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60,000+ companies registered in Malta speak for themselves. Incorporating a company in Malta is easy and only takes a couple of days.

Over the past few years, the island has seen more activity from blue chip corporations, corporate planners for investments, and international transactions into Europe. The reasons for this phenomenon are many, including:

  • Low effective tax rates
  • 70+ Double Tax Agreements
  • EU compliant legislation
  • Well-regulated legal jurisdiction

Malta – the friendly company domicile

The turning point in this regard for Malta came in 2004, with the island’s accession to the EU. This meant the formal approval of the Malta Tax regime, which had been in place since 1948.

Through the imputation tax system which Malta operates, companies are taxed at a rate of 35%. However, shareholders are entitled to refunds for the tax paid by the company.

The Rules

Every company must be registered with the Registrar of Companies at the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). Businesses can choose to set up:

  • Limited Liability Companies
  • General Partnerships
  • Co-operatives
  • Limited Partnerships

Recently, Malta also introduced a new legislation for the formation of Protected and Incorporated Cell Companies, making it the only EU member to offer these structures.

What is the use of Cell Companies?

Cell companies are used in the fund and insurance sector and are usually promoted by offshore jurisdictions.

Malta Holding Company

A Malta company (both if it is trading and holding) is ideal for several business activities, including:

  • Real estate
  • eCommerce
  • Aviation
  • Shipping & maritime activities
  • Financial services

A Malta holding company can hold shares in both onshore and offshore companies, as well as bonds, equities, loan portfolios and other asset classes.

Want to go a step further?

At KSi Malta we offer company formation services, not just in Malta. Thanks to our membership in international networks, we are also in a position to assist in the formation and management of non-Maltese companies.

Contact us on lcaruana@ksimalta.com for more info.

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