Josianne Brimmer is a Partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates.  She graduated as a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Malta in 2001 and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in January 2002. She completed her Masters Degree (M. Jur.) in European and Comparative Law from the University of Malta in 2002, and in 2005 completed her Masters Degree (MA) in Financial Services also from the University of Malta, graduating summa cum laude.


Josianne started her career with Fenech & Fenech Advocates in 2001, working principally in the International Practice and Financial Services Department of the Firm and being involved in a number of privatisation and restructuring deals, advising overseas financial services institutions on the local regulatory framework, as well as being on the legal advisory team of the Firm for Air Malta plc.


She moved to an in-house head of legal and compliance role with a large international hedge fund manager in 2007, moving back to the Firm as a Partner within the International Practice and Financial Services Department.


Josianne Brimmer returned to the Firm as a Partner in 2014 after spending seven years as in-house counsel to large international hedge fund managers.  She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of financial services, corporate law, asset finance and related areas, and is also active in M&A work and acted for Government on various assignments.


Josianne’s principal fields of practice are investment funds, asset financing and corporate law.  Within the investment funds field, she advises firms in the setting up and licencing of investment management and fund entities, and also holds directorship, compliance officer and MLRO posts with a number of financial services firms licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority principally within the hedge fund and investment firm fields.  She also advises regulated entities with obtaining regulatory approval for necessary changes to their licences, offering documentation and authorised personnel.


2003 – 2005
Faculty of Laws, University of Malta – Masters of Arts in Financial Services with a dissertation on ‘Investigations into the affairs of companies under Maltese Law’.


2000 – 2002
Faculty of Laws, University of Malta – Masters Degree in European and Comparative Law with a dissertation on ‘Trusts in Europe’.


1998 – 2001
Faculty of Laws, University of Malta – Doctorate in Laws with a doctoral thesis on ‘The Rights of Workers in the event of transfers of undertakings: European Law and its application’.


1998 – 1999
Faculty of Laws, University of Malta – Diploma as Notary Public.


1995 – 1998
Faculty of Laws, University if Malta – Bachelorship of Arts in Legal and Humanistic Studies (Italian).


Co-author of ‘The Right Tools for the job: An outline of the versatility of the Maltese regulatory framework for investment funds ’ published in the HFM Magazine (2016)


Author  of ‘Malta: Governance Initiatives in the Investment Services Sector’ published in the IFC Review (2015)


Author of ‘Setting up an AIF in Malta’ published in the Malta Fund and Asset Servicing Operations Guide (2015)


Author of ‘The Malta National Private Placement Regime’, published in the ‘Insight Magazine’ (FinanceMalta) (2014)


Author of the Malta Chapter on Employment Law in the International Practitioner’s Deskbook Series on Employment law (American Bar Association, 2006).


Co-author of Chapter on ‘Malta’ in the publication ‘EU Cross-border Insolvency’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004).


Co-author of Chapter on ‘Malta’ in the publication ‘Capital Taxes and Estate Planning in Europe’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004).


Co-author of the Article ‘Some Aspects of the New Maltese Employment Legislation’ (IBA Committee P Newsletter, 2002).


Author of research paper entitled “The Rights of Workers in the Event of Transfer of Undertakings” (Malta: European Documentation and Research Centre, Information Paper Series, 1999).


Admitted to the Bar in January 2002 and holds Warrant to practice as Advocate in Malta.


Member of the Camera degli Avvocati, Malta.


Member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, Malta.


Member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.


Legal 500 2021:


Josianne Brimmer is also highly regarded.


Josianne Brimmer is also a noted partner.


Chambers Global 2021:


Josianne Brimmer is lauded by a client for being “very good at setting out and explaining complex legal matters” and for providing “good and accurate solutions for our problems.” She assists clients with authorisation requests and financial law disputes. Another commentator reports that “her advice and client service are excellent.”


IFLR1000 2020:


“Josianne was incredibly efficient, knowledgeable and practical. She was available on short notice at all times during what was a difficult transaction.”


“Josianne’s advice is clear and to the point.”


Legal 500 EMEA 2020:


Josianne Brimmer: was available at short notice and provided simple, pragmatic advice.


Legal 500 2018:


Josianne Brimmer listed as noteworthy practitioner.