Professional and private client investors face a bewildering array of structures in which to hold assets and they vary in terms of flexibility, tax efficiency and ease of access. In uncertain times such as these, jurisdictions are understandably keen to promote structures that are fit for purpose for a range of investors and which are robust legally and financially. It is all the more important to put structures under the microscope, and this Breakfast Briefing brings together experts to do just that.

This event examines structures such as professional investor funds, securitisation vehicles, trusts, foundations, aviation and maritime-related structures, and developments such as Malta’s Family Business Act, introduced into law at the start of this year.


  • 08:15 - 09:00 - Networking & registration
  • 09:00 - 09:15 - Keynote: Overview of Malta’s Financial Services Industry
  • 09:15 - 10:00 - Panel 1: Asset Holding Structures
    • James Farrugia
    • Richard Ambery
    • Jonathan Kirby
    • Andrew Caruana Scicluna
    • Tom Burroughes - Moderator
  • 10:00 - 10:45 - Panel 2: Private Wealth Structures
    • Sandra Louw
    • Francis J. Vassallo
    • Chris Casapinta
    • Tom Burroughes - Moderator
  • 10:45 - 10:55 - Case Study: Swiss Firm Setting up in Malta
    • Alexandre Von Heeren
  • 10:55 - 11:30 - Networking


Date and Time

Date: Thursday 30th November - 2017
Time: 8:15 am – 11:30 am


Hotel St. Gotthard

Address: Bahnhofstrasse 87, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

About our Sponsors


Speakers’ Chair

Tom Burroughes

Group Editor

ClearView Financial Media

Tom Burroughes is group editor of ClearView Financial Media, publisher of WealthBriefing, WealthBriefingAsia and Family Wealth Report. Tom has worked at ClearView since 2008, reporting on news stories, interviewing industry […]

Keynote Speaker

Ivan Grech

Head of Business Development


Ivan Grech is Head of Business Development at FinanceMalta, the promotional arm of the financial services industry in Malta. Ivan has held various marketing management roles for more than twenty […]


James Farrugia


GANADO Advocates’ Investment Services

James Farrugia is the Partner spearheading GANADO Advocates’ Investment Services and Funds licensing and regulatory consultancy activities. Leveraging his extensive experience working with the local competent authority, James is able […]

Alexandre Von Heeren

Managing Partner and Owner

Basle/Zurich/Zug and Mandaris

Alexandre von Heeren is the managing partner and owner of Basle/Zurich/Zug and Malta-based trust and advisory company Mandaris, where he also acts as executive chairman with overall responsibility for the […]

Andrew Caruana Scicluna


Camilleri Preziosi (Malta)

Andrew’s main areas of practice are asset management, investment funds and investment services regulation. He regularly advises on the incorporation of UCITS funds, AIFs and PIFs in Malta and also […]

Chris Casapinta

Country Executive, Head of the Italian Desk

Alter Domus Malta

Chris joined Alter Domus in July 2010 to set up the Alter Domus Offices in Malta. Before joining Alter Domus, Chris was a senior manager at PwC. He spent a […]

Francis J. Vassallo

President/Managing Director

Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Groups

Francis J. Vassallo, founder of the group, is a former Governor of the Central Bank of Malta. Francis J. Vassallo occupied several senior positions during his 25 year international career […]

Jonathan Kirby

Managing Director Geneva


Jonathan is Managing Director for Accuro based in Switzerland. He is responsible for the leadership and development of Accuro’s Geneva office and plays a key role in building on the […]

Richard Ambery

General Counsel

Managing Partners Group

Richard Ambery leads on structuring, legal and regulatory matters, managing the relationships with sell-side lead managers and buy-side legal counsel. An asset swap trader turned magic circle-qualified English solicitor and […]

Sandra Louw

Managing Director

Trident Trust in Zurich

Sandra Louw is the Managing Director of Trident Trust in Zurich. Her career in advising high net worth individuals on the use of trusts and other corporate vehicles spans more […]