Malta hosts over 580 investment funds which have a combined net asset value of almost €10 billion. While Malta has a reputation as a jurisdiction for smaller financial series companies and start-ups, the fund sector is maturing and attracting sophisticated asset management activities. In this respect, funding in the Maltese islands has increased drastically over the past years, providing researchers with ample oportunities to boost their research ideas and widen their field of expertise.
EU membership positioned Malta on a level playing field with other European Union countries and opened up many business opportunities between Malta and the EU. Now, establishing a business in Malta provides instant access to the EU’s internal market of over 500 million people in a number of EU economies. Malta also enjoys excellent relations outside of the EU, specifically with other Mediterranean nations in North Africa and the Middle East, making it an attractive base for European, American or Asian companies wishing to enter the relatively untapped markets to the south.
Malta has established a comprehensive regulatory framework for the registration and marketing of all types of funds and investment vehicles. Malta’s financial services framework and tax laws are up to date with EU directives and in line with EU requirements, while the regulator the Malta Financial Services Authority’s (MFSA) performs its regulatory function in a constructive manner. Operators based in Malta cite the licensing process with the MFSA as being quick, efficient and thorough.