Since 2012, Artio established itself as a boutique multi-disciplinary firm in Malta acting as corporate service provider and trustee firm. Artio’s area of focus include: trustee and fiduciary services; company formation and support services, business processing outsourcing and regulatory and compliance services.
Artio operates through two companies authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) which is the sole regulator of financial services in Malta. Through Artio Trustees Limited and Artio Corporate Services Limited, we offer our clients a wide range of services which can meet the clients’ specific needs, requirements and expectations.
Artio’s Executive Directors and shareholders, Kevin Vella and Adrian Cutajar are also approved person authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). In fact, both Artio founders hold non-Executive positions with a number of licensed entities authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA).
Our philosophy is to act as a professional, personalised and reliable one-stop shop to individuals, legal entities and groups wishing to incorporate, operate, re-domicile and maintain companies as well as licensed entities in Malta and thereafter acting as their support partner on an ongoing basis.
During the past 15 years, Malta has established itself as a reputable financial services regulator in the European Union. The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) (www.mfsa.com.mt) is the sole regulator of financial services in Malta.
For more information concerning Malta’s legal and regulatory framework, please contact Adrian Cutajar on email@example.com or 21227974.
Facts & Figures About Malta
Area: 316 sq km (Archipelago of 3 islands: Malta, Gozo & Comino).
Capital City: Valletta.
Currency: Euro (€).
European Union Membership: since 2004.
Official Languages: Maltese and English. Almost all Maltese are bilingual speaking both Maltese and English fluently. The majority speak a third (mainly Italian or French) language or even a fourth (typically Italian, French or German).
Time zone: GMT+1 (Central European Time).
Core Economic Sectors: Tourism, high value added manufacturing, financial services, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, shipping & logistics, ICT, education and training, creative arts and aviation.
Highly Qualified, Flexible and Multilingual Workforce: Maltese workers are widely praised for their skill, flexibility and industriousness. With one of the oldest Universities in the Commonwealth (the University of Malta traces its origins to 1592) producing approximately 3,000 graduates per year coupled with approximately 1,000 per year from technical colleges, Malta continues to provide a steady stream of highly qualified workers in all major disciplines.
Legal System: The Maltese legal system has been shaped by its diverse history resulting in a hybrid system. Maltese private law is based on a codified civil code deriving from the Napoleonic code (dating back to when Malta was occupied by Knights of Malta and the French) but Malta’s Commercial Laws (company, tax, insurance and banking laws) and Criminal Law are all heavily based on English statute and principles (Malta was an English colony for 164 years until 1964). Maltese Public Law makes extensive reference to English common law. Relatively recent innovations such as trust law (based on English and Jersey law) as well as the implementation of European Union legislation continue to invigorate Malta’s legal system.
Financial Services Regulator: Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) www.mfsa.com.m
Stock Exchange: Malta Stock Exchange p.l.c. (MSE) www.borzamalta.com.mt
Financial Reporting: IFRS Rules Apply.
Language for Business: English.
Corporate Tax Rate: Flat rate of 35%. Malta operates a full imputation system of taxation with a refund mechanism available to shareholders upon a distribution.
Double Tax Treaty Network: Over 65 countries (April 2016). Most of Malta’s Double Taxation Treaties are based on the OECD Model.