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M22052 - Beneficial ownership – Meeting your AML obligations (Online)

  • 14 Sep 2022
  • 09:30 - 11:30
  • Online Webinar


Registration Time: 09:15
Sessions Time: 09:30 - 11:30
Speaker: Ms Ariane Azzopardi & Dr Geraldine Spiteri Lucas
Venue: Online Webinar
Participation Fees (The Institute is now accepting payments via Paypal)
MIA Members: €28.00
Non-MIA Members: €50.00
Retired Members: €15.00
Students: €20.00

*Group bookings for 3 or more participants available.


The law defines Beneficial owner as the natural person/s who ultimately own/owns or control/controls that body corporate or body of persons through the direct or indirect ownership of a sufficient percentage of shares, voting rights or ownership interest. (ii) A natural person(s) who exercise(s) control via other means. (iii) The natural person(s) holding the position of senior managing official(s) – if, after having exhausted all possible means, no beneficial owner is identified.
The session will delve in detail into the said definition, and go into the different tests to identify a beneficial owner. Furthermore, a number of practical examples will be provided in order to go into some of the challenges faced by practitioners and how to deal with such instances.

Topics on the agenda

Definition of beneficial owner, challenges practitioners face and practical examples.

Why is the session of relevance to our members?

Accountants are subject persons and it is a legal obligation ensure beneficial owners are correctly identified.

Target Audience

 Subject persons, in particular MLROs, Compliance Officers and compliance functions

    Speakers' Profiles

    Ariane Azzopardi is a Director within the Quality and Risk Management function. She has over fifteen years’ experience in this field, and is the delegate of the Risk Management Partner at KPMG in Malta. She is involved in the implementation and monitoring compliance with quality and risk management policies and procedures in KPMG in Malta also handling compliance and risk management queries, including those related to the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (PMLFT) and ethics and independence. She delivers sessions on PMLFT at the KPMG roundtable and also at various other seminars and conferences.
    Ariane is the chair of the PMLFT sub-committee at the Malta Institute of Accountants and a committee member of the PMLFT sub-committee at the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. 
    Geraldine Spiteri Lucas was appointed as Registrar of Companies and Chief Executive Office of the Malta Business Registry in October 2021. Previously to her appointment, she used to head the Legal and Enforcement Unit and was in charge of its overall function. Dr Spiteri Lucas was instrumental to subject persons and CSPs in intricate legal issues. She was involved in the transposition of EU directives relating to company law into Maltese law and the upkeep of the Companies Act and relevant regulations. She is frequently invited as speaker in conferences on company law.
    She graduated as a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2010 and few months later obtained her warrant to practice in the Maltese Courts. She read Masters in European and Comparative Law, graduating in 2012. She started her career with a leading local law firm, advising local and international clients on civil, commercial, corporate, shipping and aviation law. She also represented various clients in litigation procedures before Tribunals and local Courts. She is also a member of the board of examiners for the Department of Commercial Law of the University of Malta.


    2 Hours Core


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