Malta Company Formation and Registration
Malta Company Formation expertise
Our Corporate and Tax team advises international clients with Malta company formation and other international company formation services in order to obtain the most efficient structure tailored specifically to our client’s requirements.
We offer a full range of services including corporate, tax advisory and back office services with a focus on high quality that enables us to advise our clients over a number of years. We take great pride in our customer retention and referral rates.
Our clients’ requirements are all unique, however recent work involves the setting up of beneficial royalty structures in Malta, trading companies focusing on e-commerce, holding companies with a variety of complex private equity interests, a holding company holding a number of subsidiary companies as part of a worldwide international trading group and a holding company holding private equity vehicles, to name a few.
We believe in a practical but innovative approach ensuring high quality and holistic solutions through the entire life cycle of the clients’ business.
Malta is a popular jurisdiction of choice for setting up a company owing to the extremely competitive tax system alongside a number of highly effective double taxation treaties. Malta has a skilled and professional multi lingual work force where English is a national language and Italian, French and Spanish are generally understood. Malta is also part of the EU.
A limited company formation in Malta is a corporate structure that is ideal for allowing business operations, whilst offering certain protection with separation of assets and liabilities from the company’s shareholders.
Our Malta Limited company formation services include vetting relevant Customer Due Diligence (CDD) documentation, drafting statutory formation documents, liaising with banks for the opening of bank accounts and liaising with the relevant authorities with regards to registration.
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Malta Company Formation FAQs
How long does it take to set up a Malta company?
The Malta Company may be incorporated within 48 hours from receipt of the relevant documents (including all due diligence documents) and share capital funds/fees. Once the incorporation is complete, the MFSA will publish a Certificate of Incorporation which will also display the Company Registration number.
Registering a company in Malta
Do I need a registered office in Malta?
The Malta Company would need a registered office in Malta. We can provide you a registered office if required and also arrange for the lease of suitable office space in accordance with the Company’s requirements.
Should a Malta Company appoint a director who is resident of the Maltese islands?
It is preferable to have a Director resident in Malta and this can be as sole director or a joint directorship. As well as assisting with the management and control of the organisation in Malta, an experienced local director whom is based in Malta will also have established contacts within the government authorities such as the Inland Revenue Department and the Maltese VAT Department. These established contacts can help when dealing with the authorities and make for a more efficient process.
Do I have to open a Malta Bank account?
After the completion of the Malta Company registration process, the next step is usually to consider opening a company bank account. The company in Malta is not required to have a local bank account but it helps with regards to having actual business transactions in Malta. All company bank accounts have to be opened via an approved company service provider, of which Papilio Services Limited is one.
How do I register a Malta Company for VAT?
A company registered in Malta which is trading in goods and/or services in Malta is required to register for VAT within 30 days of its first supply of goods and/or services made in Malta. There are three types of VAT registration which cater for the general VAT registration, small undertakings and also EU Intra Community activity. We can act on your behalf and apply for a Maltese VAT Number.
What is the Malta company tax?
Most of the companies incorporated in Malta are subject to a corporate tax rate of 35%. However, the Malta Tax System is a full imputation system which may result in a shareholder claiming a 6/7th tax refund on any tax paid by the company on profits distributed as dividends. It is also possible to get a full refund should a company have a participating holding.
Setting up a company in Malta
What are the capital requirements for a Malta Company?
• The minimum share capital of a Malta public limited company is EUR 46,587.47;
o At least 25% of that capital must be paid when the company is formed
• The minimum share capital of a Malta private limited company is EUR 1,164.69;
o At least 20% of that capital must be paid when the company is formed
What Malta company registration services do we provide?
We help international individuals and businesses set up a company in Malta. Our client’s activities ranges from basic Malta Holding Companies, Trading Companies, E-Commerce Companies, Intellectual Property Companies, Financing Companies, Gaming and Regulated Business companies to name a few. This allows us to pass on our experience in these areas to new clients wishing to set up operations in Malta. We assist the company from the initial incorporation to the ongoing running of that company with regards to the management, administration and compliance through its entire lifecycle.
Who can act as Malta company formation agents?
We are registered to act as a Company Services Provider by the Malta Financial Services Authority. Through an associated company we are also licenced to carry out services related to Malta trusts and foundations.
When considering Malta company incorporation, should a Malta company have a local company secretary?
All companies should appoint a company secretary and that person should have a good technical knowledge of Maltese legislation. We can assist with the appointment of a Company Secretary in Malta.
As part of our Malta company set up service we also provide on-going administration and compliance services according to the entity’s needs. For more information on how to register your business in Malta, please contact us.
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