Registration of investment funds in Malta

Malta Investment Funds

If you want to create an investment fund aimed at investors from European Union countries, Malta could be the right jurisdiction to register. The island is known as an innovative and reputable financial services center, and business people seek to establish an investment fund here to grow their capital. Since 1994, the activity of such structures is regulated by the Investment Services Act.

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Company registration in Malta

The creation of a fund usually begins with the registration of a management company. A limited liability company is suitable for this purpose, but companies of other organizational and legal forms can be used. The management company is registered in the same way as an ordinary operating company.

Account opening

The company needs to open a bank account in order to deposit the share capital and further acceptance of investments. Opening an account is a complex process that should be entrusted to professionals. In order to open an account, you should to collect a package of documents and competently conduct further negotiations.

Contribution of authorized capital

The exact amount of authorized capital depends on the type of the fund. The beneficiary must provide documents on the source of origin of funds contributed as authorized capital upon bank's request.

Hiring required employees

The company must have key positions employees, some of them must be local. We will help with the search and selection of employees.

Preparation of investment and other policies, as well as an investment agreement.

The main direction of the investment fund is determined by its policy. Investors make investments on the basis of an investment agreement. Also, it is necessary to have an AML policy and other documents to create a fund.

Filing an application

It is necessary to submit an application to the regulator after preparing the company and documents. After submitting an application, you must be ready to answer additional questions from the regulator. We will take care of timely and competent answers.

Registration of an investment fund

The fund is registered after the successful completion of the previous stages. After the end of registration, the fund can start accepting investments that must be used strictly in accordance with the investment policy and investment agreement.

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Overview of Malta Investment Funds

Malta investment funds are known as cooperative investment plans (CIPs). They are categorized into several types:

  • For professional investors
  • Alternative investment funds
  • Retail
  • Private

Hedge funds are actually called funds for professional investors because the Maltese legislation does not use this term. More often, business people give preference to CIPs designed for certain sectors, for example, investments in construction or for work with venture capital.

The characteristics of a specific CIP directly determine what taxes such a company will pay. Most Malta investment funds are exempt from income tax, but for this, at least 85% of the value of assets must be located outside Malta. There are also no taxes on:

  • The payment of dividends to non-residents.
  • Capital gains through the sale of shares.

What are the benefits of a Malta investment fund?

The creation of a CIP in this jurisdiction is beneficial for business people:

  • Opportunity to enter the European market.
  • Fair legislation that takes into account the needs of the business and protects the interests of investors.
  • Relatively low maintenance costs of the investment fund.
  • Preferential taxation.
  • No CIP licensing is required; only written notification to the regulator and its subsequent authorization to conduct investment activities.

If you are interested in Malta investment funds, our specialists will provide you with comprehensive advice and legal assistance concerning any issues relating to investment services. Our company will take care of all additional procedures, including CIP licensing, obtaining a permit for activities, and its recognition by the Malta Department of Financial Services.

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