This report identifies the strengths of the island as a financial jurisdiction and the unique opportunity it offers emerging managers, highlighting the tenacity of the funds industry which has continued to develop and safeguard its standing among peers
The 'Malta Fund Services in Focus 2020' special report comprises four separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
By A Paris – As European regulators push for greater homogeneity across the European Union, jurisdictions like Malta need to focus on ensuring full compliance while also maintaining the element of flexibility and agility which is one of the country’s biggest draws. Although the island has suffered from a few years of reputational issues on a broader level, Malta’s fund industry has continued working with its partners and providing a robust service.
The funds industry in Malta has best positioned itself to attract business from fund managers falling out of the scope of the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), managing portfolios within the small-to-medium sized space. This is the area of the industry expected to attract the majority of future investments. Managers looking to take advantage of opportunities arising during the global pandemic, also benefited from the quick time to market the jurisdiction offers through certain fund typologies unique to the Maltese domicile.
High set up costs could stymie the fortunes of emerging and start up managers before they even make their first step. Malta offers such organisations the opportunity to set up their business in a low-cost jurisdiction while taking advantage of the high touch service they would benefit from due to the size of the industry.
Q&A with Ivan Grech, Chief Operations Officer, FinanceMalta