Malta Holding Company

Malta: a European home for asset holding and parent companies

Malta Holding Companies

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 is considered to be one of the best performing Eurozone economies, with a steady economic growth and a low unemployment rate.  Malta has been a member of the EU since 2004 and of the Schengen Area since 2007. Malta Holding Companies are typically used for holding of shares in other companies to own, manage, as well as, administer property, patents, copyrights and other tangible assets.

Country Highlights

HOLDING PERIOD: No Minimum Holding Period TAX SYSTEM: EU Approved
DOUBLE TAX TREATY: Extensive double tax treaty network                      CAPITAL GAINS EXEMPTION: On certain transfer of shares & immovable property
TIMEZONE: Central European Time Zone(UTC+01:00)   NO WITHOLDING TAX: On outbound dividends, interest or royalties

Legal Basis

Malta Holding Companies are incorporated in terms of the Malta Companies Act, which is the principal piece of corporate law in Malta. The Act is predominantly based on common law principles, and is also in line with EU Directives. Holding Companies are onshore entities setup as partnerships or limited liability companies - the latter being the most popular corporate entities, due to their flexibility and tax efficiency.


  • Easy same day incorporation;
  • Notary and court process are not required;
  • Presence is not required;
  • Relatively low establishment and operating costs;
  • Any currency can be used for capital.


  • Minimum initial share capital which should be paid up is €1,250;
  • Appointment of the Malta local director and company secretary;
  • Minimum number of shareholders should be 1;
  • Applicant should have all company formation documents;
  • Appointment of an auditor

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Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker

Senior Partner, Corporate, Tax & Immigration

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