ICO Advisory

Malta has become a jurisdiction of choice when it comes to carrying out Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) as it is the first country to introduce a clear regulatory framework around ICOs, tokens and cryptocurrencies. Other factors to take into account when selecting a jurisdiction to make your ICO offering are reputation, language and workforce talent considerations. Malta offers a variety of incentives to encourage blockchain companies to set up on the island.

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The multi-disciplinary team at E&S Group have experience in advising clients in all matters related to carrying out an ICO as well as other ancillary services. Services include:

  • Assisting your ICO with all legal services required whilst adhering to Maltese law and regulations
  • Assisting ICOs in carrying out the Financial Instrument test as required by the Regulator, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)
  • Analysing and reviewing your white paper with recommendations from a legal perspective
  • Assisting you in your ICO Token design
  • Drafting Private Token placement documents and necessary agreements
  • Drafting of Token offer documents and necessary agreements
  • Assistance while drafting your T&Cs
  • Assisting you to draft your Privacy Policy
  • Providing you with a disclaimer for your website
  • Assisting you with Know-Your-Customer (KYC) guidelines


"According to our experience, E&S Consultancy team is made up of well-trained and skilled professionals who are always there to satisfy your business needs with reference to Maltase law. Their work is well organized and carried out in a precise and timely manner. I look forward to continuing my cooperation with E&S Consultancy."

Giorgio Crotta & Marco Compagnino - FIDINAM & Partners

Key Contacts


Dr. Mariella Baldacchino

While retaining her responsibility for the corporate and legal team within the firm, Mariella sits on the Board of E&S Consultancy Ltd and RES Malta Ltd and is also responsible for Client Relations Management. She read law at the University of Malta in 2005 and finalised a Master in ‘Diritto Privato Europeo’ at the University of La Sapienza Rome in 2006. In 2006 she joined a tax firm in Malta, whereby she was responsible for a varied international based client portfolio, which developed her experience inefficient tax planning, corporate law matters and client relations. In 2011, she took a senior role within a major audit firm heading the Legal Team. Her responsibilities were managing and supervising the legal team, as well as assisting with legal expertise and ad hoc problem-solving. Mariella joined E&S Group in 2016 as Senior Manager for the Corporate and Legal Department.

Mariella is fluent in English, Italian and Maltese.


Phone:+356 2010 3020


Karl Schranz

An accountant by profession, Karl spent 10 years working for a reputable audit firm in various audit roles before joining JP Morgan Chase in London in 2005, specifically working in Credit Hybrid Derivatives. He then returned to Malta to head the corporate finance arm of a local audit firm. In 2009, together with Christian, he was one of the founding members of a Corporate Services Provider in Malta, leaving to set up E&S Consultancy in 2010. Karl heads E&S’ ICO and Tokenomics department, however, his competences include advising and assisting in all MFSA licensing processes, accountancy, Token structuring, iGaming, and all aspects of corporate finance.

Karl is fluent in English, Italian, Maltese.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

Director of Accounts

Antonella Lia

Antonella, obtained a Master Degree in Accounting from the University of Malta in 2015, and has furthered her studies by obtaining a Professional Certificate in Taxation in 2017. She has been working with E&S Group since 2012 and presently manages the Accounts Department as Director of E&S Back Office Services Ltd. Her main areas of practice are Corporate Tax, VAT, as well as the preparation of Financial Statements for companies from various industries including aviation, gaming, shipping, manufacturing, financial and other services.

Antonella is fluent in Maltese, English and Italian.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

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