The main legislation providing for the establishment of investment funds in Malta is the Investment Services Act, while the main authority governing and supervising them is the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). Establishing an investment fund is also subject to the Maltese Company Law which provides for the type of structures that can be used in register the fund.
Our company registration agents in Malta can offer information on the types of investment funds one can establish in this country.
The Maltese investment funds industry is one of the most profitable because it is highly regulated at local and EU level. The law provides for the following categories of investors who can open investment funds in Malta:
The last two categories of professional investors funds (PIFs) can also be Maltese companies or trusts.
The first step to open an investment fund in Malta, the PIF must select the type of company to be used to trade. The legal structures approved by the Company Act are:
Maltese investment funds can also be established as unit trusts and contractual funds.
Once the type of structure has been determined and registered with the Maltese Companies Registrar, the investor must apply for the financial license with the MFSA. The following documents will be required by the MFSA:
Depending on whether the investment fund will be listed on the Maltese Stock Exchange, other requirements may apply.
For assistance in opening an investment fund, please feel free to contact our Maltese company formation representatives.