Raising the profession with integrity, honour & passion

01 Mission & Principles

Let's see how far our passion takes us

Zampa Debattista was founded in 2014 by Matthew Zampa and John Debattista.

Before kicking off their own venture, the partners had accumulated over a decade of experience in accounting and assurance, developing a specialisation – respectively – in Indirect Taxation and Financial Reporting.

Since then, Zampa Debattista has grown to a 360-degree business advisory also covering areas such as Direct Taxation and Assurance.

In 2019, the company launched ZD Academy, an innovative platform offering highly technical courses for accountants and auditors.

Today, Zampa Debattista unites more than 45+ highly trained and dedicated professionals.

As a mid-size company, it offers a comprehensive range of services while maintaining its original, small firm’s personal approach.

Our values are the driver of our success

Always with Integrity

Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair

High Commitment

Taking full ownership is key to problem solving

Going the Extra Mile

The strive for knowledge and perfection has no limits

02 Services

Our Expertise

Financial Reporting

Accounting

Assurance

Advisory

03 Leadership

Meet the Team

Founding Partner

John Debattista

John Debattista is a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor. Prior to Zampa Debattista, John occupied the post of audit manager in a medium sized audit firm where he developed a specialisation in the financial services industry and remote gaming sector.
John is one of the founding partners at Zampa Debattista and heads the Assurance function of the office. He is the IFRS leader and acts as an advisor on highly technical IFRS issues.

John lectured at the final stages of the ACCA, namely the Corporate Reporting paper. John also lectured the ACA course for the ICAEW, Institute Chartered of Accountants for England and Wales, namely the Corporate Reporting paper. John is also a speaker in various audit and accounting seminars delivered by a number of institutes in Malta. He also lectured the Diploma in IFRS provided by the Malta Institute of Accountants (DipIFR).

John has also worked abroad on a number of assignments which mainly relate to gaming and financial services.

Founding Partner

Matthew Zampa

Matthew is a certified public accountant specialised in indirect taxation. He has been specializing in VAT since 2008 and has been involved in complex VAT assignments both within and outside of Malta.

Matthew, a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, is also a part-time lecturer with the Malta Institute of Taxation.

Matthew Zampa is also the first Maltese to successfully complete the Expert in EU VAT degree. This coveted degree is administered and awarded by the VAT Forum, an international partnership of indirect tax specialists, founded in 1999.

Matthew forms part of Malta Institute of Accountants tax committee and is a member of the indirect taxation committee of the Malta Institute of Taxation.

Partner

Kris Bartolo

Kris is a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor specialising in assurance services and international financial reporting standards.

Kris graduated from the University of Malta after completing the Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) Degree. Following four years as an audit senior at a medium-sized audit and accountancy firm, Kris joined Zampa Debattista, a boutique accounting and assurance firm primarily focused on international business, managing the audit function.

Throughout his work experience he was exposed to assurance assignments on wealth management, pension funds, gaming companies, shipping, manufacturing and retail. In 2021, he was appointed a Partner at Zampa Debattista.

Kris also read for the Diploma in International Financial Reporting and is a lecturer of Corporate Reporting at the advance stages of the ACCA course.

Corporate Senior Manager

Josianne Cascun Montebello

Josianne is a Chartered Accountant and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration.

She currently holds the position of Senior Manager of the Tax and Corporate Department within Zampa Debattista.

Starting her career within the Tax and Legal Department at a Big 4 company, she then joined an international firm as Partner responsible for an international portfolio of clients. Later on, she was appointed as Executive Director leading the corporate compliance department at a local corporate service provider.

Josianne is a fellow member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Malta Institute of Accounts.

Senior VAT Advisor

Charles Vella

Charles joined the firm in 2014, following his retirement from the public service.
He is an expert in the field of VAT, having served at the VAT department since the introduction of VAT in Malta, occupying a number of senior positions including that of Director Legal and International Affairs and that of Director General VAT.

Charles has brought in invaluable experience and has contributed significantly to the development, growth and consolidation of the VAT team in particular and of the Zampa Debattista firm in general.

Direct Taxation Manager

Markita Falzon

Markita is a Certified Public Accountant specialised in direct taxation and corporate services.

Before joining Zampa Debattista, Markita worked with a medium sized audit firm for just over a year and with Deloitte for more than 6 years.

She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has been specialising in direct taxation since 2015. She has vast experience in corporate tax compliance, setting up of companies in Malta and domestic and international tax advisory matters. Markita is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and in 2017 she also became a member of the Malta Institute of Taxation after successfully obtaining Professional Certificate in Taxation.

Financial Reporting Manager

Paul Zammit

Paul is a Certified Public Accountant specialising in international financial reporting standards and GAPSME.

Paul graduated from the University of Malta after completing the Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) Degree in 2008. Paul commenced his career in audit and switched to accountancy in 2012. He spent most of his time in accountancy managing a portfolio of international clientele, before joining Zampa Debattista’s accounts department in 2017.

After a few months, Paul decided to accept the internal opportunity to specialise in technical matters and increase his proficiency in reporting standards. Paul is currently involved in technical accounting and advisory assignments, whilst training and assisting internal staff and external people on IFRS technical matters.

Indirect Taxation Manager

Brandon Gatt

Brandon Gatt, a Certified Public Accountant in possession of an ACCA degree, has been in the profession for the past five years.

He has been involved in VAT and accounting assignments both within and outside of Malta. Brandon has been specialising in VAT since 2016 and is currently leading the VAT Compliance division at Zampa Debattista. In a relatively short period, Brandon has acquired the necessary experience vital to handling an ever growing portfolio of diverse clients, operating within various sectors of the economy.

Back in June 2017, he attended an intensive course in France, provided by VAT Forum; a partnership of International VAT experts, where he was provided with intensive training on the Articles of the EU VAT directive 2006/112/EC.

Brandon also provides in-house training to established companies within and outside Malta, and is also a lecturer for the ‘Certificate in TAX Compliance’ being offered by the Malta Institute of Taxation. He is also a lecturer with ZD Academy and lectures the ACCA Advanced Taxation (P6-VAT).

Audit Manager

Diana D'Anastasi

Diana is a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor specialising in assurance services and risk advisory services.

Diana graduated from the University of Malta after completing the Bachelor of Commerce Degree and thereafter obtained a qualification by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In 2018, she obtained an award in internal auditing. Before joining Zampa Debattista, Diana worked with a medium-sized audit and accountancy firm and has been in the assurance sector since 2013.

Throughout her work experience, she was exposed to assurance assignments on gaming companies, pension funds, shipping, manufacturing and retail, as well as risk advisory assignments on financial institutions.

Outsourcing Assistant Manager

Rosann Axiaq

Rosann graduated in Accounting in 2009 and obtained her ACCA qualification in 2018.

Prior to joining Zampa Debattista in 2017, she had worked as a Senior Accounts Clerk at a private company for 5 years.

Currently, Rosann is leading the outsourcing operations of the company.

Indirect Taxation Assistant Manager

Christabel Spiteri

Christabel Spiteri, is an ACCA Qualified Accountant who has been working at Zampa Debattista for almost six years and has been specialising in VAT for over four years. She currently has the role of a Assistant Manager and is assisting in the development of the VAT Compliance Division of the firm. She gained two years’ experience lecturing mainly for ZD Academy and other external institutions.
Audit Assistant Manager

Janice Lyn Schembri

Janice is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 10 years experience in Audit and Assurance. She graduated from the University of Malta after completing the Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) Degree in 2002.

Janice has worked for eleven years with one of the Big Four audit firms, starting from the post of Assurance Junior up to the rank of Assurance Manager. She has also worked for four years with a medium-size audit and accounting firm.

Janice joined Zampa Debattista in 2018 in the post of Assurance Supervisor. She has worked on various assurance engagements, both locally and abroad, thus gaining exposure to various sectors, ranging from the manufacturing to the services industries.

As an Assistant Audit Manager, Janice takes active part in planning and assigning work for the Audit & Assurance section and training of new audit staff.

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