FinanceMalta 10th Annual Conference 2017

Every year the annual FinanceMalta conference aims for new heights and new markets as it provides financial services practitioners and entities with the opportunity to network among peers and to keep updated with developments taking place in the financial services sector both locally and internationally.

The conference theme for 2017 is
Malta’s Financial Services Industry – Taking the Next Quantum Leap‘.

The conference will be chaired by Mr. Kenneth Farrugia, FinanceMalta Chairman, and will feature select local and international experts who will address delegates on contemporary and current topics affecting the financial services industry.

The conference will be moderated by Mr Michael Imeson, Senior Content Editor of FT Live.

  • Speakers

    Speakers

    A select panel of speakers will be sharing their expertise throughout the conference. The speaker profiles will be continuously updated in the run up to the business and finance conference

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  • Networking Event

    Networking Event

    On the eve of the FinanceMalta 10th Annual Conference, a networking event will be held providing delegates, guests and speakers with the opportunity to network prior to attending the business and finance conference the following day.

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  • Workshops

    Workshops

    Choose your preferred workshop to attend. The workshops will be running concurrently in the afternoon on the day of the business and finance conference.

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  • Kenneth Farrugia

    Kenneth Farrugia

    FinanceMalta Chairman

    Kenneth Farrugia joined Bank of Valletta plc, Malta’s largest banking group, in 1985 and over the years has occupied various positions within the Bank and its subsidiaries.He currently holds the post of Chief Business Development Officer and sits on the Management Board of the BOV Group. Kenneth is also the Chairman of FinanceMalta, Malta’s national promotional body for the financial services industry and also serves as Chairman of the Malta Funds Industry Association. He is also the Chairman of Malita Investments p.l.c. which is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange.

  • Hon. Dr Joseph Muscat

    Hon. Dr Joseph Muscat

    Prime Minister of Malta

    Dr Joseph Muscat graduated with Honours from the University of Malta in Public Policy and later as Master of European Studies. In 2007 he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol. He successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In June 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista. Dr Muscat took office as Prime Minister of Malta on the 11th March 2013.

  • Hon. Prof. Edward Scicluna

    Hon. Prof. Edward Scicluna

    Minister for Finance (Malta)

    Professor Edward Scicluna is Minister for Finance and a Member of the Maltese House of Representatives. He was also elected in 2009 to the European Parliament where he served for four years as Vice-Chairman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and as the European Parliament’s representative on the European Statistical Advisory Board (ESAC). Internationally he carried out consultancy work for the EU Commission, UNESCO, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the governments of Albania, Croatia, Libya and Turkey; and served on the Council of Europe Development Bank Auditing Committee. He was frequently sought for economic advice by the IMF annual delegation to Malta and Rating Agencies FitchIbca, Standard&Poor’s, and Moody’s. Prior to Malta’s entry into the Eurozone he was appointed as a Euro expert by the EU Commission.

  • Hon. Dr Emmanuel Mallia

    Hon. Dr Emmanuel Mallia

    Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, Malta

    Dr. Manuel Mallia, Maltese politician and lawyer, Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, has been a Member of the Parliament since 2013. Being the founding member and the senior managing partner of a Malta-based law firm Emmanuel Mallia & Associates established in 1980, Dr. Mallia is known as one of the best Maltese lawyers in the field of Criminal Law. He is a member of the Camera degli’ Avvocati, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mallia also held a position of the president of Casino Maltese. Dr. Mallia graduated at the Royal University of Malta as a Legal Procurator in 1973 and at the University of Malta as a Notary Public in 1978 and Doctor of Laws in 1979. There, he also lectured Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. He has also been involved in charity, serving as the Vice President to the Malta Red Cross and being a member of other organisations.

  • Michael Imeson

    Michael Imeson

    Senior Content Editor - FT Live

    Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker. He owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (MCSI); an Advisory Board Member of the European Risk Management Council; a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication; and an Alumni Mentor for the London School of Economics. He studied at the London School of Economics and the Bradford University.

  • Lord Marland of Odstock

    Lord Marland of Odstock

    Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Enterprise and Investment Company Ltd.

    Lord Marland is Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Enterprise and Investment Company Ltd.  In December 2015, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Malta. He retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chairman of the Business Ambassador Network at 1 January 2014. He was Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2010 – 2012 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc, a multinational insurance business. He has founded or led the acquisitions of several companies including: Janspeed Ltd, Hunter Boot Ltd, Insurance Capital Partners, Jubilee Insurance Ltd, Wisden Cricketer Ltd, Tricouni Brand Ltd, Ecoworld Management and Advisory Services (UK) Ltd and Digital Shopping Channel Ltd.

  • Steve Tendon

    Steve Tendon

    Managing Director - TameFlow Consulting

    Steve Tendon is a senior, multilingual, executive management consultant, experienced at leading and directing multi-national and distributed knowledge-work organizations. Expert in organizational performance transformation programs. Adviser, consultant, coach, mentor, speaker and author, specializing in organizational productivity, organizational design, process excellence and process innovation; he help businesses create high-performance organizations and teams. In particular, Steve focuses on the impact, challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies (e.g. Blockchain, IoT, AI) for global businesses, industries, governance and organizational performance. Steve holds a MSc in Software Project Management with the University of Aberdeen, and a Fintech Innovation: Future Commerce certificate with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steve is also the inventor of the TameFlow ® management approach, which has been used with great success in performance improvement initiatives in numerous industries, with clients such as: Wolters-Kluwer (information services), William-Hill (iGaming), BOSCH (automotive) and Boeing (aviation).

  • Aylon Morley

    Aylon Morley

    Tech Director - Wentworth Hall SFO

    Aylon currently serves as Tech Investment Director for Wentworth Hall Family Office, where he invests in and develops Fintech and Proptech ventures. He is also a co-founder of Blockchain Alpha, a Blockchain consultancy group and investment platform. Prior to this, Aylon was Business Development Director for a multi-family office hedge fund, and has previously worked for Reuters London as a senior analyst. Aylon currently acts as an advisor to various VC’s and a mentor for the Barclays Fintech Accelerator Program. He is also a prominent member of the London Tech Advocates community.

  • Jeremy Leach

    Jeremy Leach

    Managing Director - MPG Asset Management

  • Nicholas Curmi

    Nicholas Curmi

    Senior Associate - GANADO Advocates

    Nicholas is part of GANADO Advocates’ Capital Markets and Structured Finance team, where he regularly represents originators, arrangers, investors and trustees in securitisation transactions involving a variety of asset classes and has advised on a number of innovative deals that have made use of the unique benefits offered by Maltese securitisation vehicles.  Nicholas is the Deputy Chair of the Malta EU Council Presidency Working Party on the proposed EU STS Securitisation Regulation and is responsible for leading the technical negotiations on the Regulation on behalf of the EU Council.  He is also a member of the Malta Stock Exchange’s External Advisory Board and is admitted to practise law in both Malta and New York.

  • Karl Micallef

    Karl Micallef

    Executive Director - Curmi & Partners Ltd

    Karl Micallef is an executive director at Curmi & Partners and acts as an investment committee member and Director for a number of regulated, Malta-based financial institutions. Karl joined Curmi & Partners Ltd in 2001 working within the research and equity division. In September 2001 he complimented his formal education (First Class Honors Degree in Banking & Finance) with a Masters Degree in Financial Services. In 2010 Karl obtained the CFA qualification and became a member of the CFA UK Society. Following this qualification Karl started focusing more of his time on asset allocation formulation and portfolio management for institutions (specifically occupational & private pension schemes and insurance companies) and high net worth individuals. Karl is also an Accredited Representative of the MSE.

  • Julie Meyer

    Julie Meyer

    Founder - Ariadne Capital

    Julie Meyer, MBE, has assisted European entrepreneurs in building category-defining, tech-enabled firms for nearly 20 years. She founded Ariadne Capital in 2000 with 62 leading entrepreneurs to create the gold-standard for the financing of European entrepreneurship and, in 2008, launched EntrepreneurCountry, a global discovery platform for corporate and start-up innovation. She has backed seven explosive growth companies, syndicated more than £350 million of investments and is a Board Director to INSEAD, Vestergaard (humanitarian development), Quill, Taggstar, and Bitx.

  • Brian Horsepool

    Brian Horsepool

    Chief Executive & Partner - Active Group Ltd.

    Brian Horsepool is Chief Executive and Partner of the Active Group. With more than 40 years’ experience in the offshore funds, investment, intermediary, payments and fiduciary industries, Brian’s principal role at Active is to manage and develop the Group’s business in Guernsey, Malta and Cyprus. In recent years Brian has focused on providing advice and regulatory consultancy across the finance industry, including providing an incubation/substance service to licensees looking to establish their own operation or structures. Brian has practical, hands-on private banking, fiduciary, funds and other experience acquired within organisations such as Schroders, Republic New York (Safra), Leopold Joseph, First Chicago and NatWest. He is an Associate, Chartered Institute of Bankers, and a member of STEP and The Institute of Directors. Brian holds various directorships (executive and non-executive) for a number of Guernsey and Malta investment, fund administration and related client companies.

  • Beata Young

    Beata Young

    Entrepreneur

    A serial entrepreneur from Poland who plays an active role in the startup scene generally, and, specifically, working with women, Beata is a co-founder and Chairman of Mission ToRun, a startup community, based in the birthplace of Copernicus. Building on that 500-year innovative legacy, Beata founded tech cafe co-working space Hanza Cafe from which she has mentored women and startups from around the CEE region and beyond. She initiated and developed Women in tech community (Geek Girls Carrots) in Torun as well as facilitating the formation of new communities in Tokyo and Dublin. Beata is COO of bilingual (English/Polish) community crowdfunding platform HanzaTrade which with its first campaign attracted investors from as far afield as Australia and Spain, Originally the platform was created as a means to help the local startup community gathered around the Mission ToRun ecosystem to gain funding. Beata recently relocated to Malta to start a new project.

  • Deborah Webster

    Deborah Webster

    Entrepreneur

  • Brigitte Baumann

    Brigitte Baumann

    Founder and CEO - Go Beyond Early Stage Investing

    Brigitte Baumann is the Founder and CEO of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing, the FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class; it provides a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, education and certified deal leaders. In November 2016, Brigitte was listed in Europe’s Top 50 most influential women in the startup and venture capital space and Top Women in FinTech. In 2015 EBAN (the European trade association for Business Angels and Seed Funds) named her European Investor of the Year. She is on the Board of CTI start up (Swiss government), President Emeritus of EBAN and is past Chair the Young Presidents Organization’s global Angel Investing group. Brigitte has 20+ years experience in bringing new technologies to market in the US and Europe. She was the CEO and Director of iWORLD Group, a VC backed, global developer of mobile content. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager Internet at American Express (Amex) Corporate Services. Prior to that, Brigitte spent three years as President for US/Canada of Gemalto, a world leader in smart card technology. She also worked at McKinsey& Company as Senior Engagement Manager.

  • Simon Azzopardi

    Simon Azzopardi

    Founder - Tain and Abel

  • Joseph Sultana

    Joseph Sultana

    Ascent Software

  • Paul Brody

    Paul Brody

    EY Global Blockchain Leader

  • Patrick Young

    Patrick Young

    Fintech Pioneer & Entrepreneur

    Fintech pioneer Patrick L Young began his first online venture in 1994. His subsequent book, “Capital Market Revolution!” (Financial Times 1999) outlined the developing potential of digital markets, discussing digital currency & the future of financial centres. A pioneer in prediction markets (cofounder of Intrade), Patrick helped develop Single Stock Futures. A serial entrepreneur, he has been an exchange CEO and board member of entities ranging from PE funds through data centres to Liquidnet Europe – the world’s largest institutional marketplace) and industry associations (Swiss FOA). Patrick also publishes the benchmark daily newsletter for market structure: “Exchange Invest” (ExchangeInvest.com) and recently moved to Malta. He has published more than 1000 articles including opinion pieces for AFR, FT, WSJ etc as well as appearing regularly on TV and speaking at conferences worldwide.

  • Juanita Bencini

    Juanita Bencini

    IFSP President

    Juanita Bencini heads the Risk Consulting team in KPMG Malta’s advisory practice. Her practice area largely centres around financial services entities where she provides ongoing regulatory advice on changes to the regulatory regime including Basel III and CRD IV for banks, and Solvency II.  Juanita is also head of Risk Consulting for KPMG’s Islands Group the sub-region with the KPMG EMA region.  She is President of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and also heads the AML sub-committee of both the IFSP and the Malta Institute of Accountants.

  • Alfred Zammit

    Alfred Zammit

    Deputy Director - FIAU

  • Abdalla Kablan

    Abdalla Kablan

    Founder - Hippo Data & CEO - Six Capital

  • Dr Antonio Ghio

    Dr Antonio Ghio

    Partner - Fenech & Fenech Advocates

    Dr. Antonio Ghio is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and heads its TMT and IP Law Departments. He destroyed his first computer at the age of seven. His work solely revolves around ICT law issues, trying to find solutions to the constant struggle existing between law and technology, both inside and outside of the courtrooms.  He acts as Malta counsel for a myriad of international blue chip companies. Ghio lectures ICT law and Cyber Crime at the University of Malta and held the position of Chairman of the Malta Communications Authority. Prior to 2013, he also served as EU Digital Champion for Malta. Ghio has an LL.M in ICT law from the University of Strathclyde where he specialized in legal aspects of Internet security and online privacy. He is the Malta contributor for Electronic Signatures in Law (Cambridge University Press) and author of the Malta chapter of Data Protection: Laws of the World (Sweet and Maxwell).

  • Leonard Bonello

    Leonard Bonello

    Senior Associate - GANADO Advocates

    Leonard Bonello is a Senior Associate within GANADO Advocates’ Banking and Finance team. His practice centres around assisting banks as well as electronic money institution and payment institutions with their ongoing requirements both from a regulatory point of view and on a transactional basis. He graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2006 and completed his Master of Laws in Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London in 2008. Leonard is also a visiting lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta.

  • Bethell Codrington

    Bethell Codrington

    TMF Group

    I started my career in 1984 as an Independent Financial adviser, and by 1990 had moved into the Pensions Arena, working for a number of ‘blue chip’ companies including Lonrho plc (Trustee and EBC), Alexander Forbes (EBC) Swiss Life (Investments) in various capacities, before joining what is now TMF Group in 2004 where I have concentrated solely on the International Pension Fund Market. I launched the first ‘commercial’ QROPS in 2007, and have been involved from the very early days in helping to build Malta’s nascent Pension Fund Industry and currently act as Chairman of the Malta Association of Retirement Scheme Practitioners (MARSP).

  • Dr Manfred Galdes

    Dr Manfred Galdes

    Malta Institute of Accountants

  • Justin Caffrey

    Justin Caffrey

    CEO - The Harbour Group

    A successful entrepreneur, coach, and consultant with considerable experience delivering projects in the UK, Malta, Ireland, Guernsey, Germany, Gibraltar, and Spain. A recognised expert within financial markets, investments, funds, pensions and currencies. Strong technical skills with the ability to develop new systems and business processes in order to meet with changing global regulatory and compliance requirements.  After six successful years at a senior level in London in banking, he established his entrepreneurial credentials at the age of 25. As CEO and shareholder of a financial services group, he led the team of 150 through the next seven years until he sold his interest in 2008. He went on to provide consultancy services to businesses in the UK, and served as Chair of the Remuneration and Audit Committees for 6 years on the Board of a UK Government Company, representing the interests of the UK banking sector. In 2013 he became the founding shareholder and CEO of The Harbour Group. He is Vice Chairman of the Malta Association of Retirement Scheme Practitioners (MARSP).

  • Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

    Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

    Managing Partner - Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

    Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, managing partner of Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading law firm with offices in Malta, Cyprus, London and Zurich. Dr Chetcuti heads the firm’s Private Client practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning. Dr Chetcuti is a key advisor on Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, the Malta Golden Visa, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus. Dr Chetcuti was the first to be licenced by the Identity Malta Agency (licence IIP 001) to directly file citizenship applications under the Malta Individual Investor Programme. Within his tax planning and wealth structuring function, he specialises in the use of Cypriot and Malta holding companies, Malta & Cyprus participation Exemption regimes, Malta & Cyprus royalty companies, Malta & Cyprus trusts and foundations and Professional Investor Funds. Jean-Philippe spends his time between the firm’s Malta and Cyprus office. Dr Chetcuti is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and sits on the executive council of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. He is also a co-founder and secretary of the MAFE Malta Association of Family Enterprises and has led proposals for the enactment of a world first Family Business Act in Malta.

  • Dr Nadine Lia

    Dr Nadine Lia

    Regulator for Family Businesses

    Dr. Nadine Lia is the Regulator for Family Businesses who had the responsibility for introducing legislation for family businesses. Nadine read law at the University of Malta, the University of Western Ontario, Canada, The University of Canterbury at Kent, England and is a recipient of a British Council Chevening Scholarship. Nadine is called to the Bar of England & Wales as a barrister and a member of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple Inn. Nadine started her career as a legal researcher at foreign Universities and subsequently pursued a diplomatic career. After being called to the English bar Nadine practised as a barrister. In Malta, Nadine joined the Attorney General’s Office. Subsequently, Nadine became a partner in a law firm following which she became legal advisor to the Ministry for the Economy. Nadine lectures at the University of Malta in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics.

  • Susan Hayes

    Susan Hayes

  • Janet Oram

    Janet Oram

    Head of European ABS - BlackRock

    Janet Oram, Director, is Head of European ABS within BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income group. Miss Oram’s service with the firm dates back to 2006, including her time with Barclays Global Investors (BGI) which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI Miss Oram was a senior credit analyst for European asset backed securities. Prior to joining BGI, she was an Associate Director at Fitch Ratings and lead ratings analyst in the Consumer ABS group. Previously, she was a business analyst at the Paragon Group of Companies. Miss Oram holds a BSc degree, with honours, in applied mathematics from the University of Warwick.

  • Ariane Azzopardi

    Ariane Azzopardi

    Senior Manager - Alter Domus

    Ariane Azzopardi is a Senior Manager with a Fund Administrator and Corporate Services Provider, where she heads the Compliance Department and is also the Money Laundering Reporting Officer.  Ariane has over ten years experience in this field, and handles compliance and risk management queries as part of her day to day duties.  Ariane’s work requires close ongoing technical interaction on compliance  and related matters with the head office of the group. Prior to joining the CSP and Fund Administrator, Ariane used to head the Practice Protection Group of one of the big four audit firms and was also the Deputy Director of Independence.  Ariane is a member of the PMLFT sub-committee at the Malta Institute of Accountants.

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A networking event will be held on Wednesday, 17th May 2017 at 18:00 at the Blue Elephant, Portomaso providing delegates, guests, and speakers with the opportunity to mingle over a glass of wine and some good food prior to attending the conference the following day.

NOTE: Should you wish to attend the business networking event, it is very important that you mark yourself as attending when registering for the conference.

Sponsored by Castille

Castille

 

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  • WORKSHOP A - PENSIONS

    Co-Sponsored by Curmi & Partners and Harbour Pensions

    INTERNATIONAL PENSIONS BUSINESS – GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

    Keynote speaker:

    Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.

    Moderator:

    Mr Bethell Codrington – TMF Group

    Panellists:

    Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.
    Mr Justin Caffrey – Harbour Pensions
    others TBA

  • WORKSHOP B - CROWDFUNDING / VENTURE CAPITAL

    Sponsored by Active Services (Malta) Ltd

    CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR ENTREPRENEURS THROUGH CROWDFUNDING, PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL BUSINESSES

    Keynote speaker:

    Ms Julie Meyer – Ariadne Capital

    Moderator:

    Ms Julie Meyer

    Panellists:

    Mr Brian Horsepool
    Ms Beata Young – Entrepreneur
    Ms Deborah Webster – Entrepreneur
    Ms Brigitte Baumann – Go Beyond Early Stage Investing

  • WORKSHOP C - FINTECH

    Sponsorship available

    MALTA’S FINTECH STRATEGY

    Keynote speaker:

    Mr Abdalla Kablan – Founder, Hippo Data & CEO, Six Capital

    Moderator:

    Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti – Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

    Panellists:

    Mr Simon Azzopardi – Tain and Able
    Mr Joseph Sultana – Ascent Software
    Mr Abdalla Kablan – Hippo Data & Six Capital
    Dr Antonio Ghio – Fenech & Fenech Advocates

  • “Sustaining Growth Through Innovation, Malta’s leading financial services event, 9th Annual Conference.  High profile speakers, workshops and industry players analysing the latest developments affecting financial services industry.  Great pleasure attending the Conference.”

     

    - Francesco Maffia, FORUM Foreign Business Professionals Malta

  • “Well done for the FM Conference organisation.”

    - Juanita Brockdorff, KPMG

  • “Thanks for the invitation to the Annual Conference, which I found very interesting, and well done for the professional organisation of the event.”

     

    - Ivan Ebejer, European Commission Representation in Malta

  • “The conference was very good and very well attended.”

    - John Borg Olivier, Citco (Malta) Limited

  • “Many thanks to the FinanceMalta team for the hard work you must have put in at the Annual Conference, I thought it was superbly organized and both the networking and conference events were thoroughly enjoyable.”

    - Alex Denaro, Equinoxe

Conference Programme

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Wednesday 17th May 2017

18:00 – 20:00 Pre-Conference Networking Reception

Venue: Blue Elephant, Portomaso
Sponsor: Castille 

Castille


Thursday 18th May 2017

(The programme is subject to changes)

The conference is being moderated by Mr Michael Imeson – Senior Content Editor, FT Live

Registration (08:00 – 09:00)

09:00 Welcome Address

Speaker: Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman

09:15 Malta – The New Frontier in Financial Services?

Speaker: Hon. Dr Emmanuel Mallia, Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy, Malta

09:25 Leveraging the Commonwealth’s Economic and Business Potential

Speaker: The Rt Hon Lord Marland of Odstock

10:00 Keynote speaker

Speaker: Hon. Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

10:10 The UK, Brexit and Malta: Implications and Opportunities for the UK and Malta

Speaker: Susan Hayes

Coffee Break

11:10 The Potential of the Blockchain – Unexpected Lessons from a Distant Past

Speaker: Steve Tendon – Managing Director, TameFlow Consulting

The Blockchain is an amazing innovation that will have an enormous impact on the global economy, and across all industries. The Blockchain has the power to create innovation, wealth and prosperity on an unprecedented scale. Rather than explaining that potential from a difficult-to-grasp technical perspective, this talk will explore some surprising historical parallels. It is through some historical reflections that we might actually comprehend the significance of the Blockchain, and recognize the immense opportunities that it can unleash.

11:30 Panel session – How & why will the Blockchain fuel Global Economic growth in the next 20-30 years? What are the Blockchain opportunities for Malta with, and beyond, Fintech?

Panellists:
Steve Tendon – Managing Director, TameFlow Consulting
Aylon Morley – Tech Director, Wentworth Hall SFO
Abdalla Kablan – Founder, Hippo Data & CEO, Six Capital
Paul Brody – EY Global Blockchain Leader
Leonard Bonello – Senior Associate, GANADO Advocates

The Blockchain is naturally associated with Fintech applications, which are starting to appear even in the Maltese startup scene. Fintech startups, and in particular those based on Blockchain technologies, have the potential of disrupting and disintermediating existing businesses in the financial services space, while at the same time fueling a new high economic growth sector. More generally, the Blockchain has applications across all industries, with similar capabilities of disrupting and disintermediating incumbents. Who are the players, winners, and losers of this evolving competitive landscape? How can Malta, as a nation, take best advantage of these disrupting trends? 

12:15 The Resurgence of Securitisation?

Keynote Speaker: Janet Oram – Head of European ABS, BlackRock 

12:40 Panel session

Moderator: Nicholas Curmi – Senior Associate, GANADO Advocates

Panellists:
Jeremy Leach – Managing Director, Managing Partners Group (MPG)
Janet Oram – Head of European ABS, BlackRock
Joseph Portelli – Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange

Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:30 Workshops: choose your preferred workshop

Workshop A – INTERNATIONAL PENSIONS BUSINESS – GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

Co-Sponsored by Curmi & Partners and Harbour Pensions

Keynote Speaker: Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.

Panel Session

Moderator: Mr Bethell Codrington – TMF Group

Panellists:

Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.
Mr Justin Caffrey – Harbour Pensions
TBA

Workshop B – CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR ENTREPREUNERS THROUGH CROWDFUNDING, PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL BUSINESSES

Sponsored by Active Services Malta

Keynote Speaker: Ms Julie Meyer – Ariadne Capital

Panel Session

Moderator: Ms Julie Meyer

Panellists: 

Mr Brian Horsepool
Ms Beata Young – Entrepreneur
Ms Deborah Webster – Entrepreneur
Ms Brigitte Baumann – Go Beyond

Workshop C – MALTA’S FINTECH STRATEGY

Sponsorship available

Keynote Speaker: Mr Abdalla Kablan – Hippo Data and Six Capital

Panel Session

Moderator: Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti – Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Panellists: 

Mr Simon Azzopardi – Tain and Able
Mr Joseph Sultana – Ascent Software
Mr Abdalla Kablan – Hippo Data and Six Capital
Dr Antonio Ghio – Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Coffee Break

15:50 Business Operations and the 4th European Union AML Directive – Panel Discussion

Introduction and Moderator: Ms Juanita Bencini – IFSP President

Panellists

FIAU – Mr Alfred Zammit – Deputy Director,  FIAU
Malta Institute of Accountants – Dr Manfred Galdes – Malta Institute of Accountants, AML Committee Member
Alter Domus – Ariane Azzopardi – Senior Manager, Alter Domus

16:30 Family Business Act – Malta’s Proposition for International Family Businesses

Panel Discussion

Dr Nadine Lia
Others TBA

17:00 Motivational Speaker

Speaker: Mr Patrick Young – Fintech Pioneer & Entrepreneur

17:20 Closing Address

Speaker: Hon. Prof Edward Scicluna – Minister for Finance

End of Conference

  • What does the FinanceMalta Annual Conference offer?

    Have a glimpse into our 9th Annual Conference to see the benefits provided to financial services practitioners and entities; 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.

Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring the FinanceMalta Annual Conference, contact us

Diamond Sponsor

  • Managing Partners Group

    Managing Partners Group (MPG) is a multi-faceted investment house that specialises in managing alternative asset classes for institutions and sophisticated investors and is a market leader in structuring and managing mutual funds and securitisation vehicles.

    MPG manages a wide range of financial products that principally invest in property, life settlements, absolute return and hedge fund asset classes. The group has offices in Malta, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and is recognised by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as an asset manager where it manages a number of collective investment schemes and regulated mutual funds, and in Switzerland as a Regulated Asset Management Company, where its specialist team focus on intuitional investment advice and discretionary management.

    MPG currently manages funds with a gross value of $500m and two notified securitisation cell companies mandated to undertake over €500m of issuance in 2017. Underlying issuers range from fintech businesses in marketplace lending, alternative energy and commercial real estate portfolios.

Platinum Sponsors

  • VacancyCentre

    VacancyCentre (operated by CSB Group) is a specialist recruitment agency that is committed to working very closely with candidates and local companies alike.  Through a careful process of evaluation, we provide candidates with exceptionally relevant opportunities, taking time to match their career aspirations to some of the best opportunities in Malta.  VacancyCentre has an extensive network of talented candidates with expertise within the Financial, Legal & Compliance, Gaming & IT, Sales & Marketing and Administration sectors, within which we have a very successful track record of delivering good talent to clients.

  • Bank of Valletta

    Bank of Valletta, the leading financial services provider in Malta, offers the full spectrum of financial services, including investment banking, fund management, bancassurance and stockbroking. Through a strategic alliance, the Bank offers eTrader+ powered by Saxo, giving frequent traders to trade across international markets directly from any electronic device. The Bank serves its clients via an extensive network of branches, an International Corporate Centre and Business Centres that cater for its business clients, as well as a Wealth Management arm and six regional Investment Centres.

    The BOV Group is uniquely positioned to provide asset management clients with a one-stop shop holistic service.  BOV Asset Management focuses on the local market, while BOV Fund Services is oriented towards international customers.

    Representative Offices in Brussels, Milan and Melbourne liaise with clients interested in growing their business in these countries. BOV issues bank cards under the VISA and MasterCard brands and distributes American Express cards. The Bank’s electronic channels combine security and intuitivity in one seamless solution.

    Always customer-driven, Bank of Valletta attributes significant importance to the service experience of its customers. The Bank’s strategy remains anchored around the needs of its various customer segments and in the process, evolves its suite of products and services to ensure that they address the changing requirements of its customer base.

  • SwissQuote Financial Services Ltd.

    Swissquote Group Holding Ltd is the Swiss leader in online banking and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SQN) since May 2000.

    Swissquote offers a broad range of financial products and services to private clients, independent asset managers, corporate and institutional clients. 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 and specializes in the provision of Fund Custody and Depository Services to AIFs, NAIFs, UCITSs, PIFs, as well as offshore structures, covering a diverse range of asset classes (traditional Instruments, FX, Derivatives, Private Equity, Real Estate, Loan Funds, etc).

    Through its collaboration with Swissquote Bank Ltd, as sub-custodian, and its Top-Tier Global Custody Network (Deutsche Bank, UBS, Euroclear), Swissquote Financial Services (Malta) Ltd is positioned to offer Managers and their fund structures with global market reach, Swiss banking services, online trading facilities and depositary services – a unique value proposition.

    Swissquote is headquartered in Gland (Switzerland) with offices in Zürich, Bern, Dubai, Hong Kong, London and Malta. The Group employs in excess of 600 professionals and holds CHF 18 Billion in Assets Under Custody.

Gold Sponsors

  • Linedata

    Linedata is a global solutions provider, dedicated to the investment management and credit community, with close to 1250 employees in 20 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 166.8 million in 2016. Linedata is listed on Euronext Paris compartment B FR0004156297-LIN – Reuters LDSV.LN – Bloomberg LIN:FP.

  • Kane LPI Solutions (Malta) Ltd

    Kane LPI Solutions is an independent provider of fund administration solutions delivering full spectrum fund services to offshore and domestic hedge fund, and investment fund sectors. We offer administrative services for a range of fund structures, including hedge funds, fund-of-funds and Insurance-Linked Securities funds. Solutions are provided based on a flexible, cost-effective, scalable model which ensures we can accommodate all levels of administration requirements. Our fund administration services: Portfolio accounting and net asset valuation services; Regulatory and structuring services; Registrar and shareholder services; Tax information services; Financial statement preparation. Our range of customizable fund solutions are supported by a proprietary fund accounting and investor reporting platform. A web-enabled, secure data management system, IMS NAV supports a range of products and enables high-speed tracking of all transactions.

  • Trident Trust Company (Malta) Ltd

    Established almost 40 years ago, Trident Trust is a leading independent corporate, fiduciary and fund administrator, employing nearly 800 staff across a global footprint that spans Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. We focus exclusively on the administration of trusts, foundations, corporate entities and alternative investment funds. Our services are used by lawyers and accountants, asset managers, financial institutions, family offices and international businesses who rely on our worldwide presence, local knowledge and our commitment to responsiveness, reliability, attention to detail and a personal service.  Contact us to discover how our global reach, experienced professional personnel tailored services and on-the-ground presence in Malta can make a difference to your business.

  • Fenech & Fenech Advocates

    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.

  • Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

    A leading Maltese law firm with a commitment to deliver an efficient service to clients by combining technical excellence with a solution-driven approach to the practice of law. Camilleri Preziosi is a specialised practice, advising on domestic and international transactions with a focus on corporate and commercial law, and the financial services sector. The firm provides both transactional and regulatory advice and assistance to clients. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our practice and all our lawyers advise across a broad range of areas, which enables us to give practical and effective advice to clients.

  • Konnekt Search & Selection

    KONNEKT is Malta’s leading professional Recruitment Agency, housing a team of 30+ driven professionals who provide a top-notch service to clients and candidates alike. KONNEKT has a specialist Finance & Legal Team providing recruitment services for the relevant industries. The team is made up of experienced professionals with backgrounds in law, accounting, banking and recruitment. Through our 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 close to 50,000 candidates who are looking to start or progress in their careers.

Silver Sponsors

  • Elmo Insurance Ltd.

    Elmo Insurance will continue to build upon its sound heritage of financial strength, quality reinsurance and reputation in both the local and global market by providing the right insurance products to individual and business customers. We shall strive to offer our customers a personalised service through the commitment of our experienced and qualified members of staff and to deliver profitable growth to meet the expectation of the shareholders and staff.

  • Kroll Associates

    Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 40 years, Kroll has helped clients make confident risk management decisions about people, assets, operations and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security and data and information management services. Kroll serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, non-profit institutions, government agencies and individuals.

  • Pendergardens

    Pendergardens is a self-contained mixed-use development covering an area of 18,500m2 in St Julian’s close to the busy shopping and entertainment areas of Malta.

    Once completed the development will consist of 273 residential apartments, a multi-storey car park, over 5,500m2 of office space, retail outlets, fitness centre, pool and supermarket.

    The final phase launching in May 2017 will include 5,500m2 of office space for lease and 30 high-end apartments boasting far-reaching town, sea and country views for sale.

Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors

  • Castille

    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.

Workshop Sponsors

  • Workshop A

    Co-Sponsorsed by Curmi & Partners / Harbour Pensions

    Established in 2013, Harbour Pensions Limited (“Harbour”) has gained a reputation for market leading pension solutions. Harbour’s Board of Directors is formed of international finance professionals, experienced lawyers and accountants. Based on a strong presence in the international market, a key element of Harbour’s strategy for 2017 are Maltese domestic pensions. Harbour and all its retirement schemes is licensed and regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority.

  • Workshop B

    Sponsored by Active Services (Malta) Ltd

    The Active Group provides professional, independent outsourcing support services to regulated financial services entities in various jurisdictions. Services include: Compliance and Financial Crime; Regulatory Advice; Pre and Post Licensing Support. Founded in 2001, Active’s expertise has evolved in various jurisdictions, including Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Malta and Cyprus. Active currently has staff based in Guernsey, Malta and Cyprus, with associates “on the ground” in the Isle of Man and Jersey.

  • Workshop C

    Sponsorship still available

Lunch & Networking Breaks Sponsor

  • REED

    REED is the world’s biggest family run specialist provider of recruitment solutions, assisting jobseekers and employers for over 55 years. The biggest European database of 11 million jobseekers enables us to help the world Love Mondays. In Malta we specialise in: Financial Services, Accountancy & Finance, iGaming, Technology, and Business Support.

Bronze Sponsors

  • Avanzia Taxand is Taxand Malta and provides a comprehensive range of tax advisory and tax compliance services as well as a variety of specialist corporate services to its extensive array of international clients. Named ‘Malta Tax Firm of the Year’ by the International Tax Review in 2009, 2013 and 2016.
  • South Risk Partners Ltd is an insurance Group providing three areas of specialised services – namely insurance advisory, insurance management and insurance broking for financial institutions and professions. Our unique blend of expertise and access to international insurance markets means we can provide tailor made advice and solutions to our clients, making us a reliable partner for any insurance related requirement.
  • Argentarius ETI Management Ltd, headquartered in Malta, is a leading specialist in securitisation, providing alternative investment solutions to the professional investor in Europe. Our ETIs solve structural and regulatory challenges regularly faced by fund managers, enabling investors to gain access to the performance and risk of the underlying alternative investments.
  • At iMovo we specialise in Customer Experience Management (CEM), using Business Intelligence (BI), Big Data Analytics & Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Blending some of the most innovative technology solutions in the market with a formal advisory approach, we enable organisations to build long-term value relationships with their customers resulting in consistent & profitable growth.
  • DAIS PERSONA is as a multi-function customer acceptance and regulatory compliance tool, for KYC and customer due diligence processes needed to satisfy AML/CFT regulations. Customer on-boarding; spot checks and on-going monitoring through screening of international watch-lists; customer risk profiling; validation reporting; relationships visualisation and on-line document management.
  • Vodafone Malta Ltd makes you a Ready Business by confidently connecting your telecommunication needs across the globe through our converged fixed data and voice solutions. In an increasingly connected world, reliable International Connectivity from your office or our PCI-DSS Data Centres empowers your business to be ready for today and tomorrow’s global challenges.
  • Agilis IT Business Solutions is a software house providing solutions within the Financial Services Industry. Our Specialist knowledge of the industry allows us to provide tailor made solutions, as well as offering a number of products from our own portfolio. We consult and build solutions to client’s specifications within the blockchain / fintech sector.