Two new partners at RSM Malta
RSM, one of Malta’s leading audit, tax and advisory firms has announced the appointment of Timothy Zammit and Gordon Micallef as partners with the firm. Given their experience, Timothy and Gordon’s appointment will further strengthen RSM’s corporate structure. Timothy will be responsible for the tax and corporate services unit while Gordon will be responsible for the technology consulting practice of the firm.
Together with a team of financial and legal professionals, Timothy will be assisting clients with enhancing their fiscal efficiencies through the setting up of companies, special purpose vehicles and corporate restructuring while providing transactional support in acquisitions, mergers and divisions. Together with his team, Timothy also works on business succession planning while ensuring clients’ full compliance with their tax and corporate obligations. Prior to joining RSM Malta as a tax lawyer in 2010, Timothy served as the head of corporate and tax services at mid-tier firms specialising in international structuring and cross border companies. Timothy read law at the University of Malta having graduated as a doctor of laws in 2005 and called to the bar in 2006. Timothy subsequently read for a Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta. He is also a member of the Malta Institute of Taxation and Institute of Financial Services Practitioners, sitting on the Tax & EU Affairs Sub-Committee.
As the leader of the technology consulting practice of the firm, Gordon assists organisations in addressing their digital agenda by guiding board of directors and executives to develop and execute transformation strategies enabled by technology. Together with his multidisciplinary team of technology, business analysists, and legal specialists, he also delivers managed services to various industries including cyber security, privacy, regulatory technology, and data management. He joined the firm in 2014 and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds other certifications in governance of IT (CGEIT), risk management (CRISC), and project management (Prince2).
Peter J Baldacchino
Twenty-five years ago, Peter J Baldacchino, Head of the Department of Accountancy, was the first member of staff at the University of Malta who, after graduating as a chartered certified accountant, decided to undertake a postgraduate research degree in accountancy – at the time this involved a Master of Philosophy thesis based on Malta at the University of Loughborough titled “The Auditor-Management Relationship in a Microstate”. Recently Peter decided to undertake another research study in a related area, this time a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.d) with a thesis titled “Auditing and Corporate Governance in a Small State-the Case of Malta”. He finalised this latter study in March.
As one would expect, the thesis stemmed from selected academic research following his MPhil. It presents a portfolio of fourteen papers offering insights on major issues affecting the accountancy-related areas of external auditing and corporate governance in the small state of Malta.
The portfolio contributes to literature notably by its original highlighting of the significance of a number of sub-themes on various aspects of external auditing and corporate governance in a small state. Furthermore, the portfolio impacts Maltese external auditing and corporate governance practices, particularly by emphasising the need to go beyond the adoption of imported regulatory frameworks. For those interested, links to most papers included in the thesis are found on Peter’s pages on ResearchGate and Linkedin.
Peter J Baldacchino is the Head of the Department of Accountancy in the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, as well as Advisor to Rector – Financial Affairs at the University of Malta. He teaches auditing, corporate governance and financial strategy in postgraduate professional and business programs. His research publications in various international journals focus on auditing, its regulation and relationship to corporate governance. He is also Director at the Central Bank of Malta and Chairman of its Audit Committee, Director at the University Group of companies as well as Chairman of the Maltese Accountancy Board. He has extensive experience in the governance of Maltese listed entities, with past positions including chairmanships and memberships of audit and risk management committees in large organisations.