Abalone Services Ltd is a legal advisory firm providing a full range of services to corporate clients and private clients. Its CEO, Francesco Maffia, specialises in financial services and corporate law. He has gained extensive experience advising business clients on corporate structuring as well as high-net-worth individuals applying for citizenship-by-investment programmes and global mobility schemes.
Name: Francesco Maffia
Born: 21 December 1984
Car: My dream is a zero-emissions sports car
School/Education: Graduated in Law from University of Trieste
First job: Trainee Lawyer
Current job & company: CEO, Abalone Services Ltd
Favourite pastime: Tennis
Favourite book: Iliad by Homer
Favourite film: The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino
Favourite music: Italian music
Favourite gadget: My cell phone
Last holiday: Florence
Favourite quote: Aequam memento servare mentem, Orazio
Role models/heroes: My parents
Best advice that I have ever received: Believe in yourself
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I start my day around 7am with a healthy breakfast and a good espresso, after that I check my inbox for the latest updates. My daily schedule is very well planned. I split my working time between legal work, business development and strategy implementation.
I discuss business every day with clients and partners form many jurisdictions; working on a global level keeps me very motivated and inspired. Abalone is one of the main players in the Maltese financial services industry; our clients include corporations, investment funds and UHNWIs. We provide our clients with highly specialised legal assistance, and we help them to maximise their corporate and personal objectives.
After office hours I like to go to the gym or play tennis. During the weekend I spend quality time with family and friends - this is essential for me to start a new week with a serene mind.
What business issues are high on your agenda?
Quality of service, the implementation of new strategies and growth opportunities are key points on my agenda.
What motivates you to get to the office in the morning?
Passion is my main motivation. I also believe that a positive work environment and sharing the same vision can make a difference.
My favourite location: Malta is a beautiful country, I am surrounded by spectacular views most of the time
My favourite local food: Pastizzi - simple and tasty - the perfect combination
My favourite dining experience: Traditional seafood restaurants in Marsaxlokk
My favourite nightspot: Valletta