THE MALTA LEGAL FRAMEWORK (Reviewed: October 2023)

MALTA’S ADVANTAGES AS A BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL CENTRE

If you are looking for alternative opportunities for your international business activities, Malta’s potential as a jurisdiction should be at the top of your list. With attractive fiscal advantages and some of the lowest business costs in Europe, Malta is becoming a prime location for international businesses. In just six months, BVML has incorporated more than 4000 dedicated licenses in Malta, as entrepreneurs worldwide are capitalizing on its unique benefits within the European Union.

The advantages of Maltese companies and other setups include:

  • Full EU Membership: As a full member state of the European Union and part of the Eurozone, Malta-based businesses have instant access to the EU’s internal market of over 500 million people.
  • Strategic Location: Malta is within 3 hours direct flight time from Europe’s major financial centers.
  • Pro-Business Regulation: Malta has accessible and forward-looking regulators with a pragmatic approach towards regulation.
  • Comprehensive Financial Legislation: This includes the regulation of hedge funds, investment service providers, banking and financial institutions, and retail and captive insurance businesses.
  • EU Passporting Rights: Certain classes of financial services licenses granted by the Maltese authorities come with EU passporting rights.
  • Tax Refund Entitlement: Non-resident persons are entitled to various levels of tax refunds, based on Malta’s full imputation tax system.
  • Corporate Income Tax: A corporate income tax rate of 35% can be reduced to between 0% and 5% for shareholders through various tax refunds available to non-resident shareholders.
  • No Withholding Tax: No Maltese withholding tax is applied on the distribution of dividends to shareholders of Maltese companies.
  • Double Taxation Treaties: Malta has a network of double taxation treaties with over 70 states.
  • Political Stability: Malta enjoys political stability with unanimous political support for the country’s position as an international business and financial services center of excellence.
  • Educated Workforce: Malta boasts an educated, dedicated, and multilingual workforce with a strong work ethic.
  • Specialized Professionals: Availability of specialized professionals at competitive rates.
  • Major Audit Firms: Presence of all major audit firms.
  • Company Re-Domiciliation: Companies can re-domicile into and out of Malta, preserving continuity, reputation, and financial track-record.
  • Reliable Banking Sector: A combination of solid Maltese banks and major international banks providing top-notch service.
  • Advanced Technology: Availability of state-of-the-art hosting and connectivity technology.
  • Transhipment and Distribution: State-of-the-art transhipment and distribution facilities.
  • Business Incentives: An attractive package of business incentives.
  • Convenient Time Zone: Malta operates in the convenient Central European Time zone.
  • Quality of Life: Malta offers a safe, secure, and pleasant Mediterranean lifestyle.

These advantages make Malta an exceptional location for establishing and growing your international business.

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THE MALTESE LEGISLATIONS
COMPANIES ACT - CAP 386
FEES & REGULATIONS - CAP 386
FEES & REGULATIONS - CAP 386
INVESTMENT COMPANIES WITH VARIABLE SHARE CAPITAL

COMPANIES ACT
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