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Legal market overview

As Europe continues to be buffeted by the after-effects of sovereign debt crises and increased financial services regulatory scrutiny, Malta is comparatively tranquil. Its efforts to create a thriving financial services industry continue to yield results, and the struggles of jurisdictions such as Cyprus are encouraging businesses to turn to Malta as a comparatively secure, tax-friendly system. In addition, the market is parlaying its established track record as a go-to jurisdiction for ship registration into establishing itself as a hub for aircraft registration, particularly in the private jet sector. The new Aviation section reflects this development. Investment funds practices are covered in the Banking, finance and capital markets section.

Law firms with full-service offerings have been the biggest beneficiaries of this growth in work. Indeed, the nature of the marketplace is such that generalist practices continue to dominate. Ganado Advocates, GVTH Advocates, Mamo TCV Advocates, Camilleri Preziosi and Fenech & Fenech Advocates are among the standout firms providing clients with full-service capabilities. The maritime and aviation sectors are two areas where niche practices can thrive, with Dingli & Dingli Law Firm being particularly noteworthy in the former. Although law firm mergers and lateral moves are rare in this stable market, Hugh Peralta & Associates merged with Iuris Malta Advocates in 2013.

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Legal Developments in Malta

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  • 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.
  • EMIs - A Shift to a Lighter Regulatory Regime

    Recent amendments to the Financial Institutions Act (Chapter 376 of the Laws of Malta) (the “Act”) have effectively brought the regulation of EMIs in Malta.
  • Malta Tax Treatment of Royalties Derived From Patents

    Introduction – Malta’s Taxable Base Persons ordinarily resident and domiciled in Malta (including companies incorporated in Malta) are chargeable to tax in Malta on a worldwide basis in terms of the Income Tax Act.
  • The Malta Option is “in-the-Money”

    Unsurprising tradition

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  • Hengeler Mueller advises GlaxoSmithKline on its major multiple-part interconditional transaction...

    Hengeler Mueller is advising GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on German corporate and real estate aspects as well as German employment and pensions aspects on two parts of the major three-part interrelated transaction with Novartis announced on 22 April 2014. The two parts of the transaction include GSK and Novartis combining their respective Consumer Healthcare businesses to form a new world-leading Consumer Healthcare business and GSK acquiring Novartis' global Vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines) for an initial cash consideration of US$5.25bn with subsequent potential milestone payments of up to US$1.8bn and ongoing royalties.
  • Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on first secondary listing of a German company on the Warsaw Stock E

    Talanx AG today successfully completed its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Following its IPO in Germany in 2012, Talanx shares are now also tradable in Warsaw (with a market capitalisation of just under €6.9bn). Talanx is the first German company with a secondary listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The transaction was carried out by way of a special transaction structure concerning tradability and certification of the shares.
  • Mikhail Aleksandrov was a moderator of the discussion in the International Forum...

    Mikhail Aleksandrov, Partner of DS Law, moderated the panel discussion «Capitalising on New Large-Scale Opportunities in the Russian Infrastructure Sector».
    - DS Law
  • DS Law participated in the Lawyers Career Day in the MSLA

    On April 4 DS Law.Attorneys participated in the 8th exhibition-forum "The Lawyers Career Day" in the Moscow State University of Law by the name of O.E.Kutafin (MSLA) dedicated to the professional growth and career of associates.
    - DS Law
  • Mikhail Aleksandrov moderated the discussion in the Forum "Private Equity and Venture Capital"

    Mikhail Aleksandrov, Partner of DS Law.Attorneys, moderated the panel discussion "Capitalising on Large-Scale Opportunities in the Russian Infrastructure Sector" in the 10th International Forum "Private Equity and Venture Capital". The Forum was organized by C5.
    - DS Law
  • Pepeliaev Group at the 10th annual Legal Forum

    Pepeliaev Group has become the partner at Vedomosti newspaper's 10th annual legal forum, which will be held in Moscow on 17-18 April 2014. It is noteworthy that, 10 years ago, it was Pepeliaev Group that was the driving force behind the first forum. Now the event has become a landmark occasion in the Russian legal calendar. Over the last decade, major business figures have come together every year, hosted by the newspaper Vedomosti, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the legal sector and Russia's judicial system. The first day of the conference will feature a plenary session ‘Deoffshoring the economy and creating a favourable business environment', with Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group, taking the chair.
  • Round table “Improvement of the transparency and effectiveness in the work of the Supreme Administ

    A round table was held on 15/04/2014 in "Sheraton" hotel in relation to the financed by OPAC project  "Improvement of the transparency and effectiveness in the work of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC)". /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}
  • “Popov and partners” will consult the Supreme Judicial Council

    In the beginning of April 2014 the Supreme Judicial Council chose "Popov & Partners" Law Office for consultant in the preparation of documentations according to the Public Procurement Act for selection of contractors for the supply of goods and services to ensure the institution's activities in the period between 2014 - 2015.
  • Kim & Chang: Korea Law Firm of the Year – The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2013

    Kim & Chang was selected as ‘The Korea Law Firm of the Year' at the Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2013, surveyed and announced by ALB (Asian Legal Business), a renowned legal publication in Asia owned by Thomson Reuters.
  • Kim & Chang recognized as one of world’s top 10 pro bono firms- Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Survey

    Kim & Chang was recognized as one of the top 10 pro bono leading law firms in the world according to Who's Who Legal Pro Bono Survey 2013 , published by Who's Who Legal, an international legal media. Kim & Chang is the only Asian firm to be selected.