Mr. John Christmas | Director and Secretary

John has a background in banking. He has been employed by commercial banks in the United States and Europe in a variety of functions ranging from commercial lending to capital markets and investment banking. As a self-employed property developer, he initiated the Riga International Business Park project in Latvia. He has been a resident of Malta since 2009.

John was recognized at the Offshore Alert Conference in November 2015 as being the whistleblower in the largest fraud in Latvian history, involving the collapse of a Latvian bank and the ensuing cover-up organized by Eurostat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance at Cornell University.

He currently holds director and investment committee mandates in Malta. He is a member of the UK CFA Society with an Investment Management Certificate.

-citizen of Latvia

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 79964939

Dr. Nicolai Xuereb | Member

Nicolai began his career in financial services with a leading law firm in Malta. He assisted funds and fund managers to get licenses and provided advice on trusts and foundations. He worked as legal and compliance manager of an online casino operator licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. He handled all legal, compliance and regulatory procedures including monitoring and controlling the implementation of international regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. He also performed risk assessments to identify legal challenges.

Now he has set up his own firm and advises mainly in the corporate, iGaming, financial services, trusts and foundations areas.

Nicolai is on the board of directors for a MFSA-licensed trustee and administrator for private foundations.

He is a lawyer holding a masters degree in Banking and Finance from University College London. He also holds a Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners Certificate as a Trust and Estate Practitioner and a Certificate in Trust Law from the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 99451930

Dr. Vanessa Vella | Member

A lawyer by profession since 1998, Vanessa occupied a senior managerial position in a one of the largest local Maltese banks and has been extensively involved in the financial services sector for the past 16 years. She has provided specialised legal advice to the bank’s retail banking and wealth management areas, fund management, commercial banking and global banking and markets, life insurance sector, trusts and foundations, and company secretarial support. Further responsibilities included legal risk management, drafting agreements, bond issues, formation and liquidation of companies, advising compliance regulatory function and interaction with the local regulatory authorities.

Vanessa is currently the managing partner of Vella Grech Legal, a multi-disciplinary boutique Law Firm established in Malta. Her core areas of expertise include financial services, corporate & commercial, banking & finance, investment services, e-Commerce, franchising, intellectual property & competition, consumer & retail and insurance.

She also occupies non-executive directorship and company secretarial roles in local companies and audit committees.

Vanessa was recently interviewed by the Malta Business Review Magazine for the Women Leaders series. She is also currently completing a Masters in European Business Law (European and Comparative Law) from the University of Malta.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 99422927

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