This session will provide an in-depth look at the continuing disclosure obligations emanating from Chapter 5 of the Capital Markets Rules applicable to Issuers in terms of the said Rules. This session will cover both periodic financial reporting as well as ad hoc disclosure obligations, and should be particularly relevant to equity and debt issuers listed on the main market of the Malta Stock Exchange as well as entities contemplating listing.
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.
The aim of this course is to provide an objective overview of the attributes of commercial property as a mainstream asset class and to lay down the theoretical foundations of investment decision-making, so that particular decisions regarding property investments can be made efficiently and rationally. Concepts and techniques included in this course and problem sets are used in many careers related to real estate. These include periti, real estate advisors and valuers, investors and developers, estate agents and CFOs. This material is also relevant to individuals who want to better understand real estate for their own personal investment decisions as it prepares the student to understand the risks and rewards associated with investing in and financing both residential and commercial real estate.
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.
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.
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 to bring 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.
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.
Raising capital is a difficult but essential part of running Capital markets - practical issues any business. Even the most creative ideas or business plans can only get you so far. It is therefore inevitable that businesses will need funding in order to grow. Although one of the biggest challenges businesses face is raising finance, various options exist and businesses can raise capital through capital markets, bank finance, private placements or business angels amongst others. The training session will give an overview of all sources of finance, focusing more on the capital markets available in Malta, and the practical issues encountered when raising finance and how business go around them.
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.
This course has been tailored to provide attendees with a best practice approach in implementing a sound corporate governance framework, in line with the regulator’s expectations. The MFSA’s launch of the Corporate Governance Code in 2022 has established a set of principles which are to be applied by authorized persons on a ‘best effort basis’. The Corporate Governance Code is applicable across sectors, to all unlisted entities authorised by the MFSA.
This interesting course will delve into the economics of rent and the commercial property rental market, and methods used to assess the long term value of any lease or rental agreements by using the discounted cash flow technique to bring all future cashflows to present day values. This enables investors and property owners to be able to take informed decisions based on more accurate data that is based on tried and tested methods using realistic calculations and methods.
Open-ended funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have become very popular, cost-effective and efficient ways for investors 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.
This new course will give an overview of the Faster and Safer Relief of Excess Withholding Taxes (FASTER) Directive. This follows the aim of making withholding tax (WHT) procedures more efficient and secure for investors, financial intermediaries and local tax authorities. The course will explain the main thrusts of the new Directive, namely (1) a common EU digital tax residence certificate which will make withholding tax relief procedures faster and more efficient as opposed to the current reliance on paper-based procedures and (2) : a “relief at source” procedure and a “quick refund” system, which will make the relief process faster and more harmonised across the EU. Once adopted by Member States, the proposal should come into force on 1 January 2027.
This course will delve into the regulatory universe applicable to Company Service Providers (CSPs) in Malta, paying particular attention to the duty and role of the regulatory Compliance Officer in relation to the reporting submissions imposed by the MFSA, such as the Annual Compliance Return (ACR). The course further aims to provide attendees with an understanding of the core function of the Compliance Officer, as the officer appointed to oversee regulatory compliance within the CSP.
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.
The management of third parties in the context of the processing of personal data has becoming crucial in the implementation of a GDPR framework, especially in an evolving landscape of technological challenges and dynamic relationships with different providers and business partners. Understanding the roles, the obligations and responsibilities allocated to each party involved is critical to determine the actions that are to be taken for an effective implementation of GDPR requirements. This also calls for the appropriate application of the “risk based” approach as well as the implementation of the “security” principle as addressed in the Regulation and in other data protection guidelines issued in relation thereto. Organizations are required to take the proper steps to analyze, assess and monitor their internal processes with the aim of implementing appropriate measures. The first part of this course is intended to provide Organizations with a practical insight and a methodological approach on how to manage third parties and how to determine the actions to be implemented for the purposes of building an effective GDPR framework. The second part of the course is designed to help Organizations in the risk assessment of their internal processes and in the implementation of practical measures and controls to be GDPR compliant.
The most important characteristic of a good line of credit afforded by a credit institution to an applicant is that is gets repaid. This requires a credit assessment process that could include profiling, economic stress testing, risk, financial and business analysis, and collateral availability. This course will address the credit proposal assessment process and give key practical insights to help attendees to carry out good quality assessments which will result in good mutually beneficial business.
The training will focus on Source of Wealth and Source of Funds obligations and what to look out for as well as information and documentation a Subject Person is expected to collate when there is third-party involvement. Reference will also be made to the FIAU Guidance issued in July 2022, titled ‘On Obtaining Source of Wealth Information related to Parties other than the Customer’.
This course is intended to educate and train professionals on the role of the risk function within an organization, and its effectiveness in acting as a second line of defense within the organization’s governance structure. The course will look into the practical implementation of risk and risk management, highlighting the main stages of a robust enterprise-wide risk management process.
In the first hour, participants will receive an introduction to how blockchain technologies work. The different types of tokens will presented in detail, with particular focus on utility tokens. These are blockchain-based assets that offer added value and can also automate processes and secure data with the help of smart contracts. In the lecture, case studies will be presented showing the enormous potential of this technology. The course will also highlight the risks and how red flags can be recognized as well as the opportunities and risks in respect of data security.