Joe Gavin departs ByrneWallace to head Maltese finance regulator

Joe Gavin departs ByrneWallace to head Maltese finance regulator

Joe Gavin

Irish lawyer Joe Gavin has departed from his role as partner and head of financial services at ByrneWallace to take up a role as chief executive officer of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA).

With over 26 years’ experience as a financial services lawyer, Mr Gavin, who takes up the role from September 2021, will be responsible for chairing the MFSA’s executive committee and will sit on its board of governors.

The MFSA said he was selected following an open call for applications through local and international channels and assessment by a specially-appointed selection committee chaired by Professor Carlo Cottarelli, an Italian economist and former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mr Gavin will be responsible for the overall management and performance of the MFSA and the implementation of reforms and consolidation in the financial services sector.

Prior to joining ByrneWallace, Mr Gavin acted as general counsel within the Central Bank of Ireland from 2009 to 2015, at a time in which the Irish regulator was undergoing significant policy and structural change, and he was instrumental in guiding the Irish watchdog during a sensitive time, post-recession.

He had earlier served as head of financial services at LK Shields from 1995 to 2010.

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