IFSP Conference 2024

Malta’s Financial Services Proposition – A Status Check

22nd May 2024
Hilton, St. Julians

The IFSP Annual Conference is expected to attract around 250 of the leading financial services practitioners on the island, who between them represent over 120 financial services firms catering to international clients as well as the domestic market. Coming from the largest accounting and law firms to mid-sized and smaller advisory firms and even sole practitioners, delegates attend the IFSP conference for a valuable discussion on the current issues, challenges and opportunities for financial services in and from Malta.

This conference reaches the required Continuing Professional Education standards and benchmarks of the MIA and so it is accredited with 5.25 Core CPE Hours, 1 Professional Development.

More information will be available on social media through #ifspconf2024.


To get access to the financial services industry in Malta, take a look at our sponsorship opportunities, designed to provide exposure to industry practitioners across the event. The sponsorships packages in the link below, include opportunities for every level of interest and budget.

We urge you to look through our sponsorship packages and associated benefits to work out how to maximise your visibility and exposure. Feel free to pass the IFSP Conference Sponsorship brochure to anyone in your organisation or anyone else you think may benefit from this opportunity.

If you have any queries, please contact Ms Lindsey Busuttil on events@ifsp.org.mt.


0800 – 0900

0900 – 0910
Welcome Address
Nick Captur

0910 – 0955
Panel Discussion: MFSAC Strategy – The Key to Success is Action!
Moderator: Nick Captur
Speakers: Mark Bugeja, Fabio Axisa, Bernice Buttigieg

0955 – 1010
Keynote Address
Hon. Minister Clyde Caruana, Minister of Finance

1010 – 1025
Keynote Address
Hon Jerome Caruana Cilia, Opposition Spokesperson

1025 – 1055
Coffee Break & Networking

1055 – 1125
MBR : Latest Developments and Challenges
Stephen Attard tete-a-tete with Geraldine Spiteri Lucas

1125 – 1215
Panel Discussion: AI and Automation in Financial Services – the evil twin or better half of the sector?
The panel will, after demystifying AI for the audience, move on to a discussion of the current form of generative AI and the broader forms of machine intelligence that have application in financial services as in other areas. The discussion will keep the focus on possible practical developments, beyond what is currently possible, and seek to make the point that, as with other developing technologies, whether AI becomes a force for good or evil depends upon how people put it in use.
Moderator: Steve Gingell
Panel: Gianluca Busuttil, Gordon Micallef, Alexiei Dingli, Keith Cortis

1215 – 1300
Panel Discussion: The Future of PMLFT: the Elephants in the Room! A Poacher’s Perspective
Taking a macro perspective on the PMLFT framework and environment, we aim to explore the bigger picture within the context of the many moving parts of an evolving context and the impact on subject parsons. Addressing the perception of the legitimacy of the current framework within the context of the constitutional cases and what this means for the country, the FIAU, and subject persons; The impact of the updated NRA which was published early this year, and the potential tension between the NRA and the economic realities of the country; The development of Artificial Intelligence as a PMLFT sentinel, and the challenges this may raise for subject persons and regulators.
Moderator: Ariane Azzopardi
Panel: Anthony Cremona, Yehuda Shaffer, Roxanne Borg, Mirko Rapa Manche

1305 – 1405
Lunch Break & networking

1410 – 1510
Breakout 1: Tax Developments: EU FASTER & TP Directives on a Clear & Visible Horizon
Chris Curmi, Chair of the IFSP Tax & EU Affairs Subcommittee, will provide a succinct update on global and EU tax developments and the efforts of the Subcommittee in this respect. Trudy Muscat and Ivan Zammit will then present salient matters that have arisen, locally and regionally, further to the proposal by the EU Commission of a Transfer Pricing Directive. Subsequently, Juanita Brockdorff and Bernard Attard will share insights on the FASTER initiative which is at the top of the agenda of the EU Council of Ministers. The breakout session will conclude by opening the floor to thoughts and queries that the audience may have.
Moderator: Chris Curmi
Panel: Juanita Brockdorff, Trudy Muscat, Bernard Attard, Ivan Zammit

1410 – 1510
Breakout 2: Financial Services sector – Areas of Growth
In sync with the underlying theme of this year’s conference, this panel will seek to provide the audience with a status check on various key segments of Malta’s financial services proposition, with a particular focus on those areas that are considered to have significant growth potential and on what could be done to ensure that such potential is fulfilled.
Moderator: Malcolm Falzon
Panel: George Vella, George Kakouras, Nick Calamatta

1410 – 1510
Breakout 3: Driving value by integrating Sustainability in the Business
This panel will be discussing how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors and sustainability in general should be integrated into the business, in financial analysis and decision-making processes. Panellists will debate the impact of ESG on company value, shareholder returns, and risk management strategies.
Moderator: Wayne Pisani
Panel: Alex Azzopardi, Matthew Costa, Matthew Swain, Mark Azzopardi, Mark Scicluna Bartoli

1510 – 1535
Coffee Break & Networking

1535 – 1625
Panel Discussion: The CSP Framework: Moving Ahead
The panel will discuss CSPs experience with the rulebook since this was launched, and discuss proposals with MFSA on how the regulatory burden on CSPs can be eased going forward.
Moderator: Etienne Borg Cardona
Panel: Alison Cortis, Petra Camilleri, Marina Grech, Alexia Farrugia

1625 – 1715
Panel Discussion: Tax Talks – Where Are We, and What’s On The Horizon?
Four of Malta’s leading tax minds will be sitting down to discuss some of the most pressing issues in taxation today, starting with the implementation of the OECD’s Pillar 2, the global minimum tax rules for large companies. They will also be taking a look at other hot international tax developments, including what’s happening on ATAD3 and proposals on the introduction of wealth taxes, and also taking a peek at how Malta’s Transfer Pricing legislation is working out in practice. The four will also take a look at recent tax-related case law.
Panel: Neville Gatt, Conrad Cassar Torreggiani, Robert Attard, Andre Zarb

Closing Address
Nick Captur


Registration for the first IFSP Annual Conference 2024 is now open. Please follow the link below to register. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.


Payment can be made by credit card or by bank transfer. The fees for this conference are as follows:

Early Bird Rates (until 26th April 2024):
IFSP Member Rate: € 125 + VAT
Non-Member Rate: €170 + VAT
Student Rate: €10 + VAT
Group of 5 participants or more: €110 + VAT each

Normal Conference Rates (from 27th April 2024 onwards):
IFSP Member Rate: €155 + VAT
Non Member Rate: €195 + VAT
Student Rate: €20 + VAT
Group of 5 participants or more: €140 + VAT each


Website: https://www.croftz.com/

Croftz is a Malta-based (London HQ) Regulatory Technology (RegTech) business providing AI-powered AML-KYC Compliance platform for customer onboarding, due diligence & Lifecycle Management.
Croftz’s innovative & modern technology offers organisations with Automation, Analytics, Intelligence & state of art digital tools for KYC/KYB, AML screening, document & ID verification, risk assessment, monitoring & more via a single platform combined with best-in-class user experience & security. Through our solutions, we assist organisations with the management of risk involved with fighting financial crime, money laundering, and combating the funding of terrorism.

Website: kpmg.com.mt  

KPMG in Malta is one of the leading providers of audit, tax and advisory services. Our vision is to be our clients’ clear choice, the employer of choice, and also to maintain the highest levels of trust by the community. Our work is client-centric, and we integrate innovative methodologies and deep expertise to deliver results. This translates into a high level of client satisfaction. Our experience ranges from multinationals to promising start-ups, private to public sector undertakings, and local to international clientele. Our values remain at the heart of all we do; shared by all our firms in 143 countries.

Malta Stock Exchange
Website: https://borzamalta.com.mt/

The Malta Stock Exchange, offers a full-value range of products and services to serve the Maltese capital market and the needs of international issuers and investors. They are also the recognised National Numbering Agency (NNA) for the issuance of the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) and they act as an agent for the issuance of the Legal Entity Identifier, (LEI). They are the market operator of four markets, the Regulated Main Market (RMM), the Institutional Financial Securities Market (IFSM), the MSE Green Market and Prospects MTF and we also manage a Central Securities Depository (CSD).

Website: www.deloitte.com

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit and assurance, tax and related services, consulting, financial advisory, and risk advisory services to nearly 90% of the Fortune Global 500® and thousands of private companies. Our people deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in capital markets, enable clients to transform and thrive, and lead the way toward a stronger economy, a more equitable society, and a sustainable world. Building on its 175-plus year history, Deloitte spans more than 150 countries and territories. Learn how Deloitte’s more than 450,000 people worldwide make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.com.

Ganado Advocates
Website: www.ganado.com

Ganado Advocates is a leading commercial law firm with a particular focus on the corporate, financial services and maritime /aviation sectors, predominantly servicing international clients doing business through Malta. The firm also promotes other areas such as tax, pensions, intellectual property, employment and litigation. Ganado Advocates has over the past decades contributed directly towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services. Today, the firm continues to provide high standards of legal and regulatory advisory services to support and enhance Malta’s offering.

Website: www.financemalta.org

FinanceMalta, a non-profit public-private initiative, was set up to promote Malta as an international financial centre, both within, as well as outside Malta. It brings together, and harnesses, the resources of the industry and government, to ensure Malta maintains a modern and effective legal, regulatory and fiscal framework in which the financial services sector can continue to grow and prosper.

Website: https://www.rsm.global/malta/

RSM Malta was established in 2005 by a team of reputable partners who are Certified Public Accountants with several years of working experience in the profession. The firm is a member of RSM International; a powerful network of assurance, tax and consulting experts with offices all over the world. As an integrated team, we share skills, insight and resources, as well as a client-centric approach that’s based on a deep understanding of your business. As the leading provider of professional services to the middle market, our clients range from growth-focused entrepreneurial businesses through to leading multi-national organisations across many sectors and operating nationally and across borders. At RSM, we help clients overcome new challenges, embrace change and adapt to thrive. By working together, creating deep insights, combining world-class technology and real-world experience, we deliver understanding that’s unmatched, and confidence that builds. For a changing world. For the future. For all.

Working Town
Website: https://events.workingtown.com/terra2024

Working Town is an aspiring social enterprise operating mainly in events and in ESG advisory, but also in operations and compliance. Their events give businesses opportunities to discuss issues of social importance and Hygeia, their flagship conference which deals with mental wellness at work, is now in its third year. This year Working Town will launch Terra, a conference on ESG and Impact Investing. For more information visit https://events.workingtown.com/terra2024.

Camilleri Preziosi
Website: https://camilleripreziosi.com/

Established in 1966, Camilleri Preziosi is one of Malta’s leading law firms, featuring an extensive range of commercial, corporate, finance and regulatory expertise. The firm’s strong presence and recognition in the local market are the foundations on which it has built its international practice. Camilleri Preziosi has extensive experience in the financial services industry, assisting local and international clients in all aspects of their licensing, regulatory, compliance and transactional needs, as well as in navigating complex litigious and reputational issues. Internationally, Camilleri Preziosi commands an outstanding reputation as a leading commercial law firm and is regularly ranked as a top-tier firm in the Chambers, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 directories.


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