Manfred Galdes B.A., LL.M.(Leic.), LL.D

Partner

Dr Manfred Galdes is one of Malta’s foremost AML/CFT and compliance specialists, having formerly headed the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, the agency responsible for the regulation and supervision of all entities subject to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing obligations. He joined the ARQ Group in September 2016 as Managing Director of ARQ Risk & Compliance, leading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals providing specialist advisory and support services to private and public entities in the field of AML/CFT and financial crime compliance. He is also a partner of Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal, a Malta based law firm with offices in Valletta and Swatar.

During his tenure at the FIAU he spearheaded the development of an effective risk-based supervisory framework and dedicated himself to refining Malta’s capabilities in fighting financial crime. Over the years he also chaired various domestic committees and represented Malta on international bodies and expert groups set up to contribute to the establishment of EU and international AML/CFT standards and the evaluation of country and institutional compliance with these standards.

Dr Galdes has been involved in the drafting of various laws and lectures on the subject of prevention of money laundering and other areas of law. He was also responsible for co-ordinating Malta’s first AML/CFT National Risk Assessment.

After graduating Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2001, Dr Galdes was then conferred the LL.M. degree in EU Commercial Law by the University of Leicester in 2006.

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