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Course 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 31-01-2022 — 04-02-2022

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.

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 127: Understanding Corporate Risk and Crisis Management

Date: 02-02-2022

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 136: The Whistleblower Directive – a Maltese Perspective

Date: 02-02-2022

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: 03-02-2022 — 04-02-2022

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 236: AIFMD - The Maltese Perspective

Date: 07-02-2022 — 08-02-2022

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

Date: 08-02-2022

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 132: ICT Security Risk Management - MFSA Guidelines Explained

Date: 11-02-2022

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 306: Financial Markets Compliance and Regulation

Date: 14-02-2022 — 17-02-2022

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 103: Company Law Fundamentals

Date: 14-02-2022 — 15-02-2022

Time: 09:00

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 126: Going Public: An Introduction to Stock Exchange Listings

Date: 17-02-2022 — 18-02-2022

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 101: An Introduction to Funds and ETFs

Date: 21-02-2022 — 23-02-2022

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 133: Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Date: 24-02-2022

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 137: US Tax Law and Processes Explained

Date: 01-03-2022

Time: 10:30

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 205: How Bonds Work

Date: 02-03-2022 — 03-03-2022

Time: 13:30

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 216: Fund Accounting and Administration

Date: 02-03-2022

Time: 03:00

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 211: Portfolio Risk Management

Date: 07-03-2022 — 09-03-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

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 218: Company Services Providers - a Practitioner's Overview

Date: 15-03-2022

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 134: Taxation of Capital Gains and Property Transfers

Date: 17-03-2022

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 307: Compliance Monitoring and Reporting

Date: 21-03-2022

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 320: The Role of The Board

Date: 21-03-2022 — 23-03-2022

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 311: Understanding Trusts

Date: 23-03-2022 — 24-03-2022

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 237: Leverage and Liquidity Issues after the Covid Recession

Date: 24-03-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed significant pressures on the finances and income of households and businesses, with many banks allowing moratoria and credit arrangements in order to compensate for these challenging circumstances. We also witnessed government guarantee programmes to support credit provision to firms through the banking system. This course will present the latest evidence on, and discuss the consequent impact of, publicly supported credit guarantee schemes, used extensively after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, on firms’ debt and liquidity levels, and banks’ balance sheet strength in the Euro area. This evidence helps frame better the challenges that the corporate and bank sectors will face as economies continue emerging from the economic recession caused by the pandemic of 2020.

Attendance: By registration

Course 219: AML/CFT - Spotting the Red Flags

Date: 25-03-2022

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 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 04-04-2022 — 07-04-2022

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 319: An Introduction to Islamic Finance

Date: 05-04-2022 — 06-04-2022

Time: 13:00

Venue: ONLINE

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 129: Mindfulness

Date: 08-04-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This short course will address the conceptualisation of  mindfulness - addressing “what” mindfulness is through  discussing the origins, meaning and significance. It will  also examine the effective evidence - addressing the  “how” and “why” mindfulness is an effective cognitive  strategy, whilst grappling with the neurological and  cognitive evidence. Finally it will attempt to bridge  the gap through a hands-on demonstrative part of  the session where candidates will conceptualise the  applicable nature of mindfulness to the corporate  world. Through participation, candidates will be able to  incorporate mindfulness strategies into their professional/ personal life.

Attendance: By registration

Course 229: Understanding Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Date: 11-04-2022 — 12-04-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

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 130: Mergers and Acquisitions Explained

Date: 13-04-2022

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 411: Trading Equities, Bonds and ETFs

Date: 18-04-2022 — 26-04-2022

Time: 13:30

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 118: Effective Business Writing

Date: 21-04-2022

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 101: An Introduction to Funds and ETFs

Date: 25-04-2022 — 27-04-2022

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 308: Anti-Money Laundering

Date: 28-04-2022

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 234: Bond Trading Strategies

Date: 02-05-2022 — 03-05-2022

Time: 13:30

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:

This course will focus on differing bond trading strategies such as yield curve and credit strategies. Participants will learn about bond pricing mechanisms and the structure of fixed income markets along with various analytical concepts for identifying fixed income trading opportunities. The lecturer will review the most important challenges facing fixed income portfolios in this new environment and the asset allocation implications that ensue from this dynamic environment.

Attendance: By registration

Course 206: The Role of the Company Secretary

Date: 03-05-2022

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 208: Understanding Financial Statements for Directors and Executives of Companies

Date: 11-05-2022 — 12-05-2022

Time: 09:00

Venue: ONLINE

Category: Education

Overview:
Directors and executives of companies operating in all sectors 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 217: Managing Directors' Liability Risks through Insurance

Date: 17-05-2022

Time: 09:30

Venue: ONLINE

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 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 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 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 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 203: Financial Statements Analysis

Date: 01-06-2022 — 10-06-2022

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 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 100: An Introduction to the Financial Markets

Date: 13-06-2022 — 16-06-2022

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

Date: 17-06-2022

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 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 308: 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 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 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 308: 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 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 103: Company Law Fundamentals

Date: 06-10-2022 — 07-10-2022

Time: 09:00

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 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