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Brian graduated from the University of Malta with a BA (Hons) degree in Accountancy in 1988. In 1992, he started his own practice as a sole practitioner gradually developing into a medium-sized firm. Brian’s visionary capabilities have helped shape the organisation and nurture it into the competitive and leading organization it is today. His drive and business perception led him to join the Nexia International network in 2007 to enable the organization to expand its services internationally. This move has served the firm well and as a result, it has experienced marked growth both on the local front as well as globally where it has also won international awards. Brian’s strengths lie in his acumen to grasp complex business situations or problem areas and effectively devise salvage strategies that bear tangible results. He is recognized for his ability to make decisions timely and effectively enabling clients to achieve growth in a profitable manner. Core to this success is also his reputable time management skills and competitive yet professional respecting approach whilst retaining a people-friendly character. 

As the firm’s managing partner, Brian is responsible for the firm’s strategy and business development and is an audit and advisory partner. He has regularly served as an advisor to various public and private entities and presently leads a number of assignments assisting clients to obtain financing and growing their businesses both locally and internationally. 

On a personal level, he is an enthusiastic tennis and squash player and still plays the odd football match. His passions are fishing and being an avid Liverpool F.C. supporter and follow his football team activities religiously.

  brian.tonna@nexiabt.com

Darren Bugeja is a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor. He is currently one of the firm’s audit partners. Graduated from the University of Malta with an honours degree in Accountancy in 2004, Darren has experience both locally and internationally, boasting a proven track record in audit and accounting standards and has experience with a multitude of clients across various sectors. He has experience in the following sectors: construction, shipping, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, iGaming and hospitality. With his technical knowledge, eye for detail, and his good planning and problem-solving abilities, he has been a key employee that contributed to the expansion of the audit business unit.

His career started with Grant Thornton Malta, and after three years, he joined Nexia BT. During his employment with the firm, he has been responsible for planning, supervision and reviewing of statutory and non-statutory audit-related assignments. Darren has worked on a wide range of audit assignments, both public and private, regulated and non-regulated, including groups, companies, corporations, authorities, foundations, clubs, cooperatives, voluntary organisations and local councils. Darren is a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants.

  darren.bugeja@nexiabt.com

Karl is a certified public accountant and holds a diploma in taxation. He graduated from the University of Malta with an honours degree in Accountancy in 1998. Until 2001 he was employed locally with an international audit firm and during this time he was seconded to their London office on a number of occasions where he was in charge of various prominent audit and accountancy engagements. Upon joining Nexia BT as a manager he was involved in a number of accountancy projects, due diligence exercises and valuations.

Karl was made partner of the firm in 2006 and in the same year was entrusted with negotiating the firm’s admission into the Nexia International network. He has since managed the firm’s Tax and International Client Services Department. In this position, Karl provides a comprehensive service to international clients with a specific focus on corporate services and tax advisory. He frequently delivers presentations on various topics at Nexia International conferences, meetings and other seminars. Karl’s extensive knowledge of Malta’s tax system and structures together with his in-depth experience of residence and citizenship programmes have been catalysts for the firm’s rapid development in this area. 

His meticulous approach to detail coupled with an innate proficiency in identifying opportunities for tax efficiency has been key in establishing Nexia BT’s reputation as a specialist sought by people seeking a Malta Citizenship or wishing to relocate to Malta. As a strong problem solver, Karl’s main competency lies in providing the best cost-effective alternatives available built around tax and residence programme friendly configurations. Karl is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, the Malta Institute of Taxation and the Investment Migration Council. He is also an accredited agent under the Regulations of The Individual Investor Programme (IIP) and the Malta Residence and Visa Programme (MRVP).

  karl.cini@nexiabt.com

Luke joined Nexia BT’s audit and assurance department in 2008. Over the years, his practical, hands-on approach was key in setting the foundation for his career. Prior to joining the advisory department Luke formed part of the team which was tasked at targeting specific service areas covering aviation and financial services. In 2014 Luke joined the advisory department as manager of the corporate finance team. 

He was later promoted to senior manager within the same department with a specific focus on corporate finance and transaction advisory services. This period cultivated Luke’s technical knowledge, dynamism and interest in developing and nurturing lasting client relationships which he considers to be an integral part of what defines him today. 

Luke graduated from the University of Malta with an honours degree in Accountancy in 2008. In 2013, he obtained Masters in Financial Services from the University of Malta after submitting his dissertation on “The proposed European venture capital funds: a new opportunity?” His academic background coupled with his career development to-date, makes him technically competent, dynamic and most importantly a client-focused person.

  luke.cann@nexiabt.com

Manuel joined Nexia BT in 2001 as a manager. He was admitted to partnership in 2006. He is an audit partner, also serving as HR partner. He is the firm’s compliance principal, hence being responsible for Quality Assurance and Risk Management.

Manuel obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1994 and graduated with honours in Accountancy from the University of Malta in 1996, obtaining his warrant as a Certified Public Accountant in 1999. He trained with Grant Thornton, also gaining experience internationally while being seconded to the firm’s Oxford office. He also briefly headed the accounting unit of the corporate services department of a local law firm. Manuel is a fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants.

Manuel has almost twenty-five years’ experience in the profession, mainly providing audit services, but also being involved in accounting and management consultancy.

  manuel.castagna@nexiabt.com

Oliver joined Nexia BT in 2016 as director of tax and international client services Department. Prior to joining Nexia BT, he held the post of head of finance in a legal and corporate services firm, where he provided comprehensive advice to international clients focusing on corporate and tax services, remote gaming, residency and citizenship programmes. For seven years Oliver held the post of finance director of a listed online gaming company where he was responsible for group reporting whilst ensuring adherence to stock exchange requirements and remote gaming regulations.

Oliver is a Certified Public Accountant, a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and an Accredited Agent under the Regulation of the Individual Investor Programme (IIP) granted by Identity Malta. He graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree in 2003 and a Masters in Financial Services in 2008, both from the University of Malta.

  oliver.zammit@nexiabt.com

Tim started his career in 2004 in the logistics segment within Latvia’s oil and gas sector. Three years down the line, Mr Dambrauskas joined an international consulting firm as their marketing and sales manager where he furthered his experience.

Eventually, his career took him to the company's headquarters in Cyprus, where for 5 years he occupied a managerial role with a top corporate advisory firm, gaining extensive practical experience advising private clients in the field of private tax and asset structuring. In 2014, Tim Dambrauskas moved to Malta and took up the managerial position at the top consulting and advisory firm - Nexia BT within their Tax and International Client Services Department. In few years Mr. Dambrauskas was promoted to Partner role at Nexia BT.

As a proficient speaker of Latvian, English and Russian coupled with his experience, Tim is a regular speaker and delegate at international events, conferences and seminars on tax, immigration and wealth management. He has also penned a number of articles which have been featured in international magazines and publications related to his areas of expertise. In his position in relation to International Business, Tim provides HNWI & UHNWI international private clients and families with tailor-made solutions for their structures, asset protection and personal wealth. His areas of specialization are private tax, asset and wealth structuring, as well as citizenship and residence planning.

Tim has completed various Executive Education programs including comprehensive Program for Leadership Development/PLD 28 (alternative to an Executive MBA) from Harvard Business School, obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from CIM and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (BSs Econ.) from the University of Latvia. In 2019 Mr Dambrauskas has achieved Alumni status from Harvard Business School.

  tim.dambrauskas@nexiabt.com

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