FinanceMalta Annual Conference 2016
The annual FinanceMalta conference provides financial services practitioners and entities with the opportunity to keep updated with developments taking place in the financial services sector both locally and internationally in order to achieve and maintain a high level of excellence in their daily work practices and methodologies.
This year’s theme is ‘Malta’s Financial Services Industry – Sustaining Growth through Innovation’ and the FinanceMalta conference will be chaired by Mr. Kenneth Farrugia, FinanceMalta Chairman, and will feature select local and international experts who will address delegates on current topics affecting the financial services industry.
“Excellent event, well-organised with interesting and varied programme. A must do event for the future.”
- Robert Clarke, KNG Securities LLP
“Informative and well organised. An essential part of the annual calendar.”
- Stephen Griffiths, Sovereign Trust (Malta) Limited
“I always look forward to the FinanceMalta Annual Conference as it is extremely well organised, with good choice of speakers. It always reaches excellent levels and provide an insight of future opportunities.”
- William Spiteri Bailey, Spiteri Bailey & Co.
“Impressive one day conference with 300+ delegates. Indicative of the rising financial industry in Malta.”
- Tracy Lange, MJM Europe Limited
“Great information, superb presentations, good subjects and presenters, efficient networking. Many congratulations.”
- Jennie Thompson, Resort Fiduciary Services Ltd
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Wednesday 25th May
18:00 – 20:00 Pre-conference Networking Reception
Sponsored by Cordium and Mirabella (Part of the Cordium Group)
Thursday 26th May
(The programme is subject to changes)
Delegates are encouraged to download the Scheduit App on their smartphone and follow the instructions within this pdf to benefit their networking opportunities throughout the Conference.
08:45 Welcome Address
Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman
09:10 Sustaining Malta’s Economic Performance – The role of the financial sector
Speaker: Hon. Prof. Edward Scicluna – Minister for Finance (Malta)
09:25 Investment Plan for Europe and more – The role of the EIB in supporting financial innovation
Speaker: Dario Scannapieco – Vice-President, European Investment Bank
09:45 The Evolving Role of National Regulators in the New European Regulatory Landscape
Speaker: Marianne Scicluna – Director General, MFSA
10:05 Experience with the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the development of the Single Resolution Mechanism – the perspective of an advisor
Keynote Speaker: Burkhard Eckes – Partner, PwC Berlin
10:25 Coffee Break
10:50 The Single Supervisory Mechanism – The fast changing landscape of traditional banking models
Keynote Speaker: Ignazio Angeloni – Member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank
11:10 Panel Session – Single Supervisory Mechanism
Moderator: Mike Imeson – Contributing Editor, The Banker
Joyce Grech – Chief Risk Officer, HSBC Bank Malta p.l.c.
Prof Joe V. Bannister – Chairman, MFSA
Prof Josef Bonnici – Governor, Central Bank of Malta
Mark A Watson – CEO, Mediterranean Bank
Burkhard Eckes – Partner, PwC Berlin
12:00 Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Dr Joseph Muscat – Prime Minister of Malta
12:15 Fintech Innovation: its fast growing importance in the financial services industry
Keynote Speaker: Dr Abdalla Kablan – Entrepreneur and Academic, University of Malta
12:35 Panel Session – Fintech Innovation
Moderator: Adrian Said – Venture Capital (Malta)
Dr Charles Cassar – Head of Legal and Compliance, Credorax
Patrick Young – CEO, HanzaTrade
Dr Abdalla Kablan – Entrepreneur and Academic, University of Malta
13:15 The Growing Importance of Cybersecurity in Financial Services
Speaker: Matthew Hawley – Senior Manager, PwC London
13:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 15:30 Workshops: choose your preferred workshop
Workshop A – Creating and Servicing European Pension Funds – Challenges and Opportunities
14:30 – 14:50 – Introduction
Keynote Speaker: Dr Matthew Brincat – Malta Association of Retirement Scheme Practitioners
14:50 – 15:30 – Panel Session
Moderator: Dr Matthew Brincat – Malta Association of Retirement Scheme Practitioners
Jim Bell – Serenus Consulting Ltd
John Rusher – CEO, MC Trustees (Malta) Limited
Workshop B – Europe’s fastest growing securitisation market – Opportunities and Structuring Considerations
Sponsored by Argentarius ETI Management Ltd
14:30 – 14:50 – Introduction
Keynote Speaker: Ward Greenberg – Cleary Gottlieb Stien & Hamilton
14:50 – 15:30 – Panel Session
Moderator: Andreas Wölfl – Argentarius Group
Nicholas Curmi – GANADO Advocates
Ward Greenberg – Cleary Gottlieb Stien & Hamilton
Wayne Pisani – Grant Thornton
Workshop C – Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds
Sponsored by Alter Domus
14:30 – 14:50 – Introduction
Keynote Speaker: Andre Zerafa – Chairman, Investment Business Sub-Committee, IFSP
14:50 – 15:30 – Panel Session
Moderator: Andre Zerafa – Chairman, Investment Business Sub-Committee IFSP
Dr Joe Saliba – Saliba Stafrace Advocates
Chris Casapinta – Alter Domus Malta
Geraldine Schembri – Grant Thornton
15:30 Coffee Break
15:50 How Ecosystem Economics™ is Predicting the Winners and Creating Growth in Europe
Speaker: Julie Meyer – Motivational Speaker
16:10 Consumer Protection: The Arbiter for Financial Services
Keynote Speaker: Ger Deering – Irish Financial Ombudsman
16:30 Panel Session – Consumer Protection
Moderator: Dr David Fabri – Senior Lecturer, University of Malta
Hon. Dr. Charles Mangion – Member of Parliament
Dr Reno Borg – Arbiter for Financial Services (Malta)
Geoffrey Bezzina – Chairman – Board of Management and Administration Office of the Arbiter for Financial Services
Ger Deering – Irish Financial Ombudsman
17:05 Supporting Growth through Innovation in the Financial Services Industry
Speaker: Dr Manuel Mallia – Ministry for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy
17:15 Closing Address
Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman
17:20 End of Conference
FinanceMalta 9th Annual Conference
The purpose of the conference is to provide financial services practitioners and entities with a unique opportunity to connect with developments taking place in the financial services sector worldwide in order to achieve a high level of excellence in their day-to-day work practices and methodologies.
The conference will be chaired by Mr. Kenneth Farrugia, Chairman of FinanceMalta and will include a number of selected local and international experts who will address the participants on current everyday topics affecting the financial services industry.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!
We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, without whom our season would not be possible. We invite you to support these community-minded organizations.
If you are interested in sponsoring the FinanceMalta Annual Conference, download and complete the form within the Sponsorship Document
Credorax, founded in 2007 by technology experts, is one of the world’s first hi-tech companies to become a principal member of Visa Europe and MasterCard and a credit institution licensed by the MFSA. The Bank enjoyed tremendous growth since incorporation and the granting of its Financial Institution Licence in 2009. By investing 25% of the Credorax Group annual budget in R&D and Technology, the company provides online processing and acquiring services to a diverse range of online merchants, Payment Services Providers (PSPs) and Independent Sales Organisations (ISOs) across 32 EU & EEA countries. Credorax Bank is a ‘one-stop shop’ providing acquiring, payment gateway and fraud monitoring services; the unification of which has been a major contributing factor to its success. Since 2013, over $100 million has been invested in Credorax Group and, with the recent obtainment of licences in Japan and USA, the company’s vision is to offer its services seamlessly across three continents. With offices in Malta, USA, UK, Israel and Japan, Credorax aims to provide global clients with efficient, automated and cost-effective acquiring and banking services designed to maximise business growth and success, thus empowering e-commerce merchants to transcend many processing challenges they would typically experience with more traditional acquirers forced to rely on legacy platforms.
Castille is the Specialist Recruitment Agency for Tech, Legal, Finance & Accountancy Jobs in Malta. Years of specialisation have given Castille the possibility to work with leading local and international businesses in Malta. We work hard to gain a unique insight into our professional network and provide our client businesses with recommended talent. This is based on our expert knowledge in our specialist disciplines and on our experience with the businesses and industries we service. Our current areas of expertise are Executive Search, Audit, Tax & Advisory, Accountancy, Legal & Compliance, Financial Services, Tech and Digital Media & Marketing.
KONNEKT Search & Selection is Malta’s leading professional Recruitment Agency, housing a team of 30+ driven professionals who work tirelessly to provide a top-notch service to clients and candidates alike. KONNEKT provides specialist recruitment services for the finance and legal industry. Throughout the years, as a result of our proven track record, we have established strong relationships with our clients. Our team is made up of experienced professionals with backgrounds in law, accounting, human resources management and recruitment. As a result of its extensive experience in recruitment, KONNEKT has developed a strong methodology for identifying and selecting outstanding talent in order to ensure a long-lasting and rewarding relationship between the company and the ideal candidate. Moreover our work ethic has earned us the trust of a wide network of over 40,000 candidates who are looking to start or progress in their careers.
Managing Partners Group (MPG) is an asset management group that specialises in structuring, managing and administering mutual funds, securitisations and collective investment schemes. We offer a wide range of investment vehicles that invest in specific asset classes, including property, life settlements and hedge funds. At the core of MPG’s proposition is its shrewd and rigorous approach to managing money. The Senior Management Team has over 100 years of collective experience in managing assets. This strength in depth has enabled MPG to give investors steady, incremental returns, despite some of the harshest conditions financial markets have recently experienced. Investors around the world are increasingly turning to MPG, which is rapidly becoming a global company with locations in the Cayman Islands, Malta, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Swissquote Group Holding Ltd is the Swiss leader in online banking and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SQN) since May 2000. Swissquote Bank Ltd offers a broad range of banking services to private clients, independent asset managers, corporate and institutional entities. Through its online trading platform Swissquote is able to link clients to over 60 stock markets in over 40 countries including off-exchange trading in derivative products. Established in 2012, Swissquote Financial Services (Malta) Ltd holds a Category 4A licence providing Custody/Depository services to EU and non-EU Fund structures. Through its Top-Tier Global Custody Network (DB, UBS, Euroclear), Swissquote is positioned to provide Fund Managers with global market reach. Swissquote has its headquarters in Gland (Switzerland) and offices in Zurich, Bern, Dubai, Malta, London and Hong Kong. The Group employs in excess of 500 staff.
Bank of Valletta is the leading financial services provider in Malta. With a legacy of 200 years in banking experience and goodwill, BOV offers expertise in investment banking, private banking, fund management, bancassurance and stockbroking. The Bank operates via a network of branches, supported by centres of expertise that include an International Corporate Centre, Business Centres, Investment Centres and a Wealth Management arm. The Bank has nurtured a well-developed world-wide network of correspondent banks and representative offices in Brussels, Milan and Australia, to provide the necessary resources and expertise to manage corporate accounts of International Trading companies and International Holding companies and companies registered in international jurisdictions. BOV issues bank cards under the VISA and MasterCard brands and distributes American Express cards.
Established in 1891, Fenech & Fenech Advocates is a leading full service law firm providing value-driven, tailored legal services across all practice areas, including corporate and commercial law, M&A transactions, financial services, tax, immigration, trusts and foundations, aviation, intellectual property, ICT, maritime law and marine litigation, yachting, employment and environmental law. The Fenlex group, the firm’s trust and corporate services provider, is a leader in its field, offering the full range of services relative to companies, trusts and foundations, including accountancy, tax and VAT compliance. The firm’s Financial Services Department handles a wide range of matters, including asset management, licensing and regulatory issues and provides a full service offering to clients with the support of other departments, such as the firm’s Tax Department.
Melita is Malta’s leading provider of next generation broadband, fixed and wireless connectivity services, and owns and operates Malta’s largest data centre facility built to Tier 3 specifications. Through its advanced converged nationwide network reaching over 99 percent of the dwellings in Malta, Melita serves the growing telecommunication needs of small and large businesses along with leading positions in the broadband, pay-tv and mobile consumer markets. Through redundant submarine fiber cables connecting Malta to mainland Europe, Melita provides high quality connectivity to Malta’s growing financial, online and technology service provider sectors through its Milan based peering capabilities to the world’s leading connectivity providers.
Linedata is a global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit community, with close to 1000 employees in 16 offices across the globe. Linedata has been at the service of the financial industry from day one, and applies its market and client insight to provide innovative and flexible mission-critical software and services that help its clients grow in over 50 countries. As a pioneer for over 15 years with the set-up of SaaS infrastructure for the financial industry, Linedata remains committed to this model throughout the global financial community and for its full range of products. Headquartered in France, Linedata achieved revenues of EUR 172.3 million in 2015. This company is listed on Euronext Paris compartment B FR0004156297-LIN – Reuters LDSV.LN – Bloomberg LIN:FP.
Established in 1997 as the second indigenous insurance company in Malta, Citadel Insurance plc is a composite company authorised by the MFSA to transact general and life insurance business. Citadel offers a wide range of products for business, motor, home, marine, travel, health and life insurance. Bespoke packages are available for SMEs and large corporations ranging from group life, group health, engineering, professional indemnity, liability, property insurance and more.
Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors
Cordium Malta was established for over seven years ago with expert knowledge of the regulatory market, we are well-placed to offer specialist local compliance, governance, risk management and accounting services, which is complimented by Cordium’s global expertise, adding a broad depth of knowledge to our clients’ level of service. Today, Cordium has offices in London, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Malta and Hong Kong and employs more than 200 experienced professionals who support more than 1,500 investment businesses.
Mirabella is a regulatory solutions provider in the wholesale/institutional marketplace. Mirabella offers a rapid and flexible regulatory licensing solution, which enables firms to operate in a regulatory environment by extending its permissions to its clients. Its clients need regulatory cover more quickly than the local regulator can usually provide. Mirabella was awarded Best Regulatory Hosting Provider 2016 by HFM. Mirabella has two offices (London and Sliema), which together manage over $6b in assets, across over 20 mandates.
Workshop A - PensionsSponsorship still available
Workshop B - SecuritisationArgentarius ETI Management Ltd is a securitisation arranger and listing agent for structured financial instruments. Argentarius focuses on the securitisation of alternative investments into ETIs (Exchange Traded Instruments) and ETDs (Exchange Traded Debts). The Argentarius securitisation platform is used by Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, UCITS funds, Insurance Companies and Custodian banks to structure investment products and repackage underlying alternative investments.
Workshop C - Private Equity & Venture Capital FundsAlter Domus (Services) Malta Limited is a leading European provider of Fund and Corporate Services, dedicated to international private equity & infrastructure houses, real estate firms, private debt managers, multinationals, capital markets issuers and private clients. Our vertically integrated approach offers tailor-made administration solutions across the entire value chain of investment structures, from fund level down to local Special Purpose Vehicles.
- BDO Malta, is a Member Firm of BDO International, one of the world’s largest professional services firms. BDO provides accounting and auditing, tax and consultancy services on a globally integrated basis with over 1,300 offices in more than 150 countries.
- VacancyCentre guarantees efficient and personalised Recruitment with maximum confidentiality. While assisting employees in pursuing their career to fulfil their ambitions, we continuously strive to provide employers with suitable top candidates according to their recruitment requirements. Our areas of specialization include Finance, Legal & Compliance and Gaming & IT.
- Finanz Fund Services, a collaboration between CSB Group and Treppides Fund Services, offers cost-effective fund administration services to multiple fund structures ranging from hedge funds, to retail funds, funds of funds, private equity funds, venture capitals and real estate funds. Finanz Fund services is authorised and regulated by the MFSA.
- VirtualBoardroom® is a leading board portal which enables collaboration in the compilation of board packs and their secure publication along with other key information to directors. The information can be viewed in either hard copy, electronically on any device or through our dedicated App for iPad viewing and annotation.
- eBusiness Systems, established in 2000, delivers customised business solutions by integrating its expertise and know-how in the development of effective web technologies to its understanding of clients’ operational requirements. The EBS approach to software-as-a-solution (SaaS) services is multi-disciplinary and offers clients value-added solutions with low up-front costs and rapid deployment.
- WH Partners is a Malta-based leading law firm with expertise in corporate finance, tax, investment funds, fund management and administration, asset and wealth management, M&A, gaming & gambling, technology and real estate. WH Partners is the exclusive member for Malta in the International Alliance of Law Firms, and, in Ally Law
- Vodafone is Malta's main telecommunications company for converged services, including Mobile and Fixed voice together with Ethernet, IP-VPN and IP International Connectivity solutions operating out of PCI-DSS compliant Data Centres. We make you a Ready Business by confidently connecting your voice and data needs across the world.
- Malta Stock Exchange provides a structure for admission to listing of financial instruments which may subsequently be traded on the secondary market. The MSE also offers a comprehensive range of Central Securities Depository services and custody services.
- Global Currency Exchange Network is one of the UK’s leading foreign exchange companies. With its main office just outside London, GLOBAL has two satellite offices in Spain and one in Portugal.