Financial Services

Malta is a major European financial center that combines high regulatory standards and strict law enforcement with a commercial vocation.

The financial services sector has achieved rapid growth since 2004 after joining the European Union and the island has structured a sophisticated and flexible financial system.

Thanks to this vision, many companies have chosen Malta as their headquarters, including hedge funds, insurance captives, fund managers, investment service providers, lenders, insurance brokers and forex traders of various types. Malta, as a member of the EU, ensures high regulatory standards guaranteeing Malta’s added reputation as a European financial services hub. At the same time, Malta boasts set-up procedures, low operating costs and tax rates, while respecting European standards.

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The following types of financial services licenses are provided in Malta:

  • Investment Licenses Licenses
  • banking Licenses of financial institutions
  • Licenses of insurance

The investment licenses are part of the laws of the Services Act 1994 which regulates the licensing of Maltese, for investment services companies and collective investment schemes. There are also three types of collective investment schemes in Malta:

  • Retail systems;
  • Private Collective Investments;
  • Funds for professional investors (PIFs).

Ranking law governs the establishment of credit institutions and electronic money. The same legislation also establishes the requirements for the establishment of credit and other financial institutions.

Insurance companies fall under the business insurance law. The law of insurance intermediaries regulates the licensing of insurance brokers, agents and managers.

To obtain a Finance Service License, Maltese companies have to satisfy MFSA requirements. The phases to get this License are:

  • Preparatory phase;
  • Pre-licensing phase;
  • Post-licensing phase.

The preparatory phase refers to a MFSA meeting, where the company and the MFSA representatives will discuss about the procedure for the application and the documents to be presented for the license. During pre-licensing phase, MFSA will approve the issuance of the concession for the financial service, under which the investor can register the company with the Malta Trade Register. The post-license phase refers to all the other needs that can be necessary to obtain the license.

We are able, thanks to selected and professional partners, to assist our customers with a wide range of pre-licensing services. We help our clients prepare all application documents and manage correspondence with local authorities. We can also assist clients in the post-license phase and offer some advice on different types of companies, tax effects and industry laws.

Our partners, specialists in financial services, have gained considerable experience and know-how during their work in the field of assignments under the regulatory framework of Malta. They are also able to provide comprehensive and reliable advice on financial regulation.

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