Insight Newsletter 2 | 2023

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Dear Readers, 

There is no doubt that the launch at the end of March of the financial strategy by the Malta Financial Services Advisory Council has infiltrated conversations across boardrooms in Malta and overseas. A year has already passed since Malta was removed from the FATF greylist and the publication of a comprehensive list of action points was seen as tangible proof of the remarkable progress made by the jurisdiction.The island now has a blueprint, drawn up by all the stakeholders, which has identified challenges and opportunities and paved the way for growth and innovation. You can read more about the strategy later on in this newsletter, as well as a summary of the annual report which captures how the FinanceMalta has worked tirelessly to promote the sector – and the positive results achieved.

Work continues, with the team here reviewing the sectorial guides, published regular podcasts offering industry insights, and growing membership. FinanceMalta’s membership of the World Alliance of International Financial Centers is also helping us to gain momentum on the global stage, while participation in various forums ensures that our message is disseminated.

Plans are also taking shape for the FinanceMalta 16th Annual Conference being held on 13 September and we look forward to confirming more information about the agenda and speakers in the coming weeks.

Best wishes,
George Vella


Speed, simplification, and specialisation: MBR Strategy

When the Malta Financial Services Advisory Council launched its strategy in March 2023, the Malta Business Registry (MBR) was pleased to see that three of the five pillars on which it was based were those it had already based its own strategy on: speed, simplification and specialisation.

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FIAU working with ‘partners’ to fight money laundering

At the end of 2022, the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) launched its first ever strategy for the period 2023-2026. Its Acting Director Alfred Zammit spoke to FinanceMalta about the most important changes that it signifies.

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Member Spotlight: Q Securities

In just eight years, Q Securities has grown its operations to three key fund jurisdictions, servicing 225 funds with assets under custody of around €17bn. The head of the Malta branch, Filip Suchta, explains how it all started.

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Member Spotlight: Peeple

Companies outsource all sorts of services for a variety of reasons. Peeple offers human resource services, invaluable for those who might not have their own in-house expertise or who require additional support. Peeple’s Chief People Officer Lucienne Muscat stresses that their approach to their clients is based on a creating a partnership.

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MFSA gets new CEO; FIAU appoints Acting Director

Kenneth Farrugia has left his post at the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit to take up a new role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Financial Services Authority. In the meantime, the Board of Governors of the FIAU appointed Deputy Director Alfred Zammit as the Acting Director of the Unit.

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Strategy for financial services launched

The National Strategy for Financial Services, recently launched by the Malta Financial Services Advisory Council (MFSAC), identifies over 170 action points aimed at securing the future of the sector.

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Episode 38: A discussion on the MFSAC’s National Strategy for Financial Services with Hon. Clyde Caruana, Minister for Finance & Employment, Government of Malta.

Episode 39: A discussion on the MFSAC’s National Strategy for Financial Services with Mr. Joseph Zammit Tabona, Chairman, Malta Financial Services Advisory Council.

Episode 40: A discussion on the MFSAC’s National Strategy for Financial Services with Mr. Pier Massa.


FinanceMalta attends its first WAIFC Board of Directors meeting

FinanceMalta participated in the Board of Directors’ meeting of the World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) in London on 18-21 April.

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Flagship presence by FinanceMalta at Money20/20 Europe

FinanceMalta participated at Money20/20 Europe, one of the world’s leading FinTech events, held in Amsterdam on June 6-8.

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2022 Annual Report launched

FinanceMalta’s role in promoting Malta as a financial centre following the removal of Malta from the FATF greylist and the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic was highlighted in the annual report for 2022.

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More standardisation required for ESG scoring in asset management – comparative study

A comparative study by a Maltese researcher has highlighted the need for standardisation of rules and regulations on ESG information.

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Sustainable Finance Package published

The European Commission has published its Sustainable Finance package, bringing together elements from the existing sustainable finance frameworks, as well as a new legislative proposal on ESG Ratings.

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Highlights | Q2 International Events

Exploring the Future of Finance at

Money 20/20 Europe

1-minute video recap of Malta’s participation during Money 20/20 Europe.


2023 – Upcoming International Events

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for upcoming events 

2023 – Upcoming Local Events

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for upcoming events 

#FinTalks podcast

Stay tuned to our website for new episodes of the #FinTalks podcast series



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