Malta’s Profile rises along with Dubai Temperatures this May

Author Dr Marilyn Mifsud, PKF Malta

PKF Malta will be hosting an Investment Information Session at the Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

The aim is to create a platform encouraging intelligent dialogue and exploration of foreign direct investment opportunity in Malta, but not only. With the participation of both Maltese and foreign speakers, the event will include two panel discussions, one on asset and wealth management and another on real estate and citizenship by investment. The latter will cover Malta’s European passport versus the Schengen approved ones of St Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean. Presentations are also scheduled be delivered on Sharia Contracts and Arbitration, as well as the newest products on offer from our Malta Stock Exchange, amongst others TBC at the time of writing.

The target audience is expats based in the UAE with an interest in investing in the various segments identified, thereby gearing all efforts towards raising Malta’s profile amongst investors in the UAE while at the same time welcoming the benefits of competition and healthy debate and experience- exchange.

PKF have been frequenting Dubai / Abu Dhabi for the last four years, which has enabled us to be immersed in the very hospitable and luxury centric Emirate culture, to come and go as passive on-lookers attending various conferences and delegations, for the major part taking notes along the way. Having organized / co-organized several over-seas conferences and forums over the years, this year it was decided to add Dubai to the list.

We are honored to have received an overwhelming wave of support and encouragement from both the local sphere as well as our Dubai-based colleagues. The event will include the participation of the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Christian Cardona B.A., LL.D., LL.M., M.P as well as the Malta Stock Exchange, Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd, Finance Malta and Medina Asset Management, amongst others TBC at the time of writing. Our partners in Dubai comprise representatives and clients of our two PKF Dubai offices, Range Developments and Euro Legal Consultants FZE amongst others TBC at the time of writing.

Introducing the panelists in a warm up to the event, below are some excerpts from the bios of some of the participants.

JEAN P GAFFIERO representing Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd is a fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants and is an affiliate of the Market Technicians Association and one of Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd’s owners where he holds the role of an Investment consultant. In 1995 he set up Atlas Investment Services Limited, which later merged with Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd. He was accepted as the twelfth member of the Malta Stock Exchange in 2000. He served as Secretary to the College of Stockbroking Firms between 2000 and 2003 and was elected Deputy Chairman of the College in 2011 and was their representative on the FIAU (Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit) till 2012.

Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors Ltd is a member of the Malta Stock Exchange, and is licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority under the Investment Services Act. It is a member of the Malta Stock Exchange and has its roots dating back to 1996.

The company is involved in fund management and today also offers Collective Investment Schemes under the name of Merill with its latest offering of two new sub-funds, the Merill High Income Fund and the Merill Global Equity Income Fund. It has assisted a number of companies to list their bonds or equities on the Malta Stock Exchange.

PROFESSOR JOSEPH FALZON Deputy Chairman Malta Stock Exchange,

Prof. Falzon holds a PhD degree in economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A. in August 1984. His doctoral areas of specialization cover international finance, monetary economics and macroeconomics.

Professor Falzon is the author of several local and foreign publications and of numerous papers on the Maltese economy. He is the co-editor of “Strategic Challenges in European Banking” published by Macmillan in 1999, and the editor of “Bank Performance, Risk and Securitization”, and “Bank Stability, Sovereign Debt and Derivatives”, both published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

His current research interests include portfolio management, hedge fund strategies, risk management and economic development.

Professor Falzon has served as a consultant to the Government of Malta and to several private and financial organizations including: the Economic Planning Division (1988 to 1992); the Ministry of Finance (1992 to 1995); the Office of Fair Competition (1995 to 1996); the Ministry of Economic Services (1999 to 2003); the Bank of Valletta (1993 to 1998); the National Tourist Organization (1997 to 2001); the Malta Tourism Authority (2002 to 2006); the Central Bank of Malta (2004 to 2008); the Chamber of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, GRTU (2006 to 2008); the Malta Housing Authority (2008 to 2010), and the Malta Council of Economic and Social Development, MCESD (2013 to 2016).

ADV. ANTONIO MARIA VARVARO, Euro Legal Consultants Fze

Adv. Varvaro is a Dubai-based lawyer, legal consultant, arbitrator and mediator. He is an expert in contracts & agreements, International Commercial Arbitration, Intellectual & Industrial Property, Corporate & Company Law, Commercial & Business Law, Joint – Venture projects, Foreign Direct Investments (F.D.I.). Trusted Lawyer of the Italian Trade Agency (Trade Section of the Italian Embassy) both in the UAE and in KSA, and of the Consulate General of Italy in Dubai.

He has over 25 years of experience, providing Legal advice and assistance to a variety of clients on a wide range of projects and litigation/arbitration cases. He has extensive experience in Corporate and Commercial Law, as well as in Litigation and Arbitration, and has been employed as Legal Consultant by Governmental Organisations (Italian Trade Agency – Dubai Office) and Ministries (MFA and MED in Rome). He has extensive experience in contract drafting on major commercial projects as well as on JV projects. He is one of the main experts in the field of Intellectual and Industrial property transfer contracts and regularly provides advice on dispute resolution and dispute avoidance.

EURO LEGAL CONSULTANTS FZE (ELC) is a sole proprietorship company set up in Fujairah Free Zone (United Arab Emirates) that deals with legal matters related to any business activity.

MIR FAROUK MAHMOOD, Sales Director-Range Developments

Having 20 years of Sales experience in Consumer Banking, Cash Management , Insurance ,Real Estate and Merchant Acquiring businesses. Possess solid track record of launching new business and exceeding targets on the strengths of exceptional team building, selling, presentation and business development skills.

Founded in 2011, Range Developments is an investment and hospitality company, operating across the Eastern Caribbean. Range Developments focuses on the development of iconic hospitality destinations in places of remarkable natural beauty. Our growing portfolio of landmark developments is a testament to the significant growth and success we have achieved in the last 4 years. Range Developments’ flagship project, the ultra luxury, 5 star resort – Park Hyatt St Kitts, is on track for timely completion in the fourth quarter 2016. Following the success of the first project, Range Developments has ventured into an investment partnership with the Government of Dominica to develop another 5 star resort in the Caribbean – Cabrits Resort Kempinski, Dominica.

The May 2017 Dubai event is entirely self-driven and constitutes an independent initiative of PKF Malta. It is our pleasure to invite you to attend as a delegate, for which we would like to extend a free complimentary delegate pass, kindly register here.


Author Dr Marilyn Mifsud, PKF Malta

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