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.

  • Speakers

    Speakers

    A select panel of speakers will be sharing their expertise throughout the FinanceMalta business and finance 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 11th 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.

    Sponsored by Castille

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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 FinanceMalta business and finance conference.

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  • Michael Imeson

    Michael Imeson

    Conference Chair

    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 Bradford University.

  • 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 took office as Prime Minister of Malta on 11 March 2013. He was elected member to the National Executive of the Partit Laburista at the age of 21 and later nominated as Education Secretary of the Party. From 1997 to 1998 he was a member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality. Dr. Muscat was also a market intelligence manager and investment adviser. 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 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista. He 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 (UK).

  • Helen Köpman

    Helen Köpman

    Deputy Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation, European Commission

    Helen Köpman is Deputy Head of Unit Startups & Innovation, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission in Brussels. The unit is active in the Digital single Market policy and elaborates initiatives to support digital innovation and growth of startups including Startup Europe, innovation procurement and ICT standardisation. The Unit also leads along with DG FISMA, the European Commission Task Force on Financial Technology and activities on Blockchain.

  • Hon. Silvio Schembri

    Hon. Silvio Schembri

    Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation

    Hon. Silvio Schembri graduated with a Master’s in Economics from the University of Malta where he is currently a visiting lecturer in economics and finance.  He was elected to Parliament in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. His political career started during his College days where he was active in the social democratic student organisation, Pulse.  At the age of 18 he contested, and was elected, in the Local Council elections of his hometown, Luqa. During the 2013-2017 Labour government Hon. Schembri was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as the Chairperson for the Economic and Financial Affairs Parliamentary Committee. He was also appointed to Chair the Responsible Gaming Foundation. As a Junior Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Schembri forms part of Malta’s Cabinet of Ministers and is responsible for a wide portfolio including the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), The Malta Communications Authority (MCA), The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), and The Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA).

  • Abdalla Kablan

    Abdalla Kablan

    Fintech, AI, & Data Science Expert

    Dr Abdalla Kablan is a serial entrepreneur, and fintech expert. He specialises in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design of complex financial systems. He is the group CEO of SIXCAP Technologies and founder of Hippo Data, a Fintech and AI startup which was the first Maltese company to be selected by Microsoft to be a part of Microsoft Ventures, UK. Hippo Data’s VR platform was also featured at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos.  Furthermore, he is the founder of Scheduit, an intelligent business oriented matchmaking and professional networking platform. Dr Kablan is also an academic at the University of Malta where he lectures and researches topics related to computational intelligence, financial engineering, and financial data science.

  • Ian Gauci

    Ian Gauci

    Partner GTG Advocates & Afilexion Alliance

    Dr Ian Gauci is engaged primarily in technology law, fintech, regtech, electronic communications, information society, data protection and gaming/gambling, whilst also focusing on consumer law, competition law, broadcasting law, cyber law, e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-payment, information technology, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising. Dr Gauci also provides consultancy on legal matters related to blockchain technology, smart contracts, crypto-currencies and ICO/ITO. He haas assisted the Maltese Government on issues dealing E-Trust certification, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) on its Ecommerce strategy, and the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). He is currently one of the strategic advisors on the National Blockchain Strategy Taskforce. Dr Gauci has co-authored the Maltese Electronic Communications Framework and lectures Legal Futures and Technology at the University of Malta.

  • Claudine Cassar

    Claudine Cassar

    Leader, Deloitte Digital Malta

    Claudine Cassar is the leader of Technology Consulting at Deloitte Malta. She has over 20 years of experience in the IT sector and led several engagements for clients operating in the financial services sector.

  • Sophia Bantanidis

    Sophia Bantanidis

    EMEA Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy and Citi Accelerator Mentor

    Sophia Bantanidis is the EMEA Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, within Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS). She is responsible for leading the execution of regulatory strategic objectives and market initiatives in the EMEA region. Sophia is heavily involved in Citi’s innovation and digital agenda and shaping the industry dialogue around blockchain/ distributed ledger technology, FinTechs, working on regulatory sandboxes and helping to shape an industry-wide sandbox. She works closely with global teams and country heads to ensure that emerging regulatory and market developments impacting TTS and/or its clients are identified at an early stage, industry leadership and advocacy opportunities are being pursued in order to shape change where possible and product development adjustments as well as innovation are being carried out where required. She is also in charge of developing internal and external thought leadership in the context of market developments and regulatory change and faces off to key clients (financial institutions and corporates).

  • Tugce Ergul

    Tugce Ergul

    CEO, Angel Labs

    Tugce Ergul is a co-founder at Angel Labs, the world’s first investor accelerator with a strong focus on diversity & inclusion. Before founding Angel Labs, she worked as a Managing Director at Startup Labs where she managed over 30 successful digital investments. Tugce has been and continues to be a national and international consultant and speaker on economic development, angel and venture financing for numerous countries and NGOs including the EU and OECD. She has worked closely with several countries on their national entrepreneurship programs, and with digital agencies on their startup partnerships. She regularly collaborates with agencies, media companies, and corporations on accelerating the ways they discover and pilot innovation from startups.

  • Kevin Duffey

    Kevin Duffey

    Managing Director, Cyber Rescue Alliance

    Kevin Duffey leads Cyber Rescue, the European membership organisation that helps Board-level executives lead business recovery during major data breaches. Organisations that use Cyber Rescue to train executives range from the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants to Vodafone and Swedbank. Kevin has worked in cyber and rescue for over three decades. For example, as CEO of Logica Asia, he oversaw the implementation of digital security solutions for several national banks. As Group GM of International SOS, he supervised the evacuation 4,000 people during the Arab Spring.

  • Christopher Buttigieg

    Christopher Buttigieg

    Director, MFSA

    Dr Christopher P. Buttigieg is the Director of the Securities and Markets Supervision Unit of the Malta Financial Services Authority. He joined the Authority in 2000 as a manager in the Investment Services Unit and has gained professional experience in different areas of financial regulation and supervision, the investigation of market misconduct and the
    enforcement of sanctions. Dr Buttigieg was responsible for implementing various pieces of EU legislation in the field of securities and markets and has led various regulatory and supervisory teams within the Authority. He
    sits on the Authority’s Supervisory Council and represents the MFSA at various European Fora on financial regulation and supervision. Dr Buttigieg has a commerce degree (B.Com 1998), an accountancy
    degree (B.Accty. Hons. 2000) and a financial services law degree (M.A. Fin. Ser. 2003) from the University of Malta, as well as a European Union Law degree (M.A. EU Law and Soc 2005) and a doctoral degree in
    law (Ph.D 2014) from the University of Sussex (UK).

  • Luke Scanlon

    Luke Scanlon

    Legal Director Head of Fintech Propositions, Pinsent Masons

    Luke Scanlon is the Head of Fintech Propositions and a Legal Director for Pinsent Masons. He advises large banks, technology providers and various fintech and payments businesses on a range of legal and regulatory issues which relate to innovation and technology. Recognised by Legal5000 as a leading practitioner for fintech engagements, he has led multi-stakeholder industry projects and engaged in extensive policy work, working closely with industry groups that include the British Bankers’ Association (now UK Finance) and the Financial Data and Technology Association. Luke regularly speaks at conferences on fintech legal and regulatory issues.

  • Luka Müller-Studer

    Luka Müller-Studer

    Partner and Co-founder of MME Legal | Tax | Compliance, Switzerland

    Dr Luka Müller-Studer is co-founder of MME in Zug/Zurich. He has been at the forefront of the blockchain revolution, helping numerous start-ups build their legal foundations in Switzerland. Currently he is working on creating a functional framework for blockchain crypto property to help the industry around the world to create and adopt standards for blockchain based applications. Further, he is an expert on complex compliance cases in the areas of regulatory compliance, gaming, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and judicial assistance.

  • Steve Tendon

    Steve Tendon

    Director, ChainStrategies

    Steve Tendon is a Director with ChainStrategies, a consulting firm that provides research, analysis and strategy development for businesses that intend to adopt or incorporate Blockchain technologies. In 2016 Steve advised Malta’s Government on developing the ​”​Blockchain Island​”​ vision; and designed Malta​’s “National Blockchain Strategy.”​ In 2017 he was appointed on Malta’s​ National Blockchain Task Force. He holds a MSc in “Software Project Management” (University of Aberdeen), a “MIT Fintech Innovation” certificate (MIT) and an “Oxford Blockchain Strategy” certificate (Oxford Saïd Business School). Steve also founded the Blockchain Malta Association, an interest group that promotes education, research and public debate for the advancement and development of Malta as a international hub for Blockchain technologies and the digital economy. Steve has recently been acclaimed in the “Lattice80 Blockchain 100” list of global Blockchain influencers  (http://www.lattice80.com/lattice80-blockchain-100-report/

  • Max Ganado

    Max Ganado

    Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates

    Dr Max Ganado has been practicing law for the past 35 years. He started as a maritime lawyer dealing with all aspects of shipping. He became a Partner of the firm in 1986 and developed the Financial Services practices at GANADO Advocates. He has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a financial centre, including laws relating to trusts, the law on legal persons, foundations, netting, securitisation and aviation.

    Max delivers lectures on varied subjects, disseminating education to the Maltese legal professions and law students. He  publishes various articles and acts as editor of a number of publications.

  • Nasser Saidi

    Nasser Saidi

    President, Nasser Saidi & Associates

    Dr. Nasser Saidi is President of Nasser Saidi & Associates a niche consultant and advisor to the banking & financial sector, governments, central banks, regulators, multi-national and regional companies He is the former Chief Economist and Strategist of the Dubai International Financial Centre. Dr. Saidi served as Minister of Economy and Trade and Minister of Industry of Lebanon and First Vice-Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon for two mandates.

    He is Chair of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council and a member of the IMF’s Regional Advisory Group for MENA. He is the founder & former CEO of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance & Mudara Institute of Directors.

  • Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson

    Founder & CEO, ditto

    Founder and CEO of ditto since 2008 – an award-winning marketing, communication and business development practice dedicated to FinTech. Working across the business lifecycle – from start-up strategy, investment roadshows and post-funding “go-to-market” activation – through to producing multi-million/multi-region product launches and campaigns for FTSE 100/Fortune 100 firms. Helped bring to market Elektron, Cobalt, Illuminate Financial, Privitar, Form3, mporium, LMRKTS and BMLL Technologies. Client roster includes established firms such as Thomson Reuters, Kx, Citi, Bank of England, Nex Group and CBOE Bats. Founder of The RegTech Forum, dedicated to the regulated community, its service providers and investors, and a passionate champion of technology and innovation. Dublin-born Mike has spent a 25+ year career working at the sharp end of finance, technology and media globally, based in Asia, the US and Europe – with Arbat/Winter Partners, UBS, Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank.

  • Marianne Scicluna

    Marianne Scicluna

    Director General, MFSA

    Marianne Scicluna is Director General of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). Marianne was appointed as Director General in August 2014, having joined the MFSA in 1995, and has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the supervisory function of the organisation and currently chairs the Supervisory Council of the MFSA and also sits on various committees established jointly with other organizations including the Central Bank of Malta. Marianne Scicluna also sits on the Board of Supervisors of the European Regulatory Authorities.  She began her career in the management consultancy sector before joining the MFSA. She is professionally qualified in finance and regulation of financial services holding a General and an Honours degree in Banking and Finance and Management (University of
    Malta), and a Masters degree in Financial Regulation and Compliance Management (London).

  • Subas Roy

    Subas Roy

    Partner, Oliver Wyman Global; Chairman, International RegTech Association

    Subas Roy is a Partner in Oliver Wyman where he leads the digital Risk and Compliance and the RegTech propositions. Subas has been a strategic advisor to a number of Financial Regulators and Tier-1 FIs on innovation strategy, future of digital including next-generation risk and compliance functions. He has been an adviser to the UNCDF, Gates Foundation and Omidyar Network on the design of digital identity data architecture to promote financial inclusion in emerging economies. He has led the RegTech initiative in the UK including working closely with the FCA on designing and delivering data ontologies for machine-readable regulations. He is a member of the UK Government’s Open Banking working group for design and creation of data-sharing APIs between financial institutions. He currently serves as the global Chairman of the International RegTech Association. He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD on AI and Computational Mathematics and is also a Chartered Accountant.

  • David P. Doyle

    David P. Doyle

    EU Policy Advisor

    Dr. David P. Doyle is an EU Policy adviser and expert, specialising in financial services regulation, and is a frequent speaker on the EU agenda across the EU. He is a former long-serving Irish diplomat based on mainland Europe, spanning both multilateral and bilateral assignments, notably with the Irish Trade mission in Paris, and UNESCO. In addition to acting as an EU policy adviser specializing in financial services regulation, he is also a long-standing member of the Board of the joint MEP-EU industry advocacy body, The Kangaroo Group, and secretary to its Financial Services Working Group at the European Parliament. He also sits on the Board of the joint UK cross-parliamentary/SME-owner body, The Genesis Initiative, at Westminster, focused on SME policy development. Dr Doyle is also actively involved in the Transatlantic Business Council (TABC), and acts as an EU policy expert on the European Council on Corporate Governance/Conference Board, a non-for-profit think-tank. His alumni include the Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College, University of Dublin (Ireland), the Marketing Institute of Ireland, and Kingston University (UK).

  • Matina Massa

    Matina Massa

    Managing Partner - M2-Business Frameworks Ltd.

    Matina Massa is a change agent and business architect with over 30 years’ experience in IT strategy, business planning, process transformation and program management; and has worked for large international organizations such as Virgin, Hewlett Packard, Exxon and Siemens in Europe and North America. She has significant experience consulting to many organisations in the Maltese financial services industry.

    Matina brings deep experience in compliance and data privacy supporting her clients in embedding strong practice. She has a passion for mobilizing change, for digital and data technologies and most importantly, for being able to operationalise complex services and processes. Matina has an M.B.A. and a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and ICT, she speaks 5 languages and is Managing Partner of a boutique consulting firm.

  • Antonio Ghio

    Antonio Ghio

    Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates

    Dr. Antonio Ghio is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and heads its TMT Law Department. He destroyed his first computer at the age of seven and his professional work has solely revolved around ICT law issues, trying to find solutions to the constant struggle existing between law and technology, both inside and outside of the courtrooms. Ghio lectures ICT law and Cyber Crime at the University of Malta. He held the position of Chairman of the Malta Communications Authority as well as EU Malta Digital Champion. He has an LL.M in ICT law from the University of Strathclyde where he specialised on legal aspects of Internet security and online privacy. He is a regular speaker on ICT law issues in local and international conferences. Ghio is a founding member and current president of the Malta Information Technology Law Association (www.mitla.org.mt) and is a member of the International Technology Law Association. He also sits on the board of the Malta Law Academy. Ghio is also 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).

  • Sharon M. Cilia Tortell

    Sharon M. Cilia Tortell

    Group Risk & Controls Manager, REED Global

    Sharon is the Group Risk and Controls Manager for REED and Compliance Officer for two insurance entities. She is a qualified CPA warrant holder with a practicing certificate in auditing. Sharon previously occupied a Manager position within the MFSA Banking Supervision Unit and was a member of several European working groups. She was a manager with PwC; and also provided advisory and consultancy services in relation to financial services regulation and compliance for banks, PSPs, EMIs, FOREX, Investment Firms, Funds and insurance. She also provides training on current financial services legislation, including GDPR, AML / CFT and risk management.

  • Gordon Micallef

    Gordon Micallef

    Partner, RSM Malta

    Gordon Micallef leads the Technology Consulting practice of RSM in Malta where he assists organisations in addressing their digital agenda by guiding board of directors and executives develop and execute transformation strategies enabled by technology. Together with his multidiscipline team of technology, business analysis, and legal specialists, he also delivers managed services to various industries including cyber security, privacy, regulatory technology, and data management. He joined the firm in 2014 and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds other certifications in governance of IT (CGEIT), risk management (CRISC), and project management (Prince2).

  • Jackie Scerri Mallia

    Jackie Scerri Mallia

    Director Legal Services, Equinox Legal

    Jackie Scerri is a litigation lawyer, specialized in the areas of Internet Law, Data Protection, Communications Law, Computer Law, Competition Law. She has carried out several projects and analysis for National authorities and the Commonwealth Secretariat, including the transposition of the EU regulatory directives on Electronic Communications and Data protection into Maltese Law, the analysis of the acquis obligations in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy. She also drafted various national regulatory frameworks for the Kingdom of Swaziland.
    Jackie is currently engaged in consultancy and legal practice through Equinox Legal, in Malta and overseas. She has recently advised the Malta Gaming Authority in relation to anti-money laundering policies as well as public and private entities in relation to the European General Data Protection Regulation. Jackie is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner.

  • Claudio Caruana

    Claudio Caruana

    Head of Legal, GIG

    Claudio Caruana is a warranted lawyer and heads the legal function of a leading gaming and technology group of companies, GIG. He graduated in law from the University of Malta and specialised in Internet Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde. In pursuance of his doctorate degree, in 2013, when the GDPR was still in its infancy, Claudio studied the effects of the proposed regulation on social media networks and cloud computing providers. Previously, Claudio headed the Regulated Industries unit of a legal and advisory firm and held various directorship positions with companies involved in gaming and entertainment.

  • John Mason

    John Mason

    Global Head of Regulatory & Market structure propositions, Thomson Reuters

    John Mason is the Global Head of Regulatory and Market Structure Propositions at Thomson Reuters. In this role, John and his team are responsible for ensuring that Thomson Reuters is effectively addressing the industry’s regulatory challenges – of which MiFID is a particular focus area – and developing solutions across the entire product range to meet the evolving requirements of the financial market participants. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Mason ran the European Enterprise Solutions for Bloomberg and was also their Global Head of Regulatory Reporting. Before joining Bloomberg, Mason was the Chief Operating Officer for Core One Technologies prior to its sale to Markit.

  • Andrew J Zammit

    Andrew J Zammit

    Managing Partner - GVZH Advocates

    Dr Andrew J Zammit is the Managing Partner of GVZH Advocates and heads the firm’s Corporate & M&A, Financial Services Regulation and TMT practices.

    Andrew read law at the University of Malta, and furthered his studies at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, where he was conferred with a Masters of Law degree in company law, financial services law and international trade law.

    Andrew has been in private practice since 2000, is a member of the Chamber of Advocates, the International Bar Association, ITechLaw, and International Masters of Gaming Law, and is a Council Member of the Institute for Financial Services Practitioners in Malta.

  • Romina Lauri

    Romina Lauri

    Head of Compliance - RiskCap International Ltd.

    Romina Lauri is the Head of Compliance at RiskCap International Ltd. She has extensive experience in financial services and regulatory compliance having held senior roles within the local financial institutions, including as an economist, financial risk analyst and risk and compliance manager. Prior to joining RiskCap she headed the regulatory compliance function at HSBC Life Assurance (Malta) Ltd. Romina oversees a portfolio of local and foreign clients for which RiskCap provides regulatory & compliance services. These clients include MiFID firms, AIF Managers, UCITS Companies, AIFs and UCITS funds. Romina, is a member of MACO and holds a Masters degree in Economics and various certificates and qualifications in Compliance.

  • Joe Portelli

    Joe Portelli

    Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange

    Joseph Portelli has over 32 years’ experience employed in various capacities within the financial industry in the U.S and in Malta. He is currently the Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange and sits on its Audit Committee. He is also Chairman of the Financial Literacy Board comprising the Malta Stock Exchange and Ministry of Education members, which focuses on improving financial literacy in Malta. Joseph is also the principal of Risk Compliance Ltd, a board member and sits on the investment committees of APS Bank SICAV and other financial companies, and is the founder and Chairman of Financial Services Gozo, a public-private organization aimed at promoting Gozo as a destination for financial services companies. Joseph founded the Institute of Investment Analysis, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, and has taught courses at the Central Bank of Malta, Malta Institute of Accounting and other institutions.

  • Judy Abdilla Inguanez

    Judy Abdilla Inguanez

    Senior Associate, lecocqassociate

    Dr. Abdilla Inguanez is a Senior Associate at lecocqassociate’s Malta office.  She completed her Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2013, and obtained a Masters in EU and Comparative Law from the University of Malta in 2014.  She was admitted to the bar and became a member of the Chamber of Advocates in 2014.  As a legal trainee, she gained experience in litigation, dealing mostly within the civil aspect of law. Dr Abdilla Inguanez joined lecocqassociate Malta in April 2014 and currently handles lecocqassociate Malta’s structuring and incorporation of financial and non-financial companies.   Her areas of practice also include advisory in Compliance, Risk and Anti-Money Laundering policies and various forms of corporate and commercial activities.  Dr. Abdilla Inguanez has recently been appointed as the Malta Head of Office and leads a team of local lawyers, working cross culturally across the lecocqassociate Group.

  • John Morton

    John Morton

    Application Specialist, Bloomberg

    Over 30 years fixed income experience encompassing a decade of bond sales to Central Banks/Official Institutions, market analysis and commentary for Bloomberg and Bloomberg TV, product scoping, development and presentation of Bloomberg’s analytical tools and regulatory analysis. This included two 12 month secondments to HM Treasury (UK Ministry of Finance) as a Senior Policy Advisor helping develop UK’s position in Level one and two MiFID II negotiations. The last three years have been spent guiding, explaining and presenting Bloomberg’s MiFID II product suite together with general MiFID II analysis and explanation/analysis of the regulation for Bloomberg’s customers.

  • Marco Folcia

    Marco Folcia

    Partner | EMEA Payments Leader, PwC Italy

    Marco has proven expertise in retail banking, combining expertise in business transformation, post deal integration and payments, with a solid banking industry background having worked with large and mid-market retail banks. Marco has been working for more than 15 years for leading consulting firms in Italy and Europe, managing projects around strategy definition in the payments market, product transformation and evolution in cards and payment business. He managed PSD2 projects providing methodological support to the strategic vision for the integration of PSD2 into current markets’ scenarios and technical developments. On top of that, he is in charge of supervising the PSD2 team at italian and international level.

  • Nicholas Warren

    Nicholas Warren

    Senior Manager, Financial Services, Blockchain & Fintech, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

    Nicholas Warren is a Senior Manager within the Financial Services Practice Group at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates. Over the past decade, Nicholas has been mainly responsible for providing counsel to international clients on the various licence processes and ongoing structuring of investment funds. Together with the financial services team, Nicholas is responsible for handholding financial services’ clients; both within the sphere of credit and financial institutions as well as those wishing to list on the Malta Stock Exchange, guiding them through the whole process, including the setting up or continuation to Malta of legal entities as part of their restructuring within the regulated business environment as well as any ongoing regulatory support.

  • Mark Curmi

    Mark Curmi

    Associate Director - KPMG Malta

    Mark Curmi is an Associate Director at KPMG Malta, leading the Banking & Financial Institutions advisory services arm. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Banking, with Honours in Management from the University of Malta, and has over ten years of local and international banking experience. Mark joined KPMG in 2014 where he was at the forefront of major engagements, including advice with disposals and acquisitions of Banks and Financial Institutions, licencing of new Credit and Financial Institutions, ongoing regulatory advice and assistance, and, more recently, assignments related to financial technology, Coin Offerings and Virtual Currencies. He also represents the local practice at KPMG’s ECB Office in Frankfurt. Mark has lectured in Management at the University of Malta and MCAST and currently provides training in Compliance and Risk Management to Banks and Financial Institutions.

  • Ivo Camilleri

    Ivo Camilleri

    Malta Bankers' Association

    Ivo Camilleri has worked in the financial services industry for the past 30 years, and is today responsible for leading the Bank’s electronic banking function, an area that incorporates a range of services inclusive of card issuing and acquiring business; electronic and mobile payments; and the Bank’s digital channels. Besides business experience, Ivo has a strong financial technology background, having occupied various strategic and practitioner roles in financial technology for over two thirds of his career.

  • Herman Ciappara

    Herman Ciappara

    Head Payments & Banking Department, Central Bank of Malta

    Herman Ciappara has over twenty five years of experience working in different roles within the Central Bank of Malta, including IT, risk management, and payments. Currently he occupies the position of Head of Payments & Banking Department responsible for the provision of banking services to Government, for back-office operations, for the regulation and oversight of payment and securities settlement systems in Malta, and for payments policy. He chairs the Payment Systems User Group within the Malta Bankers’ Association and is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Strategy for Electronic Payments. He is also Malta’s representative on the Market Infrastructure and Payments Committee within the Eurosystem of Central Banks and participates in various expert groups on Payments within the Commission.

  • Nic De Maesschalck

    Nic De Maesschalck

    Director, BIPAR, POI, WFII

    Nic De Maesschalck is Director of BIPAR, (European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries), POI (Partners of Intermediaries) and WFII (World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries). Along with its 53 member associations in 30 countries, BIPAR represents insurance intermediaries with the European Authorities. Apart from some large multinationals, the insurance intermediation sector consists of hundreds of thousands of SMEs and micro-type operators. It accounts for 0.7% of European GDP, and over one million people are active in the sector. Insurance and financial intermediaries facilitate the insurance and financial process for several hundreds of millions of customers. The variety of business models, the high level of competition and the geographical spread in the sector ensure that everyone in Europe has easy access to tailor-made insurance and financial services.

  • Elaine Magri

    Elaine Magri

    Associate, GANADO Advocates

    Dr. Elaine Magri is an Associate within GANADO Advocates’ Insurance and Pensions team with particular focus on insurance and re-insurance regulation, insurance intermediaries and corporate matters. Elaine regularly advises the firm’s clients on regulatory and legal matters in relation to insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance intermediaries and captives and also assists clients in general corporate and company law.  Elaine has assisted clients in aligning themselves with the requirements of the IDD, including delivery of various lectures. Elaine is the acting secretary of the Association of Insurance Brokers.

  • Malcolm Falzon

    Malcolm Falzon

    Partner, Camilleri Preziosi

    Malcolm Falzon forms part of the Corporate & Finance practice group at Camilleri Preziosi. His areas of specialisation comprise insurance, pensions, capital markets, M&A, corporate finance, asset finance and gaming. Malcolm leads the firm’s insurance practice, assisting local and international clients on regulatory, corporate, licensing and dispute resolution matters. Recent engagements including the licensing of a captive insurance company, transfer of insurance business portfolio, M&A deals involving licensed operators, and dispute resolution involving insurance operators. Malcolm joined the firm’s traineeship programme in 2003. Following completion of his LL.D studies at the University of Malta, he read for a LL.M in Corporate & Commercial Law at University College, London, and returned to Camilleri Preziosi as an associate in late 2005. Malcolm was admitted to partnership in 2013.

  • Josianne Briffa

    Josianne Briffa

    Group Compliance Officer, MAPFRE MSV Life & MAPFRE Middlesea

    Josianne Briffa has over 14 years of experience in financial services, specialising primarily in the area of financial regulation. She started her career within the Financial Services Advisory Team of KPMG Malta, after which she joined Groupe Renault, leading the Compliance and Internals Controls unit for the group’s insurance entities in Malta. In 2013 Josianne joined MAPFRE Malta and she holds the role of Group Compliance Officer, for MAPFRE Middlesea plc and MAPFRE MSV Life plc. Josianne is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Arts in Financial Services with distinction from the University of Malta. She is the Chairperson of the Regulatory Affairs Sector of the Malta Insurance Association and a member of the Malta Association of Compliance Officers.

  • Romina Bonnici

    Romina Bonnici

    Senior Manager- Regulatory & Compliance, Mamo TCV

    Romina Bonnici is a Senior Manager within Mamo TCV, where she forms part of the corporate and insurance law practice group. Drawing from her extensive experience, Romina’s role focuses on assisting clients on compliance and regulatory matters involved in the financial services sector, including insurance and pensions-related advice on corporate governance matters, legal and regulatory matters. Romina also provides assistance with the authorisation process, focusing on re/insurance undertakings, intermediaries and pensions related applications, including making submissions to and assisting clients in front of the MFSA. Romina previously occupied the position of Deputy Director within the Authorisation Unit at the MFSA, leading an analytical and multidisciplinary team whose duties primarily involved the processing of applications in the areas of insurance, pensions, trusts and corporate services providers.

  • Michelle Mizzi Buontempo

    Michelle Mizzi Buontempo

    Director, MFSA

    Dr. Michelle Mizzi Buontempo read law at the University of Malta and was also awarded an M.A. in Financial Services from the same University.   Dr. Mizzi Buontempo has over twenty years of experience in the regulation and supervision of financial services, including supervision of investment firms, trustees and company service providers.  She represents the MFSA at various Standing Committees of the European Securities and Markets Authority.  Dr. Mizzi Buontempo was also responsible for the establishment and development of a new regulatory framework for the conduct supervision of investment firms, insurance undertakings and intermediaries with the ultimate aim of securing appropriate consumer protection in financial services. Prior to joining the MFSA, Dr. Mizzi Buontempo headed the corporate division of a leading audit firm. Since January 2015, Dr. Mizzi Buontempo was appointed as the director of the Conduct Supervisory Unit within the MFSA, which unit has the primary responsibility to address potential or emerging risks for financial services consumers as well as strengthen the responsibilities of Financial Services licence holders in treating customers fairly.

  • Susan Hayes

    Susan Hayes

    HayesCulleton

    Susan HayesCulleton, CFA is co-founder and managing director of Hayes Culleton; a financial training and economic consultancy company with clients in Ireland, UK, US and Malta. Susan delivers practical, insight-rich keynote speeches all over the world backed by hard fact. She is co-author of “Positive Economics”, An A-levels textbook and has published “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom” and “The Savvy Guide to Making More Money” with Penguin Ireland. Susan also co-founded #SavvyTeenAcademy, a Summer Camp for teenagers focusing on careers, communication and confidence and #SavvyWomeOnline; a podcast library where she “interviews the uninterviewed” to help make meaningful success accessible for all women. She serves on the board of the Irish International Business Network and regular thought leadership pieces on her blog www.thepositiveeconomist.com.

  • Alfred Camilleri

    Alfred Camilleri

    Permanent Secretary, MFIN

    Mr Alfred Camilleri graduated with Honours in Public Administration from the University of Malta in 1983. In 1992, he attained a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Wales. Mr Camilleri joined the Public Service in 1977. He was appointed Director at the Central Office of Statistics in 1996 and Director General at the National Statistics Office in 2001. He was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Finance in 2006. He is Chairperson of the Compensation Committee of the European Stability Mechanism, a member of the European Union’s Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), and a member of the Euro Area Coordinating Group (EUROGROUP) on Economic and Financial Affairs, among others. He has participated in and hosted numerous local and international events of a policy, statistical, economic and financial nature. He has been participating in the monthly meetings of the Economic and Financial Committee for a number of years. He regularly provides support and attends the Heads of State European Councils. He also participates in the IMF/World Bank meetings.

  • Juanita Bencini

    Juanita Bencini

    Insititute of Financial Services Practitioners

    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.

  • David Stellini

    David Stellini

    Spokesperson for EU Affairs and Brexit

    Hon. David Stellini is a Maltese Member of Parliament with the Nationalist Party (centre right) who represents the Gozo constituency. He is the Opposition Spokesperson on European Affairs and Brexit. Before entering politics, David Stellini worked in Brussels for 10 years as a spokesperson with the Parliamentary Group of the European People’s Party number. Before that he worked with the Maltese National Euro Changeover Committee which engineered the smooth currency transition from the Maltese lira to the Euro.

  • Joseph Zammit Tabona

    Joseph Zammit Tabona

    Chairman of the Government Task Force on Brexit

    Joseph Zammit Tabona was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement from active practice in March 2000. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Taxation and has a warrant to practice as a Certified Public Accountant. In 1997, Mr Zammit Tabona was conferred the significant honour of a knighthood of Magistral Grace by the Sovereign Hospitalier Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta. In December 2016, the Government of Malta appointed him a Member of the Order of Merit, while in November 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Malta Stock Exchange plc. In 2013, Mr Zammit Tabona was appointed as Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Malta for Investment Promotion, a post that he still holds. In 2017, he was appointed as chair of the ‘Malta – UK Business Promotion Task Force’. Mr Zammit Tabona is a Director of the Klesch Group Limited, Chairman of the Valletta Cruise Port plc, non-executive director of Medserv plc , and Chairman of Tigne Mall plc. Mr Zammit Tabona’s experience in public practice and his involvement in both public and private sectors in recent years have enabled him to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of all sectors of local industry.

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A networking event will be held on Wednesday, 16th May 2017 at 18:00 at the Gazebo, Hilton Hotel, St Julians 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.

 

 

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  • WORKSHOP A - The EU GDPR takes effect in May - do you have a roadmap for implementation?

    Sponsored by REED

    The EU GDPR takes effect in May – do you have a roadmap for implementation?

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25, 2018 with significantly strengthened regulatory requirements and corresponding high penalties. This hands-on session will provide you with a high-level understanding of GDPR and will also provide you with a roadmap for implementation.  You can also complete a snapshot readiness assessment during the session.

    Keynote speaker:

    Matina Massa – M2-Business Frameworks Limited

    Moderator:

    Dr Antonio Ghio – Fenech & Fenech Advocates

    Panellists:

    Sharon M. Cilia Tortell – REED Global
    Gordon Micallef – RSM
    Jackie Scerri Mallia – Equinox Legal
    Claudio Caruana – GIG

  • WORKSHOP B - MiFiD II and MiFiR: analysing its implementation and impact so far

    Sponsored by Malta Stock Exchange

    MiFiD Accomplished?

    In January this year MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) was introduced across the EU. The impact of this Directive has been 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.

    To what extent is it fair to say that MiFID II has strengthened investor protection and improved the functioning of financial markets making them more efficient, resilient and transparent?

    Keynote speaker:

    John Mason – Thomson Reuters

    Moderator:

    Dr Andrew J Zammit – GVZH Advocates

    Panellists:

    Joe Portelli – Malta Stock Exchange
    Judy Abdilla Inguanez – lecocqassociate
    John Morton – Bloomberg
    Romina Lauri – RiskCap International Ltd.

  • WORKSHOP C - PSD2: a game changer for the banking industry

    Sponsored by Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

    PSD2: a game changer for the banking industry

    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: Marco Folcia – PwC Italy

    Moderator:

    Nicholas Warren – Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

    Panellists:

    Marco Folcia – PwC Italy
    Mark Curmi – KPMG
    Ivo Camilleri – Malta Bankers’ Association
    Herman Ciappara – Central Bank of Malta

  • WORKSHOP D: The Insurance Distribution Directive

     

    IDD: What does it change?

    Directive 2016/97 — insurance distribution rules – aims to improve the way insurance products are distributed, intermediated and advised so that they continue and bring real benefits to consumers and retail investors in the EU.

    The IDD needs to be implemented on 1 July 2018 and applied as of 1 October 2018. This session will provide an overview of this Directive and its main changes compared to IMD with a discussion following on its implementation and relevance to the Maltese market.

    Keynote Speaker: Nic De Maesschalck – Bipar

    Moderator:

    Elaine Magri – GANADO Advocates

    Panellists:

    Malcolm Falzon – Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
    Josianne Briffa – MAPFRE MSV Life & MAPFRE Middlesea
    Romina Bonnici – Mamo TCV
    Michelle Mizzi Buontempo – MFSA

  • 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.

    Federico Vasoli

  • 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

Conference Programme

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 Wednesday 16th May 2018

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

Venue: Gazebo, Hilton Hotel, St Julians

Sponsored by Castille


Thursday 17th May 2018

Conference Chair: Michael Imeson – The Banker


Registration (08:00 – 08:45)


08:45 Welcome Address

Speaker: Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman

09:00 Keynote Address

Speaker: Hon. Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat

09:15 The Fintech Revolution: Europe’s role as a centre of digital innovation in financial services

Speaker: Helen Köpman – 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 – Fintech, AI, & Data Science Expert

Panellists:

Ian Gauci – Partner, GTG Advocates & Afilexion Alliance
Claudine Cassar – Leader, Deloitte Digital Malta
Sophia Bantanidis – EMEA Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy and Citi Accelerator Mentor
Tugce Ergul – CEO, AngelLabs


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Boston Link


11:00 Cyber security: Executive Simulation of a Cyber Attack

New regulatory requirements like the NIS Directive require Finance executives to be ready to lead business recovery after a major breach.

This high-impact simulation gives delegates a taste of the commercial challenges that confront leaders during a major cyber attack. Delegates will experience the shock, speed and ambiguity of a significant breach. Live voting will highlight differences of opinion, for example about how to protect reputation and revenues during a crisis. Delegates will learn how to engage their colleagues on cyber security through simulations that bring home the value of data and the importance of new regulations.

Speaker: Kevin Duffey – Managing Director, Cyber Rescue Alliance

11:20 Bitcoin, Blockchain & Initial Coin Offerings: to be encouraged or suppressed?

Speaker: Christopher Buttigieg – Director, MFSA

Panel session –

Moderator: Christopher Buttigieg – Director, MFSA

Panellists: 

Luke Scanlon – Legal Director Head of Fintech Propositions, Pinsent Masons
Steve Tendon – Director, ChainStrategies
Luka Müller-Studer – Partner and Co-founder of MME Legal | Tax | Compliance, Switzerland
Max Ganado – Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates

12:10 RegTech: Reshaping the Supervisor Market Participant Relationship

New technologies, Cloud based services, Crowdfunding, FinTech using AI and Neural Networks, Blockchain are rapidly changing the economics and landscape of regulated industries, including but not exclusively, banking and finance. New products, services, non-industry players, are radically changing the nature of the markets and the relationship between supervisors and market participants. Regulators have to adapt and innovate (along with the incumbents), avoiding regulatory barriers to new competitive and disruptive forces that promise greater financial inclusion and financial depth.

Main presentation:  Nasser Saidi – President, Nasser Saidi & Associates

Discussion – 

Moderator: Mike Wilson, Founder & CEO, ditto

Panellists:

Nasser Saidi – President, Nasser Saidi & Associates
Marianne Scicluna – Director General, MFSA
Subas Roy – Partner, Oliver Wyman Global; Chairman, International RegTech Association

13:00 The evolving and strengthened EU supervisory framework – Where are we going?

The post-financial crisis regulatory framework kick-started a move to a more elevated and centralized approach to oversight and supervision of the EU financial services sector, embracing increasingly all actors, markets and financial instruments. More Recent proposals may see the strengthening of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA’s), with direct supervisory implications for CCPs, fund management, certain capital markets and trading.

In parallel, the Capital Markets Union initiative calls for more financial integration and a more integrated EU supervisory framework to ensure consistent supervision and uniform enforcement of the single rulebook, especially cross-border financial activities.   But financial integration also raises the risks of contagion between Member States in the event of adverse shocks.  The speaker will review the current proposals to strengthen the ESA’s, the rationale, and its interface with the ECB Single Supervisory Mechanism and the future role of the national competent authorities.

Speaker: David Doyle – EU Policy Advisor, Financial Services Regulation


Lunch Break

Sponsored by Boston Link


14:30 – 15:30 Workshops: choose your preferred workshop A, B, C or D

Workshop A – The EU GDPR takes effect in May – do you have a roadmap for implementation?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25, 2018 with significantly strengthened regulatory requirements and corresponding high penalties. This hands-on session will provide you with a high-level understanding of GDPR and will also provide you with a roadmap for implementation.  You can also complete a snapshot readiness assessment during the session.

Sponsored by REED

Keynote Speaker: Matina Massa – Managing Partner, M2 – Business Frameworks Limited

Panel Session

Moderator: Antonio Ghio – Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Panellists:
Sharon M. Cilia Tortell – Group Risk & Controls Manager, REED Global
Gordon Micallef – Partner, RSM
Jackie Scerri Mallia – Director Legal Services, Equinox Legal
Claudio Caruana – Head of Legal, GIG

Workshop B – MiFid Accomplished?

In January this year MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) was introduced across the EU. The impact of this Directive has been 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.

To what extent is it fair to say that MiFID II has strengthened investor protection and improved the functioning of financial markets making them more efficient, resilient and transparent?

Sponsored by Malta Stock Exchange

Keynote Speaker: John Mason – Global Head of Regulatory & Market structure propositions, Thomson Reuters

Panel Session

Moderator: Andrew Zammit – Managing Partner, GVZH Advocates

Panellists:
Joe Portelli – Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange
Judy Abdilla Inguanez – Senior Associate, lecocqassociate
Romina Lauri – Head of Compliance, RiskCap International Ltd.
John Morton – Application Specialist, Bloomberg

Workshop C – PSD2: a game changer for the banking industry

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.

Sponsored by Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Keynote Speaker: Marco Folcia – Partner,  EMEA Payments Leader, PwC Italy

Panel Session

Moderator: Nicholas Warren – Senior Manager, Financial Services, Blockchain & Fintech, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

Panellists:
Marco Folcia – Partner, EMEA Payments Leader, PwC Italy
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 – IDD: What does it change?

Directive 2016/97 — insurance distribution rules – aims to improve the way insurance products are distributed, intermediated and advised so that they continue and bring real benefits to consumers and retail investors in the EU.

The IDD needs to be implemented on 1 July 2018 and applied as of 1 October 2018. This session will provide an overview of this Directive and its main changes compared to IMD with a discussion following on its implementation and relevance to the Maltese market.

Keynote Speaker: Nic De Maesschalck – Director, BIPAR

Panel Session

Moderator: Elaine Magri – Associate, GANADO Advocates

Panellists:
Malcolm Falzon – Partner, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
Josianne Briffa – Group Compliance Officer, MAPFRE MSV Life & MAPFRE Middlesea
Romina Bonnici – Senior Manager- Regulatory & Compliance, Mamo TCV
Michelle Mizzi Buontempo – Director, MFSA


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Boston Link


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 – HayesCulleton

Panellists:
Alfred Camilleri – Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Finance
Juanita Bencini – Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
David Stellini – Opposition 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.

Sponsors

THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPONSORS

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.

Diamond Sponsor

  • Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. Thomson Reuters financial & risk solutions deliver critical news, information and analytics to the global financial community – enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investing, financial and corporate professionals. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

Platinum Sponsors

  • Konnekt

    Konnekt is Malta’s leading professional recruitment agency. To us recruitment isn’t about numbers; it’s about understanding people. We are confident in having a thorough understanding of the finance and legal industries,  and our uncompromising approach to the way we build relationships has allowed us to ensure lasting connections. With over a decade of experience, Konnekt handles more than 1,800+ projects per year and has worked with over 60,000 candidates and 1,000+ clients, ranging from SMEs to multinational organisations. Konnekt’s team of over 35 Recruitment Specialists work tirelessly to provide a top-notch service. The Finance & Legal specialist team is made up of professionals with backgrounds in banking, insurance, law, finance, business and psychology. This ensures that we are truly equipped to understand client needs.  Constant training and keeping abreast with changes in the market put us at the forefront in delivering the best service to our clients. Our research-based recruitment methodology sets us apart, but what truly makes Konnekt Malta’s top recruitment agency is our commitment to working with integrity. Our work ethic has earned us the trust of a wide network of candidates and clients.

  • RiskCap International Ltd

    RiskCap International Ltd was established in 2013 to provide customized and outsourced risk management, regulatory compliance and governance solutions to the financial services industry. We are in Malta and London United Kingdom and have built up a business with a team with backgrounds in compliance, finance, accounting, mathematics and risk management. It is our ambition is to be pioneers for best practice, to see new opportunities and to find novel solutions. We are committed to innovative thinking, professionalism and a strong GRC culture and be at the forefront of our specialist areas and challenge our clients to think differently. Our clients are of all sizes and come from all segments of the financial services industry and are supervised by regulators around the world. These clients include investment managers and funds (over €5 billion AUM), investment firms, banks, payment and e-money institutions and insurance firms.

  • Dolfin Asset Services Limited

    Dolfin Malta is an independent investment services firm providing depositary, custody, and execution services. We combine investment expertise with digital agility. We partner with wealth managers and advisers to help them exceed their clients’ expectations and grow their business with security, simplicity and speed. Our team shares strong values and a readiness to challenge convention. Together, let’s reimagine finance.

    For more, visit dolfin.com, email info@dolfin.mt or follow us on Twitter @dolfinhq

Gold Sponsors

  • Vacancy Centre is a small yet remarkably effective recruitment business fulfilling the resourcing needs of organisations of all sizes across a wide range of industry sectors, namely Banking & Finance, Legal & Compliance, Gaming & IT, Sales, Marketing & Administration. With a depth of experience of 30 years in the recruitment sector, VacancyCentre knows exactly how to reach the best people to fill almost any position. We pride ourselves in delivering an unrivalled candidate experience to ensure we create an ethos that our clients feel confident will represent them in the best possible way. The foundation of our success is based on treating both candidates and clients as valued customers. We seek to establish trust and respect by providing an excellent recruitment service to our clients and being trusted career advisors to our candidates.

  • 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, TMT, maritime law and marine litigation, yachting, employment and environmental law. The Fenlex group, the firm’s trust and corporate services provider, is a recognised 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 internationally-ranked financial services, TMT and tax teams provide seamless interdisciplinary advice in the cutting-edge ICO and FinTech sectors.

  • BDO (Malta) is a fully fledged corporate services firm assisting international and Maltese clients in transactions, tax, remote gaming licencing, company administration, advisory and consulting as well as other corporate requirements. Our team evolved in its present form through the engagement of specialists who have excelled in their various fields, including Audit and Assurance, Tax and VAT Compliance and Consulting, Outsourcing Services, Legal and Consulting Services, Fiduciary Services, Banking, Incorporation/Formation of Companies, Correspondence and Administrative Services, Directorship and Company Secretarial, Yachting and Shipping Services, Aircraft registration and Tax Advice, Formation of Trusts and Foundations, Gaming Licencing, Securitisation Vehicle and Funds Setup. We are also licensed agents for the Individual Investor Programme. Our exceptional service delivery is built on five key components: clear understanding of client needs, effective communication, commitment to our clients, the best available professionals and strong ethical values.

  • Estera is a world-leading provider of fiduciary and administration services. Established for over 25 years, we provide corporate, trust, fund and accounting services to clients across the globe. We have more than 500 highly qualified professionals across 12 jurisdictions: Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Seychelles and UK. Our Malta office, formerly part of the Heritage Group, collaborates with our international clients and their advisers to deliver smart, considered and most of all practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions. Our commercial focus, attention to detail and responsiveness coupled with a resolute commitment to the delivery of service excellence, is what sets us apart. 

Silver Sponsors

  • Nicholls Moisa Ltd – Ethical, Strategic, Responsive, Agile.

    With a combined expertise of over 20 years, we pursue excellence in delivering high performers to the financial services & fintech sectors across Malta & EMEA. We identify top performers on behalf of  established and start-up businesses that want to enhance or gain competitive advantage in the market by identifying and retaining the best employees.

  • Reyl & Cie (Malta) Ltd.

    Founded in 1973, the REYL Group is an independent diversified banking group with offices in Geneva, Zurich, Lugano, London, Luxembourg, Malta, Singapore, Dallas and Dubai. The Group manages assets in excess of CHF 15 billion and employs 210 professionals. Developing an innovative approach to banking, the Group serves a clientele of international entrepreneurs and institutional investors through its Wealth Management, Corporate & Family Governance, Corporate Advisory & Structuring, Asset Services and Asset Management business lines.

  • Alter Domus

    Alter Domus is a fully integrated Fund and Corporate services provider, 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. Alter Domus has continually expanded its service offer and today counts 39 offices and desks across five continents. This international network enables clients to benefit globally from the expertise of more than 1,800 experienced professionals.

  • Linedata

    With 20 years’ experience and 700+ clients in 50 countries, Linedata’s 1300 employees in 20 offices provide global humanized technology solutions and services for the asset management and credit industries that help its clients to evolve and to operate at the highest levels.

Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors

  • Castille

    Castille is the professional network in Technical and Financial talent. We are the leading brand in Tech and Finance offering specialist recruitment, scalable staffing solutions, technical training and digital employer branding. We leverage our expert industry and market knowledge to help businesses and professionals achieve higher performance and outstanding results. Operating in 3 countries, we combine deep geographic presence, world-class talent solutions and a tailored, consultative approach to attract, develop and retain the best and brightest people in Tech and Finance. Being a people-centric talent network, Castille takes pride in accompanying candidates throughout their professional development giving them lifetime career opportunities in strategic sectors and technical areas of skill.

Workshop Sponsors

  • Workshop A

    Sponsored by REED

    Reed Specialist Recruitment is the world’s largest family-run specialist provider of recruitment solutions. The biggest European database of 12 million jobseekers enables us to help the world Love Mondays. At REED, we are matching jobseekers and employers globally for over 55 years. In Malta we specialise in: Accountancy & Finance, Financial Services, iGaming, Technology, and Business Support recruitment. The REED Group operates across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

  • Workshop B

    Sponsored by Malta Stock Exchange

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) is an EU regulated market providing a transparent listing and trading infrastructure for financial instruments. It also offers a comprehensive back–office services comprising post trade clearing and settlement, financial instrument register maintenance and custody services. The MSE also operates Prospects MTF a SME oriented market and IFSM, an institutional securities market. Securities traded on the MSE are held in dematerialized form. Dematerialisation services are also possible for unlisted securities.

  • Workshop C

    Sponsored by Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

    Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates is one of the largest professional services firm in Malta, providing legal, tax and fiduciary to businesses, private clients and governments worldwide. It is continuously expanding its presence, with offices in Cyprus, London, Zurich and Hong Kong. It’s global vision and business acumen has been the driving force behind the firm’s evolution over the years to offer a host of comprehensive and integrated services to its growing client base.

Lunch & Networking Breaks Sponsor

  • Boston Link

    An international boutique recruitment company headquartered in Malta with offices in the UK and the Isle of Man, our team connects employers to an international talent pool. Enjoy the professionalism of our experienced group of consultants, the prompt and personal service of a locally based team, and the understanding that comes from our specialist market knowledge.

Bronze Sponsors

  • 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.
  • Camilleri Preziosi Advocates is a Maltese law firm committed to deliver an efficient service 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 transactional and regulatory advice, and assistance to clients.
  • The Institute of Financial Services Practitioners represents financial services practitioners in Malta. It communicates practitioners’ suggestions, concerns and frustrations in a cohesive manner to both regulatory authorities and the Government, as well as keeping members up to date with new developments and providing training and other services in crucial areas.
  • Vodafone Malta

    In an increasingly connected world, businesses will need solutions that scale and adapt as their business needs change. Vodafone is your total communications partner which keeps you globally connected, constantly innovating to ensure you are well prepared for today and tomorrow’s challenges. The Future is Exciting. Ready?
  • The Academy of Business Leaders

    helps students achieve success with a particular focus on industry needs. We offer accredited courses in Finance, Leadership, Management, Marketing, HR, and Employment Law. Our Centre of Finance is accredited by ACCA, CIMA and offers an MSc in Investment, Treasury and Banking with Dublin City University.
  • Infocredit Group Ltd, leading provider of risk management solutions for more than 45 years, is the exclusive strategic partner of LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Malta. It offers deep, industry-specific expertise to customers seeking superior KYC solutions for anti-money laundering compliance, including data services on PEPs, Sanctions, Enforcement and Adverse Media, all with global coverage.
  • GO is Malta's leading communications services company. As the first quad-play provider in Malta we provide mobile, fixed line, internet and TV services to more than 500,000 customers. We also provide services to the business community, including Cloud Services, roaming hubs, data networking solutions, business IP, managed and co-location facilities.