Registering a Company in Malta

As Malta Company Formation & Registration Agents, we specialise in providing corporate solutions and services to all types of companies from start-ups to large corporate entities. We offer 360˚ support from a registered office and VAT compliance to bookkeeping and more.

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Why register a company in Malta?

Malta is a popular jurisdiction of choice for company registration due to the many tax benefits alongside over 80 double taxation treaties. Moreover, Malta has a skilled and professional multilingual workforce where English is a national language as well as Italian, French and Spanish are generally understood. Malta has also been a part of the EU since 2004, which comes with several benefits.

Company registration in Malta is an ideal corporate structure for business operations. It offers protection with a separation of assets and liabilities from the company’s shareholders as well as a beneficial tax regime. Finally, company incorporation in Malta can be a quick process taking as little as 2 days.

As Malta Company Registration agents, we will assist you through the whole process. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your business requirements.

All the facts and figures about setting up a business in Malta are outlined in our simple infographic.

Malta Facts

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Malta Company formation

What type of companies can be set up in Malta?

Public and private limited companies can be registered in Malta. Additionally, Malta-based holding companies provide a reliable and advantageous option for mergers and acquisitions, offering you the benefits of tax efficiency, added flexibility and EU compliance. Moreover, trusts and foundations are also possible solutions.

Malta Company Registration FAQs

How much does it cost to register a company in Malta?

The Maltese company registration fee is payable to the Registrar of Companies at the time of incorporation. This can range from a minimum of EUR 245.00 to a maximum of EUR 1,750.00, depending on the value of Authorised Share Capital. In addition, an annual fee of EUR 100.00 must be paid upon submission of an Annual Return and this is generally managed through our directorship and back-office services. The share capital can be divided into ordinary shares or preference shares with various classes and variants available. Bearer shares are not permitted in Malta and ownership is evidenced by entries in the Malta company register as well as issuance of official share/debenture certificates.

Contact us for a complete list of setup fees and ongoing administrative fees.

How long does it take to register a company in Malta?

We can register a Malta company within 48 hours from receiving the relevant documents. The documents in question would need to include all due diligence documents and share capital funds/fees. Once the company formation process is complete, the MFSA will publish a Certificate of Incorporation which will also display the Malta Company Registration number.

How do I register my company in Malta

Steps to setting up a Company in Malta:

  • Name Reservation – 2-3 hours
  • Drafting and Notarizing Incorporation Documents – 1 day
  • Depositing Share Capital – 1 day
  • Company and Tax Registration – 2 days
  • VAT Registration – 1 week
  • Employer ID Number – 3 days
  • Employment Registration – 2 days

    Can a foreigner register a company in Malta?

    Malta welcomes businesses from foreign nationals and makes the process of setting up and running a business easy with its pro-business government policies. The country has no restrictions on foreign ownership, creating a favorable environment for entrepreneurs to thrive.

    Do I need a Registered Office?

    Every business would need to have a registered office. Papilio Services can provide you with a registered office if required or help arrange for the lease of suitable office space per the company’s requirements.

    Should a Malta Company appoint a director who is a resident of Malta?

    It is preferable to have a Director who is a resident in Malta, and this can be as a sole director or a joint directorship. As well as assisting with the management and control of the organisation, an experienced local director, who is based in Malta, will have established contacts within the government authorities such as the Inland Revenue Department and the Maltese VAT Department.

    Do I have to open a Malta Bank account?

    The company is not required to have a local bank account, but it helps with regards to having actual business transactions in Malta. However, unless you have physical presence in Malta through a rented office space, employees, and a local resident director, this will not be a viable option.

    The second option is to consider a Payment Service Provider (PSP). We can make the introduction to trusted providers if needed.

    What is the Malta Company Tax rate?

    Most of the companies incorporated in Malta are subject to a corporate tax rate of 35%. However, foreign shareholders can claim a 6/7th tax refund on any tax paid by the company on profits, distributed as dividends. This system makes the effective rate of tax 5%.

    It is also possible to get a full refund should a company have a participating holding.

    What are the capital requirements to set up a Malta Company?

  • The minimum share capital of a Malta Public Limited Company is 46,587.47 EUR. - - Individuals must pay at least 25% of that capital when they form the company.
  • The minimum share capital of a Malta Private Limited Company is 1,164.69 EUR. - -Individuals must pay at least 25% of that capital when they form the company.

    Can a Company Redomicile to Malta?

    For companies wishing to transfer operations to Malta, redomiciliation offers a convenient option. This process allows the original legal entity in the foreign jurisdiction to remain intact while moving its domicile to Malta with minimal effort. All that's required is for the company to submit a request to the Registrar of Companies in accordance with set guidelines. By relocating its domicile, the company can benefit from operating under Maltese laws and regulations without having to establish an entirely new corporate entity.

    Is it possible to set up a branch in Malta?

    A branch establishment in Malta can represent an opportunity for your business to grow by operating within the country without having to officially incorporate a company. The process of establishing a branch and registering it as an overseas company is relatively simple, while also providing potential fiscal advantages. For many businesses, setting up a branch offers a cautious way of entering the Maltese market and carrying out their activities without facing the legal complexity associated with incorporating or re-domiciling a company.

    Can Papilio Services 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.

  • Papilio Services – Malta Company Registration Agents

    As a licensed agent, we can help you with company registration in Malta as well as support the company by offering all the services to make the business compliant such as bookkeeping, VAT returns, and audit coordination.

    What are the requirements for company registration?

    Step 1: Initial Consultation - We will have a call to answer your questions, understand your businesses requirements and offer more information that will aid your decision.

    Step 2: Send Proposal - We will send a personalised overview of the costs of registering a company in Malta as well as attaching more useful information.

    Step 3: Call with Local Expert - We will arrange a more technical call with one of our local partners to go through any more questions as well as offer a more technical breakdown of the structure.

    Step 4: Complete KYC Documentation – We will start the onboarding requirements set by local laws that govern all company service providers.

    Step 5: Company Formation & Registration – Once we have all the required documents and you have passed our risk-based assessment, we will aim to set up the company within 3-5 business days.

    Step 6: Continuation – We will continue to assist your business in whatever capacity you need us. We will be here to advise and assist your business throughout its lifetime.

    We also have other European offices in the Netherlands and Czech Republic, therefore if you wish to discuss the benefits of other countries, let us know and we will inform you of the best structure for your business.

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