Security Token Offerings (STOs) can generally be described as the blockchain version of IPOs and other securities offerings. Security tokens are financial instruments that are tokenised by the issuer. They can be backed by assets, or they can represent shares, debentures or derivatives, or other types of financial instruments. Recently, the STO market has seen an increase in interest as a result of shifting investor preferences.

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The multi-disciplinary team at E&S Group has experience in advising clients in matters relating to carrying out STOs within the remit of EU securities regulations. Services include:

  • Assisting with legal services required to run a STO whilst adhering to EU and Maltese law;
  • Advising on the structuring of STOs to include private and public offerings;
  • Analysing and reviewing the white paper with recommendations from a legal perspective;
  • Assisting issuers in carrying out the Financial Instrument test as required by the MFSA;
  • Tokenomics;
  • Assisting in the token design;
  • Drafting private security token placement documents and other necessary agreements;
  • Drafting public security token offering documents and other necessary agreements;
  • Assisting with the drafting of T&Cs
  • Assisting with the drafting of a Privacy Policy
  • Drafting of disclaimers for the website
  • Assisting with Know-Your-Customer (KYC) guidelines and processes


"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

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Mariella Baldacchino

Dr. Mariella Baldacchino currently sits on the Board of E&S Consultancy Ltd and RES Malta Ltd, authorised corporate service providers in Malta, and is the Managing Partner at E&S Law, a Law firm based in Malta. E&S Consultancy, RES Malta Ltd and E&S Law operate within the E&S Group. Dr. Baldacchino, a lawyer by profession with over 12 years of involvement with international businesses set ups in Malta, is responsible for the corporate and legal team at E&S Group. She is also responsible for the operations of the E&S Group including overseeing day to day operational functions and implementing decisions and strategies of the E&S Group. 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 on efficient 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

Chief Executive Officer

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

Legal Associate

Dr. Jade Fenech

Jade joined E&S Group as a legal associate in 2018. Before joining E&S Group she practised with a litigation firm for two years. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Masters of Advocacy from the University of Malta and was admitted to the bar in 2019. Her primary areas of practice are corporate and commercial law, financial services and fintech.

Jade is fluent in English and Maltese.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

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