Monica Galea John is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates where she heads the Anti-Money Laundering & Compliance Department.


She graduated in 1999 as a Doctor of Laws from the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta and holds a Masters of Arts in Financial Services from the same university.


Her areas of practice include corporate law, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, financial services and banking law, trusts & estate planning, prevention of money laundering & financial terrorism legislation, general commercial law and family mediation.


She is a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners of Malta and sits on the Institute’s two sub-committees related to the Prevention of Money Laundering & Financial Terrorism.


She acts as a Compliance Officer and Company Secretary for a number of financial services entities licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority.


She regularly advises both Maltese licensed and non-licensed clients on their anti-money laundering obligations and is also a frequent contributor in various publications on this area.


She is actively involved in M&A transactions ranging from local private M&A transactions to other large acquisitions with an international element and accordingly has the requisite expertise in all areas of law that are typically relevant to M&A transactions.


Monica has also vast experience in corporate law practice and regularly provides legal advice and assistance in all matters concerning company law including corporate re-structuring and corporate governance.


2006-2008 – Masters in Financial Services (M.A.), University of Malta

1997-1999- Doctor of Laws (LL.D), University of Malta

1996-1997 – Diploma of Notary Public (Dip. Not. Pub), University of Malta

1993-1996 – B.A. Legal & Humanistic Studies, University of Malta

Memberships & Involvements

Member of the Camera degli Avvocati of Malta


Member of the Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners


Member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

Speaking Engagements

Regular speaker at the IFSPs training programs focusing on the financial services practitioners’ obligations and responsibilities arising from the Maltese prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism regulations


Speaker at the Trusts & Foundations Seminar organised by the Chamber of Commerce – January 2010.

Articles & Publications

‘Do trusts have a future in the context of the 4th AML Directive’, published by Lawyer Issue, July 2015


‘Company Service Providers –Over-Regulated?’, published by the Times of Malta, March 2015


‘Estate Planning – Would a trust help?’, published by the International Law Office, July 2010


‘Trusts providing peace of mind’, published by Mondaq, July 2009


‘Does settling property in trust mean full relinquishment of control by the settlor’, published by the Times of Malta, May 2009


‘The Trust – its main elements & key players’, published by the Times of Malta, April 2009


Co-Author of the Malta Chapter on International Trust Laws – published by Jordans, 2010


“Malta Chapter”, published in The Shipping Law Review, August 2015