Malta Company Formation Guide

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Malta Company Registration and Formation Guide

Many benefits speak for a company formation in Malta, that go beyond the attractive taxation system, the fast company set up process and the variety and skills of the available workforce. Find the suitable type and set up for your company here.

How to incorporate a company in Malta?

For the formation of a new company in Malta, it is essential to draft and register its Memorandum of Association (MOA). The MOA should include the following details:

  • Company name
  • Addresses and official identification of the shareholders
  • The company type (private or public)
  • The registered office of the company
  • The object and purpose of the company
  • Details of the authorised, issued and paid-up share capital
  • Judicial and legal representation of the company
  • Details and number of directors and secretary
  • All of the documents submitted must be in English

This must be subscribed to by the shareholder/s. Then a certificate of registration is issued by the Malta Registrar of Companies.

Legal Requirements & Accounting

Companies registered in Malta must have their financial statements audited by the authorities at the end of each financial year.

Financial statements should include information relevant to the authorities, such as:

  • directors’ report,
  • the auditors’ report,
  • a balance sheet,
  • profit and loss account,
  • related notes to the financial statements,
  • together with schedules to the profit and loss account.

Bradford Jacobs offers complete accounting and payroll services for your, in Malta registered, company. Additionally, we collaborate with third-party auditors.

Registered Office in Malta

Every company formation in Malta must include a physical address. Each company must have a registered office on the island.

Taxation of your company in Malta

A big plus of a company formation in Malta is tax benefits. Malta is currently holding close to 70 Double Tax Treaties avoiding double taxations for a vast majority of countries. Furthermore, Malta holds some exciting opportunities when the corporate structure is well-planned and thought out.

Their biggest asset are the tax reductions for companies set up in Malt. This grants to shareholders of Malta-registered companies, the overall net effective tax rate could be reduced from 35 % to 5% in the case of trading companies, and to 0% in the case of holding company structures.

Bradford Jacobs assists with these and will assure you the right structure and company set up to fulfil these requirements. Reach out for your customised solution.


Every Private Limited Company, incorporated in Malta, must have, at least, one shareholder. This shareholder can either be a person or a corporate entity.

Bradford Jacobs is equipped to take such a shareholder position to represent your company in Malta, also after the registration process. The authorities require an annual meeting of the company’s shareholders.

The shareholders do not have to local if the director of the company is based in Malta.

Company types to incorporate in Malta

In Malta, you can incorporate the following company types:

  • Public Limited Liability Company
  • Private Limited Liability Company

The main differences between these two types lie in the share capital, the number of possible shareholders and in the possibility of listing their shares on the capital markets.

Company Names

Depending on the company type, there are restrictions when it comes to naming the company:

  • Endings and abbreviations are required (i.e.Limited/Ltd.)
  • The name must be spelled in the English alphabet
  • You cannot register a name that is similar enough or identical to already registered ones
  • You cannot register misleading or offensive names

Reservations of a name against a fee are possible, and the process of verifying the availability of a name might take one working day.

How much does company formation in Malta cost?

The government fees for a company formation in Malta might vary. Malta Company Formation expenses have to be paid to the Registrar of Companies upon the incorporation of the company. Additionally, an annual fee of €100 applies, this fee is payable together with the submission of an Annual Return.

How long does the process of a company formation in Malta take?

The formation process for a company in Malta can be handled in 48 hours after the receipt of all original documents. Sometimes this process might take up to three working days. The duration, however, might vary from case to case.

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