Dr Manfred Galdes is one of Malta’s foremost anti-money laundering and compliance specialists. He formerly headed the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, Malta’s authority responsible for the regulation and supervision of all entities subject to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing obligations. During his tenure at the FIAU he supervised the development of an effective and risk-based AML and CFT framework and dedicated himself fully to refining Malta’s capabilities in fighting financial crime.
Manfred joined the firm in September 2016. His reputed expertise in this fast-growing area of legal practice has further enhanced FFFL’s established practice areas in the corporate-commercial, financial services and related fields. His experience in this practice area is highly sought after by banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, gaming companies and other professional firms.
Prior to his eight-year tenure as Director of the FIAU he occupied senior posts within the Malta Financial Services Authority and another professional firm, where he focused primarily on legal, compliance and regulatory affairs.
Manfred has represented Malta in several international fora such as the European Commission’s Expert Group on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing set up under the EU’s Third Directive, the EU’s FIU Platform and the Egmont Group’s Legal Working Group. He also served as a member of the Maltese delegation to Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) and the delegation to the Conference of the Parties set up to assess adherence to the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS no°198).
Manfred 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.
Manfred graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2001 and was then conferred the LL.M. degree in EU Commercial Law by the University of Leicester in 2006.
He enjoys spending his free time travelling with his family and reading.