Expertise> Practice areas> Investment services & funds

The sophisticated and flexible legal and regulatory regime, an approachable and open regulator, coupled with various double taxation treaties have contributed to positioning Malta as a jurisdiction of choice for financial services businesses wishing to establish a presence in the EU. Malta’s evolution into a financial jurisdiction of choice is constantly being stimulated by the Maltese regulator actively promoting Malta as a centre of excellence for the asset management industry on par with the likes of Ireland and Luxembourg. Further enhancement of the Maltese fund industry has come about through the launching of the Notified Alternative Investment Fund regime (“NAIF”) by the MFSA. Its primary objective is to decidedly accelerate the time to market (now 10 days) for new alternative investment funds.

As one of the first local law firms to recognise the growth potential of the investment services, funds and fund servicing sector in Malta post-EU membership, Ganado Advocates presciently dedicated significant resources to this practice area and continues to invest in same. Our foresight has paid off significantly with our investment services and funds team being the undisputed market leader in Malta for this specialised practice area.

We regularly advise established and start-up market operators alike (primarily fund promoters, fund managers, investment firms and fund custodians) on all aspects of Maltese and European Union laws and regulation in this sphere and, together with the firm’s other practice teams, aim to provide an integrated one-stop-shop solution for clients in the sector.

Our investment services and funds team assists clients with:

  • corporate and fund structuring;
  • drafting of offering documentation;
  • set-up and authorisation by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA);
  • ongoing regulatory advice;
  • passporting in or out of Malta under the relevant directives (MiFID, UCITS and AIFMD); and
  • transactional work including drafting and negotiation of documentation.

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André Zerafa

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