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1. Corporate Requirements

2. Disclosure & Reporting Requirements

3. Exemption from Exchange Control Regulations

4. Expatriate Employees

5. Bank Accounts

6. Documentation Required for Formation.

The basis statutory requirements for the formation of an ITC and its principal characteristics are as follows:

Corporate Requirements

Standard issued share capital

 Lm 500 (approx. USD1500)
(in any foreign currency)

Minimum paid up share capital on incorporation:


Minimum number of Shareholders required:

One shareholder (if the company director is a natural person) or

Two shareholders (if the director is corporate).

(At least one non-resident shareholder)

Nominee Shareholders Permitted:


Minimum number of directors:

One. In certain cases, director may also act as company secretary.

Corporate directors permitted:


Local directors required:


Local meeting required?


Company secretary required?



At least one General Meeting each year, in addition to any other company meetings.

Local Registered office required:

Yes. We offer registered office services.

Malta Tax residence to benefit from Tax Treaty network:

Based on incorporation in Malta.

Exchange Control:

No exchange control regulations - may conduct business in any currency

Average timeframe to set up a new company

2 days (depending on availability and adequacy of documentation/information provided)


Disclosure and Reporting Requirements

Disclosure of beneficial owner to Company Registrar

No (when using nominees)

Government register of directors


Government register of shareholders


Annual return


Submission of accounts




Exemption from Exchange Control Regulations

If Company is fully owned by Non-Residents, an exemption from exchange control is given.

Expatriate Employees

Company may operate an office in Malta and employ skilled expatriates in Malta. Foreign employees paid in Malta will be subject to National Insurance and local Income tax regulations. Tax rates vary between 0 - 35%, depending on the declared salary of the employee.

Bank Accounts

Company may hold Bank accounts in Malta or elsewhere.

Documentation Requirements for ITC Formation

Our new company package is available on request. 

The process of formation takes about 2 - 4 days from submission to us of the full documentation, with the possibility of fast track 24 hour incorporation or ready-made shelf companies.  Details of costs are provided upon request.

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