Malta Professional Investor Funds

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Malta Professional Investor Funds

Over the last two decades, Malta has established itself as an innovative and reliable financial services centre, hosting a variety of financial services businesses and structures including AIFs, UCITS, fund managers, fund administrators, forex brokers, payment services providers, investment advisors and insurance principals. A number of factors have contributed to Malta’s rapid growth in the sector, including the approachability of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), Malta’s single regulator for financial services, and the high regulatory standards that the jurisdiction adheres to. Malta’s appeal is also enhanced by its highly skilled workforce, multilingualism, extensive tax treaty network, and reliable IT infrastructure.

Country Highlights

MALTA FUNDS: 580+ investment funds with combined NAV of €9.7billion TIME ZONE: Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)
BANKING SYSTEM: 10th soundest system in theworld (WEF)                                                                                        GDP GROWTH: 6.3% in 2015
FANANCIAL SERVICES FRAMEWORK: EU and OECD approved   FUND DOMICILE RECOGNITION: Rated No. 1 Europe’s favoured funddomicile(Hedge Fund Review’s 2013 and 2014 Service Provider Rankings)

Legal Basis

The principal legislation governing Professional Investor Funds (“PIFs”) in Malta is the Investment Services Act, 1994 (“ISA”) as subsequently amended. The ISA establishes the regulatory
framework for investment services providers and for Collective Investment Schemes including PIFs. Under Maltese law PIFs are one type of Collective Investment Scheme (“CIS”).


  • Doesn't have investment restrictions;
  • Freedom of choice on management style;
  • Low entry investment levels;
  • Shariah complaint funds;
  • Allows to use foreign administrators;
  • Flexible and market driven regulation.


  • Only approved service providers;
  • Consultation from local representative;
  • Reporting requirements;
  • Fit and proper management and shareholding;
  • Settle application/supervisory fee.

Process & Timeline

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Key Contacts

Dr Priscilla Mifsud Parker

Senior Partner, Corporate, Tax & Immigration

+356 22056122

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