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Safer Banking

It was exactly three years ago that the European Central Bank assumed joint supervisory responsibility with local regulators of large and systemically important banks in the Eurozone. Malta’s larger banks are now regulated and supervised directly by the ECB and the Malta Financial Services Authority.   There...

Tax, regulatory benefits for asset manager, Malta funds

People wishing to establish an individual portfolio management and/or a collective portfolio management require a Category 2 licence in terms of the Investment Services Act, but there are a number of regulatory and tax benefits tied to the establishing of an asset manager or setting...

Malta’s first financial institution association launched

The local financial services industry has gained significant ground in the past years and currently boasts over 40 licence holders regulated under the Financial Institutions Act. Licence holders undertake a number of activities, including lending, factoring, payment services, money broking and the issuance of e-money.   Over...

Turnover tax for internet giants proposal not in Malta’s interests – Sant

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li5rkqu57-Q[/embed]   The French President’s proposals on internet giants operating in Europe are not in Malta’s interests, former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said.   Speaking to France 24, Dr Sant said the proposals would lead to a harmonised tax system across Europe.   “I disagree with Mr Macron’s solutions – including...

MFSA Consults on Investments in Virtual Currencies

In line with the Government’s policy to develop the digital economy, the Malta Financial Services Authority (“MFSA”) is considering the manner in which further rules may be introduced to ensure investor protection and market integrity in the context of investments in virtual currencies. In this context, the MFSA...

Big money stays away from booming bitcoin

Bitcoin is booming, digital currency hedge funds are sprouting at the rate of two a week and the value of all cryptocurrencies has surged tenfold this year to more than $170 billion.   Yet for all the hype, mainstream institutional investors are steering clear of the nascent...

Malta remains focused on attracting talent

There is never an easy time to launch a hedge fund. With a raft of regulatory compliance considerations, the latest – and potentially most ominous – being MiFID 2 when it comes into effect on 3 January, costs are rising. And at the same time,...

PM, Finance Malta address Milan’s Chamber of Commerce

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat accompanied by Finance Malta chairman Kenneth Farrugia and Malta Enterprise CEO Mario Galea recently addressed officials from the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, Monza and Brianza.   The meeting was also attended by a business delegation based in the Lombardy region who were...

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