Manfred GaldesPartner at ARQ
A lawyer by profession, Manfred has spent the last seventeen years practising in the area of regulatory and AML compliance, having held leading roles both in the private and public sector. He has been involved in the drafting of various laws in Malta and lectures on a number of related areas.
Between 2008 and 2016, Manfred headed the FIAU, Malta’s financial intelligence unit and principal AML supervisory authority. During his tenure he dedicated himself to refining Malta’s and the EU’s capabilities in fighting financial crime both through his efforts within the FIAU but also through his involvement in several high-level international committees. He was also entrusted with the co-ordination of Malta’s first AML/CFT national risk assessment and participated in working party meetings aimed at bringing together the interests of the various EU Member States through the introduction of the 4th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive.
Besides holding the chair of the ARQ Group, today Manfred leads a multi-disciplinary team that advises major domestic banks, financial institutions and top-tier gaming companies, assisting them in ensuring compliance with a range of applicable laws. He is also a partner of Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal, a Malta-based law firm with offices in Valletta and Birkirkara.