Meet the E&S Group Team

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

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Accounts

Antonella Hili

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

Chief Client Officer and Director of Operations

Dr. Deborah Vella

A lawyer by profession, Deborah had graduated as Doctor of Laws in 2015, admitted to the bar in 2017 and has been working with E&S Group for the past seven years. In her prime time at E&S Deborah was part of the legal team and also headed the corporate team where she aided the building of these two departments. In 2017, she took a managerial role within E&S Group.

Working her way up the ranks, Deborah has been appointed as a member of E&S Groups’ Board of Directors and promoted to Chief Client Officer in November 2020. Whilst she will continue to be of support towards the corporate and legal team within the firm, her main focus will shift on Strategic Client Relationship Management as well as oversight of various operational functions. As the company’s CCO she will also be engaged in a business development role which involves the planning and executing of offline business development and marketing for the Group.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Of Counsel

Dr. Christian Ellul

Christian completed his Doctorate in Law in 2005 furthering his studies with an Adv. LL.M. in International Taxation from the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Christian has worked as a tax advisor for a Big 4 Audit firm in Malta as well as a reputable local corporate service provider. In 2009, together with Karl Schranz, he set up another Corporate Services Provider in Malta, before leaving to set up E&S Consultancy in 2010. Christian competences include Malta direct and indirect taxation, international tax structuring, taxation of tokens, cryptocurrencies, ICOs, trusts, corporate and company law and related legal advice.

Christian is fluent in English, German and Maltese.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Head of Legal

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. She is now reading for a Masters in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta. Her primary areas of practice are corporate and commercial law, financial services and fintech.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

Head of Corporate Administration

Nicole Said

Nicole joined E&S Group in February 2016 to form part of the Administration team. Her main duties included the day-to-day overall administration of the group. She had then been promoted to head the administration team as an Executive Secretary. Over the years Nicole had contributed to the overall efficiency of the firm by ensuring administrative duties were carried out in a timely and effective manner. Working her way up Nicole was promoted to the corporate services department in 2018 where she began assisting thoroughly the corporate team. Today Nicole effectively manages and heads the corporate team bringing forward a more efficient and structured daily quality of work for our clients. Her persistence and development has resulted in Nicole being awarded with the Appreciation Award chosen by the group in 2019 and Employee of the Year in 2020.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Legal Associate

Sara Kacoli

Sara joined E&S Group as a legal associate in 2018. She completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree and furthered her studies by completing a Master of Science in Civil Law at the University of Tirana, Albania. She is certified as a lawyer by the National Chamber of Advocacy of Albania. Prior to joining E&S Group, she has been working as a legal associate for two years with international companies. Her main areas of practice are gaming law, fintech-related matters and corporate law. Sara’s determination and growth within the firm has led to her being awarded the Rising Star Award in 2020.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

Legal Analyst

Martina Darmanin

Martina Darmanin joined E&S in October 2019 as a legal trainee and is in her final year to obtain a Degree in Law at the University of Malta. At E&S Group, her main areas of practice are assisting one of the directors in Shipping, Aviation and Residency Advisory matters.

In July 2021, Martina was promoted to a Legal Analyst within the Legal team. She has also obtained the TEFL and SEPT courses and has worked as a teacher for the past 4 years, teaching English to foreign students.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Legal Intern

Anthea Formosa

Anthea joined E&S Group in 2021 as a Legal Intern. She has completed her Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degree at the University of Malta and is now reading for a Master of Advocacy.

Prior to joining E&S Group, she gained experience as a Legal Intern in a notarial firm. Moreover, she has worked as a Customer Service Specialist for an international gaming company for over two years, gaining exposure in their compliance department.

She is fluent in Maltese and English and has a proficient understanding of Italian and French.

Legal Intern

Martina Cassar

Martina Cassar joined E&S in 2021 as a Legal Intern. She is currently reading for her Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Malta and is currently in her fourth year of studies.

Prior to joining E&S, she gained experience within the Legal field as an Office Administrator at a Notarial Firm. Outside of work, Martina currently serves as the President of GhSL, the Malta Law Students Society, leading a team to assist fellow law students to maximise their university experience.

Legal Trainee

Amy Catania

Amy Catania joined E&S as a Legal Trainee in July 2021 and she is currently in her final year of studies to obtain the Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Malta. She aspires to further her studies and specialise in areas relating to ICT Law, including data protection, intellectual property, cryptocurrencies as well as gaming, amongst other fields of interest.

Prior to joining the team, Amy worked as a Communications Executive at the Malta Chamber of Commerce for over a year, and has gained experience in marketing and content writing. Currently, Amy also holds the position of Marketing Officer with the law student’s organisation Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi, dealing mostly with the organisation’s sponsorships and social media content.

Corporate Analyst

Kylie Fiteni

Kylie joined E&S Group in December 2020 as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Clients Officer. Her main responsibilities were assisting the Chief Clients Officer in Business Development and handling day-to-day administration. Prior to joining E&S Group, she worked in Human Resources and gained experience working in the financial industry.

In January 2022, Kylie was promoted to the Corporate team as a Corporate Analyst.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Financial Controller

Maria Camilleri

Maria joined E&S Group in 2019 as a Financial Controller. Prior to joining E&S Group, she has been working in Accounts for the past 6 years gaining experience in various sectors such as the Transport & Automotive Industry, the Oil, Gas & Energy Industry with a reputable local Company and in the Reinsurance Industry with a multi-national Company. She is currently undertaking the final stages of the ACCA Qualification.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Finance Assistant

Susan Cutajar

Susan joined E&S group in 2021 as a Finance Assistant and her main responsibilities include supporting the Financial Controller and assisting with the internal work of the Financial Department.

She holds a Master of Business Administration Global degree from the University of Derby and an ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management. She also holds an Award in Business Finance and Accounting and is currently furthering her studies by pursuing an ACCA Diploma.

Prior to joining E&S group, Susan has previously held administrative roles and has gained experience in different areas including customer care, front office as well as back office within communication, retail and transport industries.

Susan enjoys watching a good movie and spending time with her family.

Accounts Manager

Brittany Cutajar

Brittany joined E&S Group in 2015 as an Accounts Analyst and took on a managerial role in 2017, within the Accounts Department, overseeing a team of junior accountants and the preparation of Financial Statements for companies operating in the financial sector, manufacturing, shipping and aviation, and gaming industry amongst others. She is currently furthering her studies in accountancy and is undergoing a Master’s Degree with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Brittany is fluent in English and Maltese with a proficient understanding of Italian.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Accounts Manager

Alexandra Abela

Alexandra is an experienced payments’ professional with 10 years’ experience gained working with global companies, in both established and start-up environments. Prior to joining E&S Group, Alexandra was the Vice President of Customer Services at Credorax Bank, where she managed Global Support (US, Malta), Technical Support, Product Management, and Integration. Since joining E&S Consultancy she has been tasked with the preparation of financial statements for various clients. She is currently studying ACCA.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Accounts Associate

Lara Portelli Gauci Borda

Lara joined E&S group as an Accounts Associate. She obtained her ACCA diploma in Accountancy & Business and is currently studying to obtain a Master’s Degree with ACCA. Lara previously occupied the role of an Accounts Administrator for 10 years, where she gained valuable experience with one of the leading Aviation Companies in Malta.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Accounts Associate

Rebekah Fenech Laudi

Rebekah joined E&S Group in 2021 as an Accounts Associate.

Prior to joining E&S Group, Rebekah worked as an Accounts Executive with a well-known local company, gaining 5 years’ experience in various sectors including Property Development, Hospitality/Leisure, Management Services & Investments.

She is currently studying to obtain her ACCA Masters Degree.

Accounts Analyst

Shirley Calleja

Shirley joined E&S Group as an accounts analyst. For the past 15 years, Shirley has lived in Canada, only to return to Malta recently. She worked in the shipping industry, where she gained experience in various fields including logistics, marketing, administration and customer relations. She studied international trade and acted as a freight consultant to both ship agents and clients alike.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Accounts Trainee

Leah Sammut Mock

Leah Sammut Mock joined E&S Group as an Accounts Administrator and was then promoted as an Accounts Trainee, whilst studying at The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology. Her daily duties consist of supporting and assisting the accounts team with their daily operations.

Phone:+356 2010 3020

Accounts Administrator

Whilhelmina Adeodata Durovi

Whilhelmina joined E&S Group in 2021 as an Accounts Administrator.

Prior to joining E&S Group, Whilhelmina held a position as an Investment Service Support Officer. She also holds a BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care were she previously worked as a Support Worker for 7 years.

Whilhelmina enjoys spending time with her 2 year old baby girl.

Executive Assistant to the C.E.O.

Bernadette Bajada

Bernadette joined E&S Group in November 2018 as an Executive Assistant to the CEO. She graduated from MCAST, where she gained a diploma in business. Just before joining E&S Group, she obtained experience in the financial and shipping industry. She held a senior position in a trust company for three years, followed by a position as a Tied Insurance Intermediary. Her motivation and constant support resulted in being awarded with the Team Player Award in 2019.

Phone:+356 2010 3020


Margaret Galea

Margaret joined E&S Group in November 2018 as a secretary.  Her main duties are to assist in the day-to-day administration of the group. Prior to joining E&S Group, she worked in the medical industry for over ten years as a front office administrator.

She is fluent in Maltese and English and has a good knowledge of Italian.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

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