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PwC Regulatory Series 2022

8 June & 9 November

June edition

The world recently witnessed the unparalleled speed with which sanctions were imposed against Russia, bringing the sanction  regime to the forefront of national and international news. More than ever, the need to be aware of the sanction regime and its challenges is being felt as compliance failures are becoming a cause of concern.

More generally, compliance risk remains front of mind especially in the current landscape. In this new normal, it is important to see the opportunity to create a competitive edge by transforming the compliance function in a way which manages risks in the most cost effective manner, while increasing resilience and trust.

With these new challenges in mind, PwC shall be hosting the Regulatory Series 2022’s June Edition with the participation of our experienced speakers joined by several experts over panel discussions.  

What to expect?

During the first part of the session ‘Today’s Sanctions Landscape’, Deborah Gatt, a Senior Manager at PwC will delve into the sanction regime applicable in Malta. She will be providing some insights and guidance in relation to designing an effective sanctions framework which is manageable and sustainable.

The session will then be followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Sanctions Regime – where are we going?’ with several key experts (including experienced industry professionals and representatives of the regulator) who will provide their perspectives on the current challenges being faced currently in implementing an effective sanctions’ monitoring regime and expected future developments.

Deborah Gatt

During the second part of the session, Chris Mifsud Bonnici, a Senior Manager at PwC and other members of the PwC regulatory team will discuss:

  • recent regulatory developments and expectations around the compliance function;

  • setting up a sound compliance framework and its effective oversight; and

  • modernising the compliance function with a focus on managing risks and controlling costs using ‘Compliance. Transformed.’

A panel discussion will then follow with a focus on ‘Challenges to the Compliance Function in the Current Landscape’. A PwC professional will moderate the discussion, whilst representatives from the MFSA and the industry will approach the subject to discuss the regulator’s expectations and the current challenges faced by operators.

Chris Mifsud Bonnici

Who should attend?

The topical subjects being discussed, should be of interest to individuals working in compliance, regulated industries, financial institutions and individuals interested in keeping up to date with the constant sanctions updates and regulatory developments.

Wednesday 8 June

8:30am - 1:00pm

PwC's Academy, The Hub

Price: €85 per session

Meet the panelists 

Sanctions Regime – where are we going?

Lucienne Pace Ross

Lucienne joined the firm in 1997 after obtaining a degree in Accountancy from the University of Malta. She is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA), and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Lucienne was appointed as Assurance partner at PwC on 1 July 2006.

Lucienne acts as assurance engagement leader on a diverse client portfolio including Groups of companies and other non-Group companies that vary in size and structure. Her client portfolio has led Lucienne to gain experience in the audit of local and foreign-owned companies engaged in various areas of industry and commerce, particularly financial services. Lucienne is also involved in a number of non-audit assurance engagements, including controls assurance engagements under ISAE 3402.

Lucienne is actively involved in audit methodology matters and acts as the quality and risk management partner. She has also participated in seminars to the public on assurance related matters. She is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants Auditing Committee.


Lucienne Pace Ross Partner

Martin Xerri 

Martin holds a 27 year experience within the local banking sector and through these years he achieved a diversified experience in various aspects of the banking industry particularly in relation to Risk Management and Compliance, while serving different management roles covering areas such as Operational Risk, Information Security,  Business Continuity and Anti-Financial Crime. He currently holds the position of Head of Sanctions within the Anti-Financial Crime team of Bank of Valletta, who he joined in 2019, following 5 years in the same role with HSBC Bank Malta. Martin has achieved a Masters’ Degree in Financial Services with the University of Malta and In 2014, Martin has also obtained certifications in Anti-Money Laundering and Sanction Compliance in collaboration with the International Compliance Association.

Martin Xerri

Mariella Grech

Dr Mariella Grech is the Secretary of the Sanctions Monitoring Board and forms part of the Sanctions Unit within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade. She has participated in various outreach events organised by the SMB and has assisted the setting up of the Joint Economic Financial Sanctions Implementation Task Force (JEFSI). Dr Grech is a graduate in law.

Mariella Grech
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