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Legal market overview

Malta’s reputation as a tax-efficient and commercially viable destination for business is longstanding, and has been augmented in recent years by positive financial services and redomiciliation legislation. The country’s favourable regulatory regime and its adoption of the euro in 2008 have made it a natural choice for a range of investment vehicles, especially hedge funds and UCITS (undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities), seeking to take advantage of the beneficial passporting rights and investor protection that Maltese registration offers. Accordingly, in a market where transactional and capital markets activity are relatively stagnant, funds capability is a core requirement for any Maltese firm with significant banking and finance capability and, for some smaller players, forms the overwhelming majority of their practice. Firms’ investment funds capability is included in the Banking, finance and capital markets editorial. Legislation has also made Malta a destination for aviation finance.

Commercial property developments such as SmartCity are another barometer of the country’s attractiveness to foreign investors, its high-quality infrastructure and highly educated workforce making it a natural choice for redomiciliation as well as branch office openings which, in turn, creates a steady pipeline of work for law firms.

There is a healthy mix of long-established firms – such as Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Ganado Advocates and Mamo TCV Advocates (the first of these in particular is singled out by clients and peers) – with reputations based on sizeable partner-level strength as well as longstanding presence; and newer, younger firms, often with strong IP, technology and gaming (the last of these being the fastest-growing industry in Malta) practices – Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates and WH Partners being standout examples.

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Legal Developments in Malta

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  • Core Maltese Legal Concepts for Banks and other Money Lenders

    Over the years Malta has evolved from a traditional, debtor friendly civil law jurisdiction into an increasingly financier friendly jurisdiction that offer many of the flexibilities typically associated with common law jurisdictions. These developments have been spurred by (and have spurred) the growth of the aviation and maritime industries in Malta, as well as the country’s emergence as a reputable financial services centre. This article provides an overview of the core Maltese legal concepts which are of interest to banks and other financial institutions lending money in or from Malta.
  • Malta Emerges as a Stronger Fund Domicile After AIFMD

    It is fair to say that AIFMD was not very well received by the Maltese burgeoning industry when it was first announced in April 2009. The initial draft appeared to have been drafted hastily and did not take into account certain characteristics of the local regulatory regime (such as the availability of self-managed fund structures) leading many to speculate that the Directive could disrupt the growth of the Maltese funds industry.Another issue that arose during regulatory gestation of the directive was the requirement for full scope AIFMs to appoint a single depositary for each AIF it manages, in the jurisdiction where the AIF is domiciled; a requirement which, due to the, at the time, limited depositary infrastructure could also have dampened growth.
  • MALTA TAXATION FROM IMMOVABLE PROPERTY

    Old Regime for Malta’s Taxation from Immovable property
  • Malta's New Tax Incentives targeting Valuable Human Power

    An Eye for Innovation, Creativity & Excellence
  • I-Gaming in Malta: Reliable Laws, Fiscal Advantages, Stable Environment

    As the first jurisdiction in the European Union (EU) that introduced regulated remote gaming, with an average of a hundred new applications a year and being the largest EU i-gaming jurisdiction, Malta's success in the i-gaming arena is undisputed. That said, whilst Malta's history, sun and sea might be a good reason for tourists to come to the island, they are surely complementary but not the sole reasons to attract prospective i-gaming operators.  Indeed, to the i-gaming world, Malta represents more than that.
  • Maltese Depositary Liability Post-AIFMD

    With the transposition of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (" AIFMD ") in the offing, analysis on the transformation and legal implications of such on the role of the Depositary as a key and core service provider to Alternative Investment Funds (" AIFs ") is significant, given the central function and responsibility this position was conferred within this industry. 
  • An Analysis of the Definition of Investment Advice under Maltese Law

    Investment advice a kind of investment service which may be provided by an investment service provider licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) under the Investment Services Act (ISA). With the exception of a category 4 licence holder.
  • Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) Implementation Takes Shape in Malta

    The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive ("AIFMD" or "the Directive") has been in discussion since its announcement in April of 2009, but the detail of its implementation has, until fairly recently, been somewhat unclear. However, following the issuing of a number of consultation documents and other instruments there is now far more clarity on the subject. This article will seek to provide an overview of the various instruments by means of which the Directive is to be introduced into Maltese law and will also briefly touch upon the effect that these changes will have on the structure of Maltese funds legislation.  
  • Fund Managers Relocate to Malta

    Malta has experienced consistent growth in the funds sector since the jurisdiction's accession to the EU in 2004, such that today it is legitimate to consider the country as a mature, well-established domicile rather than an emerging one. In fact the jurisdiction now hosts around 500 funds pursuing a variety of strategies, as well as a complete ecosystem of support services providers such as fund administrators, law firms and audit firms. The sector has now evolved to the point where managers are not just using the country as a domicile for funds, but are also increasingly looking at the jurisdiction as a domicile for their fund management operations.
  • Malta emerges as a Forex domicile

    Starting circa the beginning of 2010, Malta has seen increasing interest in the Forex sector, an industry which only a handful of years ago was practically non-existent. Different kinds of forex operators, ranging from introducing brokers all the way through to fund managers focusing on forex as an asset class and fully fledged market makers have chosen Malta as their European base of operations. Various authorisations have already been issued by the Malta Financial Services Authority (The MFSA) to such operations, and with many other applications pending before the regulator, additional growth appears to be a certainty in the forthcoming months. In fact, there are already clear clues that forex is set to become, alongside stalwarts such as hedge funds and insurance captives, an important pillar of the Maltese financial services offering.

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  • Russian industrialists and VEGAS LEX discuss development of procedural law with Supreme Court

    VEGAS LEX and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and chaired by Mikhail Fridman have discussed improvement of judicial procedure in Russia, also in the context of the new unified Civil Procedure Code Concept and the Code of Administrative Court Procedure now in the works. The event convened representatives of the Supreme Court, the Presidential State-Legal Directorate, the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal and Commercial Legislation, major industrial companies and legal experts.
  • Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC co-sponsored the CFA first seminar of the year, 6th & 9th March 20

    The Cyprus Fiduciary Association organized two (2) full-day seminars on the Role and Liabilities of Directors which were co-sponsored by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC. The seminars took place at Cleopatra Hotel in Nicosia on March, 6 and at St. Raphael Hotel in Limassol on March 9 and were hailed with great success.
  • Baker & Partners Drive Best Practice for Local Trust Firms

    Baker & Partners have issued a Guidance Note covering the retirement, replacement and removal of trustees, with information of great relevance to Jersey’s legal community and the broader legal and financial sectors. 
  • Popov & Partners admitted as a member of Bulgarian Water Association

    At the beginning of April 2015 Popov & Partners was admitted as a corporate member of the Bulgarian Water Association (BWA) . BWA is the largest organization in Bulgaria that combines all WSS operators, trade companies and business consultants with focus on the management of the water resources and the development of the water-supply services in the country. In international aspect BWA has parnership relations with European Water Association and International Water Association and other international water organizations, whose activity reflects directly over the development of the water sector in global aspect.
  • Slovenia: Schoenherr advises Laško shareholders on a majority stake in Slovenian brewer to Heineken

    Schoenherr advised a consortium of owners of Pivovarna Laško, d.d. ("Laško"), Slovenia's leading brewery group, in the sale of their combined holdings of over 51% in Laško to Heineken International B.V., part of the Netherlands-based brewing group. The opening of final offers took place on 13 April 2015, with Heineken offering EUR 25.56 per share in Laško (translating into a total purchase price of approx. EUR 114 million for the 51.11% stake on sale). Following the selection of Heineken as best bidder, the respective share purchase agreement was signed in Ljubljana the same day. read more...
  • Popov & Partners admitted as a member of Bulgarian Water Association

    At the beginning of April 2015 Popov & Partners was admitted as a corporate member of the Bulgarian Water Association (BWA) . BWA is the largest organization in Bulgaria that combines all WSS operators, trade companies and business consultants with focus on the management of the water resources and the development of the water-supply services in the country. In international aspect BWA has parnership relations with European Water Association and International Water Association and other international water organizations, whose activity reflects directly over the development of the water sector in global aspect.
  • Austria: Arbitration expert Leon Kopecký joins Schoenherr as Counsel

    Leon Kopecký has joined Schoenherr, a leading full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, as Counsel in March 2015. Mr Kopecký focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration, international litigation, and compliance matters. His clients are international firms in the construction, raw materials, infrastructure, finance, fashion and health care industries. He regularly advises clients on complex investment matters. read more...
  • HaoLiWen Selected by ALB as Finalist for Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year

    HaoLiWen has been recently selected by ALB as the finalist for Regulatory Compliance Law Firm of the Year (2015), a market recognition of the regulatory compliance practice of HaoLiWen, which has a history of around ten years.
  • fwp advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the sale of Immobilien Holding portfolio

    Vienna, 16 January 2015. Business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the multi-stage structured sale of the real estate portfolio it holds via Immobilien Holding GmbH. read more...
  • fwp advises HETA on individual applications for review of special Hypo legislation

    Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwaelte GmbH (fwp) represents HETA Asset Resolution AG (formerly HYPO Alpe-Adria Bank International AG) in connection with the judicial review proceedings before the Austrian Constitutional Court following the implementation of special Hypo legislation. The Constitutional Court has now rejected all individual applications filed by Austrian and international investors as inadmissible. Read more...