CEO of the Week

CEO of the Week: Francesco Maffia, CEO of Abalone Services Ltd


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.


Executive Profile

Name: Francesco Maffia

Born: 21 December 1984

Home: Malta

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 Malta

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


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