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Types of Companies in Malta

Updated on Tuesday 19th April 2016

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Most foreign entrepreneurs are attracted by the investment legislation Malta enabled. However, there are also other reasons foreign investors choose Malta as their preferred country of doing business, one of them being the flexibility of the incorporation procedure and type of business entities available for registration. Company registration falls under the Maltese Company Act of 1995 which establishes the requirements for a business to be setup. The Commercial Code regulates the following types of Maltese companies:

  • -          limited liability companies which can be private or public,
  • -          partnerships which can be general or limited.

Among these, the most employed type of company in Malta is the private limited liability company because of the minimum requirements of setting up this type business.

You can watch below a short video about the types of companies you can register in Malta:

 

Private and public companies in Malta

Maltese limited liability companies can be private or public. The main differences between the two types of companies reside in the share capital requirements and the fact that the public company can list its shares on the Maltese Stock Exchange, while the private company may not. With respect to the share capital requirements, the Maltese private company must have a minimum capital of 1,165 euros, while the public company will have a minimum share capital of 46,600 euros of which 25% must be paid upon incorporation. If the private company’s share capital exceeds the minimum amount required the founders will only be asked to deposit 20% of the amount upon registration with the Maltese Commercial Register. The maximum number of members in private companies are limited to fifty.

For setting up a limited liability company you can rely on our company incorporation agents in Malta.

Partnerships in Malta

Partnerships in Malta can only be initiated by two parties entering a deed of partnership. The Commercial Law recognizes two types of partnerships: the general and the private partnership. In the case of general partnerships the members will be held jointly and severally liable for Maltese company’s debts and obligations. Limited partnerships will be formed of a general and a silent partner. The general partner will be held liable fully liable for the company’s debts and obligations, while the silent partner will be held accountable to the extent of his contributions.

For additional information about the available types of companies and investment opportunities, please contact our Maltese agents in company formation.

 

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  • Ahsan 2015-06-02

    I am from Pakistan and want to start a company in Malta. I am in business of manufacturing garments and want a company in Malta to establish contacts in malta business community to boost my business and clients for my products . I need information about time and cost to establish a compnay and after regiter a company how to come to Malta and get visa.

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