Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Dip.Tax, Dip.ITM, B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., TEP

Managing Partner

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti Creating value, preserving wealth across generations of family business.

Professional Experience

Senior private client lawyer specialising in global citizenship and residency programmes, family office structuring, international tax, trusts and estate planning. Jean-Philippe has advised some of the world's most accomplished ultra-HNWIs and their family offices, lawyers, private banks, and wealth managers.

Since 2002, JP has co-headed the firm's acclaimed Malta residency and citizenship practice and the firm's Private Client Tax practice.

Professional Involvements


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Thought Leadership

Jean-Philippe Chetcuti is highly recognised in:

  • The investment migration sector.
  • Foreign direct investment sector.
  • Private client sectors.

He has made policy reform contributions especially in Malta but also in Cyprus, Montenegro, Moldova and other small states, on theirattractiveness for high-net-worth families, innovators and investors and on the introduction and on the sustainable operation of residency and citizenship-by-investment programmes.

Professional Highlights

  • A prominent driver behind the enactment of the Family Business Act in Maltese law, a world first in 2013.
  • Since 2002 handled over 2,000 citizenship and residency applications with an outstanding success rate;
  • Accredited in 1999 to handle Permanent Residence applications in Malta.
  • First Malta Citizenship Agent to be accredited in Malta in January 2014 (licence IIP 001) to handle citizenship by investment applications under the Individual Investor Programme.
  • Represented the first Malta Citizenship Approvals under the Individual Investor Programme in 2014.
  • Accredited with the first round of licencing of Cypriot Investment Programme Service Provider Licence 046.
  • First to be promoted from 'Accredited Person' to an 'Approved Agent' of the Malta Citizenship Programme, in recognition of the firm's track record of quality and success in handling Malta citizenship applications.
  • International Marketing Agent for the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme.
  • Authorised Representative for the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme.


Malta Association of Family Enterprise (Co-Founder and Secretary)
Finance Malta Foundation
International Fiscal Association
Malta Institute of Taxation
International Tax Planning Association
Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
Chamber of Advocates
Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) Malta Branch (ex-Chairman)
GMS, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Investment Migration Counsel
European Immigration Lawyers Network

Professional & Civic Activities

Malta Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Secretary
Claris Trustees & Fiduciaries Ltd, Director
International Tax Programme, Visiting Lecturer

Academic Record

Central Law Training
Dip.International Trust Management
Malta Institute of Taxation
Dip. Taxation
University of Warwick
Master of Laws (Tax & Economic Law)
University of Malta
Doctor of Laws (European Tax Law)
University of Malta
Notary Public
University of Malta
B.A. Law & English


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