About us

We’re a worldwide team of legal and regulatory crypto consultants. We help businesses navigate the complex legal seas of cryptocurrency to help build a financially inclusive world.

Our history

From ATH to FUD, we’ve been there

Our team has been in the vanguard of the digital asset industry since 2013. As crypto enthusiasts, we understood that the need for regulation would only grow.

Founded in 2017, BCAS is a global leader in legal consultancy for cryptocurrency businesses. Today, we have an unparalleled level of insight into how the market behaves thanks to our long-standing presence in the crypto sector.

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Our mission

Why we do it

Our mission is simple, we want the vision of global financial inclusion to become a reality for all. And thanks to the growth of the cryptocurrency industry, it could be.

But companies need guidance when navigating the legal seas of our industry – and we’re here to help. We guide businesses through the regulatory minefield.

Not all law firms are crypto experts

Many cryptocurrency businesses will turn to law firms when they need guidance. But they don’t have the experience or industry knowledge to provide the right level of support.

We’re a specialist team of consultants with legal and technical expertise – and we all have a true passion for the cryptocurrency industry.

 

Meet the experts

Our multidisciplinary team ensure the success of companies, projects, and ventures in the cryptocurrency industry.
Jonathan Galea
Jonathan Galea

Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Galea
Jonathan Galea
Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Galea is a lawyer with involvement in the crypto industry since 2013, having also completed one of the world’s first doctorate of laws theses in 2015 titled “The Effect of Bitcoin on Anti-Money Laundering Laws”.  In 2017 he founded BCAS, a crypto regulatory consultancy firm with clients ranging from crypto exchanges to renowned layer-1 blockchains and blue-chip DeFi projects. Jonathan has consulted numerous regulatory entities across multiple jurisdictions, including the European Banking Authority, the MFSA in Malta, the FSA in Japan, and various governmental entities in Serbia. Having worked on the VFA framework in Malta since its inception, he has also taken an active interest in MiCA since its earliest days, and is seen as one of the leading experts on this Regulation. Furthermore, he is a strong advocate for Bitcoin adoption & open finance.

Matteo Vena

Chief Strategy Officer

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Matteo Vena
Chief Strategy Officer

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Anthony Grech
Anthony Grech

Chief Operations Officer

Anthony Grech
Anthony Grech
Chief Operations Officer

Anthony is a seasoned executive with extensive leadership experience across various international companies, predominantly operating in the financial services industry. Prior to joining BCAS, Anthony was General Partner at a Swedish venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology investments. As the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at BCAS, Anthony brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to oversee the daily operations and the overall corporate development of the company. He holds an Executive MBA with Distinction from Bayes Business School and an upper-second-class BA with Honours in International Business, Finance, and Economics from the University of Manchester.

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Patrick Gatt

Legal Manager

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Patrick Gatt
Legal Manager

Patrick is a lawyer by profession. At BCAS, he leads a team of lawyers that advises top-tier crypto asset exchanges and major DeFi projects, assisting them in ensuring compliance with a range of applicable laws. He has several years of experience practicing in the areas of financial services and regulatory compliance, where he handled a number of investment services, funds, crypto asset service providers licenses. He also held various directorships and compliance officer positions.

Patrick was also involved in other fields of law, where he assisted clients with corporate, employment and taxation matters, and contract drafting.

He attended the University of Malta and successfully completed a Doctor of Laws degree, followed by a Master of Arts in Financial Services degree. Patrick also holds a Professional Award in Taxation and a Foundation Certificate in Trusts Law and Management.

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Guilherme Maia

Senior Legal Counsel

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Guilherme Maia
Senior Legal Counsel

Holding a Master's degree in Tax Law from the School of Porto at the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University and a Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Porto, this Senior Legal Counsel at BCAS has over 5 years of experience in blockchain and cryptocurrency projects, focusing on tokenization, consensus mechanisms, and DLT protocols from both technical and legal perspectives. He has been the legal director of RealFevr and is currently a professor at the Institute of Accounting and Administration in Coimbra.

Tamara Belardi

Legal Counsel

Tamara Belardi
Tamara Belardi
Legal Counsel

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Vincenzo_Furcillo

Senior Research Associate

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Vincenzo Furcillo
Senior Research Associate

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Nicholas Abela

Senior Technical Associate

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Nicholas Abela
Senior Technical Associate

Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Hons) from the University of Malta in 2013. He has since gained experience working in the IT and Telecoms industry, contributing to projects such as the implementation of 4G and HD voice, upgrading core systems, building private 4G networks, working with video technologies and privacy. Presently, Nicholas is focused on analysing technical and business documentation related to crypto projects and conducts research into crypto, distributed networks and blockchain technology.

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Martin Azpiroz

Technical Analyst

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Martin Azpiroz
Technical Analyst

Martin was born in Argentina, where he studied to become a Lawyer. Afterwards, he did an MBA, which allowed him to start working as a Process Analyst and Project Manager. After moving to Italy, in 2021, he put into practice what had been his passion for the last few years and started writing and researching Web3 technologies for several Web3 projects. He joined BCAS as a Crypto Technical Analyst.

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Amanda Farrugia

Senior Operations Analyst

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Amanda Farrugia
Senior Operations Analyst

Amanda graduated in 2017 with a BCom (Hons) in Banking and Finance from the University of Malta. She worked at Medirect Bank Plc as a wealth securities officer for 3 years, prior to joining BCAS in April 2021 as a Junior Operations Manager before being promoted to Senior Operations Analyst in October 2022. At BCAS, she assists the Chief Operations Officer with day-to-day tasks and, as well as the compliance team, with onboarding and cross-checking the due diligence documents of clients.

Taylor Cefai
Taylor Cefai

Operations Analyst

Taylor Cefai
Taylor Cefai
Operations Analyst

Taylor graduated back in 2020 with a B.A. (Hons) in European Studies and Oriental Studies (Arabic) from the University of Malta. She previously worked as an Operations Manager in the Public Sector for two years prior to joining BCAS in 2022 as a Operations Analyst. Her daily routines consist of assisting the Operations Manager and the Chief Operations Officer in onboarding clients, managing data and improving procedural improvements across the departments for further efficiency within BCAS. Taylor is also a third year student who is completing her Masters in Public Policy Leadership with the University of Malta.

Paulina Weglarz
Paulina Weglarz

Executive Assistant

Paulina Weglarz
Paulina Weglarz
Executive Assistant

Paulina, a quadrilingual master’s graduate in International Relations, gained valuable professional experience working as a Blue Book trainee for the European Commission in the area of IT projects as well as a HUB Team Leader for one of most distinguished international corporate law firms, DLA Piper. At BCAS, as the Executive Assistant to C-Suite, she provides high-level administrative support and coordinates communication between departments.

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Independent external lawyer (LI and CH)

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Stephan Ochsner
Independent external lawyer (LI and CH)

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Where we are

Our HQ is in Malta. But our specialists are located all over the world

We're proud to be a remote-friendly company with a large, global presence. Our team work from all over the world, including Malta, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Ireland, Portugal, and Italy.

Our network of partners

Our partners complement our service offering, helping us provide next-level consultancy
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