Manfred Galdes

Managing Partner

ARQ Group

Corporate & Fiduciary Services
Corporate & Fiduciary Services

ARQ Group


"Success can only be earned through hard work. It can’t be achieved any other way"

Business Profile

A lawyer by profession, I have spent the past 20 years practising in the area of regulatory and AML compliance, having held leading roles both in the public and private sector. I have been involved in drafting various laws in Malta, and lecture on a number of related areas. Between 2008 and 2016, I headed the FIAU, Malta’s financial intelligence unit and principal AML supervisory authority. During my tenure I dedicated myself to refining Malta’s and the EU’s capabilities in fighting financial crime, both through my efforts within the FIAU and through my involvement in several high-level international committees. I lead a multi-disciplinary team at ARQ that advises major domestic banks, financial institutions and top-tier gaming companies, assisting them in ensuring compliance with a range of applicable laws.

Business Activities

  • Senior Consultant, Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal
  • Director (Strategy), ACAMS Malta Chapter
  • Non-Executive Director, HSBC Bank Malta plc


  • 2002-2006: Manager, Legal and International Relations – Malta Financial Services Authority
  • 2008-2016: Director, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit


  • B.A. Legal & Humanistic Studies
  • LL.M. (E.U. Commercial Law)
  • LL.D.


Official Partners

  • GO
  • PTL
  • trade
  • HSBC
  • Edwards Lowell
  • Ozo Group