London, The Oxford Bibliographical Society and The Grolier Club of New York. He is also the author of two books: A Publishing History of a Prohibited Best-Seller (2016) and Patriotism, Deception and Censorship (2013).