Malta: Technology 2020 - The Future Of Financial Services Is With Us
Last Updated: 20 October 2017

KPMG's Biennial Financial Services Conference
9 November 2017, 8:15AM - 5:00PM, CET

As financial services providers are faced with digitisation, robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, cloud-computing and Big Data, in short with Fintech overhauling their systems and hence their businesses, a conference exploring the issues surrounding the impact of Fintech on financial services providers would aim at generating debate on what the future will look like, what such providers need to do to survive, and thrive, in which manner regulation and tax will come into play, what clients are expecting, what challenges lie ahead and how to address them now and not later.

The whole market gamut from retail and wholesale payments to the capital markets and securities trading, as well as trade finance and transaction banking will be affected. Indeed, not only banks, emoney institutions and payment gateways, but all other financial services providers are caught up in the whirlwind of technological advancement, with Insurtech and the like being considered a tsunami rather than a wave hitting the financial services scene.

In which manners is Fintech a way to them achieving greater efficiency and in which others does it pose an inherent risk? How much investment should be made in cybersecurity? What choice do financial services providers have in determining the direction of travel? In which areas can Malta lead in becoming a hub for Fintech start-ups? Such are the areas the KPMG's Biennial Financial Services conference for 2017 would aim to explore and generate thought leadership about.

This qualifies for 6 hours of structured CPE and categorised as an activity relevant to the attainment of Professional Development Competencies in terms of the Accountancy Board's CPE Scheme.

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08.15 - 08.50 Coffee & Registration
08.50 - 09.00 Welcome

Juanita Brockdorff, Partner, KPMG in Malta
09.00 - 09.10 Keynote address by:

The Hon. Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
09.10 - 10.55 Plenary Session Part 1:

Presentation by:

Dorel Blitz, Head of Fintech, KPMG Israel

Topic: "Everybody Wants to Bank The World". Global trends and formations of Fintechs and Financial Institutions. Other topics: The Age of Value – what's the vision and how to serve the clients with a clear business model? How to successfully Fintegrate. How to become an open smart bank to a passive customer etc..

Panel discussion: Global Fintech: How can Malta become a hub? The experience in the UK, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Jersey, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands and Malta to date

Russell Mifsud, Senior Manager, KPMG in Malta, moderator
Jan Stockhausen, Secretary General, BitMalta
Amelia Bowen, Assistant Manager, KPMG UK
James Shimmin, Senior Manager, KPMG Isle of Man
Dennis de Vries, Lead of Digital Ledger Services, KPMG Netherlands

Presentation by:

Thomas Erwin, Data & Analytics Leader, KPMG Germany

Topic: Data & Analytics, harnessing the potential residing in the financial services' industry data and how to deploy it using the power of intelligent automation including artificial intelligence, turning data into trustworthy insights.

Address by:

The Hon. Dr. Mario de Marco, Shadow Minister for Finance
10.55 - 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 - 13.10 Presentation session Part 2:

Presentation by:

Abdalla Kablan, CEO, Scheduit

Topic: An exploration of the Fintech revolution and the manners in which the continuous changes in technology, the developments in AI, Blockchain, IOS and IOT, present the financial services industry with several new opportunities that will change the way we think of and approach business.

Panel discussion: Innovation, Virtual Currencies and Artificial Intelligence

Adrian Mizzi, Associate Director, KPMG in Malta, moderator
Joe V. Bannister, Chairman, MFSA
Matthew Shearsby, Director, KPMG Crimsonwing
Harry Tsavdaris, Digital Architect, Microsoft
Steve Zarb, Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management, HSBC Bank Malta

Presentation by:

Chris Kaye, CEO, Sherpa

Topic: InsurTech, product innovation, and the changing expectations of customers for their relationship(s) with financial institutions driving radical changes in the latter's product and service propositions.

Fireside chat on Regulation and the Future

Simona Camilleri, Head of Legal, Cubits
Robert Kirkby, Executive Director, KPMG Channel Islands
Ian Gauci, Partner, GTG Advocates
Gege Gatt, Director, Icon
13.10 - 14.10 Lunch
14.10 - 15.40 Break-out sessions:

A: Banking and Financial Institutions: Fintech: Should banks and Financial Institutions cooperate for growth?

Mark Curmi, Associate Director, Banking Advisory Services, KPMG in Malta (moderator)
Charles Cassar, Head of Legal and Compliance, Credorax
Daniel Holden, Group CFO, Securetrading FS Ltd
Dorel Blitz, Head of Fintech, KPMG Israel
Sanjiv Singh, Director, Management Consulting, KPMG LLP

B: Insurance: Solvency II - digital transformation in insurance

Hilary Galea-Lauri, Audit Partner, KPMG in Malta (moderator)
Diane Bugeja, Senior Associate, Camilleri Preziosi
Ian Stafrace, Chief Risk Officer, Atlas Insurance PCC

C: Investment Management: Financial technology as a tool for growth within investment services

Claire Tonna, Senior Manager, KPMG in Malta (moderator)
Antonio Giannino, Compliance Officer, Amagis Capital
Chris Casapinta, Managing Director, Alter Domus
Juanita Bencini, President, IFSP
15.40 - 16.15 Coffee Break
16.10 - 16.50 Keynote Speeches and Closing Remarks:

The Hon. Kristy Debono, Opposition Spokesperson for Financial Services and IT
The Hon. Prof. Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance
Tonio Zarb, Senior Partner, KPMG in Malta

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