Financial Services: Vision 20/20

16th January 2020 • News


The IFSP’s 2020 Conference to be held on the 21st February 


The financial services industry is in an unprecedented state of flux. Practitioners face the onslaught of seemingly endless regulations, alongside the challenges posed by jurisdictional reputation issues, banking issues, onerous responsible taxation rules and ever increasing public scrutiny.


Never before have the financial services practitioners had to deal with such a spectrum of challenges at once to retain, let alone grow and improve, the integrity of their practices. Practitioners must actively contribute to do their bit in ‘raising the bar’ across the Maltese financial services industry – a process which necessarily involves active critical analysis, discussion and debate.


The IFSP’s conference this year, which will be held on 21 February at the new Marriott Hotel on Balluta Bay, is targeted at helping make sense of the extent of transformation that the industry is currently undergoing, and we have planned a value-packed programme for the day.


The morning will see a session dedicated to AML developments and the deep and far-reaching impact that the Moneyval report, published in late 2019, has had on the Maltese financial services industry as a whole and, more importantly, what is being done to address the highlighted shortcomings. In the afternoon, the conference will split into a number of breakout groups, each catering to different areas of interest.


One group will focus on fintech, covering not only blockchain and virtual assets but also traditional financial services offered through technological channels. A second group is planned around CSPs and the new regulatory regime, whilst a third group will consider transparency issues like DAC6, AEIO and Registers of Beneficial Ownership. The fourth group will be tackling capital markets and the listing rules framework, which is currently undergoing significant amendment.


The day will close with a plenary discussion session tackling key fiscal developments affecting cross-border structures.


This promises to be a valuable opportunity for you as practitioners to catch up on the present challenges buffeting the financial services industry, and to discuss them with peers from across the financial services space.


To save your place, you should register through the IFSP website at


Standard registration fees are of €130 for the full-day programme, discounted to €110 for IFSP members. An early bird offer of €100 (€80 for IFSP members) applies to registrations effected before the 31st January 2020.


Organisations wishing to register five or more staff members for the conference will benefit from a registration fee of €90 per person registered.


We look forward to seeing you on the 21st February!