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Grant Thornton Malta

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.

Founded in 1975, the Maltese firm became a Grant Thornton member in 1991. 

With more than 56,000 Grant Thornton people, across over 140 countries, we are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work.

For more than 100 years, we have helped dynamic organisations realise their strategic ambitions. Whether you’re looking to finance growth, manage risk and regulation, optimise your operations or realise stakeholder value, we can help you. We have got scale combined with local market understanding. That means we are everywhere you are and where you want to be. We believe there is no‘ one-size-fits-all’ solution in business. Every client is unique and so we provide a tailored service based on their specific needs. Our real appreciation of the concerns and goals that drive our clients helps us achieve a sustainable working relationship based on mutual respect and integrity. We ensure our clients have direct access to partners and senior staff. Our teams keep clients abreast of key business developments and regulatory news as it happens.

Our commitment to clients also flows through to the relationship we build with our people. We are committed to their career and personal development, and support them in realising their full potential. We remain focused on attracting and retaining more talent.

We truly believe that the service we offer is personal and of top quality, one that will make a significant contribution to your business. We have an instinct to help people achieve their ambitions. From new start-ups or small businesses to large enterprises and public institutions, our clients look to us for objective and impartial support on how their business is performing and how they can achieve their business goals.

When you choose Grant Thornton as your partner and service provider, you will discover what so many companies and organisations have already discovered - the power of enthusiasm and certainty. We are successful because of our people and because we bring to bear for our clients all that our global firm has to offer. We are a leader in the global marketplace and among the top audit and advisory firms in Malta. Our continued rapid growth is a testament to the assurance our clients experience every day.

Building on more than 40 years of experience, Grant Thornton combines the international reach, depth and expertise of the global brand with the personal attention, value for money, focus and relationship approach of the local team. It is how we keep you moving forward. Initiative you can rely on and knowledge you can trust. We know that by applying our professional, yet personal business philosophy we will retain the trust and loyalty of our clients, our staff and the wider community

In an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world, it’s time to take the lead with Grant Thornton and unleash your potential for growth.

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Mark Bugeja

Mark Bugeja

Managing Partner | Head of Assurance

Early on in his career, Mark was seconded to the then Deloitte Haskins & Sells offices in Turin, Milan and Florence, Italy.  He joined Grant Thornton’s audit and investigations department in 1987 and was admitted partner in 1993.

Mark specialises in auditing and has extensive experience of high-profile clients in Malta, Italy and other countries across a broad range of industrial and service sectors.  His responsibilities include the audits of large international groups of companies.  Amongst others, he is the partner in charge of the audit of a US subsidiary in Italy and has reviewed work performed for Grant Thornton offices in the United States relating to SOX 404 requirements and other assurance services.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Accountancy
  • Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College UK
  • Member of the Malta Institute of Accountants

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George Vella

George Vella

Partner | Transaction Advisory Services & Head of Learning and Development

George has over 15 years experience in corporate and project finance, research and development, strategic and project management, starting his career in 1995 at PwC where he worked in assurance, advisory and risk management arms .

In 2001 he joined the Corinthia Group and fulfilled a number of roles both locally and abroad, including that of Finance Director at the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest and Corporate Finance Executive at the Corinthia Head Office.  Tasks included business planning and budgeting processes, feasibility studies and acquisition bids, the implementation of a standard accounting package, raising of funds for project and corporate finance.

In 2005, he took on the role of Head of Corporate Strategy at APS Bank and was a member on the Bank’s risk management and credit committees.

At Grant Thornton, George and his team provide a variety of services including financial control, internal audit, evaluation services, assistance in the preparation of business plans, feasibility studies and cost benefit analyses, business valuations, assistance with mergers and acquisitions,  project finance and corporate finance advisory services.

Apart from the management and leadership of the firm’s advisory practice, George also still holds various technical roles in high profile advisory assignments, including EU funding projects and applications as well as fund raising for the private sector, both through negotiating bank loans or raising private equity, and through assisting in public equity and bond listing.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Accountancy – University of Malta
  • Masters in Business Administration

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Michael Mifsud

Michael Mifsud

Senior Manager | People and Culture

Michael Mifsud is the Senior Manager – People and Culture at Grant Thornton in Malta. He has over 20 years experience working in the field of Human Resources within different industry sectors, most notably manufacturing, I-gaming and professional services.

Michael has been working with Grant Thornton for the past two years, having previously occupied the position of Human Resources Assistant Director with a Big four firm. Apart from taking over the leadership of the People and Culture team at Grant Thornton he embarked on revamping and restructuring the university internship programme and the ACCA student/worker programme, for those wanting to take up a professional qualification as an Accountant. These two programmes attract a huge interest from high-fliers who would eventually become the future professionals and leaders at Grant Thornton.

Michael is a mature, goal-oriented and reliable individual with straightforward leadership capabilities rooted in integrity, drive and passion. He possess excellent communication skills and this has proven to be a valuable asset within the multicultural environments he has worked in. Michael researched and reads extensively on the link between a one’s personality structure and approach to work. In this way he accompanies employees with sound coaching throughout their career journey.

In collaboration with Grant Thornton International’s People and Culture team, Michael strives to keep improving the organizational development aspect of the firm in order to secure the maximum possible engagement level by all employees.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Arts (Melit.)
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management (Leicester)

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Victoria Darmanin

Victoria Darmanin

Manager | People and Culture, Learning and Development Malta

Victoria joined Grant Thornton in 2016 as a manager in the Transaction Advisory Services team. In 2017, she was given an additional role as the manager in charge for the Learning and Development function working alongside the People and Culture team.

In 2019, she joined the People and Culture team on a full-time basis and retains her role as the manager in charge for the Learning and Development function. The firm is proud to be a learning organisation. This ensures that each member of staff receives the training required that will allow them to become transformational leaders. Through a Learning and Development manual, Victoria established measures to guarantee a strong and safe learning environment as well as support employees in their professional and personal development.

She engages with internal and external trainers to develop an individual training programme for Grant Thornton employees. Grant Thornton provides training to its interns over the summer recess. The programme is developed and overseen by Victoria and the People and Culture team. Through the development of Advance which is lead by Victoria, Grant Thornton will open its training facilities to people outside of the organisation to share knowledge and experience in respective fields.  Victoria performs other duties within the People and Culture team including detailed analysis of data, applying for EU funding schemes, reviewing and revamping the performance appraisal programme, and many others.

Her role as a manager in the Transaction Advisory Services team gave her the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments, including financial due diligences for the tourism industry, acquisition of a regulated financial institution by various buyers (including the management of a data room), valuation of a manufacturing company, and regulatory assignments for telecoms and the broadcasting industries. She has prepared business plans and investment teasers for clients in the banking, FinTech, eSports, catering, construction, and manufacturing industries.  She has also applied for EU funding on behalf of clients in the catering, manufacturing and the pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Victoria worked for over four years with the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) where she was assigned the analysis of data to support the implementation of regulation as well as the drafting of several MCA’s consultation documents (private/public) and decisions where necessary. Victoria’s portfolio of projects spans across the mobile, fixed and postal sectors. She was involved in the pure-LRIC BUCM for mobile termination rate, benchmarking exercises, financial analysis of unfair burden as a result of the incumbent’s USO obligation, cost of capital calculation as well as reviews of the accounts separation in mobile, fixed and postal sectors. Victoria also represented the MCA at different expert working groups including the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) and in European Commission workshops. Prior to the MCA, Victoria has worked in different audit firms for over five years where she has managed the audits of public and private entities.

She has obtained the warrant of a Certified Public Accountant and the Practise Certificate in Auditing in Malta in June 2012. She has also obtained an Award in Employment Law from the Malta Employers Association in September 2020.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Management - University of Malta
  • ACCA

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Malta (head office)

Fort Business Centre Triq L-Intornjatur, Zone 1, Central Business District Birkirkara CBD1050 Malta

Tel: (+356) 2093 1000
Email: advance@mt.gt.com
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