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11 February 2016 - Malta launches new investment fund structure


The Malta Financial Services Authority announces the launch of a new framework applicable for notification of Alternative Investment Funds which will be promoted to qualifying or professional investors. The AIFs falling within the scope of the notification process shall be managed by ... press to read more


7 October 2015 - Malta ranked at the top of the EU Scoreboard


Malta has continued to rank at the top from among European Union Member States, having the best transposition record of European Legislation, according to the May 2015 scoreboard published by the European Commission today, 6th October 2015 ... press to read more



1 October 2015 - 48th place - World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2015/16

At the 48th place Malta’s rankings are virtually within the same ranking as that of last year that scored at the 47th place in 2014 and within the same level registered in the previous years especially those for 2012 and 2013 ... press to read more


24 August 2015 - Fitch’s Positive Economic and Fiscal Outlook for Malta


In its latest assessment report, Fitch Ratings has reaffirmed Malta’s ‘A’ Rating with a stable outlook. Fitch also expressed its view that Malta’s economic growth will continue to outperform its Eurozone peers while at the same time public finances will continue to improve ... press to read more



6 May 2015 - European Commission projects Malta's Economy to remain strong


In its Spring Forecast, issued on Tuesday 5 May, the European Commission projected that Malta’s economic performance will remain robust with a favourable macroeconomic outlook and a further decline in the budget deficit ... press to read more



8 April 2015 - Secure Securitisations in Malta

Securitisation transactions in Malta, that is the raising of capital through the transfer of assets and risk from the transferee (“Originator”) to special purpose vehicles (“SPVs”) and converting the same into financial instruments issued by the latter, are regulated by the Securitisation Act (Chapter 484 of the Laws of Malta) (“Act”) ... press to read more



8 April 2015 - UCITS – ESMA Developing a Common Understanding on Share Classes


On the 23rd of December 2014 the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") published a discussion paper on share classes of UCITS Funds with a view to developing a common understanding of what constitutes a share class of a UCITS Fund.  This was spurred by the fact that whilst the UCITS Directive recognises the possibility for UCITS Funds to offer different share classes to investors, it does not define the term “Class” or the way one class can differ from another class. As a consequence, ESMA identified diverging national practices as to the types of share class that are permitted, ranging from very simple share classes  to much more sophisticated share classes ... press to read more



30 March 2015 - Malta as a Hedge Fund Domicile - Its Evolution and Continued Growth


Malta’s investment services legislation was enacted back in 1994 as part of the jurisdiction’s initiative to bolster its legal and regulatory framework in anticipation of its application for EU membership. Indeed the island’s accession to the European Union in May, 2004 proved to be the primary catalyst for the exponential growth of its financial services industry, thrusting the jurisdiction onto the world map by coupling an ‘onshore’ robust and comprehensive regulatory and legislative framework which inspires confidence with a Europe-wide ‘passporting’ system and effectively crystallising Malta’s role as a European hub for financial services.


That Malta’s fund industry would not have enjoyed the growth experienced to date but for its regulator is unanimous among practitioners and industry players alike. The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is the single regulator for financial services in Malta tasked, inter alia, with regulating banks, insurance and investment services and has gained a Europe-wide reputation for flexibility and pragmatism tempered with diligence and meticulous attention to detail, preferring quality over quantity and promoting investor protection to safeguard Malta’s position as a jurisdiction of repute ... press to read more



1 March 2014 -Finance Malta and MFIA showcase in South Africa

HedgeNews Africa Symposium is the must-attend event in the African alternative asset management calendar, bringing together leading managers, investors and

service providers to discuss shifting investment landscapes amid a year of great challenges and great change. From the developed market of South Africa to the

nascent economies across Africa, leading industry players both interrogate and inform helping the industry to achieve new levels of accountability, transparency and

excellence based on high-level peer-to-peer interaction ... press to read more





30 October 2013 - The Malta Funds Industry Association and FinanceMalta hold an Educational Clinic on FATCA

The Malta Funds Industry Association (MFIA) in collaboration with FinanceMalta has recently held an educational clinic for its members and the financial services community

on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and its practical implications and impact on the various stakeholders operating within the local funds industry … press to read more




4 June 2013 - Gearing up for the AIFMD

The new EU Directive on alternative investment fund managers (the AIFMD) which came into force on the 21 July 2011 is now required to be transposed into national law by 22 July 2013 ... press to read more


7 February 2013 - Fund Administration Elective at the University of Malta

The Malta Fund Industry Association (MFIA) is pleased to announce that, in association with the Malta Institute of Financial Services (ifs Malta), it has finalised arrangements

with the University of Malta to hold an elective course on Fund Administration aimed at students reading for the Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialisation in Banking

and Finance ... press to read more


14 June 2012 - Strong Growth in Malta's Fund Sector

In just a couple of years Malta has established itself as a fund domicile of international repute, serving not only the domestic market but also European and international markets. The country is home to a considerable number of retail and non-retail funds as well as to fund managers and administrators ... press to read more


27 February 2012 - MFIA launches news website

The Malta Funds Industry Association (MFIA) has just launched a newly designed and revamped website,, making it more attractive and easier to

navigate thereby improving its functionality ... press to read more


6 December 2011 - MFIA issues Newsletter 
The Malta Funds Industry Association has issued its Newsletter for the fourth quarter 2011 to update professionals in the financial services sector with the latest developments in the funds industry. The newsletter has also been supplemented with the views of experts from different business areas namely fund management and administration, banking, accountancy and legal … press to read more 


2 May 2011 - Gearing up for UCITS IV 
The countdown to the implementation of Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) IV in July 2011 is compelling the investment management industry to shift into higher gear the task of aligning their business process to meet the requirements of the new UCITS Directive … press to read more