ARQ, the brainchild of the partners of Capstone audit firm and Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal, underwent a rebrand in February 2019 that saw the launch of a new corporate identity in keeping with the “fresh, innovative culture” that the organisation subscribes to.
“At ARQ Group, we take a 360 degree view. ARQ integrates professionals from different disciplines – lawyers, compliance professionals, accountants, tax specialists and economists – depending on the project at hand. It’s quite unique to see professionals from different disciplines working closely in a collaborative system placing the needs of the client at the heart of every decision” states Manfred Galdes, the partner responsible for compliance advisory.
The core offering of corporate and private client advisory services that includes accounting, tax, fiduciary and risk & compliance services has evolved to incorporate new related service divisions. With the recent appointment of Jonathan Cassano, the in-house IT department has been extended into an IT Technology client resource centre embracing the latest technological advances and trends.
Also new to ARQ is the expansion of the Economic Business Intelligence division with the appointment of two new senior managers in June. Daniel Attard joins ARQ as the Senior Manager of Financial Services. Daniel has several years’ local and international experience within the banking, financial institutions and securities sectors in both the private and public sectors through the MFSA and European Central Bank (ECB). Daniel will be focused on regulatory advisory services, compliance reviews and assistance with licence applications. Glenn Fenech simultaneously joins ARQ as the Senior Manager of Economic & Business Intelligence. Glenn brings with him a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors and will be focused on project-based, policy and regulatory advisory economic intelligence and strategy.
“These two appointments considerably strengthen the expertise and capacity within ARQ to inform effective corporate & public policy strategy through rigorous economic insight & analysis” says JP Fabri, Regulatory & Advisory Director.
The company also recently appointed a new Chief Financial & Operations Officer to lead the business strategy and growth. An accountant by profession with an MBA, Lewis Baldacchino has extensive commercial and strategic business experience having served for a number of years as executive director of a number of local and foreign entities.
The company takes pride in attracting and securing top talent with both local and international exposure. “Our greatest asset – and investment - is in our team of 100 staff members” says ARQ Partner, David Borg. The training, development and wellbeing of this staff compliment, is now under the capable management of Ramona Galea who has joined ARQ in the capacity of HR Senior Manager. A seasoned HR professional, Ramona brings with her over 25 years of experience working in various industries. She is a firm believer of the power soft skills and their impact on delivering a truly exceptional experience to customers.
Last, but not least, the company is also very pleased to announce the appointment of a new non-executive Chairman, Paul Mercieca. Paul held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Malta for eighteen years prior to his retirement and has held various leading positions in business in his career. His experience will prove invaluable to the team of seven partners at the helm of the ARQ board.