Third AML & Financial Crime Conference

Following the 2020 and 2021 editions of the AML & Financial Crime Conference, we are pleased to invite you to this year’s in-person event, which is once again being organised jointly by ARQ Group and the Malta Bankers’ Association.

The conference will focus on the challenge of pursuing growth opportunities and innovation within the context of an increasingly intense financial crime compliance landscape. 

Date:          Tuesday 21 June 2022
Time:         13:30 – 17:45
Price:         €85 (including VAT)
Location:   Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julians

CPE Accreditation: 3.25 hours


13:30 Registration & Coffee
14:00 Introduction
  • Manfred Galdes (Managing Partner, ARQ Group)
  • Karol Gabarretta (Secretary General, Malta Bankers’ Association)
14:15 Keynote Speech
  • Marcel Cassar (Chairman, Malta Bankers’ Association)
14:30 Panel discussion – The challenges of managing FCC efforts in a constantly changing landscape
  • Moderator: Alex Konewko (Senior Risk Consultant, ARQ Group)
  • Cynthia Borg (Head of Financial Crime Compliance, APS Bank plc)
  • Mandy Falzon (Chief Compliance Officer, HSBC Bank Malta plc)
  • Ryan Caruana (MLRO & Head of Investigations & Analytics, Bank of Valletta plc)
  • Maruska Buttigieg Gili (Chief Risk Officer, BNF Bank Malta plc)
  • Vincent Borg (Head of Financial Crime Compliance, MeDirect Bank Malta plc)
15:15 An update on the National Risk Assessment
  • Yehuda Shaffer (Independent Consultant)
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Panel discussion – Striking a balance between effective supervision and growth
  • Moderator: Manfred Galdes (Managing Partner, ARQ Group)
  • Kenneth Farrugia (Director, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit)
  • Matthew Scicluna (Deputy Head, Financial Crime Compliance, Malta Financial Services Authority)
  • Geraldine Spiteri Lucas (CEO/Registrar of the Malta Business Registry)
  • Henry Schmeltzer (Deputy Chair, Malta Bankers’ Association)
  • Stefan John Berry (Council President, Malta Association of Compliance Officers)
16:45 Panel discussion – Shaping the national agenda against the backdrop of the FATF plenary decision
  • Moderator: Tonio Zarb (President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners)
  • Alfred Camilleri (Chairperson, National Coordinating Committee on Combating Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism)
  • Marisa Xuereb (President, Malta Chamber of Commerce)
  • Enrico Bradamante (Chairman, iGEN)
  • Conrad Cassar Torregiani (President, Malta Institute of Taxation)
  • Louis de Gabriele (President, Chamber of Advocates)
17:30 Concluding Remarks
  • Manfred Galdes (Managing Partner, ARQ Group)