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Course 312: Principles of Sound Corporate Governance

Date: 18-05-2022 — 20-05-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will offer participants a foundation as to what best practices are in regards to sound corporate governance principles for both limited and publicly traded companies, and their boards and management. The course will offer a basic framework for sound, long-term oriented corporate governance. Discussions will revolve around director and manager governance duties, formulating effective governance cultures, shareholder rights, public reporting, board leadership and independence, succession planning and management compensation, among other topics. Case studies, high profile governance mishaps and successes, along with methods for aligning stakeholder interests will be discussed thoroughly.

Attendance: By registration

Course 315: An Introduction to Securitisation

Date: 18-05-2022 — 19-05-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Securitisation legislation was introduced in Malta under the Securitisation Act of 2006 but has recently become a fast-growing niche within the country’s financial sector. This course will give participants an understanding of securitisation as a means of alternative finance and the basics of a securitisation transaction, the relevant Maltese and European Union legal framework and examples of how Maltese securitisation structures have been successfully used in practice.

Attendance: By registration

Course 107: Data Protection - What You Need to Know (and Do)

Date: 23-05-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
The Data Protection Officer (DPO) is a previously  existing role that has been rendered mandatory in certain  instances by the General Data Protection Regulation  (GDPR).  DPOs are responsible for overseeing data protection  strategy and implementation to ensure compliance with  GDPR requirements. Now that the GDPR is in force, it is  important that organisations are compliant with the many  regulations and operational requirements provided by  the GDPR.  This course is designed to help DPOs fully understand  their role, assisting them in setting up of the right  processes and procedures as well as control measures  and helping DPOs determine whether the appointment  of a DPO is mandatory for their organisation. In view of  this and the significant possible consequences of noncompliance,  it is recommended that DPOs attend  this course.
 

Attendance: By registration

Course 141: Blockchain Technologies in Practice: Beyond the Speculation Hype

Date: 24-05-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

In the first hour, participants will receive an introduction to how blockchain technologies work. The different types of tokens will presented in detail, with particular on utility tokens. These are blockchain-based assets that offer added value and can also automate processes and secure data with the help of smart contracts. In the lecture, case studies will be presented showing the enormous potential of this technology. The course will also highlight the risks and how red flags can be recognized as well as the opportunities and risks in respect of data security.
 
This course will be run online. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 145: The Risk-Based Approach to AML

Date: 25-05-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will discuss the different types of risk assessments that subject persons are required to draw up. As an introduction the risk-based approach discussed, before diving into an in-depth analysis of the process behind building and maintaining the three core assessments; Business Risk Assessment (BRA), Customer Risk Assessment (CRA) and Jurisdictional Risk Assessment (JRA).

Attendance: By registration

Course 227: Tax and VAT Reporting Issues

Date: 26-05-2022 — 27-05-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The course aims at providing participants with the fundamentals of income tax regulations in order to enable them to understand the process of arriving at the chargeable income for tax purposes. It will look into allowable and disallowable deductions, reporting obligations as well as an overview of the refund mechanism for companies. It will also address VAT which is bound to affect us at some point in our business lives; what may seem as straightforward often hides unexpected complications. The session will seek to address the basic concepts that underpin the application of Value Added Tax in a day to day context. It will delve into various aspects of VAT which include the place of supply rules and the application of the reverse charge mechanism; recovery of input VAT and partial attribution as well as other practical aspects including invoicing, reporting obligations and applying for VAT refunds.

Attendance: By registration

Course 148: Tax Implications of Cryptocurrency Transactions

Date: 01-06-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

In 2021, we have seen the crypto markets booming and maturing, with different crypto assets having an impressive run. A booming market provides multitude opportunities to make money and indeed many realised gains and other types of returns on their short and long-term investments alike.

The tax, VAT and stamp duty treatment of income from crypto transactions is a quite complex subject matter in particular due to the various different permutations how such income should be taxed. With the personal deadline to report taxes for 2021 fast approaching, it is important to have a clear understanding whether you or your clients have an exposure to tax in Malta on last year’s transactions.

Attendance: By registration

Course 236: AIFMD - The Maltese Perspective

Date: 01-06-2022 — 02-06-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is an EU Directive regulating managers of Alternative Investment Funds which are either licensed in, or marketed into, the EU. This course seeks to de-mystify the AIFMD, giving a practical account of the Directive, Maltese rules and regulations transposing the Directive, and structural and operational considerations for AIFMs.

This course will be interactively run online through Zoom allowing active participation. Applicants will receive joining instructions by email and may join the course through their computer, tablet or mobile phone. An internet connection is obviously required.

Attendance: By registration

Course 106: How to Value Your Business

Date: 03-06-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Shareholders of private companies often may encounter difficulty when it comes to establishing a value of their business. This course will address the concept of valuations, through company and goodwill analysis, financial modelling and valuation based on net asset values, all of which may come up with different results! This is an interesting and thought provoking course for 'non accountant' shareholders who are interested to learn more about company financial analysis with special focus on how to value a company.

Attendance: By registration

Course 413: Trading Foreign Exchange, Futures and Options

Date: 09-06-2022 — 17-06-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course aims to give participants a practical approach to trading foreign exchange, futures and options.   It will cover the futures and foreign exchange markets in depth, along with trading tactics used by professional traders, including directional, option trading, delta neutral positioning, risk and money management principals, the psychology of trading, and portfolio management.  The course will cover technical and fundamental analysis, inter and intramarket spread trading, and other trading strategies. The course also focuses on advanced option trading themes such as various option trading strategies, the Greeks, and managing an options trading book.   Behavioural finance will be introduced to thoroughly  discuss the psychology of trading. Learn what’s going  on inside your head (and others) to make you a better  and more confident trader.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 146: Outsourcing vs Reliance – Benefits, Risks and Pitfalls

Date: 09-06-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Reliance and outsourcing can be used as a means to delegate certain AML/CFT activities to other subject persons or third parties. This course seeks to explain the difference between the two, outlining the extent to which obligations may be relied upon or outsourced, analysing the contents of a reliance and outsourcing agreement, before concluding with any benefits, risks and pitfalls.

Attendance: By registration

Course 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 13-06-2022 — 15-06-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Participants will learn the basic investing concepts, the many different variations of traditional investments available and which type of investments are most suitable for their needs. The course will delve into the history of the capital markets, their role in the economy, the different types of markets, and the activities of exchanges. Participants will also learn about the difference between bonds and equities, what they are, their special characteristics and terminology, how they are priced and the risks of owning such investments. Students will also learn about various investment styles such as value, growth, and fund investing. Students will be taught how to and why they should take a critical look at all investing options based on sound risk/reward assumptions.

Attendance: By registration

Course 139: Introduction to the Market Abuse Regulation

Date: 14-06-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will provide a high-level overview of the Market Abuse Regulation and will serve as an introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the Regulation. The course will include an overview of the three offences of insider dealing, unlawful disclosure of inside information, and market manipulation, the various obligations imposed on market participants by the Regulation, as well as central key themes such as inside information. Participants will also be given a general understanding of the MFSA’s oversight function in respect of market abuse and applicable sanctions. Practical examples will be provided throughout the course to better illustrate the issues being discussed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 127: Understanding Corporate Risk and Crisis Management

Date: 20-06-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course, which will be spread over two sessions, is intended to educate and train professionals within Corporate Service Providers on the role of a risk manager and the main requirements of a risk management function emanating from the MFSA’s CSP Rulebook. The course will look into the practical implementation of the function, highlighting the main areas of risk which should be assessed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 307: Compliance Monitoring and Reporting

Date: 22-06-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Compliance Officer is the regulator’s invisible arm in that it ensures that the institution’s business is being conducted in line with regulations, internal policies and procedures.  Checks are carried out primarily through compliance monitoring programmes; be they on-site or desk based reviews. The fulcrum of the findings prompted by the reviews is in bringing these to the attention of senior management. Senior management is ultimately responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the compliance function and in ensuring that the business is carried out in line with regulatory requirements.

Attendance: By registration

Course 238: Workshop: An Introduction to the Creation of Utility Tokens and NFTs on a Proof of Stake Blockchain

Date: 23-06-2022 — 24-06-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Attendees will be introduced to how blockchain technologies work. The different types of tokens will presented in detail. The focus will then turn to utility tokens, which are blockchain-based assets that offer added value and can also automate processes and secure data with the help of smart contracts. In the lecture, case studies will be presented, the enormous potential of this technology will be shown, but also the risks will be pointed out and how red flags can be recognised. In a further applied workshop, the test network of a well-known proof of stake blockchain system will be used to show how utility tokens can be created and equipped with functionality. Participants can actively participate or passively follow the workflows. A testnet infrastructure available on the web shall be used, all tokens represent the same functions as in the "main net" but are of course “valueless”.
 
This course is an applied extension of the Course 141 “Blockchain Technologies in Practice: Beyond the Speculation hype”.
 
This course will be run online. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 225: The Salient Points of an AML/CFT Visit: What to Expect

Date: 27-06-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) Administrative penalties issue several administrative measures related to contraventions on AML/CFT shortcomings. The aim of this course is to highlight the main findings stemming from the administrative measures enforced on subject persons who contravened their AML/CFT obligations emanating from the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism Regulations (PMLFTR) and the FIAU Implementing Procedures issued thereunder, taking also into account the FIAU enforcement factsheet published in May 2021.

Attendance: By registration

Course 147: An Introduction to Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 27-06-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) concepts will be covered extensively within financial services entities. This course is designed to familiarise attendees with techniques to detect money laundering. Robust AML policies are necessary to safeguard a business’s reputation. The MLRO (money laundering reporting officer) is a key member of an organisation’s management team and has serious responsibilities to manage and supervise anti-money laundering activities. This course will enable participants to design and influence a compliance culture within an organisation.

Attendance: By registration

Course 143: The Customer Due Diligence Process

Date: 01-07-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Customer Due Diligence (CDD) is a rigorous process that most businesses and customers alike have become accustomed to. This course will deal the CDD process that subject persons are required to carry out upon entering a business relationship and/or when carrying out an occasional transaction, the different types of documents that are to be obtained and at what stage, scrutinizing customers’ source of wealth and source of funds and when the application of Simplified and Enhanced due diligence is permitted.

Attendance: By registration

Course 127: Understanding Corporate Risk and Crisis Management

Date: 20-09-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course, which will be spread over two sessions, is intended to educate and train professionals within Corporate Service Providers on the role of a risk manager and the main requirements of a risk management function emanating from the MFSA’s CSP Rulebook. The course will look into the practical implementation of the function, highlighting the main areas of risk which should be assessed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 216: Fund Accounting and Administration

Date: 22-09-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
Bonds are one of the most popular assets classes  for many investors since they are generally seen as  a reliable source of income with a defined investment  term. This course will cover the basics of investing in  bonds as well as the more complex features of this type  of instrument. Participants will also learn about the key  principles of bond pricing mechanisms, the structure of  the fixed income markets, building a portfolio of bond  instruments, and how to select bonds based on their  characteristics such as yield and issuer credit analysis.
 
 

Attendance: By registration

Course 144: The Role of the MLRO and Reporting Procedures

Date: 23-09-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The MLRO is a key member of an organisation’s management team and has serious responsibilities to manage and supervise anti-money laundering activities. As a contact person between the subject person and the FIAU, the MLRO is responsible for handling internal reporting and deciding when to submit an STR to the authority.

Attendance: By registration

Course 307: Compliance Monitoring and Reporting

Date: 28-09-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Compliance Officer is the regulator’s invisible arm in that it ensures that the institution’s business is being conducted in line with regulations, internal policies and procedures.  Checks are carried out primarily through compliance monitoring programmes; be they on-site or desk based reviews. The fulcrum of the findings prompted by the reviews is in bringing these to the attention of senior management. Senior management is ultimately responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the compliance function and in ensuring that the business is carried out in line with regulatory requirements.

Attendance: By registration

Course 219: AML/CFT - Spotting the Red Flags

Date: 29-09-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course aims at providing attendees with the  necessary tools and techniques aimed at identifying  money laundering machinations and in combating the  funding of terrorism. The course has been developed  in an engaging and comprehensive format in order to  provide attendees with the appropriate training to meet  the regulatory requirements of subject persons whilst  providing a practitioner’s insight. The course shall focus  both on the applicable legislative framework as well as  on practical case studies.

Attendance: By registration

Course 147: An Introduction to Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 30-09-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) concepts will be covered extensively within financial services entities. This course is designed to familiarise attendees with techniques to detect money laundering. Robust AML policies are necessary to safeguard a business’s reputation. The MLRO (money laundering reporting officer) is a key member of an organisation’s management team and has serious responsibilities to manage and supervise anti-money laundering activities. This course will enable participants to design and influence a compliance culture within an organisation.

Attendance: By registration

Course 103: Company Law Fundamentals

Date: 03-10-2022 — 04-10-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an overview of the fundamental precepts of Maltese company law. Following an analysis of the distinction between the various types of corporate vehicles available in terms of Maltese law, the course will focus on private and public limited liability company, from creation to dissolution. Fundamental doctrines such as separate legal personality, limited liability, and the lifting or piercing of the corporate veil will be analysed. The various types of share capital, the increase, reduction and transfer of share capital, and the doctrine of capital maintenance will also be discussed. This is followed by an analysis of the regulatory and practical implications of the governance of companies, in the context of a global trend towards more regulation and the need of companies to adhere to strict ethical and legal business practices so as not to jeopardize their corporate brand and business in general. Particular focus will be laid on the duties and responsibilities of directors and, specifically in respect of listed companies, the need to instil a governance culture aligned with the Code of Principles of Good Corporate Governance set out in the Listing Rules. In the final part of the course the substantive and procedural aspects of dissolution, winding up and insolvency, as well as the procedures of company rescue and corporate recovery will be examined.

Attendance: By registration

Course 136: The Whistleblower Directive – a Maltese Perspective

Date: 05-10-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Whistleblowing is one of the largest forms of detection of occupational, fraud, bribery and corruption and one of the best methods for the prevention of commercial crime. Yet, there are still individuals who, due to fear of retaliation, do not report any wrongdoings as there is a perception that these whistleblowers are not afforded enough protection. With the implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (also known as the “Whistleblower Protection Directive”, the EU is sending a strong message that those employees seeking protection or retribution from exposing and disclosing wrongdoing, will receive it. The Directive, which was entered into force on 16th December 2019 with an implementation deadline of 17th December 2021, sets out the requirements for EU members states regulations in relation to the protection of whistleblowers and disclosures. Amongst other things that will be impacted by the Directive and its transposition into local legislation, the Directive will be applicable to various entities in the public and private sector. This course is intended to provide some insights on what to expect with the upcoming local legislation, which entities would fall within scope and what procedures should be put in place to ensure entities remain in compliance of the legislation.

Attendance: By registration

Course 301: VAT in the Financial Services Industry

Date: 06-10-2022 — 07-10-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The course will examine the key VAT considerations which are relevant for businesses operating in the financial services sector, specifically banks and financial institutions and investment services providers. Most, but not all, services supplied by operators in the financial services sector are exempt from VAT. This requires analysis of definitions and scope of the exemption, and understanding the treatment of outsourced services as well as mixed transactions. In the absence of legislative definitions, these have evolved through case-law of the CJEU, as well as domestic practice and guidelines. As a result of the broad scope of the exemptions, VAT is, to varying degrees, a cost to operators in the sector, with the restrictions on input tax recovery potentially resulting in a competitive disadvantage, in particular for those operating on a cross-border basis.

Attendance: By registration

Course 306: Financial Markets Compliance and Regulation

Date: 10-10-2022 — 13-10-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course aims to offer participants an overview of the regulatory and compliance landscape by introducing elements of the AIFMD, MIFID, and UCITS directives. Students will be provided a foundation to be able to understand financial regulation and compliance requirements of an MFSA licensed company. The course will explore the optimal compliance structure of a fund or management company including their basic legal structure, the fiduciary duties of a board of directors, investment committee, MLRO, and compliance officer. Furthermore various AIFMD policies will be discussed including risk management, remuneration, valuation, insider dealing polices, etc.

Attendance: By registration

Course 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 10-10-2022 — 13-10-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Participants will learn the basic investing concepts, the many different variations of traditional investments available and which type of investments are most suitable for their needs. The course will delve into the history of the capital markets, their role in the economy, the different types of markets, and the activities of exchanges. Participants will also learn about the difference between bonds and equities, what they are, their special characteristics and terminology, how they are priced and the risks of owning such investments. Students will also learn about various investment styles such as value, growth, and fund investing. Students will be taught how to and why they should take a critical look at all investing options based on sound risk/reward assumptions.

Attendance: By registration

Course 311: Understanding Trusts

Date: 17-10-2022 — 18-10-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Students will learn how trusts are legal relationship created by one party and places assets under the control of another party referred to as the trustee for the benefit of the beneficiary. Participants will learn the intricacies of trusts, and the legal and tax ramification of their setup. There will also be discussions related to how to properly craft trust deeds and articulate the powers of trustees. Also students will learn why trusts are formed such as for the protection of assets or estate planning and why trustee independence helps avoid any suggestion that the settlor  continues to have control of the trust assets.

Attendance: By registration

Course 321: Securitisation – Key Facts and Opportunities

Date: 17-10-2022 — 18-10-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course covers the fundamentals of securitisation and key features of structures typically adopted, following a brief introduction setting the context for the prevailing state of affairs over a decade after the global financial crisis from which securitisation as an alternative method for financing emerged severely bruised. The course will delve into the different types of securitisation transactions and the players involved, as well as provide an overview of the relevant regulatory framework at both European and local levels. The lecturer will then explore the more intricate elements of securitisation, including the advantages inherent in securitisation transactions, such as true sale, bankruptcy remoteness and the possibility of forming securitisation cell companies and innovative structures, such as reinsurance special purpose vehicles. The course will conclude with a commentary on what the future holds for securitisation in Malta.

Attendance: By registration

Course 118: Effective Business Writing

Date: 19-10-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
Whether at top executive, middle management or even  junior administrator level, conveying information, a message  or even intent clearly, flawlessly and in appropriate detail  is critical for getting the message across, establishing  attention, winning business and building continued success.  Business writing must form a credible basis upon which  sound decisions may be taken. In this regard, besides  communicating information accurately in an appropriate  format, effective business writing demonstrates rationale,  enhances credibility, carries influential impact, and conveys  suitable courtesy. All powerful determinants for maintaining  interest, rapport and enhancing sustainable achievement in  the world of business.  This short course gives practitioners, managers and  administrators insights into sharpening and enhancing their   business writing and communication skills in multiple and  varied business contexts such as writing with impact and  garnering results, drawing up reports as a sound basis for  decision-making and outcome reporting, minute taking as  well as delivering and presenting to an audience.

Attendance: By registration

Course 126: Going Public: An Introduction to Stock Exchange Listings

Date: 20-10-2022 — 21-10-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will provide an introduction to basic capital  markets concepts and terminology, the fundamental  considerations (and quid pro quo analysis) that any  company offering securities to the public to the first  time needs to keep in mind. Participants will be given a  general understanding of the listing process, the various  parties involved and all the relevant Maltese and EU  legal and regulatory requirements that issuers must  comply with, both prior to listing and on an ongoing  basis. Practical examples will be provided throughout the  course to better illustrate the issues being discussed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 134: Taxation of Capital Gains and Property Transfers

Date: 20-10-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Many individuals hold investments in property as well as shareholding in companies. There are several instances when shares exchange hands for one reason or another, and of course property is an asset that is easily and often sold or transferred to a third party for one reason or another. This course will delve into the capital tax treatment on the transfer of shares in companies, as well as the tax implications of property transfers. The capital gains tax rates that apply depending on the circumstances, their calculation, and any exemptions that may be applied will be explained in ‘plain English’ and non-technical terms.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 132: ICT Security Risk Management - MFSA Guidelines Explained

Date: 24-10-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Participants will be introduced to the ICT and Security Risk Management Guidelines that were issued by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) late last year. The Guidelines apply to all sectors of industries licensed by the MFSA. The publication of these guidelines has therefore a very wide impact on the businesses and are applicable to companies of any size, from 3-person family TIIs to the larger companies. There is a core understanding that risk will vary according to the size of the business and that the control measures will likewise and proportionately be materially different. As a result, a consistency of outcomes and a strong security posture is always expected. This course will explain the fundamentals of performing a risk-based assessment, how to identify critical assets and apply security controls, and how to establish and maintain an operational governance framework that must include ICT Governance and Risk Mitigation as an intrinsic part, even if solutions are based on Software as a Service (SaaS) such as XERO, GMAIL and Office365.

Attendance: By registration

Course 316: Structured Products Explained

Date: 24-10-2022 — 26-10-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course covers material relating to structured products also known as market linked investments or synthetic investment instruments which are designed to facilitate highly bespoke risk and return objectives. Students will learn how investment banks pre-package financial instruments using derivatives, a basket of securities, single securities, and other capital market products. Participants will learn that structured products are normally used as a low cost alternative to a direct investment as part of the asset allocation process or to hedge risk found within an investment portfolio. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 212: Due Diligence in Practice “Getting your Hands Dirty”

Date: 25-10-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
This course is designed to familiarise attendees with the practical and real life circumstances of implementing  a robust due diligence process. The Customer due diligence process (CDD) involves much more than  carrying our research using the passport or other customer data available using one of the various  monitoring systems and a ‘Google’ search. There are clear responsibilities that are related to AML/CFT, and  this course will give a practical and hands-on approach on how to carry out the various CDD checks, how to deal  with practical issues that are encountered on a day-today basis, and provide a practical insight to help subject  persons, including compliance officers, compliance teams and MLROs, carry out their duties.

Attendance: By registration

Course 133: Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Date: 27-10-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This interactive course will help attendees to understand what anxiety is and will outline some simple yet very effective ways of managing anxiety. The attendees will also  learn about the various causes of anxiety, the cycle of anxiety and the difference between anxiety and stress. There will be an in depth discussion on how to find ways of breaking the cycle, with a spotlight on mindfulness, and challenging unhelpful thoughts. This very useful course is ideal for persons who are trying to cope with the current pandemic circumstances and will help them to cope with the current environment as well as with life’s stressful everyday circumstances.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 235: AML/CFT Risk: The Link between the BRA, CRA and the JRA

Date: 28-10-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

In terms of the PLMFTR, subject persons are required to identify and assess the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing their businesses are exposed to. In doing so, subject persons need to reflect these risks in their BRA, taking into consideration any risk exposure identified during the assessments of the JRA and any client risks identified in the CRA. These 3 important documents need to be linked so that a subject person can understand the risk exposures and take mitigating measures as necessary.

Attendance: By registration

Course 210: Beyond Compliance: A Practical Approach to CSR and Business Ethics

Date: 01-11-2022 — 02-11-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
‘Compliance’ has become a contemporary business obsession.  However, we know that the fundamentals for success, engaged  growth and sustained competitiveness lie soundly beyond the  threshold of compliance. This applied masterclass goes beyond,  addressing the core of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and  business ethics – today critical differentiators for enduring success for  any business or organisation. Globalisation and internationalisation,  the quest for growth and increasingly intense competitive  environments, coupled with pervasive media presence and calls  for responsibility, transparency and accountability have universally  heightened the impact and implications of ethics and regulatory  pressures for businesses and organisations. Effective ethical  engagement and corporate social responsibility are instrumental  for sustainable competitiveness and continued growth - enduring  competitive advantage, and arguably, survival. This short course  equips practitioners with strategic and decisional insight and provides  interested persons among the general public a sound understanding  of key fundamentals underpinning ethical issues in human interaction  and managerial decision making - also within the broader context of  organisational behaviour and responsible corporate citizenship.
 
 
 

Attendance: By registration

Course 203: Financial Statements Analysis

Date: 01-11-2022 — 04-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course is an introduction to understanding how to use financial information to value and analyse companies. The course focuses on the practical application of financial statements analysis. Students will learn how to create and analyse financial ratios such as debt to equity, profit margins and more. Participants will gain analytical skills involved in reading and interpreting the financial health and profitability of a company through quantitative and qualitative techniques. A number of case studies and financial statements of actual companies will be analysed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 317: Derivatives and Asset-Backed Securities Explained

Date: 07-11-2022 — 09-11-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course offers students an introduction into the exciting and complex world of derivatives, securitisations and asset-backed securities. Students will learn about the pros, cons and structure and operations of the securitised bond markets. Fixed-income securities, credit risk, securitised lending, and asset-backed securities will be covered extensively. The basic processes of structuring ABS deals, including how to value them as well as the risk management process required to manage a portfolio of these instruments, will also be covered. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 101: An Introduction to Funds and ETFs

Date: 07-11-2022 — 09-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Open-ended funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have become a very popular, cost effective and efficient way for investor to build diversified portfolios. Funds are widely used by investors and include a wide variety of assets including bonds equities, real-estate and commodities. This course will focus primarily on the different types of funds available to investors ranging from Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), to open-ended and closed-ended funds. The course will contrast ETFs versus traditional funds, differentiate between active and passive management, explain the prospectus, expense ratios and other key points.

Attendance: By registration

Course 135: Corporate Sustainability

Date: 10-11-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will delve into the concept of sustainability, its importance and the different ways one can look at unlocking this powerful tool. Sustainability can be looked at from a financial perspective, through appropriate cost management, cash flow management and diversification. The importance of branding and marketing and the environmental, social and governance impact on the brand as well as the sustainability of human capital. Finally, the attendees will learn about how sustainability is achieved in other jurisdictions and lessons learnt from exploring the development of sustainability from a global perspective.

Attendance: By registration

Course 412: Fundamentals of Financial Markets Risk Management

Date: 11-11-2022 — 22-11-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course covers material relating to the understanding of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk management techniques. Participants will gain a solid foundation in risk management by learning how to identify, asses and to mitigate risks. They will learn how risk managers manage risk relating to equity, fixed income and other financial products, and appreciate the evolution of derivatives as risk management instruments. Financial and operational risk will be covered extensively as will hedge techniques using futures, forwards and options.

Attendance: By registration

Course 144: The Role of the MLRO and Reporting Procedures

Date: 14-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The MLRO is a key member of an organisation’s management team and has serious responsibilities to manage and supervise anti-money laundering activities. As a contact person between the subject person and the FIAU, the MLRO is responsible for handling internal reporting and deciding when to submit an STR to the authority.

Attendance: By registration

Course 206: The Role of the Company Secretary

Date: 15-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
This course focuses on the pivotal role, duties and obligations  of the company secretary.  The company secretary is an important link between the board of directors and the management arm of the company.  There is also a duty to ensure good corporate governance. It is important that company secretaries are familiar with their obligations to the board, shareholders and management.  The lecturer will also outline best practice and real life case studies.

Attendance: By registration

Course 218: Company Services Providers - a Practitioner's Overview

Date: 16-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course aims to offer participants an overview of  the regulatory and compliance landscape in relation to  Company Service Providers (CSPs) in Malta. Attendees  will be provided with a foundation to be able to understand  the plethora of requirements imposed by law, regulations  and other rules in force. This course will tackle the duties  of key officers of a CSP such as the Compliance Officer  and the Money Laundering Reporting Officer. The course  will suggest approaches as to how one may draw up a  sustainable CSP practice.

Attendance: By registration

Course 130: Mergers and Acquisitions Explained

Date: 17-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course aims to cover the key steps in the mergers and acquisitions process from the kick-off/initial discussions up until the final agreements/conclusion of the transaction and will cover the various arrangements available for the parties involved and the practical aspects of the various transactions.   This course is suitable for anyone involved in the identification, planning and execution of a mergers and acquisitions opportunity, including management, directors, strategy planners and in-house counsel.

Attendance: By registration

Course 225: The Salient Points of an AML/CFT Visit: What to Expect

Date: 18-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) Administrative penalties issue several administrative measures related to contraventions on AML/CFT shortcomings. The aim of this course is to highlight the main findings stemming from the administrative measures enforced on subject persons who contravened their AML/CFT obligations emanating from the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism Regulations (PMLFTR) and the FIAU Implementing Procedures issued thereunder, taking also into account the FIAU enforcement factsheet published in May 2021.

Attendance: By registration

Course 226: GDPR and Data Protection - Practical Issues and Best Practice

Date: 21-11-2022 — 22-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

GDPR has empowered data subjects by providing them with  specific rights over their personal data and individuals have  a right to obtain the information that an organisation holds on  them. Organisations have a one-month window within which  to respond and many fail to understand how to deal with  such requests in an effective and compliant manner. Another  main talking point of GDPR is its new data breach notification  requirements. Whilst the act of failing to notify a breach when  required to do so can result in significant consequences,  many organisations still tend to only look into their incident  response practices if and when a breach occurs. There are  numerous incidents such as cc’ing the wrong person on an  email or theft of an employee’s laptop out of his vehicle and  these types of incidents are certainly important. Assessing  the severity and quantifying the level of risk for each incident  against the complex breach notification regulations can be  rather challenging for organisations. This course is intended  to provide some practical insights into how to meet the  personal data requests and help your organisation overcome  the challenges involved, as well as provide a breakdown of  the actions required for a streamlined and consistent incident  response management plan.

Attendance: By registration

Course 320: The Role of The Board

Date: 23-11-2022 — 25-11-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Participants will gain a clear and focused understanding of the key role of directors and corporate secretaries in the management and administration of the company. Today, directors are being constantly evaluated and scrutinised by regulators and shareholders and is therefore essential directors appreciate the responsibility of the office, their duties, rights, obligations and the relationship with other stakeholders within the company. Participants will also be exposed to the liability directors face in the event of a breach or non-compliance with any applicable law. Recent judgments will also be considered. this course will also emphasise on corporate governance principles, best practices and the interpretation of various provisions of the Companies Act.

Attendance: By registration

Course 107: Data Protection - What You Need to Know (and Do)

Date: 28-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
The Data Protection Officer (DPO) is a previously  existing role that has been rendered mandatory in certain  instances by the General Data Protection Regulation  (GDPR).  DPOs are responsible for overseeing data protection  strategy and implementation to ensure compliance with  GDPR requirements. Now that the GDPR is in force, it is  important that organisations are compliant with the many  regulations and operational requirements provided by  the GDPR.  This course is designed to help DPOs fully understand  their role, assisting them in setting up of the right  processes and procedures as well as control measures  and helping DPOs determine whether the appointment  of a DPO is mandatory for their organisation. In view of  this and the significant possible consequences of noncompliance,  it is recommended that DPOs attend  this course.

Attendance: By registration

Course 138: The Risk Management Function: A Practical Implementation for Corporate Service Providers

Date: 28-11-2022 — 29-11-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course, which will be spread over two sessions, is intended to educate and train professionals within Corporate Service Providers on the role of a risk manager and the main requirements of a risk management function emanating from the MFSA’s CSP Rulebook. The course will look into the practical implementation of the function, highlighting the main areas of risk which should be assessed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 147: An Introduction to Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 30-11-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) concepts will be covered extensively within financial services entities. This course is designed to familiarise attendees with techniques to detect money laundering. Robust AML policies are necessary to safeguard a business’s reputation. The MLRO (money laundering reporting officer) is a key member of an organisation’s management team and has serious responsibilities to manage and supervise anti-money laundering activities. This course will enable participants to design and influence a compliance culture within an organisation.

Attendance: By registration

Course 236: AIFMD - The Maltese Perspective

Date: 01-12-2022 — 02-12-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is an EU Directive regulating managers of Alternative Investment Funds which are either licensed in, or marketed into, the EU. This course seeks to de-mystify the AIFMD, giving a practical account of the Directive, Maltese rules and regulations transposing the Directive, and structural and operational considerations for AIFMs.

Attendance: By registration

Course 227: Tax and VAT Reporting Issues

Date: 01-12-2022 — 02-12-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The course aims at providing participants with the fundamentals of income tax regulations in order to enable them to understand the process of arriving at the chargeable income for tax purposes. It will look into allowable and disallowable deductions, reporting obligations as well as an overview of the refund mechanism for companies. It will also address VAT which is bound to affect us at some point in our business lives; what may seem as straightforward often hides unexpected complications. The session will seek to address the basic concepts that underpin the application of Value Added Tax in a day to day context. It will delve into various aspects of VAT which include the place of supply rules and the application of the reverse charge mechanism; recovery of input VAT and partial attribution as well as other practical aspects including invoicing, reporting obligations and applying for VAT refunds.

 

Attendance: By registration

Past Events

Course 144: The Role of the MLRO and Reporting Procedures

Date: 16-05-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The MLRO is a key member of an organisation’s management team and has serious responsibilities to manage and supervise anti-money laundering activities. As a contact person between the subject person and the FIAU, the MLRO is responsible for handling internal reporting and deciding when to submit an STR to the authority.

Attendance: By registration

Course 138: The Risk Management Function: A Practical Implementation for Corporate Service Providers

Date: 16-05-2022 — 17-05-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course, which will be spread over two sessions, is intended to educate and train professionals within Corporate Service Providers on the role of a risk manager and the main requirements of a risk management function emanating from the MFSA’s CSP Rulebook. The course will look into the practical implementation of the function, highlighting the main areas of risk which should be assessed.

Attendance: By registration

Course 206: The Role of the Company Secretary

Date: 11-05-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
This course focuses on the pivotal role, duties and obligations  of the company secretary.  The company secretary is an important link between the board of directors and the management arm of the company.  There is also a duty to ensure good corporate governance. It is important that company secretaries are familiar with their obligations to the board, shareholders and management.  The lecturer will also outline best practice and real life case studies.

Attendance: By registration

Transition: Entrepreneurial Skills Training

Date: 30-04-2021

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

Transition is an Erasmus+ funded project that is designed to help entrepreneurs to develop fundamental competencies that they require in order to start a business or to turn an entrepreneurial idea into business reality. Transition also researched information available about Blockchain and developed a website to disseminate the project deliverables and results available to the public for free.

This free event will showcase the Transition project and will enable attendees to understand how to make best use of the entrepreneurial start-up kit.

This event will be run online through Zoom.  Applicants will receive joining instructions by email and may join the course through their computer or mobile. An internet connection is obviously required.

Attendance: By registration

'Malta in Focus' Conference - London

Date: 29-11-2019

Time: 09:30

Venue: Bloomberg, London

Category: Promotion

Overview:
The Malta Stock Exchange in coordination with a number of stakeholders will be holding this promotional and awareness event at Bloomberg in London with a view to showcasing everything that Malta has to offer.  In line with this concept, it will involve multiple representatives of the various stakeholders and practitioners in order to promote doing business with and from Malta. 
 

Attendance: By invitation

MSE Annual Awards Dinner

Date: 22-11-2019

Time: 19:00

Venue: To be confirmed

Category: Promotion

Overview: The MSE Annual Awards Dinner will be held on 22  November and will be an opportunity for the many stakeholders of the Malta Stock Exchange to meet in a more relaxed and social environment during which the Exchange will recognise and award key individuals as well as listed entities for their performance and contribution during the year.  This well-attended event has become a key feature in the Exchange's calendar of events.

Attendance: By invitation

5th Annual MSEI Investor Education Conference

Date: 06-11-2019

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
The Malta Stock Exchange Institute will be holding the 5th Annual MSEI Investor Education Conference on Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at the Malta Stock Exchange.  This will be a morning event and will start with registration and welcome refreshments at 09:00 - the conference should come to a close by 13:30. 
 
The Conference will be opened by the Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange, Mr Joseph Portelli, and the Hon. Minister for Finance, Prof. Edward Scicluna, will make a keynote address. 
 
A brochure showing a complete list of speakers and the subjects being addressed, as well as information about the two panel sessions, is found through the link below. This can be used to apply for attendance to the conference which will be against a fee of 10 euro.

Attendance: By registration

Distributed Ledger Technologies - The Seven Dimensions

Date: 21-10-2019 — 01-11-2019

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
Executives are just starting to realize that blockchain equals opportunity for their businesses. Through its vast, and still largely untapped potential, blockchain may significantly streamline enterprise processes, reduce time and document-intensive transactions, and generally clean up the clearing house. 

Please join us for the first lecture series held by KPMG Learning Academy in conjunction with the Malta Stock Exchange Institute dedicated to blockchain where KPMG professionals will discuss a variety of topics commencing with blockchain explained, and moving to regulatory, AML/CFT, accounting, audit, tax and legal aspects, all by reference to world examples of uses of blockchain.

Attendance: By registration

Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy

Date: 30-09-2019

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The Malta Stock Exchange, a member of the World Federation of Exchanges, will  hold a bell ringing ceremony during World Investor Week (WIW) 2019 (30 September to 4 October) to promote the importance of financial literacy and to raise awareness of WIW 2019.

The third  World Investor Week is a week-long, global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection, and to highlight the various initiatives of securities regulators in these two critical areas.


Attendance: By invitation

Distributed Ledger Technologies - The Seven Dimensions

Date: 23-09-2019 — 01-10-2019

Time: 14:00

Venue: KPMG Learning Academy - Floriana

Category: Education

Overview:
Executives are just starting to realize that blockchain equals opportunity for their businesses. Through its vast, and still largely untapped potential, blockchain may significantly streamline enterprise processes, reduce time and document-intensive transactions, and generally clean up the clearing house. 

Please join us for the first lecture series held by KPMG Learning Academy in conjunction with the Malta Stock Exchange Institute dedicated to blockchain where KPMG professionals will discuss a variety of topics commencing with blockchain explained, and moving to regulatory, AML/CFT, accounting, audit, tax and legal aspects, all by reference to world examples of uses of blockchain.

Attendance: By registration

Art Exhibition

Date: 19-09-2019 — 19-10-2019

Time: 16:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Exhibition

Overview:
 
This Art Exhibition will have its official opening on the 19 September - this will be by invitation only.
 
The Exhibition will subsequently be open to the public free of charge between 16:00 and 18:30 hrs three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, until 19 October.
 
More details will be published in due course.

Attendance: Open to the public

4th Annual MSEI Investor Education Conference

Date: 01-12-2018

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
The Malta Stock Exchange Institute will be holding the 4th Annual MSEI Investor Education Conference on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at the Malta Stock Exchange.  This will be a morning event and will start with registration and welcome refreshments at 09:00 - the conference should come to a close by 13:20. 
 
The Conference will be opened by the Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange, Mr Joseph Portelli, and the Minister for Finance, Prof. Edward Scicluna, will make a keynote address.  Mr Joe Cuschieri, CEO of the MFSA, will outline the MFSA's approach to investor protection.  A complete list of speakers and the subjects being addressed, as well as information about the two panel sessions, is found through the brochure and application link below. 
 
The Conference will mostly be held in Maltese, and attendance will be against a fee of 10 euro.

Attendance: By registration

President of Malta and the Countess of Wessex to visit the Exchange on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Date: 08-03-2018

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Overview:

The President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, together with the Countess of Wessex and the Hon Minister for Civil Liberties and Equality Helena Dalli, will visit the Exchange on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The President and the Countess are expected to ‘ring the bell’ to commemorate this occasion.

Attendance: Attendance to this event is restricted.

Thomson Reuters Malta Stock Exchange Investment Managers’ Forum

Date: 14-02-2018

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Forum

Overview:

This Forum is going to focus on the Investment Managers’ role in the fund and asset management industry, and will seek to highlight the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in the Financial Markets. The changing role of the investment management industry will also be discussed. The Forum will be addressed by the Hon Minister for Finance Prof Edward Scicluna, and boasts a very distinguished array of speakers coming from Thomson Reuters, Interactive Brokers, AQA Capital, Heptagon Capital, BOV, HSBC, and AUM Asset Management.

Early booking to attend this high profile event is strongly recommended.

Attendance: By application – please email your request

Why Diversity Matters

Date: 15-01-2018

Time: 18:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Overview:

Companies that have a more diverse board and leadership outperform in their industry. Amanda Pullinger will discuss trends and research in leadership and why diversity matters, as well as the issues and some practical solutions at the company level with remarks from Joseph Portelli and Hervé Delpech on successes in boosting gender diversity and women’s advancement in Malta. Bring your questions and what if scenarios to learn what best practices are. Review the discussion with your colleagues while networking over drinks.

Attendance: By invitation

Malta Stock Exchange Annual Awards Dinner

Date: 14-11-2017

Venue: Casino Maltese, Valletta

Overview:

This annual dinner is an opportunity for the stakeholders in the Maltese capital markets to meet and network in a relaxed environment. The dinner will be held under the Patronage of the Hon. Minister for Finance and attended by the Heads of the Regulatory bodies, Members, professionals in the financial services sector, representatives of the many listed organisations, amongst others. It is planned that this event will be used as an opportunity to recognise outstanding performance by selected stakeholders.

Attendance: By invitation

3rd Annual MSE Investor Education Conference

Date: 04-11-2017

Time: 09:00

Venue: Corinthia Palace Hotel

Category: Education

Overview:

Announcing the 3rd MSE Investor Education Conference that will be held on Saturday 4th November at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard. Listen to expert practitioners and speakers, and learn more about the investment world. Attendance is just EUR12 per person including coffees and standing lunch.

Institutional Financial Securities Market Half-Day Conference

Date: 18-10-2017

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Conference

Overview:

The MSE will be organizing a morning conference in order to officially launch the new Institutional Financial Securities Market (IFSM). The Conference will include a keynote speech by the Hon Minister for Finance Prof. Edward Scicluna as well as a panel involving significant stakeholders from the legal, capital and banking sectors. Key speakers will be Mr Richard Ambery, from the Managing Partners Group, who have significant experience in this line of business, and Dr Nick Curmi, from Ganado Advocates, who are considered to be experts in this field and were heavily involved in the creation of the new legislation governing this interesting area of the capital markets. The event will explore the opportunities created by this first fully Maltese operated securities market.

Attendance: By invitation. If you are interested in attending, please email events@borzamalta.com.mt

MASS conference about the new EU Shareholder Rights Directive

Date: 13-10-2017