Partners of Papilio Services

Thomas Jacobsen
Thomas JacobsenManaging Director

Thomas Jacobsen is the founder of the company and heads the organisation and the firm’s private clients’ department. He is the company’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer and is also the company’s accredited agent with Identity Malta for Malta’s residence and citizenship by investment programmes.

After graduating from the University of Oslo, with a law degree specialising in International Tax, Thomas spent some time working as a lawyer for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Thomas relocated to Malta in 1997 and spent ten years working within the tax and legal department of PwC. He has, over the past years, assisted and advised a number of international and local clients with their tax compliance requirements and on various cross border issues.

In 2007 Thomas was a co-founder of a boutique multi-disciplinary organisation that advised international clients and high net worth individuals on a variety of compliance, corporate, residence and tax issues. He has extensive experience in advising clients in the setup of complex cross-border structures through the use of Maltese Companies, Trusts, Funds, Partnerships and Foundations. Besides income tax matters, including international tax optimisation, double tax treaties, capital gains tax and intellectual property structuring, Thomas has a great deal of knowledge about Maltese company law and corporate matters including corporate governance and management and administration affairs.

Thomas is a fellow of the Malta Institute of Taxation (MIM) and a member of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP), International Bar Association (IBA), the Investment Migration Council (IMC), the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Louise Vella
Louise VellaHead of Corporate and Tax Department

Louise has more than 17 years’ experience in corporate and financial services and heads the firm’s corporate and tax department, being actively involved in commercial and tax transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, corporate governance and corporate matters. Louise is also the firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

Louise started her career in 2000 with an international firm where she was primarily responsible for assisting corporate and private clients with establishment and management of corporate, trust and fiduciary structures in Malta and multiple other reputable jurisdictions. Throughout the years she has gained extensive experience in shipping, gaming, intellectual property, e-business and residency matters. Louise also assisted the first Maltese public limited liability company with the process of dematerialising its shares for a subsequent listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange via the Malta Stock Exchange in its capacity of Central Securities Depository in Malta.

Louise graduated with a Chartered Banker MBA from Bangor University (UK). She also has a Diploma in Taxation awarded by the Malta Institute of Taxation.

Louise is a fellow of the Malta Institute of Taxation (MIT) and a member of the Institute of Financial Service Practitioners (IFSP), the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Chartered Banker Institute.

Chris Armstrong
Chris ArmstrongHead of Accounts Department

Chris is a chartered certified accountant with a strong commercial and financial services background. He heads up the accounts department and is responsible for our internal financial and technical affairs. He is the company’s Compliance Officer.

He has extensive experience harnessed working in London for several blue chip and FTSE listed companies, which has given him a strong commercial background. Chris has a strong understanding and knowledge of financial accounting and reporting standards, direct and indirect taxation and compliance matters.

Since leaving the United Kingdom and relocating to Malta in 2008, he has worked extensively in the financial services industry and area of private client business. In 2008, he spent a couple of years working for a company that specialised in financial planning and taxation matters for UK nationals whom lived and worked outside of the United Kingdom. In 2010, he then joined a boutique multi-disciplinary organisation that advised international clients and high net worth individuals on a variety of compliance, corporate, residence and tax issues.

Main areas of interest and focus include e-commerce and gaming, intellectual property and superyacht and aviation ownership and management.

Chris is a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP).