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M24060 - Capital Markets – A Two Day Package (Online)

  • 12 Jun 2024
  • 19 Jun 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • 12 Jun 2024, 09:15 12:30 (CEST)
  • 19 Jun 2024, 09:15 12:30 (CEST)
  • Online Webinar


Registration is closed
Registration Time: 09:00
Sessions Time: 09:15 - 12:30  including a 15-minute break
Speaker: Ms Oriana Abela & Ms Francesca Vella
Venue:   Online Webinar
Participation Fees 
MIA Members: €70.00
Non-MIA Members: €140.00
Retired Members: €30.00
Students: €50.00

Session 1 - Overview of the listing process

From idea inception to approval. This will include an overview of the different platforms (Prospects MTF, IFSM, Main market), securities available (bond, equity, convertible securities, REIT, green bond), applicable rules and requirements (Listing rules), the roles involved (NED, sponsoring stock broker, reporting accountant, legal counsel, secretary) and terminology (secured/unsecured; guaranteed; consolidation)


Raising capital is a difficult but essential part of running any business. Even the most creative ideas or business plans can only get you so far. It is therefore inevitable that businesses will need funding in order to grow. Although one of the biggest challenges businesses face is raising finance, various options exist and businesses can raise capital through capital markets, bank finance, private placements or business angels amongst others. The training session will focus on the different capital markets available in Malta and the process involved both from a financial and legal perspective.

Session 2 - ongoing responsibilities and costs


With a particular focus on sustainability reporting (circulars, announcements, financial statements requirements, audit/consolidation, ESEF, sustainability reporting, director responsibilities)

Specific topics to be covered during the session

  • Provide an overview of the instruments which can be listed
  • Explore the different platforms available for listing securities
  • Discuss the listing process, timeframes and steps involved
  • Provide an overview of the different roles (e.g. legal counsel, reporting accountant, sponsoring stockbroker etc)
  • Summarise the pertinent Listing Rules which need to be satisfied in order to proceed with listing
  • Discuss the metrics analysed by professionals to ensure that a company can proceed with the listing
  • Discuss the documentation which needs to be prepared to proceed with listing of instruments
  • Provide an overview of ongoing obligations following listing of instruments
  • Provide an overview of the sustainability reporting obligations which are applicable for financial year ending 31 December 2024


It is relevant to MIA members because capital markets are an important source of raising finance for companies, given that over 90 companies in Malta are listed on the Regulated Market.

Target Audience

Financial advisors, finance lawyers, investment advisors, in-house accountants, counsel and advisors of companies seeking to raise finance through capital markets, any person interested in the mechanics underpinning a listing

Speaker's Profile

Oriana Abela is a Partner at Grant Thornton engaged in the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS), a department specialising in corporate finance. She holds an honours degree in Accountancy from the University of Malta and is also ACCA qualified. In 2013, Oriana graduated from the University of Wales with distinction obtaining a Master in Finance, specialising in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Oriana specialises in the capital markets division, whereby she assists clients with the raising of debt (traditional and green) and equity finance through the local capital market. She has listed clients on the main market, Prospects MTF as well as the Institutional FInancial Securities Market. Oriana also heads the local and cross-border vendor and buy-side due diligence assignments for clients operating in various sectors such as retail, manufacturing, banking, aviation, pharmaceutical and real estate. She has an accumulated wealth of experience assisting both local and international clients operating across various industries through the delivery of valuations, mergers and acquisitions, due diligences, business plans, restructuring, financial projections and pension provision.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2015, Oriana worked at two leading Big 4 companies in Malta, whereby she was involved in a variety of corporate finance engagements, servicing clients mainly in the real estate, telecommunications, utility, retail, gaming, insurance and beverage industry, both in the private and public sector in relation to a number of different assignments including but not limited to buy-side and vendor cross-border due diligence assignments, purchase price allocation assignments, raising of finance on the stock market, feasibility studies/financial projections, debt restructuring, strategic review, valuations of business and equity share capital, impairment review of investment properties and review of the pension provision and assistance with any necessary settlement offers.
Francesca Vella is a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton, specialising in economic advisory and sustainability services. With nine years of experience at the firm, including a two-year placement in the Dublin office, her expertise spans a wide range of sustainability and economic research areas. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Francesca is also a PRINCE2 Practitioner and a fellow of the Royal Statistical Societ,y. Her credentials include certifications from the International Capital Markets Association in Green, Social, and Sustainable Bonds, demonstrating her deep commitment to sustainable finance. As a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Practitioner since 2021, Francesca's proficiency covers sustainability reporting, GRI Standards, Reporting on Human Rights, and the integration of the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals into sustainability reporting. Her recent achievements include completing the "Unlocking the ESRS for GRI reporters" certification, which enhances her expertise in navigating the European Sustainability Reporting Standards, and earning a certificate in “CSRD and ESRS for Corporates” from Greenomy. Throughout her career, Francesca has delivered comprehensive economic research and sustainability advisory services to a diverse client base, including government bodies and various industries. Her work encompasses market and policy analysis, cost-benefit and feasibility studies, impact assessments, advocacy reporting, evaluations, strategy and policy development, and non-financial reporting. Francesca’s team were privileged to verify Malta's First Green Bond, ensuring its alignment with the EU Taxonomy, ICMA Green Bond Framework, and Malta Stock Exchange Bye-Laws, among other standards. With Grant Thornton being the only accredited Green Bond verifier for the Malta Stock Exchange. Currently, her focus is on assisting clients with preparing for CSRD reporting requirements, supporting them in navigating the fast-changing regulatory landscape and setting up internal processes which provide transparency and accountability, enhancing stakeholder confidence


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