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Setting up a Licensed Trust Company in Malta

Setting up a Licensed Trust Company in Malta

Blog posts   •   Sep 09, 2019 14:31 BST

Malta has positioned itself as a prime jurisdiction for families and global HNWI to set up trusts or foundations. Companies providing services with respect to trusts can be incorporated and managed in Malta. In fact, the establishment, duties and administration of trustees in Malta, is regulated by the Trust and Trustees Act.

Trusts & Foundations in Malta

Trusts & Foundations in Malta

Blog posts   •   Sep 09, 2019 14:16 BST

Protecting one’s assets and wealth may be carried out through the formation of a trust or foundation. In deciding which to use, it is important to take into consideration the different elements, that pertain to each and how this would impact the protection of the assets in question.

Enhancing Freedom of Movement across the Globe

Enhancing Freedom of Movement across the Globe

Blog posts   •   Sep 02, 2019 15:06 BST

There are several reasons as to why HNWIs are choosing to obtain a second citizenship, one of them is to increase their freedom of movement.

Reasons for Setting Up a Trust in Malta

Reasons for Setting Up a Trust in Malta

Blog posts   •   Aug 27, 2019 09:12 BST

The popularity of Malta trusts has significantly increased as they are perceived as a straightforward tool to protect assets and preserve them for generations to come. To ascertain the roles needed for the creation of a trust, we will consider Maltese trust law.

Malta’s VFA Framework – What Next?

Malta’s VFA Framework – What Next?

Blog posts   •   Aug 13, 2019 09:38 BST

During 2018, the VFA Framework was implemented in Maltese Law. Since then, various other jurisdictions have taken initiatives to implement their own VFA framework. Moreover, movements in the European Union to harmonise this industry have also been anticipated.

Payment Services Directive to be transposed into Maltese law

Payment Services Directive to be transposed into Maltese law

News   •   Jun 28, 2019 10:01 BST

The Bill entitled ‘Various Financial Services Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019’ makes amendments to financial services in Malta.

Blockchain to be used to Register Rental Agreements

Blockchain to be used to Register Rental Agreements

News   •   Jun 26, 2019 10:11 BST

Malta announced that All Rent Agreements are to be registered through blockchain technology to enhance security.

FIAU and MFSA issued a Guidance Document

FIAU and MFSA issued a Guidance Document

News   •   Jun 21, 2019 09:52 BST

The MFSA and the FIAU launched a Guidance Document with the aim of assisting organisations with clients working in Fintech.

Tax Regimes Across Leading REITs Frameworks

Tax Regimes Across Leading REITs Frameworks

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2019 13:52 BST

Whilst the legal framework of REITs differ across jurisdictions, many similarities in the way tax applies to REITs can be found in each framework.

Payment Services and their Continued Expansion

Payment Services and their Continued Expansion

Blog posts   •   Jun 17, 2019 11:38 BST

With the advent of blockchain technology, traditional banking is slowly becoming extinct as payment becomes digitalised.

Introducing the Citizenship by Investment Programmes Index

Introducing the Citizenship by Investment Programmes Index

News   •   Jun 03, 2019 12:25 BST

The Citizenship by Investment Programmes Index offers a thorough examination of Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) around the world, and focuses on the main features of each programme, such as freedom rights, as well as living and economic standards within each jurisdiction.

REITS – A global comparison of legal structures

REITS – A global comparison of legal structures

Blog posts   •   May 31, 2019 13:19 BST

With Malta introducing a REIT regime after many jurisdictions have already implemented such an investment vehicle framework, Malta is able to adapt successful regimes based on the experience of global REIT structures.

Malta Launches ‘Vision for Video Game Development and Esports’

Malta Launches ‘Vision for Video Game Development and Esports’

News   •   May 24, 2019 12:04 BST

Malta launched its 'Vision for Video Game Development and Esports’ this week. Learn how Malta will be maximising the potential of both the island and the industry itself.

New Brexit Bill Announced

New Brexit Bill Announced

News   •   May 23, 2019 14:05 BST

The new Brexit bill announced by Theresa May on Tuesday would be put to a vote in June despite already receiving criticism.

Further amendments to the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Programme

Further amendments to the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Programme

News   •   May 22, 2019 11:00 BST

By means of Act 3 of 2019 the government of Grenada has introduced a number of amendments to its citizenship by investment programme mainly relating to dependents who can be added to the application.

MFSA issues Fintech Strategy for Malta

MFSA issues Fintech Strategy for Malta

News   •   May 17, 2019 07:49 BST

A strategy for FinTech in Malta was issued by the MFSA, establishing Malta’s position as a leader within the industry.

REITs: Asset Classes and Activity Comparisons

REITs: Asset Classes and Activity Comparisons

Blog posts   •   May 16, 2019 10:37 BST

Compare and Contrast Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Regimes, their asset classes activities and the Malta new proposed REIT regime.

Exemption to Certain Investors of the Cyprus Investment Programme

Exemption to Certain Investors of the Cyprus Investment Programme

News   •   May 10, 2019 07:58 BST

Cyprus' Council of Ministers Cyprus clarified the new amendments to the Cyprus Investment Programme and introduced the exemption of the Eur150k donation to investors under certain conditions.

European Union Real Estate Investment Trusts

European Union Real Estate Investment Trusts

Blog posts   •   May 06, 2019 14:40 BST

Over the years, many jurisdictions have implemented REIT regimes. As Malta is the newest state to look into applying a REITs framework, we have reviewed the capital and legal requirements across REITs frameworks in different countries.

Guidance Note on Suspicious Transaction Reports Issued

Guidance Note on Suspicious Transaction Reports Issued

News   •   May 02, 2019 07:02 BST

In order to optimise the process of detecting and processing fraudulent activity that may lead to money laundering or terrorist funding, the FIAU has issued a guidance note to remote gaming licensees on the issuing of suspicious transaction reports.