Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Governance, Regulations and Compliance Management

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides a comprehensive treatment of regulation governing compliance requirements such as Prevention of Money Laundering, Data Protection, the Solvency II Directive and the Insurance Distribution Directive. It will also delve into other broader governance and risk initiatives that have been promulgated by regulation and that are currently under the regulatory spotlight. These include, conduct risk management, the role of gatekeepers and the lines of defense. The subject will be tackled from both a practical and theoretical perspective.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this unit is to familiarize students with the compliance needs of insurance undertakings as dictated by regulation. The main objectives of this unit are to provide students with an appreciation of the relationship between good corporate governance, compliance and risk management, an understanding of the importance of the compliance function, and knowledge of the operation of reliable and effective internal controls to manage and minimise the risk of material compliance failures. More broadly, the aim of this unit is to provide students with an appreciation of the evolving regulatory tools and approaches, including the shift from a rules-based to a principles-based approach as well as the more intrusive mindset that is seeping through the regulators' supervisory and enforcement agendas.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i) Familiarise him/herself with different lines of governance and accountability within the organisation;
ii) Become familiar with the interactions between different stakeholders (internal and external to a company);
iii) Identify the evolving role of regulation and compliance management as the developing regulatory framework becomes more intrusive and complex.

In general, following the completion of the unit students would be more familiar with the regulatory framework governing risk and compliance, the objectives of European and Maltese authorities in regulating key areas of concern in relation to these matters, as well as a broad objective of the direction of travel of the regulatory framework over the years to come.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Evaluate the impact of regulation on the compliance requirements of an insurance entity;
- Interpret regulatory requirements on governance, risk and compliance in managing operational risk;
- Interpret developments in the regulatory regime in connection with compliance matters.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Baldwin R, Cave M and Lodge M (eds),(2010). The Oxford Handbook of Regulation (Oxford University Press 2010)
- Brunnermeier M, (2009), ‘The Fundamental Principles of Financial Regulation’ (2009) Geneva Reports on the World Economy 11
- EIOPA, Guidelines on System of Governance, (2015) available at
- Llewellyn D, (1999).‘The case for financial regulation’ (1999) 1 Journal of International Financial Markets 153
- MacNeil I, ‘(2015).Rethinking conduct regulation’ (2015) 30 Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 413
- Moloney N, Ferran E and Payne J (eds), (2015).The Oxford Handbook of Financial Regulation (Oxford University Press 2015)
- Siclari D, (2016).The New Anti-Money Laundering Law: First Perspectives on the Fourth European Union Directive (2016)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Rakele Cini
Angele Galea St John
Simon Grima
Pierpaolo Marano

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