Malta dangles the universally attractive carrot for international investors: The promise that investing in Malta comes with both security and good prices — plus, not many business-stifling regulations.
The country only gained its independence from Britain in 1974 and was already an EU member 30 years later in 2004. Since then it has gone through a few distinct waves of economic development and, throughout, enjoyed more or less stable government under a (mainly) two-party system.
Whether its hedge funds, online gambling or blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, the Maltese authorities have been much less conservative about regulating investing in Malta.
Largely, this was tied to the idea that financial services is one of the only industries that can be established with just a talent-friendly environment (i.e., low taxes, little crime, affordable housing) and a solid connection to the internet.
Investing in Malta is a fairly simple process. While the regulation is quite limited and geared to making business run smoothly, there are definitely finer points worth paying attention to and this guide will cover them all.
Malta has a dynamic and growing economy with a labor force that is starting to catch up to the rest of Europe in terms of competitiveness. If you have an entrepreneurial idea, few places are better than Malta for starting your company.
Equally, Malta has one foot in Europe and the other committed to maintaining its pro-business tax haven laws. Malta is a strong candidate if you’re looking for a jurisdiction to start a holding company meant to shelter European income from taxes.
Many new companies are established in Malta every year and the process is relatively easy. But Maltese bureaucracy can move slowly and be on the tedious side if you try to go it alone and miss a critical step.
For that reason, it might make sense for you to work with a local adviser who can help walk you through the finer points of the process.
This comprehensive guide will help you get set to plan and register any type of company that you want to form in Malta. As well as trading companies, we’ll also cover the rules that pertain to offshore and holding companies.