• BDO Blockchain Masterclass

BDO Malta to host very first Blockchain Masterclass

08 October 2018

BDO Malta will be hosting its own masterclass at the highly anticipated Malta Blockchain Summit for all those within the DLT space and for those who wish to learn more about the ways in which the firm is servicing the industry. The masterclass will take place on the 1st November from 13:30 in Saturn 1 and 2 at the Intercontinental Hotel.

The inaugural edition of the Malta Blockchain Summit promises to be an influential event with 5,000 attendees anticipated, world class speakers and 300 exhibitors present during the event.

The masterclass will consist of three active presentations by our in-house professionals whereby the audience will be able to interact with the presenters, debate on any hot topics and ask any burning questions which they may.

Josef Mercieca BDO Malta’s Tax and Regulatory Partner, will kick-off the masterclass by identifying the potential Tax and VAT benefits enjoyed by Blockchain companies that base their operations out of Malta. This will be followed by a discussion on Malta’s newly established regulatory framework, paying close attention to the different aspects that make up the VFA Act which comes into force that very same day. This presentation will also delve into how such frameworks may be utilised by those investors who are looking for the ideal jurisdiction to set up in.

After this Sam Spiridonov, BDO Malta’s Audit Partner, will be discussing two differing viewpoints on blockchain technology. To start off with, he will be identifying the applicability and disruptiveness of DLT on the Accounting and Audit industry, followed by the issues faced within industry with regards to the regulation and accounting of such practices. Sam will then be joined on stage by  David Butcher, BDO UK’s Technology and Media Partner (who also forms part of the London Audit Group within the firm) to discuss the ways in which BDO handles the auditing of clients within the DLT space.  

Following this, Dr Rakele Gauci, BDO Malta’s Risk & Compliance Manager, will discuss the dangers of money laundering, funding of terrorism and what founders behind DLT Assets should be looking out for when carrying out a risk assessment. She will then look into where we are at locally and at EU legislation in terms of the prevention of money laundering and funding of terrorism within the DLT space.

The workshop will include high-level speakers such as BDO Malta’s CEO Mr. Mark Attard and international members forming part of the BDO Global Network and heavily exposed individuals within the Blockchain scene in Malta. These talks along with those in attendance will stimulate a dynamic exchange of information and experiences for which we look forward to seeing you on November 1st. Following the lively presentations we will be conclude with a social networking event.

Mark Attard Chief Executive Officer at the firm explained how “BDO Malta will continue to take part in high profile events similar to the Malta Blockchain Summit. This masterclass provides a prominent platform for the firm to showcase the services and field expertise it has to offer whilst also fostering strong relationships with potential clients of repute.”

Click here to purchase tickets to attend the highly anticipated event!

For further information, please get in touch with Nicole Navarro on [email protected]