Malta: a regulated Financial Services Centre in the Euro-Med
Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is the single
regulatory authority for all licensed financial services businesses in Malta. It
regulates and supervises banks, credit and financial institutions, investment
and savings companies (including retail and professional funds), insurance
business (including managed or captive insurance companies) and trusts.
The MFSA licenses local and international companies to operate in Malta and has
wide powers to help maintain orderly markets and good corporate behaviour. It is
also the listing authority for the Malta Stock Exchange and houses the country's
EU Passporting of Financial Products & Services
Financial services have become a significant part of the
Maltese economy over the past 15 years. Sectoral growth accelerated following
Malta’s accession to the EU in 2004. Because of Malta’s membership of the
European Union, financial products and services licensed by the MFSA can be "passported"
into all of the other 26 EU countries. Passporting reduces cost and bureaucracy
and opens up markets, while helping to maintain investor confidence in high
Financial services in Malta have become highly
internationalised and in response to that and to the growing number of local and
international finance companies in the country, the MFSA has adopted a
risk-based regulatory regime.
It has an operating policy of being responsive, efficient
and tightly managed. By international standards its fees are extremely
competitive and operating costs in Malta are well below those of most Western
European finance jurisdictions and other established domiciles.
The Authority has an important role to play in the long-term
development of the Maltese economy and is one of the principal organisations
responsible for Malta’s commitment to and investment in continuing professional
training and development in banking, finance and insurance.
High Standards of Conduct & Management in Financial
The MFSA is a statutory body set up by an act of Malta’s
Parliament, though, in line with best practice, it operates with a high degree
of autonomy from government. The organisation of the Authority is geared towards
the continued development of a competitive, diversified, high quality, well
regulated finance jurisdiction. Its corporate culture is captured in its mission
statement; "Ensure high standards of conduct and management in financial
services and promote the legitimate expectations of consumers."
The MFSA is a member of all the pan-EU organisations and
committees concerned with regulatory and supervisory affairs in the finance
sector, including CESR, CEBS and CEIOPS, as well as being a member of IOSCO and
IAIS. In common with financial regulators worldwide, the MFSA works in close
co-operation with the IMF / World Bank, the OECD and The Financial Action Task
Language & law
Maltese law has numerous similarities with the main legal
systems operated by the majority of EU member states and has the benefit of
being written in English and Maltese. English is one of the official languages
of Malta and is the predominant language in the finance sector and in business.
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