Malta Family Trusts

Trusts - Protecting Assets for Generations

Malta Trusts

Malta enjoys a stable political climate and a bi-partisan political scene that is largely convergent on issues of national and economic importance. The country’s economy is considered to be one of the best performers in the EU, maintaining growth during the financial crisis. In 2015, Malta experienced a 6.3% GDP growth whilst unemployment was down to 5.4%. Malta has been a member of the EU since 2004 and of the Schengen Area since 2007. Malta is a civil law country which has adopted trusts in its legislation and allows for the creation of domestic trusts. Trusts have, among other things, become very flexible and efficient vehicles for asset protection and asset management in Malta

Country Highlights

SECTOR REGULATION: Supervised & licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) APPLICABLE LAWS: Private International Law and the Hague Convention on the law applicable to Trusts
LEGISLATION: Transparent, Detailed LANGUAGE: Maltese, English
TIME ZONE: Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00) EUROPEAN UNION: Member of the EU & Eurozone
CURRENCY: Euro € WORKFORCE: Well qualified, English speaking

Legal Basis

Today Malta’s trusts and estates law allows for the beneficial, yet secure, protection of a person’s wealth and property. The setting up of trusts in Malta is regulated by the Trusts and Trustees Act. The Act also provides for the appointment of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) as the authority in charge of the authorisation and supervision of trustees. The Act also incorporates the provisions of the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition as ratified.


  • Fast 3 days process; Fully Confidential & Flexible; 
  • No Registrations & flexibility in terms of trust deed;
  • EU authorisation; 
  • Trustees authorised by the MFSA; Trust Mobility; 
  • Trust is able to be re-domiciled to another jurisdiction;
  • Certainty & Security; 
  • Malta’s own domestic trust law;
  • Planning for Generations; 
  • Efficient distribution of assets.


  • Trust Settlement in shares, stocks, bonds, units, bank accounts, immovable property, bank accounts, intellectual property and art;
  • Malta authorized Trustee;
  • Settlor;
  • Named Beneficiaries or Group of Beneficiaries;
  • Optional Appointment of a Protector.

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