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
  • Company Secretary – Does Your Business Need One, Online Webinar, July 2021
  • Speaker at the Trusts & Foundations Seminar organised by the Chamber of Commerce, January 2010
  • 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
Articles & Publications
  • International Trust Laws Malta Chapter, February 2020
  • ‘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

Legal 500 2018:


Monica Galea John listed as noteworthy practitioner and leader of the firm’s compliance team.