Establishing a Branch in Malta

Branch establishment in Malta may allow you to expand your business activities in Malta without the need to incorporate a company. The establishment of a branch in Malta and the registration of a company as an overseas company in Malta is relatively straight forward and offers a business several fiscal benefits.

Branch establishment can often be seen as a cautious first step into a new country to carry out business activities without the added legal complexities of company incorporation or company re-domiciliation.

Why set up a Branch in Malta?

Setting up a Branch of a business in Malta would not be seen as setting up a separate legal entity. In fact, the establishment of a branch, of an organisation, is often seen as an extension of the parent company whilst still maintaining an element of independence.

The main difference between setting up a branch and a subsidiary company is that a parent company would have shared legal responsibility for its branch in Malta whereas a subsidiary in Malta would have its own legal personality and separate legal responsibilities.

In addition, a branch would be seen to form part of the assets of the parent company and the accounts of the branch are usually merged into the accounts of the parent company which is based outside of Malta.

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Should the branch cease to continue to carry out business activities in Malta, it would avoid the need for a liquidation and would simply de-register from the local authorities signaling the end to its business activities in Malta.

There are also several taxation benefits to setting up a branch, with different rules in place compared to setting up a subsidiary company. Naturally, it is advisable to fully understand the different rules and regulations in place and to seek guidance prior to establishing a branch in Malta.

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