He was previously employed with a law firm and tax advisory firm for over 7 years. He attended the University of Malta, and successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws degree, followed by a Doctor of Laws degree in 2012. In fulfilment of his LL.D., Franklin submitted and defended his thesis entitled: “The Custody Business in the Financial Sector”. Franklin obtained his Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) which helped him solidify his foundations in domestic and international taxation.
In 2015, Franklin furthered his studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he read an Advanced LL.M. in International Tax Law with a specific focus on European Tax Law and VAT Law. He successfully submitted and defended his thesis entitled, ‘Analysing the European Commission’s Final Decisions on Apple, Starbucks, Amazon and Fiat Finance & Trade’.
Franklin is also a lecturer of the Advanced Taxation Module for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants course provided through the Malta Institute of Accountants and further lectures the EU Direct Taxation module for the ADIT. Franklin also delivered employment law training to public and private bodies as well as in-house training. He also published other articles on the international tax journal EC Tax Review published by Kluwer Law International with his very latest article entitled: ‘Tax Transparency for Intermediaries: The Mandatory Disclosure Rules and Its EU Impact’ (2018) 27 EC Tax Review, Issue 4.
Franklin was also appointed as a Co-supervisor on a doctoral thesis entitled “The Tax Treatment of Employment Income: A Local and International Perspective” and is also Member of the LL.D. Thesis Board of Examiners. Moreover, Franklin was appointed Examiner on the Board of Examiner of the January/June/September Sessions for 2018/2019 on PBL3003 – General Introduction to Principles of Taxation and PBL4017 – International Taxation and was also Lecturer for Certificate in Tax Advisory and EU Direct Tax Option (ADIT Paper 3). Franklin also Lectured for ACCA Modules F6 and P6 – Taxation Module and Advanced Taxation Module. Franklin was also a Speaker at a seminar entitled “Interpreting Blockchain” and delivered a presentation on Taxation of Virtual Financial Assets and he recently delivered a seminar on Aggressive Tax Planning and the Future of providing Tax Advice.