Christina Scicluna is a Senior Associate in the Corporate Department. Christina started her legal career with one of the Big Four firms in the personal tax department specialising in personal tax compliance and personal tax advisory services including advising High Net Worth Individuals on matters relating to taxation and immigration.

Christina advises a variety of multinational clients on international corporate structures, including the setting up of corporate structures in Malta for both local and foreign investment and mergers and acquisitions.

Christina is also part of the internal Blockchain Committee at the Firm which handles all legal matters related to cryptocurrency, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and distributed ledger technology projects.

Second Reading in Parliament for Blockchain Bills: The Virtual Financial Assets Act and the legal framework for ICO’s

Second Reading in Parliament for Blockchain Bills: The Virtual Financial Assets Act and the legal framework for ICO’s
The Maltese Government has presented the much anticipated Virtual Financial Assets Bill (the "Bill") for its second reading in Parliament. The Bill provides further clarity as to the manner in which virtual assets (termed "Virtual Financial Assets" ("VFA") will be regulated in Malta, specifically in relation to the issuing of ICOs in or from or within Malta.This includes the necessary license requirements and conditions which must be adhered to by individuals or entities who issue VFAs or who provide certain specified activities in relation to VFAs. The Bill, wh...
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Maltese Government Presents DLT and Cryptocurrency Bills to Parliament for Approval

Maltese Government Presents DLT and Cryptocurrency Bills to Parliament for Approval
The much awaited Bills which will implement a legal framework for Distributed Ledger Technology ("DLT") and cryptocurrencies, as anticipated by the Consultation Document on Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology and Virtual Currencies have been approved by Cabinet and have been presented to Parliament for their first reading.The three Bills which have been presented to Parliament on Tuesday 24th March are the following:​Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill: The Bill establishes the Malta Digital Innovation Authority ("the Authority") and will focus on intern...
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Extension for reduced rate of stamp duty on the transfer of a family business

Extension for reduced rate of stamp duty on the transfer of a family business
The reduced rate of stamp duty applicable to the transfer of shares in a family business from 2% to 1.5% has been extended for a further period of six months until 30th September 2018, in accordance with Legal Notice 82 of 2018 entitled Duty on Donations of Marketable Securities and Immovable Property Used for Business (Exemption) Order.The reduction in stamp duty applies in relation to:​The transfer of shares in a Maltese registered company and includes the transfer by means of donation by qualifying family members, which is defined as being a donation to one's s...
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Further Cryptocurrency Exchanges Relocating to Malta

Further Cryptocurrency Exchanges Relocating to Malta
OKEX Technology Company Limited, commonly referred to as "OKEx", a crypto currency exchange with its main operations and head offices situated in Hong Kong, has announced that it will be expanding its operations to Malta. OKEx operates an online digital asset trading exchange platform which facilitates the deposit and withdrawal of digital assets by customers. OKEx also enables customers to engage in trading activities for spot trading and future contracts trading in cryptocurrencies. Malta has witnessed a wave of interest internationally in the cryptocurrency and...
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The MFSA issues Consultation Paper on proposed Financial Instrument Test applicable to DLT assets

The MFSA issues Consultation Paper on proposed Financial Instrument Test applicable to DLT assets
The Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") has issued a Consultation Paper on the proposed introduction of a "Financial Instrument Test" in line with a previous MFSA Discussion Paper issued on 30 November 2017 on Initial Coin Offerings, Virtual Currencies and Related Service Providers.The proposed Financial Instrument Test will be crucial in determining whether a Distributed Ledger Technology ("DLT") asset, which was previously referred to as "Virtual Currency", will fall within current EU and national financial services legislation and regulatory frameworks,...
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