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Malta’s reputation as a tax-efficient and commercially viable destination for business is longstanding, and has been augmented in recent years by financial services and relocation-friendly legislation. The country’s adoption of the euro in 2008 and its favourable regulatory regime have made it a natural choice for a range of investment funds, especially hedge funds and UCITS, seeking to take advantage of the beneficial passporting rights and investor protection offered by Maltese registration.
Strength in funds, and banking and finance more generally, is accordingly a core characteristic of the island’s three largest firms – Ganado Advocates, Fenech & Fenech Advocates, and Mamo TCV Advocates – with Ganado Advocates in particular standing out for its City-quality offering.
In a relatively quiet year on the transactional front, the island’s buoyant digital and gaming sectors provided a steady flow of work for most firms and, in the case of specialists such as WH Partners, accounted for the bulk of instructions. The advantages of Maltese registration for aircraft and ships contributed to a typically active year in those sectors.
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Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission has been working on reforming the E-Privacy Directive. The draft law was leaked on the 13th of December 2016. Although this is not the final version, we now have a clearer idea of what to expect in the coming months. The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation is expected to be finalized by January 2017. Since this is no longer a directive but is now a regulation, there is no need for it to be transposed. It will become effective within 6 months as opposed to the normal 2 year period, which means that companies will have a much shorter time period within which to bring themselves in line with the Regulation.
As a specific form of temporary labour mobility, posting of workershas been a prominent topic of public and political debate during previous decades. Several factors have contributed to the debate.
With access to finance becoming more difficult for start-ups and small businesses, the evolution of crowdfunding is becoming an emerging alternative funding source for project owners seeking starting capital.
The EU Single Accounting Directive 2013/34/EU, which repealed the 4th and 7th Accounting Directives on Individual and Consolidated Accounts, introduced a simplified procedure for financial statement reporting. This Directive was transposed into Maltese law via legal notice 289 of 2015 in virtue of the ministerial powers conferred on the Minister of Finance in virtue of the Accountancy Professions Act (Chap. 281 of the Laws of Malta).
The Securities and Markets Supervision Unit has recently carried out a thematic review consisting of a desk based review of the best execution policies and procedures and an onsite visit at a number of licensed investment firmsin order to access their implemented Best Execution policies and procedures.
Ahead of the deadline for the member states to transpose MIFID II into national legislation which is now set for 3 July 2017 deadline for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (“MiFID II”), the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published a Questions and Answers document (Q&As) with the aim of promoting common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of MiFID by providing guidance with respect to the following investor protection topics:
In the years since the crisis, the financial services industry has faced a barrage of new rules - the Market in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR), Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR), European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) to name a few.
Cyber security is a prominent issue on the EU’s digital agenda. Many governments and companies are vulnerable to cyber security threats.
On the 11th of April, 2016, ESMA published an opinion addressed to the European Parliament, Council and Commission (“Opinion ”) in which it proposed a common European framework for loan origination by investment funds and set out its view on the elements upon which the common European framework is proposed to be built.
AF Group ASA, listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE-AFG), a leading international civil engineering and construction group headquartered in Oslo, has acquired the renowned Swiss engineering and construction planning company Edy Toscano AG with 370 employees. Together with AF Consult Switzerland AG, AF Group will be among the three largest Swiss engineering and construction planning companies with a combined turnover in Switzerland exceeding CHF 100 million.
VEGAS LEX has organized a roundtable on the main trends of taxation in Russia in 2016-2017*.
It is no longer a rarity for companies to want to hold their boards of directors and supervisory boards liable. It is often the case that claims are asserted arising from D&O insurance.
Organised by Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom and Anand and Anand, the conference on “Brand Management: Valuation and Protection” builds on joint UK-India efforts to facilitate ease of business and protect intellectual property.
In its ruling of September 21, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed that cosmetics which were produced with the help of animal testing are subject to a widespread sales ban within the EU (Az.: C-592/14).
Choosing the right corporate form can contribute significantly to the success of a business. GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte has the requisite experience in setting up companies.
We are pleased to announce that our employees Ayesha Curmally, Michael Isler, Robert von Rosen and Stefan Knobloch, who have been with us for many years, have now been appointed as partners in our chancellery, effective from 1st January 2017.
We are pleased to announce that a new partner, Roger Staub, as well as new consultants, Thiemo Sturny and David Vasella, will be joining our chancellery as of 1st January 2017.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) (TSX:FFH) (TSX:FFH.U) and Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (Allied World) (NYSE:AWH) have entered into a merger agreement (the Agreement), pursuant to which Fairfax will acquire all of the outstanding registered ordinary shares of Allied World. Under the terms of the Agreement, Allied World shareholders would receive a combination of Fairfax subordinate voting shares and cash equal to USD 54.00 per Allied World Share, for a total equity value of approximately USD 4.9bn.
Interest rates for building loans were considerably higher between 2010 and 2013 than they are today. Consequently, it may well be worthwhile withdrawing from real estate loans that were taken out after June 10, 2010.