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October Courses by Castille Institute

over 3 years ago by Anne Marie Gilson
Chairs at the Castille Institute room

Castille Institute, a well-established leader within the financial services and tech education sector will be running the following courses in October 2018.


Technological progress and globalisation have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. In addition, the EU Member States have implemented the 1995 Data Protection Directive differently, resulting in divergences in enforcement; hence, the need to have significant legislative reforms: (A) The General Data Protection Regulation will enable people to better control their personal data. At the same time modernised and unified rules will allow businesses to make the most of the opportunities of the Digital Single Market; and (B) The Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector will ensure that the data of victims, witnesses, and suspects of crimes, are duly protected in the context of a criminal investigation or a law enforcement action. While the Regulation became effective as from 25 May 2018, EU Member States should have transposed the Directive by 6 May 2018. All parties are to have geared up and implemented the necessary changes to their systems, in an effort to ensure compliance and steer away from the hefty penalties that are introduced.

Data Protection & the GDPR: A Risk-Based Perspective will be run by Dr Stefan-John Berry, a Maltese lawyer with a postgraduate specialisation in EU Commercial Law and over 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry. 



Cash Flow Analysis and Credit Risk Assessment is a 2-day workshop for Credit Staff which will tackle the following issues:

  • Systematically determine the operating and financial strength of a company

  • Linking operational and financial issues gives a strong analysis and protection against unreliable financials and weak business plans. 

  • Help the borrower to set reasonable goals in terms of financial condition and growth and selecting a strategy when a borrower is facing financial difficulties.

  • Give clear conclusions and recommendations to credit committees and management. 

  • Finally, the participants will be able to judge level & predictability of future cash flows and to assess a risk rating by hand.

Cash Flow Analysis and Credit Risk Assessment will be run by Erik de Jong, who has worked for 22 years with ING Bank in the area of credit risk management as a full time trainer, manager and analyst.



The role of the Compliance Officer is often regarded as the gatekeeper; the individual who is responsible to keep his/her organisation “out of trouble” and ensure that his/her organisation is “compliant”. On the other hand, this role may also be seen as a limitation to business growth. During this workshop participants will be able to interact with the workshop leaders and with their peers on case studies and practical examples of challenges faced by Compliance Officers of investment firms and funds-related entities. Participants will be asked to fill in a questionnaire which would set the first picture on the most common challenges encountered by Compliance Officers. Multi-directional discussions and presentations will be held providing applied scenarios.

The Compliance Officer - A Practical Perspective will be run by John Sammut and Jeanelle Newell.  John has worked for a number of years in the financial services and held the post of Head of Compliance, Legal and Audit at HSBC Bank Malta plc.  He is currently Director Internal Audit at the MFSA.  Jeanelle started her career in the financial services industry with HSBC and held the post of Senior Compliance and Risk Officer within HSBC Securities Services (Malta) Ltd.  She is currently an Analyst within the Securities & Markets Supervision Unit at the Malta Financial Services Authority and has occupied this role for the past five years.



This Course will explore in more detail the nature of the private equity and real estate funds market. 

While venture capital and private equity funds can produce stunning returns, it is not always the case.  For instance, the NASDAQ crash and technology slump that started in March 2000 and the resulting catastrophic losses on overvalued, nonperforming starup firms impacted massively on venture capital and private equity funds.  By 2003, many venture capitalists were focused  on writing-off companies they had funded just a few years earlier, and many funds were left worth less than when invested in.  Many venture capital investors sought to reduce the large commitments they had made to venture capital funds.

The Fundamentals of Private Equity Funds and Real Estate Funds will be run by David Grech.  David is a Certified Public Accountant boasting 22 years of experience within the Financial Services industry, of which the last 16 years were focused on the Investment Funds industry, specialising in the fund administration and operations of different types of Collective Investment Schemes.



Securitisation has increasingly become the focus of many debates in Malta and in Europe. In countries with developed capital markets, securitisation has been cited as an essential tool for funding economic growth, as it channels funds from investors to borrowers to finance assets in the real economy such as residential mortgages, autoloans, SME lending and others. 

Malta is fast becoming a growing securitisation centre in Europe. Developments expected in the coming months, are likely to increase Malta’s attractiveness to international investors who seek to use securitisation as a tool, particularly where there are ancillary advantages from certain circumstances. There is therefore an increasing demand to understand the complexity of this method of structured finance. 

Introduction to Securitisation will be run by Alexia Farrugia, who for the past 20 years has worked at a high level in financial services firms and other businesses.


TRAINING NEEDS ANALYSIS PROGRAMME - 29 October, 5 & 12 November 2018

In this three session course, one will explore all aspects of Training Needs Assessment within the Training Cycle so that you will be better equipped to respond effectively to requests from management, colleagues or peers when asked for performance improvement interventions through training. 

You will be provided with the tools and knowledge that will ensure that you can ask the right questions, find the answers to performance problems and uncover opportunities for improvement and employee development. 

These training management skills will enable a more strategic approach to improving the overall performance at the individual, operational and organizational level. 

Training Needs Analysis will be run by Paul Gauci, a seasoned training practitioner and management lecturer with over 25 years’ experience delivering training and educational programmes both locally and at an international level.


OPERATIONS RISK – 31 October & 1 November 2018

In the past two decades Operations Risk Management has been increasingly pushed into the foreground by the work and the requirements of international standard setting bodies. Through various recommendations as well as specific covenants, operational risk management has become merely a compliance issue facing most corporations. 

Implementing an effective Operational Risk Management regimen is a complex process. At its core is an understanding of what Operations Risk is and how it can be best managed. All too often firms have seen the need to effectively manage their operational risks as simply an issue of   complying with what the regulators require, rather than a disciplined process that serves to not only ensure a business’s survival but which can, in the long run, contribute to that business’s financial fortune. 

In this two-day intensive course, we survey the full ambit of Operations Risk Management & Mitigation – from assessment to implementation. During this course we set out a number of key actions which need to be taken by management in the short and medium term to be ready for implementation of an appropriate risk management program. It is intended to move the participants beyond the local and international compliance requirements for operations risk, and into an understanding of operations risk management and mitigation as a value added proposition, increasing the organization’s profitability and structural strength.

Operations Risk will be run by Richard Barr.  Richard holds a B.S. in International Business Administration from San Jose State University in California and his professional experience spans over 30 years.


Candidates may be eligible to claim part of the cost incurred under the Investing in Skills Scheme.  

For further information or to book a seat contact Castille Institute on 20933280 or send us an email on institute@castilleresources.com.