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IFSP Annual Conference 2019

Striking a Balance for Financial Services
regulation and competitiveness
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Just one week to go!

The IFSP’s conference for 2019, under the working title of Striking a Balance for Financial Services: between regulation and competitiveness will be held on 25 Febuary 2019, at the Xara Lodge on the limits of Rabat.

The conference provides an annual opportunity for IFSP members and practitioners to meet while learning about – and discussing – the trends bearing on Malta’s financial services industry from some of the leading professionals in their fields. The programme may be downloaded in PDF form through this link; most of the speakers have now confirmed but, of course, changes are still possible. The list, below, of sessions planned for the conference should give a taste of what to expect.

Sessions to look out for:

Fintech – is Malta getting it right?, a highly topical subject given the development of VFA regulations over the past six months.
Discussing the topics: Leonard Bonello (GANADO Advocates), Rosanne Bonnici (Fenech & Fenech Advocates), Ian Gauci (GTG Advocates), Ian Stafrace (Altlas Insurance) and Christopher Buttigieg (MFSA), moderated by Wayne Pisani (IFSP President, Grant Thornton)

AML for Blockchain and Blockchain for AML – regulating virtual assets and attracting business in the field is all very good, but how do the ever-increasing demands of AML responsibilities fit in, and equally importantly how can a more technological approach ease the AML due diligence?
Looking at the many issues involved: Philip Bugeja (BDO), Jonathan Phyall (FIAU) and Diane Bugeja (Camilleri Preziosi Advocates)

The transparent world – the international mood is for ever increasing transparency in tax matters and beyond. How do the Register of Beneficial Owners and DAC6 fit into a practitioner’s day to day business?
Exploring what transparency means to practitioners: Anthony Cremona (GANADO Advocates), Marc Alden (Deloitte), Malcolm Becker (Bentley Trust (Malta) Limited), Michail Tegos (KPMG)
 Petra Camilleri (MFSA). The discussion will be moderated by Mirko Rapa (PwC)

The Malta tax landscape: key developments and outlook – tax impinges on every practitioner’s business, be they a tax professional or not. We look at where tax policy is headed, and what it may mean for your business.
Navigating the tax policy thickets for you: Andre Zarb (KPMG), Conrad Cassar Torregiani (Deloitte) and Robert Attard (EY), moderated by Neville Gatt (PwC)

Upholding Malta’s reputation – our jurisdiction’s reputation has taken a public battering over the past couple of years. Seasoned practitioners discuss what each individual practitioner can do to stem the damage and rebuild the trust.
Bringing their experience to bear on this: Andrew Manduca, Juanita Bencini joined by Andre Zerafa (GANADO Advocates), moderated by Andrew Zammit (GVZH Advocates)

MFSA – reorganisation & vision – the proper functioning of the regulator is of clear interest to each and every practitioner.
The MFSA’s CEO, Joseph Cuschieri will be laying out his vision.

Coordination among authorities an FS perspective – financial services is dependent on an increasing number of authorities which regulate or service different aspects of the industry. Each, be it the MFSA, the FIAU, the MDIA or indeed any other, feed into or circumscribe the work of the practitioner. So how do the authorities coordinate their work? This is of clear interest to practitioners!
Discussing the complexity: Joshua Ellul (MDIA) and Edward Woods (MCA) will be joined by representative from the FIAU and the MFSA, moderated by Malcolm Falzon (Camilleri Preziosi Advocates)

As always, the conference will provide practitioners the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues raised by the speakers, outside the conference room itself over lunch and coffee.

Registrations are now open, with a standard registration fee of €150, reduced to €120 for members and €60 for students. Firms sending five or more people to the conference get a special group rate of €90. Make sure you get your seat at the discussions by registering for the conference.


25th February 2019 8:30
25th February 2019 17:30
Xara Lodge
Rabat Malta
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