The New Legislative Framework relating to Blockchain and Crypto Currencies


The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Hon. Silvio Schembri has presented the first reading of three pieces of legislation namely the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act, the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Act, and the Virtual Financial Assets Act and has announced that these will be discussed in Parliament in late May/early June.  This seminar seeks to review the aforementioned Bills in order to bring attendees up to date on the detail of the new legislative framework in this sector.

Venue, Date & Time

Hilton Malta, Portomaso Suite, St. Julians

Tuesday 19th June, 2018 / 1400 – 1830hrs including coffee break

Participation Fee

€130 per person  |  complimentary parking
cheques payable to The Institute of Legal Studies Malta


Use our online registration form.


Dr. Max Ganado, Dr. Leonard Bonello & Mr. James Farrugia; GANADO Advocates

Dr. Max Ganado has been practising law for the past 34 years. He started his career as a maritime lawyer dealing with all aspects of shipping, including ship finance. He became a Partner of the firm in 1986 and moved on to develop the Financial Services practices at GANADO Advocates. He has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a financial centre, including the revision of the law relating to trusts and the law on legal persons and foundations, as well as on netting, securitisation and aviation.
Max has been delivering lectures on varied subjects for a number of years, having been actively involved in disseminating education to the Maltese legal professions and Maltese law students. He has published various articles and has acted as editor of a number of publications.
Max was the firm’s Managing Partner for 6 years. In 2015, he moved into a Senior Partner position within the firm, taking over a mix of duties, some professional and others relating to strategy.

Dr. Leonard Bonello is a Partner within GANADO Advocates’ Banking and Finance team, assisting credit institutions, electronic money institutions and payment institutions in regulatory and other matters including ongoing capital markets issues. Leonard also heads the Fintech group at GANADO and is involved in assisting a number of blockchain-based projects. Leonard assists financial institutions extensively in financing transactions and other banking operations with a particular focus on derivative contracts. Leonard is also a visiting lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta.

Mr. James Farrugia spearheads GANADO Advocates’ Investment Services & Funds team’s licensing and regulatory consultancy activities. Leveraging his extensive experience working with the local competent authority, Mr. Farrugia is able to offer clients regulatory sound insight and practical solutions throughout the licensing application process on an ongoing basis.
James regularly contributes to international journals associated with investment funds and has addressed a number of local and international conferences focusing on this sector. James also regularly lectures on investment services and investment funds at training programs organised by the Institute of Legal Studies, the Institute of Financial Services, the Malta International Training Centre and the Malta Financial Services Authority.

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