The identity of shareholders of Malta companies is publicly available at
the public Register of Companies. However, shares may also be held
confidentially on behalf of an undisclosed beneficiary by our
trust and fiduciary company
which is authorised by the
Malta Financial Services
provide trust and fiduciary services.
While the offshore concept
of "nominee" shareholder has been removed from Maltese law, licensed
trust companies are able to hold shares in the name of beneficiaries
under the Civil Law institute of Mandate.
We are also able to provide or
directors to ensure
effective management and control from Malta where necessary.
Confidentiality Laws in Malta
Moreover, our standards of confidentiality are also backed by the
Professional Secrecy Act which has established a high common standard of
confidentiality for all professional practitioners. Those who violate
professional secrecy may be prosecuted under Section 27 of the Criminal
Code and on conviction may be liable to a maximum fine of LM20,000
and/or a 2 year prison sentence.
All disclosures ordered by the Court if expressly provided by law remain
'in camera' and are accessible only by the court and the parties.
Malta Trust Services
It may be advisable to hold the shares of an offshore company by a
to achieve higher levels of tax efficiency. This can result in very
substantial tax and non-tax related advantages which will accrue both on
death and during the lifetime of the "settlor" of the trust, for