Katya Tua heads the Investment Services department of the firm. She was called to the Bar in 2002 and joined the law firm GVTH Advocates as an associate in the same year. She joined Simon Tortell and Associates as a founding partner in 2009.She advises primarily international clients in the incorporation and licensing of all types of collective investment schemes including UCITS, alternative investment funds (“AIFs) and professional investor funds (“PIFs”).

She also advises on the drafting and negotiation of associated documentation as well as on all ongoing legal support work that collective investment schemes require, particularly regulatory compliance Katya’s regulatory experience also includes the structuring and operations of asset management and administrators.

The Malta Financial Services Authority launches a Consultation Document aimed at regulating Collective Investment Schemes investing in Virtual Currencies

The Malta Financial Services Authority launches a Consultation Document
aimed at regulating Collective Investment Schemes investing in Virtual Currencies
The Malta Financial Services Authority (the "MFSA"), Malta's single regulator for the financial services industry, has published a consultation document through which it has formally kick-started the process for the regulation of collective investment schemes having as their investment objective the investment in virtual currencies.The launch of the consultation document foreshadows the regulatory approach to be adopted by the MFSA in relation to this specific faction of the digital economy, and, simultaneously, offers market participants the potential to design a...
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The Maltese Professional Investor Fund Regime

The Maltese Professional Investor Fund Regime
Under Maltese law, collective investment schemes that qualify as Professional Investor Funds ("PIFs") are subject to a significantly lighter and more flexible regime than retail funds. Hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity funds, and property funds, are typically set up as a PIF, in Malta. The Investment Services Rules for Professional Investor Funds, issued by the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") cater for a regulatory framework that is both robust and adaptable, allowing managers and promoters to innovate and to develop new products to meet the ...
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New rights for adoptive parents

New rights for adoptive parents

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Recognised Incorporated Cell Companies

​BackgroundBy virtue of the Companies Act (Investment Companies with Variable Share Capital) Regulations, it has been possible, since 2003, to set up a multi-fund company licensed as a collective investment Scheme in Malta. The distinguishing feature of this type of umbrella-structure company is that several sub-funds can be set up within the company, with each sub-fund having its own segregated assets and liabilities. The assets and liabilities of each sub-fund are distinct from the assets and liabilities of the other sub-funds under the same umbrella structure. ...
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Non-Financial Counterparty and Financial Counterparty obligations under EMIR

​Each of the following shall be deemed to be Financial Counterparties for the purposes of EMIR: a credit institution, an investment firm, a UCITS, and where relevant, its management company, an AIF managed by AIFM, an insurance, assurance, reinsurance undertaking, or an institution for occupational retirement provision.Non-financial counterparties ("NFCs") are all those counterparties to a derivative contract other than Financial Counterparties, Trade Repositories and Central Counterparties. Until a fund shall remain regulated under the Malta PIF regime, it shall ...
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