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 amongst 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steve Tendon

    Steve Tendon

    Creator of TameFlow

    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 Family Office

    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

  • Nicholas Curmi

    Nicholas Curmi

    Dr Nicholas Curmi is part of GANADO Advocates’ Capital Markets and Structured Finance team, where he advises on a broad range of capital markets, financial services, and corporate matters, including private and public offerings of securities, the establishment and MFSA authorisation of financial services businesses, ongoing legal and regulatory compliance, and the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions within the financial services sector. Nicholas was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2014 and is the first lawyer to be admitted to practice in both Malta and New York.

  • Karl Micallef

    Karl Micallef

  • Julie Meyer

    Julie Meyer

    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

  • Beata Young

    Beata Young

    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. Her workshops have been attended by delegates from Australia and Armenia to Turkey and the USA. 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

  • Brigitte Baumann

    Brigitte Baumann

    Founder and CEO of 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. It is the only one to have proven that small and large angel investors can have positive returns. 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. Brigitte has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, Boston and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, Philadelphia. Born in France, Brigitte and her family live in Zurich.

  • Simon Azzopardi

    Simon Azzopardi

  • Joseph Sultana

    Joseph Sultana

    Ascent Software

  • Nadine Lia

    Nadine Lia

  • Patrick Young

    Patrick Young


    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” ( 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

    FinanceMalta Governor / KPMG Malta

    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

  • Dr Antonio Ghio

    Dr Antonio Ghio

    Fenech & Fenech Advocates

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A networking event will be held on Wednesday, 17th May 2017 at 18:00 at the Blue Elephant, St. Julians providing delegates, guests and speakers with the opportunity to network 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 that you are attending when registering for the conference.

Sponsored by Castille Resources Ltd.


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    Sponsorship available


    Keynote speaker:

    Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.




    Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.
    others TBA


    Sponsored by Active Services (Malta) Ltd


    Keynote speaker:

    Ms Julie Meyer – Ariadne Capital


    Ms Julie Meyer


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


    Sponsorship available


    Keynote speaker:

    Mr Abdalla Kablan




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

    others TBA

  • “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 Resources Ltd.


Thursday 18th May 2017

(The programme is subject to changes. Times TBC)


Welcome Address

Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman

Malta – The New Frontier in Financial Services?

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

Leveraging the Commonwealth’s Economic and Business Potential

Speaker: The Rt Hon Lord Marland of Odstock

Keynote speaker

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

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

Speaker: TBA

Regulatory Proportionality in the EU

Speaker: TBA

Coffee Break

Blockchain, Fintech – Bitcoin and Crytocurrency

Speaker: Steve Tendon

Blockchain and the Maltese Economy – A Testing Ground Opportunity? (Panel session)

Steve Tendon
Aylon Morley
Abdalla Kablan

The Resurgence of Securitisation – Leveraging Malta’s Opportunities

Speaker: TBA

Panel session

Jeremy Leach – Managing Partners Group (MPG)
Nicholas Curmi – GANADO Advocates

Lunch Break

Workshops: choose your preferred workshop


Sponsorship available


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

Panel Session

Moderator: TBA


Mr Karl Micallef – Curmi & Partners Ltd.


Sponsored by Active Services Malta


Keynote Speaker: Ms Julie Meyer – Ariadne Capital

Panel Session

Moderator: Ms Julie Meyer


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


Sponsorship available


Keynote Speaker: Mr Abdalla Kablan

Panel Session

Moderator: TBA


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

Coffee Break

The Business and Operations of the 4th AML Directive

Introduction and Moderator: Ms Juanita Bencini

Panel Session

Mr Alfred Zammit – Deputy Director,  FIAU
Others TBA

Motivational Speaker

Speaker: Mr Patrick Young

Closing Address

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.


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

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

  • Trident

  • 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 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. Through 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. We recruit for positions across different functions, including Administration, Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Resources, Marketing, Digital Media and Sales. In addition, we have set up specialised recruitment teams for recruitment in the Finance & Legal and IT & iGaming industries.

Silver Sponsors

  • Elmo Insurance Ltd.

Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors

  • Castille Resources

    Castille Resources 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

    Sponsorship still available
  • Workshop B

    Sponsored by Active Services (Malta) Ltd
  • Workshop C

    Sponsorship still available

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
  • Argentarius