KPMG in Malta has announced the appointment to Partner of Alex Azzopardi, Giselle Borg, Curt Gauci and Lisa Zarb Mizzi.
From left to right: Lisa Zarb Mizzi, Curt Gauci, Giselle Borg, Alex Azzopardi
Alex joined the firm in 2005 within the firm’s Audit function where he specialised in the external audits of financial services entities. After 8 years, Alex moved to the Advisory function, where he assisted in the setting up of the Internal Audit Services line. Today, he leads engagements mainly focused on the provision of services in enterprise risk, corporate governance, regulatory compliance (including licensing), AML/CFT and internal audit services across the regulated financial services sectors and other non-regulated businesses. Alex is the Chairman of the Malta Forum for Internal Auditors, Fellow of the MIA and a member of ISACA.
Giselle joined KPMG as an accountant in 2003 and spent the first 13 years of her career working within KPMG Malta’s audit department where she led audit and assurance engagements for various market players, with a focus on the insurance industry. Today, Giselle advises firms on financial services regulatory, risk and actuarial matters in the areas of corporate governance, regulatory reporting, risk management, internal audit (including AML) and actuarial services (including Solvency II and IFRS 17). Giselle also assists clients with their regulatory licence application for setting up a regulated company in Malta.
Curt works with the Digital Solutions team. He has been working in the tech industry in excess of 25 years. Throughout his career he has been involved in a variety of projects in the private and public sectors. He assisted local and foreign organisations coming from different industries in gaining operational efficiencies and competitive advantage through the leveraging of tech. In the last few years, Curt has been focused on assisting organisations on their digital transformation journeys specifically with adopting cloud and leveraging technologies, tools and methodologies to facilitate the transformation process and allow for faster return on investment.
Lisa Zarb Mizzi
Lisa advises a variety of multinationals and high net worth individuals with a presence or seeking to structure a presence in Malta, on tax matters and related planning. Her work extends to advising corporates within the financial services industry on their operations in Malta. Lisa is also actively involved in the automatic exchange of information service offering of the firm and regularly delivers tax presentations and training both internally and externally.
In addition, the firm has also appointed eight directors, namely Roderick Borg, Edward Curmi, Mark Dalli, Amanda Formosa, Ryan Mizzi, Marlon Sammut, Steve Stivala and Shirley Vella.
From left to right: Steve Stivala, Ryan Mizzi, Roderick Borg, Marlon Sammut, Shirley Vella, Edward Curmi, Amanda Formosa, Mark Dalli
Roderick advises organisations and individuals on various tax matters relating to cross-border and domestic transactions. He assists clients with the implementation of restructuring processes and actively handles corporate liquidation issues. Roderick regularly delivers training courses relating to tax matters.
Along his career, Edward gained deep organisational insights, working within executive roles in industry as well as part of delivery teams within professional services firms. After six years involved in significant Deal Advisory mandates for KPMG, in September 2019 he moved on to fully dedicate his time to drive the operational and administrative functions across Advisory, as its Chief Operating Officer. As Advisory COO, Edward has been instrumental in championing a number of tools, structures and process improvement initiatives for this fast-growing function, improving the overall experience for people within and clients of Advisory.
Since joining KPMG, Mark worked within the Audit function and has increasingly specialised in the audits of iGaming and Technology entities. Many of these entities are among the largest players in this sector across the globe. Mark participates in the Malta Institute of Accountants iGaming Committee, and also delivers external training through the Malta Institute of Accountants and the KPMG Learning Academy.
Amanda joined the Audit function in 2008. During her years with KPMG, other than in the Malta office, Amanda also worked within the Audit function of the Canadian and US KPMG offices, gaining experience on a number of industries, with particular focus on Banking and Asset Management. She currently forms part of the Banking and Asset Management cluster within the Audit function, whereby she leads the audits of a number of clients within this segment.
Ryan is part of the leadership team of the Deal Advisory practice with particular focus on M&A including transaction services, corporate finance, and strategy projects. Over the past 11 years with the firm, Ryan worked across several jurisdictions within the network’s Advisory functions. His client portfolio ranges from listed corporates, start-ups and diversified family businesses.
Marlon joined KPMG Malta’s Corporate Accounting Services team in 2009. His main areas of practice focus on accounting and financial reporting, VAT compliance and finance function transformation services to local and international clients. Today, he leads the firm’s finance function transformation service line, assisting clients optimise their finance processes and procedures.
Steve is a Director leading the Infrastructure, Public Policy and Strategy team. He is an economist by profession with over 15 years of experience, working across Advisory, Audit and Tax. He advises a number of clients in various sectors, including energy, construction, logistics, and banking. Steve is also an IFRS9 specialist involved in the creation and assessment of expected credit loss models.
Shirley leads the Corporate Compliance Function ensuring that companies meet their compliance obligations in a timely manner. Shirley has worked on national and multinational clients, including well-known international household names which have set up structures in Malta in various industries, including but not limited to Banks, Insurance Companies, Finance Companies, Funds, Shipping. She has been employed by the firm since 2000.
It is remarkable to see that more women now form part of the firm’s leadership. This is a true testimony to our equal opportunity culture including the flexible working policies we have adopted over the years, especially for working mothers.
KPMG believes that an inclusive culture which values diversity, leads to better decision-making, drives greater creativity and innovation, better meets the needs of clients and is more motivating for staff. “We strive to continue empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community,” concludes Mr. Zarb.