FinanceMalta 11th Annual Conference 2018
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. This year’s finance conference and networking event will include sessions on business startups, GDPR, cyber security, MiFiD II & MiFiR, and more.
The business and finance conference will be chaired by Mr. Kenneth Farrugia, FinanceMalta Chairman, and will be moderated by Mr. Michael Imeson, The Banker.
This finance conference entitled Finance Without Frontiers will feature select local and international experts who will address delegates on contemporary and current topics affecting the financial services industry.
This is an excellent networking opportunity and educational conference that grows in numbers and prestige year after year.
Takes stock of current financial services industry and pans out what’s on the horizon – you can feel the pulse of the industry
Joyce Tabone - Bank of Valletta
I look forward to the 11th Conference and other top quality FinanceMalta Events in the meantime.
Excellent! All sessions were very informative. Very well planned and executed Conference.
Victoria Grima - Credorax
Good topics and speakers; thought provoking.
Malcolm Becker - Bentley Trust (Malta) Ltd
Very good work! A great conference as always!
Jean Philippe Chetcuti - Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates
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Wednesday 16th May 2018
18:00 – 20:00 Pre-Conference Networking Reception
Venue: Gazebo, Hilton Hotel, St Julians
Thursday 17th May 2018
(The programme is subject to changes)
Conference Chair: Michael Imeson – The Banker
Registration (08:00 – 09:00)
09:00 Welcome Address
Speaker: Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman
09:15 Keynote Address
Speaker: Hon. Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat
09:25 The Fintech Revolution: Europe’s role as a centre of digital innovation in financial services
Speaker: Helen Koepman – Deputy Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation, European Commission
09:35 Malta: a leader in DLT technology
Speaker: Hon. Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
09:50 Fintech Panel Session
Moderator: Abdalla Kablan
Helen Koepman – Deputy Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation, European Commission
Ian Gauci – Partner responsible for Communications, Media and Technology, GTG Advocates
Claudine Cassar – Deloitte (Malta)
11:00 Cyber security: Are network and information systems secure enough?
11:20 Bitcoin, Blockchain & Initial Coin Offerings: to be encouraged or suppressed?
Speaker: Christopher Buttigieg – Director, MFSA
Panel session –
Moderator: Christopher Buttigieg – Director, MFSA
Luke Scanlon – Legal Director Head of Fintech Propositions, Pinsent Masons
Steve Tendon – Managing Director, TameFlow Consulting Limited
Luka Müller-Studer – Co-founder of MME, Switzerland
12:00 RegTech: Reshaping the Supervisor Market Participant Relationship
Main presentation: Nasser Saidi – President, Nasser Saidi & Associates
Nasser Saidi – President, Nasser Saidi & Associates
Marianne Scicluna – Director General, MFSA
Subas Roy – Partner, Oliver Wyman Global; Chairman, International RegTech Association
13:00 New organization and powers for European Supervisory Authorities
Speaker: David Doyle – EU Policy Advisor, Financial Services Regulation
14:30 – 15:30 Workshops: choose your preferred workshop A, B, C or D
Workshop A – Data Protection: A new EU General Regulation (GDPR) in Europe
Adopted in 2016, the GDPR will be directly applicable starting on May 25, 2018. GDPR comes with significant changes compared to the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC involving operational changes in organisations.
Keynote Speaker: Matina Massa – Managing Partner, M2 – Business Frameworks Limited
Moderator: Antonio Ghio – Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Matina Massa – Managing Partner, M2 – Business Frameworks Limited
Gordon Micallef – RSM
Jackie Scerri Mallia – Equinox Legal
Workshop B – MiFid II and MiFiR: analysing its implementation and impact so far
In January 2018, MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) will be introduced across the EU financial arena. Its impact will be significant and far-reaching, affecting the activities of investment banks, broker dealers, various asset managers, private wealth managers, and financial advisors on a broad range of fronts.
Keynote Speaker: John Mason – Global Head of Regulatory & Market structure propositions, Thomson Reuters
Moderator: Andrew Zammit – Managing Partner, GVZH Advocates
Joe Portelli – Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange
Judy Abdilla Inguanez – lecocqassociate
John Mason – Global Head of Regulatory & Market structure propositions, Thomson Reuters
John Morton – Bloomberg
Workshop C – Payment Services Directive II
Directive (EU) 2015/2366 on EU-wide payment services provides the legal foundation for the further development of a better integrated internal market for electronic payments within the EU. It puts in place comprehensive rules for payment services, with the goal of making international payments (within the EU) as easy, efficient and secure as payments within a single country, as well as opens up payment markets to new entrants leading to more competition, greater choice and better prices for consumers. The directive seeks to improve the existing EU rules for electronic payments. It takes into account emerging and innovative payment services, such as internet and mobile payments. Although it has applied since 12 January 2016, EU countries have to incorporate it into national law by 13 January 2018. This session will provide an overview of the Directive with a discussion following on its implementation and relevance to the Maltese market.
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Moderator: Nicholas Warren – Senior Manager Financial Services, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates
Mark Curmi – Associate Director Banking Advisory Services, KPMG
Ivo Camilleri – Malta Bankers’ Association
Herman Ciappara – Head Payments & Banking Department, Central Bank of Malta
Workshop D – The Insurance Distribution Directive
Directive 2016/97 — insurance distribution rules – aims to improve the way insurance products are sold so that they will bring real benefits to consumers and retail investors in the EU. Although it has applied from 22 February 2016, EU countries have to incorporate it into national law by 23 February 2018. On 20 December 2017, the European Commission has proposed to push back the application date of the insurance distribution directive (IDD) by seven months to 1 October 2018. In order to align the application dates, the Commission is also preparing to postpone the application of two delegated regulations adopted under the IDD. The European Parliament and the Council will need to agree on the new application date in an accelerated legislative procedure. This session will provide an overview of this Directive with a discussion following on its implementation and relevance to the Maltese market.
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Moderator: Elaine Magri – GANADO Advocates
Malcolm Falzon – Partner, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
15:50 The Future of Europe: Seven Areas to Watch
Europe is going through a lot of change currently. The Brexit negotiations are taking the continent through a roller coaster journey. There are a range of fiscal consolidation mechanisms in discussion. The enterprise architecture continues to evolve and the bloc are building out trade relationships with the largest economic superpowers in the world. During this discussion, we will examine seven key areas to provide a sharp focus on the challenges and opportunities we face as citizens, business people and the generation that will shape the Europe of tomorrow.
Introduction and Moderator: Susan Hayes
Juanita Bencini – President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
David Stellini – Spokesperson for EU Affairs and Brexit
Joseph Zammit Tabona – Chairman of the Government Task Force on Brexit
16:45 Closing Address
End of Conference
What does the FinanceMalta Annual Conference offer?
Have a glimpse into our 10th 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.
The FinanceMalta 11th Annual Conference is being sponsored by the following organisations.
We invite all delegates and guests to support these companies and visit their stand during the conference.
Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors
Workshop ASponsorship available
Workshop BSponsorship available
Workshop CSponsorship available
Workshop DSponsorship available
Lunch & Networking Breaks Sponsor
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