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BlockFinance: Opportunities in the Asset Management sector
18 September 2018
08:15 - 11:30
Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard
FinanceMalta Event

Event Overview

From custody through asset provenance to even records for due diligence, the upheaval in asset management is fascinating. Will the existing asset management structures survive or will fund units be entirely tokenised?

BlockFinance: A FinanceMalta Series is organised in collaboration with the Malta Blockchain Association. The event is an informal breakfast briefing where participation by delegates is encouraged. The briefings run under the Chatham House Rule to encourage dialogue by all professions about issues arising from any aspect of DLT.

Sponsored by PKF Malta



  • Kenneth Farrugia - Chairman, FinanceMalta -  Kenneth Farrugia is the current Chairman of FinanceMalta, Malta's national promotional body for financial services, and also serves as Chairman of the Malta Funds Industry Association. He is also the Chairman of Malita Investments plc which is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. Kenneth joined Bank of Valletta plc (BOV), Malta's largest banking group, in 1985 and has since occupied various positions within the Bank. Kenneth currently holds the post of Chief Business Development Officer at Bank of Valletta plc and sits on the Group's Management Board. Kenneth is amongst others responsible for the improvement of the Bank’s market position, as well as the achievement of financial growth and long-term strategic business goals. 

  • Andrew Caruana Scicluna - Associate, Camilleri Preziosi - Andrew’ main areas of practice are asset management, investment funds and investment services regulation. He regularly advises on the incorporation and re-domiciliation of UCITS Funds and Alternative Investment Funds in Malta and also advises a number of investment funds, managers and administrators on regulatory issues and their transactional affairs. Andrew holds an LL.D. from the University of Malta and an LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from the London School of Economics.

  • Martha Chetcuti - Analyst, Securities and Markets Supervision, MFSA - Martha Chetcuti holds a B.Com (Hons) degree in Banking and Finance and a Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta.  Martha joined the MFSA as an analyst within the Funds Team of the Securities and Markets Supervision Unit and is currently leading the Fintech and Virtual Currencies Team within the same Unit.

  • Mark Agius - Executive Head, BOV - Mark is the Executive Head of BOV Asset Management, a fully owned subsidiary of Bank of Valletta plc. Mark joined the Bank in 1987 and during his career has held executive and senior management positions at BOV Wealth Management.  Mark is the Education Director of the Institute of Financial Services in Malta. Mark holds a BSc Honours in Financial Services from the University of Manchester and is an Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance in UK.   

  • Max Ganado - GANADO Advocates - Dr Max Ganado has been practising law for the past 36 years. He developed the Financial Services practices at GANADO Advocates and has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a financial centre and more recently the laws relating to blockchain technology.

  • Kristian Haehndel - CEO, DQR - Dr Kristian Haehndel is an early bitcoin enthusiast. His expertise spans a range of sectors, from mechanical engineering to altcoin and bitcoin mining and trading. He founded DQR, a blockchain services conglomerate, with an aim to incorporate revolutionary technology and a means of building a more inclusive economy into blockchain. He is an honours graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Antonio Giannino - Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Amagis Capital - Antonio Giannino is Amagis Capital’s Chief Risk Officer and he supervises all the risk management procedures including the development of proprietary UCITS and AIF risk management software.  Prior to joining Amagis, Antonio was teaching in Bocconi University in Milan in several Mathematics and Economics classes. Moreover, he managed several research projects for respected and acknowledged scholars at Bocconi. Antonio also held research responsibilities at ETH Zurich where he performed statistical data analysis about cognitive control capabilities and ran experimental sessions on the exploration-exploitation dilemma at the Management, Technology, and Economics Department. He has a Master summa cum laude in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University.

  • Jędrzej Iwaszkiewicz - Co-founder of ‘The Heart’ in Warsaw, Poland - Jędrzej Iwaszkiewicz is the co-founder of The Heart in Warsaw, Poland, a corporate centre for digital ventures. Named as one of the “Innovators Under 35” by MIT, Jędrzej is responsible for business development and strategic partnerships, at The Heart and a mentor for accelerator programs such as Mind the Bridge, Alfa AC and Starter.  During the BlockFinance session, Jędrzej will focus on the Payment Services Directive II, Big Data including Customer intelligence, efficient compliance, fraud reduction, marketing campaigns targeting and also Blockchain technologies, including smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, money transfers, KYC and identity management. 

  • Edward McArdle - Funds and Corporate Services Senior Manager at Alter Domus Malta - Edward joined Alter Domus Malta in October 2017. He has been working within the financial services industry for over 13 years and possesses extensive operational experience within the funds industry. Edward is a qualified financial advisor (QFA Ireland) and an ACCA member.

  • Chris Mifsud Bonnici - Senior Manager at PWC - Chris is a Senior Manager with a special focus on tax and regulatory matters affecting asset management businesses with an interest in regulatory innovation. Chris joined PwC Malta after three years with PwC Legal LLP in London and is a dual Maltese and English qualified lawyer. He graduated in law from the University of Malta in 2008, specialised in International Commercial Law at Kings' College, London in 2009 and is an associate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

  • Anabel Mifsud - Managing Director, SGGG Fexserv Fund Services (Malta) Ltd. - Anabel joined SGGG Fexserv Fund Services in 2008 and holds the position of Managing Director. She is a Certified Public Accountant with an Honours degree in Accountancy and a Masters degree in Financial Services. Anabel also serves as a member on the committee of the Malta Fund Industry Association.

Conference chaired and moderated by Patrick L Young, Blockchain Malta Association



08:30 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 Welcome Address
Kenneth Farrugia, Chairman, FinanceMalta
09:15 Panel session: Blockchain Regulation: Assets, Tokens, & Funds - Understanding the Challenges for fund managers and service agents
- Where do ICOs and Tokens sit in a fund?
- How do regulations impact on holding crypto/token assets?-
- UCITS and other international implications?
- Is Malta a unique haven?
- Does this give Malta an advantage as a fund centre?

Martha Chetcuti, Analyst, Securities and Markets Supervision, MFSA
Antonio Giannino, Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Amagis Capital
Edward McArdle, Alter Domus 
Andrew Caruana Scicluna, Camilleri Preziosi

10:00  New Forms of Fund?
- Will we require new fund types, or does it become easier to create hybrid funds?

Chris Mifsud Bonnici, Senior Manager, PwC
10:15  Legal Personality and Innovative Technology Arrangements
Max Ganado
10:30 Break
10:45 Panel session: The Fund of the Future
- How will legacy asset managers need to change
- How might a new age fund manager look?
- What is the future for fund accountants, administrators and custodians?
- What impact do smart contracts make on funds?

Mark Agius, Executive Head, BOV Asset Management Limited
Kristian Haehndel, CEO, DQR
Anabel Mifsud, Managing Director, SGGG Fexserv Fund Services (Malta) Ltd.
Jędrzej Iwaszkiewicz, Co-founder of ‘The Heart’ in Warsaw, Poland
11:30  Closing Remarks        
Patrick Young, Blockchain Malta Association
Why should delegates attend?

Blockchain / DLT is the latest technology to disrupt the business world and is likely to have a huge impact on the way business moves forward. BlockFinance aims to educate and explain the developments in this area pertaining to specific industry sectors.

Upcoming BlockFinance Events

11 October 2018 - BlockFinance: Opportunities in the Banking sector
How are banks affected by Distributed ledger technology and what are the challenges for incumbent banks as well as the opportunities arising?

8 November 2018 - BlockFinance: Opportunities in the Insurance and Pensions sector
How does DLT impact insurance records, does the distributed ledger help gather better data more efficiently? Can the process result in more targeted policies and lower premiums?

4 December 2018 - BlockFinance: Opportunities in the Clearing and Settlement field
Every financial transaction needs clearing and settlement but how does this change with greater blockchain impact - shorter timeframes (and how real-time can real-time be?), how does it impact components in insurance or securitisation for instance? This session is essential for anybody involved in clearing and settling any product.

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  • FinanceMalta and Blockchain Malta Members: €30
  • Non-members: €40
  • Full time students (Need to provide student identification): €10



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A certificate of attendance will be sent to those who request it so that CPE hours can be applied for.

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