Blockchain – Use and Application

Trust is an age-old concept, and for centuries has been the foundation of all transactions between persons. The world of business, with the advancement of technology, has become a fast paced, ever-shifting arena in which efficiency, speed, and ...

UBO Register for Companies

As of 1st January 2018 all Maltese foundations have a new obligation to identify, record and report their beneficial owners to the Registrar of Legal Persons. A right of access to such new information will also come about.   Which entities must ...

Summary of the Malta 2018 Budget

On October 9, 2017 the Finance Minister of Malta gave the 2018 Budget speech which did not include any new taxes or tax increases. The salient provisions of the Maltese 2018 Budget are being explained briefly in the outline below. Income Tax The ...

Notional Interest Deduction Rules introduced in Malta

On October 5, 2017, a legal notice on the Notional Interest Deduction (NID) Rules has been published. These rules introduce a new concept to the Maltese tax system applicable as of year of assessment 2018 whereby the tax treatment of equity is ...

Major Reforms to Malta’s Gaming Legal Framework

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) published a White Paper proposing a radical reform to Malta’s Gaming Legal Framework. The primary aim behind this proposed reform is that the current legislation would be repealed and superseded by one primary ...

Amendments to the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive dealing with Hybrid Mismatches

On 21 February 2017, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union (ECOFIN) reached agreement on the amendments to the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) introducing rules on hybrid mismatches involving third countries (ATAD ...

The Malta Individual Investor Programme (MIIP)

Citizenship by investment is a mechanism aimed at facilitating the grant of Maltese citizenship to foreign High Net Worth Individuals of reputable standing and their families, who by their investment under the MIIP contribute significantly to ...

Drafting of Contracts

The requisites of a valid contract according to Maltese law A contract may be defined as a legally binding agreement by which an obligation is created, regulated or dissolved. Alternatively, it is a promise or set of promises which the law will ...

Corporate Governance

What is corporate governance? Corporate governance is, in essence, the way power is exercised over corporate entities. Governance covers the activities of the Board of Directors and its relationships with the shareholders, and with those ...

The EU Directive for the automatic exchange of Tax Rulings

On 8 December 2015, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union (ECOFIN) formally adopted amendments to the EU Directive on Administrative Co-operation in the field of direct taxation which introduce the mandatory automatic ...
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