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

Date: 27-01-2020 — 28-01-2020

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 214: A Practical Approach to Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 27-01-2020 — 28-01-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
This course is designed to familiarise attendees with the  practical and real life circumstances of implementing a  robust anti-money laundering framework.  Whilst the regulations are clear about the responsibilities  that are related to AML/CFT, this course will give a  practical and hands-on approach on how to carry out  the various AML/CFT checks, how to deal with practical  issues that are encountered on a day-to-day basis, and  provide a practical insight to subject persons including  compliance officers, compliance teams and MLROs.   This  course will enable practitioners to ‘get their hands dirty’  in respect of anti-money laundering processes within  their organization.  During this course, the sharing and discussion of  personal experiences of both lecturers and participants  will ensure a better learning experience for all attendees.

Attendance: By registration

Course 227: An Overview of Income Tax and VAT Principles

Date: 30-01-2020 — 31-01-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 101: An Introduction to ETFs and Funds

Date: 03-02-2020 — 05-02-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 235: The 5th AML Directive – Where are we now?

Date: 04-02-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The Anti-Money Laundering Directive – the latest being  its fifth revision (5AMLD) – seeks to protect institutions  against the risk of use of the financial system for money  laundering or terrorist financing. Just a few weeks after  the 4th AMLD was enacted, the need for a 5th revision  was felt and proposed. The 5AMLD has evolved into  a complex obligation that requires that organisations  build processes and procedures to satisfy the various  requirements emanating from the Directive. It could  even be said that the very culture of organisations and  their approach to how they treat their current business  practices and the respective policies as well as the  challenges in taking on new business opportunities need  to be developed with this in mind.

Attendance: By registration

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

Date: 06-02-2020 — 07-02-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 306: Financial Markets Compliance and Regulation

Date: 11-02-2020 — 14-02-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 103: Company Law Fundamentals

Date: 11-02-2020 — 13-02-2020

Time: 09:15

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 301: VAT in the Financial Services Industry

Date: 17-02-2020 — 18-02-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 203: Financial Statements Analysis

Date: 19-02-2020 — 28-02-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 222: Information Security Governance and Information Systems Internal Auditing

Date: 25-02-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

All organisations, whether complex multi-nationals or  SMEs, rely on technology and IT systems to run their  businesses. Management needs to set information  security policies, standards and practices and employees  need to be trained to adhere to them. The subject of  Information Security (IS) can be quite complex and  generally costly. In this session, we aim to clear the  fog around this subject and provide you with a sound  understanding on how to manage Information Security  efficiently within your organisation. This will also be  supported by an overview of what an IT and Cyber  Security Internal Audit entails and the importance  of maintaining such systems. By the end of the  course, attendees will have a sound understanding  of the positioning of Information Security within any  organisation and best practices on how to manage such a function – scaled for size and scope to best suit their company needs. They will also understand the role of the Information Security Auditor and be able to prepare for IS audits.

 

Attendance: By registration

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

Date: 27-02-2020 — 28-02-2020

Time: 13:30

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 234: Carrying Out Client Due Diligence

Date: 02-03-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The compliance regulatory landscape has evolved into  an onerous obligation for subject persons to have a  number of processes and procedures in place. These  include AML, CFT, amongst others, and also cover  the record keeping, reporting, and internal policies to  ensure that the compliance functions are carried out in  line with regulatory requirements. This training session  will focus on the conduct of Customer Due Diligence  (CDD) measures by subject persons in accordance  with the Prevention of Money Laundering & Funding of  Terrorism Regulations (PMLFTR) and the Implementing  Procedures.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 205: Basic Understanding of Fixed Income Securities

Date: 02-03-2020 — 04-03-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 307: Compliance Monitoring and Reporting

Date: 03-03-2020

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 320: The Role of The Board

Date: 04-03-2020 — 06-03-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 emphasize on corporate governance principles, best practices and the interpretation of various provisions of the Companies Act.

This course has been accredited to attract 7.5 CPE credit hours. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 117: An Introduction to Asset Classes

Date: 06-03-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will explain the characteristics and differences between the various assets classes available to investors, and how these are expected to perform over time. The different types of return on investment that can differ quite significantly between asset classes, as well as other important factors such as liquidity and risk will also be explained. Attendees will also learn about the principle of correlation and how this can affect the value of investments in asset classes as compared to investments in particular instruments. The lecturer will explain the distinction between value and productive asset classes. The participants will learn the importance of diversification by structuring their portfolio that is based on asset class strategies.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 212: Due Diligence in Practice

Date: 09-03-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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-to-day basis, and provide  a practical insight to help subject persons including  compliance  officers, compliance teams and MLROs carry out their duties. This  course will enable practitioners to ‘get their hands dirty’ in respect of  customer due diligence processes within their organization.

Attendance: By registration

Course 232: Investing through Funds, ETFs or Direct Holding

Date: 09-03-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

Over the past two decades investors’ choices have  expanded tremendously: rather than investing directly  in various asset classes, we now have a plethora of  investment mechanisms that give investors exposures  to different risks. The traditional mutual funds and hedge  funds have seen rising competition from ETFs and ETNs  as investment providers compete for investors’ funds.  In this lecture we will discuss the costs and benefits  of each investment choice, the short-term and long term  performance and the risks that each harbours  for investors. We will also evaluate the costs, most  importantly that of illiquidity, and how investors can  minimise them for different types of stocks (e.g. small  caps vs. large caps).

Attendance: By registration

Course 217: Managing Directors' Liability Risks through Insurance

Date: 10-03-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
Today’s corporate environment places a significant degree  of responsibility on the roles of directors and officers of  companies. The course aims to provide a comprehensive  understanding on how the risks associated with these roles and  responsibilities can be managed and covered by insurance.  The presentation will cover the various components of  Directors’ and Officers’ liability insurance and how it can be  applied in practice. Participants will learn about the type of  protection available, the mechanics of the policy application and address Frequently Asked Questions and  common concerns and misconceptions. It will also provide  advice and tips on what to look out for when considering such  insurance and how to ensure adequate protection.

Attendance: By registration

Course 230: Negative Interest Rates: Economic and Financial Impacts

Date: 10-03-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The emergence of negative interest rates is an  important innovation in monetary policy with far reaching  implications for economic growth and investors’  portfolios alike. Bonds worth $15tn — about a quarter  of government and firm debt around the world — are  trading with negative yields. In other words, bond prices  are at such high levels that investors will receive back  less than they paid if they hold these bonds to maturity.  Negative-yielding debt raises profound questions for  investors as central banks bid to revive the global  economy. This lecture will review the most important  challenges facing fixed income portfolios in this new  environment and the asset allocation implications that  ensue from this development.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 231: An Assessment of Investment Performance by Asset Class

Date: 11-03-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The lecture will evaluate the risk-return relationship of  two major asset classes, i.e. equity and fixed income,  and how a third asset class, derivatives, can be used to  enhance performance through risk management. We will  evaluate how the risk-return relationship (especially the  equity premium) has evolved through different market  conditions and its relevance to retail and institutional  investors. Notions of over- and under-valuations will be  considered together with their limitations and implications  to active and passive strategies.
 

Attendance: By registration

Course 233: Buy to Hold vs. Short Term Investment Strategies

Date: 11-03-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

Investors, especially institutional investors, have  different trading horizons arising either out of choice  (i.e., risk aversion preferences) or their balance  sheet composition. Reflecting these deep-seated  characteristics, they follow different trading strategies  which impact market prices. This lecture will discuss  the different investment strategies, in the context of  both equity and fixed income, by looking at the costs  (especially liquidity) and benefits of setting them up.  We will also evaluate the investment performance for  the major types of investors (hedge funds, mutual funds,  pension funds, insurances and banks) for different types  of active trading strategies.
 

Attendance: By registration

Course 223: An Introduction to Cyber Assessments, Cyber Security and Social Engineering

Date: 12-03-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

Have you ever wondered on how to measure and test  a business resiliency to cyber security or assessed the  soundness of your company’s posture to information  security? This course will provide attendees with an  understanding on what is the difference between  the different assessments, how each assessment is  conducted and what each one entails. Attendees will  also be able to discern which assessment is most  suitable for which outcome. With cybercrime on the  increase, it is essential to start understanding the basics  of such activities in order to help prevent such incidents  not only in an organisation but also at home. This course  will provide a basic understanding of cyber security and  social engineering with the necessary knowledge of  simple preventive measures that can be used on a daily  basis to safeguard personal and company data.

 
 

Attendance: By registration

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

Date: 12-03-2020 — 13-03-2020

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 311: Understanding Trusts

Date: 16-03-2020 — 17-03-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 211: Portfolio Risk Management

Date: 16-03-2020 — 20-03-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will introduce attendees to the  key principles of portfolio risk management and will  explain and address key concepts of modern portfolio  theory such as the principles of correlation, causation,  and diversification, portfolio volatility, basic asset-liability  management strategies and how to create and manage  a portfolio that is tailored for individual investment  objectives. 
 
The course will delve into areas such as modelling, asset  – liability management, scenario analysis, probabilities  and extreme value theory. It will outline the investment  planning process and is highly recommended for  all financial services practitioners as well as individual  investors.

Attendance: By registration

Course 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 01-04-2020 — 08-04-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 224: Incident Management Response and Disaster Recovery

Date: 02-04-2020 — 03-04-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

It is essential for every organisation not only to have an  incidence response manual but also to keep it updated  following any major changes in the organisation. The  crucial part in having an effective incident response in  case of a cyber-attack is to ensure that all key personnel  are aware and confident of the contents of such manual.  This course will provide attendees with a clear picture  of the importance of an incident management and  response procedure. The aim is to help participants  focus on prevention and detection alike together with the  importance of disaster recovery strategies and individual  roles. 

Attendees will be able to draw up, review and enhance  their incident response manual and be prepared to  handle an incident and coordinate the CSIRT team.  They will also understand the various methodologies of  disaster recovery and their role in the process in case  of an event. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 228: Understanding Financial Statements for CSPs

Date: 06-04-2020 — 07-04-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The rules governing Company Services Providers in  Malta, issued by the MFSA in terms of the Company  Services Providers Act, are intended to establish detailed  regulatory requirements which persons registered in  terms of the Act are required to adhere to. During the  course of the business, Company Service Providers,  will come across a number of Financial Statements  which need to be understood, interpreted or approved,  depending on the type of service being offered. This  course will help you familiarise, interpret and understand  better the meaning and use of the detailed  information  contained within the financial statements, and what all  those numbers are telling you.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 411: Trading Equities, Bonds and ETFs

Date: 14-04-2020 — 24-04-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

This course aims to give participants a practical  approach to trading equities, bonds and ETF’s.  It will provide a professional’s perspective of an equity’s  inception, covering all the processes occurring within  the primary markets, also known as investment banking.  Thereafter a thorough account of an equity’s IPO stage  will be reviewed and trading on the secondary markets  (stock exchanges) will be covered in depth covering all  the essential features of equities, how they work, and  how to assess them.  The course will also address bonds, their unique features  and how they are traded, giving participants a thorough  understanding how bond markets work.  ETF’s will be discussed in detail since due to their  popularity, traders need to know how these instruments  can contribute to ones investing or trading strategy or  otherwise.  This course will introduce technical and fundamental  analysis, and a thorough review of all the major tools  available in the professional technician’s toolbox will be  given.

Attendance: By registration

Course 308: Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 15-04-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 208: Understanding Financial Statements for Directors and Executives of Financial Services Companies

Date: 20-04-2020 — 21-04-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
Directors and executives of companies operating in the financial services sector need to have a clear understanding of the financial statements that their companies prepare and which they would be signing off.  This course is aimed at directors and executives who are not accountants or have a strong financial  background.  With the many responsibilities and level of accountability that these executive positions hold, it is suggested that persons in these important positions are well versed in the understanding of financial statements.

Attendance: By registration

Course 216: Setting up a Fund in Malta

Date: 28-04-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The investment environment has undergone a significant  amount of change over the years. The investment objectives  and expectations of investors have changed and Fund  Managers and Fund Promoters have innovated in the  strategies and investment vehicles they use. The Maltese  regulatory framework is robust and adaptable, allowing  managers and promoters to innovate and to develop new  products to meet the changing needs of the fund industry.  Despite that it is competing with well-established jurisdictions,  Malta has firmly embedded itself as a European Financial  Services hub and is now a fully-fledged fund jurisdiction. The  increased interest in Malta has not only attracted funds to be  registered here, but also a large number of fund managers and  administrators who are recognising Malta’s potential to become   one of the leading European destinations for fund registrations,  management and administration. This course aims to introduce  and discuss why a Fund Promoter should choose Malta over  other jurisdictions and the application process to go through in  order to get the licence to operate. The course will also help the  participants to understand the type of funds that are available  to investors and the role of the key players in the fund industry,  mainly the Fund Administrator during the launch period and  upon commencement of the operations.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 206: The Role of the Company Secretary

Date: 04-05-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 312: Principles of Sound Corporate Governance

Date: 06-05-2020 — 08-05-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 319: An Introduction to Islamic Finance

Date: 06-05-2020 — 08-05-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

This course offer students an introduction into Islamic Finance which refers to a system of finance that is consistent with the principles of Sharia Law, which emphasises moral and ethical values in all dealings. Sharia prohibits the payment or acceptance of interest charges (Riba) for the lending and accepting of money, as well as carrying out trade and other activities that provide goods or services considered contrary to its principles. Islamic finance has the same purpose as conventional finance except that it operates in accordance with Islamic rules. Individuals taking this course will be provided with an introductory level to the principles and the modus operandi of this alternative system of finance.

Attendance: By registration

Course 225: Business Risk Assessment: The Cornerstone of AML/CFT Obligations Explained

Date: 11-05-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

In terms of the 4th AML Directive, Subject Persons are  required to identify, assess and understand the risks  of money laundering and terrorist financing which their  business is exposed to. In doing so, a Subject Person  must carry out a Business Risk Assessment and take  into account a number of risk factors, including the risk  pertaining to their customers, countries or geographic  areas, products, services, transactions as well as  delivery channels. Through attendance of the course,  participants will obtain a clear understanding of what  their obligations are and practical ways of how to  achieve them.

Attendance: By registration

Course 229: The Dynamics Behind Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Date: 13-05-2020 — 14-05-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

The course will attempt to demystify the complex worlds  of hedge funds and private equity. Hedge fund jargon  will be discussed at length and the course will focus on  different hedge fund strategies such as Global Macro,  Fixed Income Arbitrage, Equity Long Short, Fund of  Funds and others, and will endeavour to explain how  these strategies differ from more traditional conventional  strategies. The course will then delve deeply into the  main value drivers behind the whole private equity  process, its main area of risk, and the overall investment  process adopted to ensure a successful private equity  venture. The course will also provide an insight into the  roles of the main service providers engaged by both kind  of funds and will also tackle specific clauses that are  found in a typical prospectus governing these kinds  of funds.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 315: An Introduction to Securitisation

Date: 13-05-2020 — 15-05-2020

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 215: Tax and Succession Planning for Businesses

Date: 18-05-2020 — 19-05-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

Family-run and small businesses go through a life cycle  with two distinct phases: the start-up phase when they  are still developing their strategy, product or service,  clientele, logistics, resource sourcing, and ultimately the  business brand. An important aspect of this initial phase  is the management of business’s cash flows. As the  business grows over time, capital financing may become  a requirements that needs special attention, and at  the other extreme of its life cycle, the business owners  need to understand the succession planning process  and prepare for this. This course is designed to look at  a business through its life cycle address these specific  issues: the various exemptions and concessions  available to start ups and small businesses, financing  options and succession planning.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 101: An Introduction to ETFs and Funds

Date: 18-05-2020 — 20-05-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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

Date: 22-05-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 219: AML/CFT - Spotting the Red Flags

Date: 25-05-2020 — 26-05-2020

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 227: An Overview of Income Tax and VAT Principles

Date: 25-05-2020 — 26-05-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 413: Trading Foreign Exchange, Futures and Options

Date: 28-05-2020 — 05-06-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 314: Understanding the Initial Public Offering Process

Date: 08-06-2020 — 10-06-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

Participants will learn what is required to become a publicly listed company. This short course will cover the regulatory and listing process, the costs, exchange requirements, the best efforts underwriting process and how to come about the right initial public offer (IPO) price. Students will learn what the compliance and corporate governance requirements will be for companies going through the IPO process. The course will also cover angel investing and how to come across the required seed capital from venture capitalists, banks, private placement and exchanges such as the Malta Stock Exchange’s Main Board and the Prospects venue which caters to the financing of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Attendance: By registration

Course 307: Compliance Monitoring and Reporting

Date: 08-06-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 306: Financial Markets Compliance and Regulation

Date: 15-06-2020 — 18-06-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 106: How to Value Your Business

Date: 15-06-2020 — 16-06-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 19-06-2020 — 26-06-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 308: Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 28-09-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 117: An Introduction to Asset Classes

Date: 28-09-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will explain the characteristics and differences between the various assets classes available to investors, and how these are expected to perform over time. The different types of return on investment that can differ quite significantly between asset classes, as well as other important factors such as liquidity and risk will also be explained. Attendees will also learn about the principle of correlation and how this can affect the value of investments in asset classes as compared to investments in particular instruments. The lecturer will explain the distinction between value and productive asset classes. The participants will learn the importance of diversification by structuring their portfolio that is based on asset class strategies.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 222: Information Security Governance and Information Systems Internal Auditing

Date: 02-10-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

All organisations, whether complex multi-nationals or  SMEs, rely on technology and IT systems to run their  businesses. Management needs to set information  security policies, standards and practices and employees  need to be trained to adhere to them. The subject of  Information Security (IS) can be quite complex and  generally costly. In this session, we aim to clear the  fog around this subject and provide you with a sound  understanding on how to manage Information Security  efficiently within your organisation. This will also be  supported by an overview of what an IT and Cyber  Security Internal Audit entails and the importance  of maintaining such systems. By the end of the  course, attendees will have a sound understanding  of the positioning of Information Security within any  organisation and best practices on how to manage such a function – scaled for size and scope to best suit their company needs. They will also understand the role of the Information Security Auditor and be able to prepare for IS audits.

 

Attendance: By registration

Course 307: Compliance Monitoring and Reporting

Date: 06-10-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 103: Company Law Fundamentals

Date: 07-10-2020 — 09-10-2020

Time: 09:15

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 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 12-10-2020 — 19-10-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 212: Due Diligence in Practice

Date: 12-10-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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-to-day basis, and provide  a practical insight to help subject persons including  compliance  officers, compliance teams and MLROs carry out their duties. This  course will enable practitioners to ‘get their hands dirty’ in respect of  customer due diligence processes within their organization.

Attendance: By registration

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

Date: 13-10-2020 — 14-10-2020

Time: 14:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 321: Securitisation – Key Facts and Opportunities

Date: 14-10-2020 — 16-10-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 a decade since 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 level. The lecturer will then explore the more intricate  elements of securitisation, including the advantages  inherent to 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, particularly in light of the  opportunities presented by Fintech.

Attendance: By registration

Course 301: VAT in the Financial Services Industry

Date: 19-10-2020 — 20-10-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 316: Structured Products Explained

Date: 20-10-2020 — 22-10-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 118: Effective Business Writing

Date: 21-10-2020

Time: 13:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 203: Financial Statements Analysis

Date: 21-10-2020 — 30-10-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 223: An Introduction to Cyber Assessments, Cyber Security and Social Engineering

Date: 22-10-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

Have you ever wondered on how to measure and test  a business resiliency to cyber security or assessed the  soundness of your company’s posture to information  security? This course will provide attendees with an  understanding on what is the difference between  the different assessments, how each assessment is  conducted and what each one entails. Attendees will  also be able to discern which assessment is most  suitable for which outcome. With cybercrime on the  increase, it is essential to start understanding the basics  of such activities in order to help prevent such incidents  not only in an organisation but also at home. This course  will provide a basic understanding of cyber security and  social engineering with the necessary knowledge of  simple preventive measures that can be used on a daily  basis to safeguard personal and company data.

 
 

Attendance: By registration

Course 306: Financial Markets Compliance and Regulation

Date: 26-10-2020 — 29-10-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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

Date: 28-10-2020 — 29-10-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 214: A Practical Approach to Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 02-11-2020 — 03-11-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:
This course is designed to familiarise attendees with the  practical and real life circumstances of implementing a  robust anti-money laundering framework.
 
Whilst the regulations are clear about the responsibilities  that are related to AML/CFT, this course will give a  practical and hands-on approach on how to carry out  the various AML/CFT checks, how to deal with practical  issues that are encountered on a day-to-day basis, and  provide a practical insight to subject persons including  compliance officers, compliance teams and MLROs.   This  course will enable practitioners to ‘get their hands dirty’  in respect of anti-money laundering processes within  their organization.

During this course, the sharing and discussion of  personal experiences of both lecturers and participants  will ensure a better learning experience for all attendees.

Attendance: By registration

Course 101: An Introduction to ETFs and Funds

Date: 02-11-2020 — 04-11-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 320: The Role of The Board

Date: 04-11-2020 — 06-11-2020

Time: 09:30

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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 emphasize on corporate governance principles, best practices and the interpretation of various provisions of the Companies Act.

Attendance: By registration

Course 224: Incident Management Response and Disaster Recovery

Date: 09-11-2020 — 10-11-2020

Time: 09:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

Category: Education

Overview:

It is essential for every organisation not only to have an  incidence response manual but also to keep it updated  following any major changes in the organisation. The  crucial part in having an effective incident response in  case of a cyber-attack is to ensure that all key personnel  are aware and confident of the contents of such manual.  This course will provide attendees with a clear picture  of the importance of an incident management and  response procedure. The aim is to help participants  focus on prevention and detection alike together with the  importance of disaster recovery strategies and individual  roles. 

Attendees will be able to draw up, review and enhance  their incident response manual and be prepared to  handle an incident and coordinate the CSIRT team.  They will also understand the various methodologies of  disaster recovery and their role in the process in case  of an event. 

Attendance: By registration

Course 317: Derivatives and Asset-Backed Securities Explained

Date: 09-11-2020 — 11-11-2020

Time: 17:00

Venue: Malta Stock Exchange

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

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