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Malta Funds Industry Association (MFIA) to hold Annual Funds Conference on ‘New Catalysts to Sustain Future Growth’

The Malta Funds Industry Association is delighted to announce that its Annual Malta Funds Conference will be held on 28 April 2016 at the Radisson Blu Resort in St. Julian’s. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘New Catalysts to Sustain Future Growth’.

The Conference will be addressed by the Hon. Professor Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance, who will speak about the importance of the financial services industry as one of the key enablers to Malta’s economic growth whilst the key note speaker of this event will be Mr Peter de Proft, Director General of the European Fund and Asset Management Association, who will present the trends and opportunities in the European asset management industry.

The Conference program also includes three panel discussions. The first panel will discuss the importance of the role of legal and regulatory led innovation in the funds industry as the driving catalysts that will ensure sustained business growth going forward. The discussion aims to identify the potential key innovations that may be introduced in Malta’s Funds Industry within the context of the rapidly changing regulatory and operational environment as well as investor preferences.

The second panel will debate the opportunities for Malta’s fund industry in the alternative investment fund sector focusing on PE/VC structures, Loan funds, Infrastructure Funds within the context of the shift taking place in the market towards investments in alternative non-traditional asset classes. The panel will discuss the impact and opportunities presented by the new regulatory regimes such as the Notified AIF, EUVECA Regulations as well as highlight how typical PE and VC structures may be set up in Malta.

On the other hand, the third panel will discuss the challenges facing the custody business as well as the opportunities for new custody operations considering to set up an operation in Malta.

All the high calibre panel members have been carefully selected to ensure that the delegates will benefit from a matrix of industry specialists operating in the audit, legal, custody, investment management and fund administration fields all having  years of experience in this industry.

Amongst others the speakers include Dr Max Ganado, Partner at Ganado Advocates, Ms Sarah Camilleri – Director at KPMG, Mr Joe Camilleri – Partner at PWC, Dr Andre Zerafa – Partner at Ganado Advocates, Mr Ronald Attard, Partner at EY, as well as Dr Louis de Gabriele – Partner at Camilleri Preziosi.

The Conference will conclude with a presentation by Dr Christopher P. Buttigieg Director Securities and Markets Supervision at the MFSA on the importance of increased supervision in asset management industry and the relevance to improved governance of the MFSA’s thematic reviews.

The Conference will be supported by Swissquote Group Holding Limited as the Platinum Sponsor whilst AlterDomus, KPMG, GVZH Advocates and Valletta Fund Services Limited are the Gold Sponsors of this Conference.

For more information and to register for this conference, please visit or send an email to