Management and Control

A company in Malta is under no obligation to appoint local directors. ARQ are able to provide or procure suitable local directors having the right competence and experience to ensure effective management and control from Malta where necessary.

Effective management is where key commercial decisions are made necessary for the conduct of the organisation’s business.

The claim that a company is effectively managed and controlled in Malta may be substantiated by ensuring that all board meetings and general meetings are held on the Maltese islands and that management decisions are taken in Malta (and not anywhere else). The company’s records should be maintained in Malta in order to reflect the company’s effective management in Malta.

Further substance may be established by appointing Maltese resident directors. Other connecting factors may include running an operating office and taking on employees in Malta.

An overseas company which may have branch operations in Malta would be registered in terms of the Malta Companies Act of 1995, as this is necessary to ensure the recognition and taxation of branches in Malta.


ARQ Corporate Ltd is authorised to act as a Company Service Provider by the Malta Financial Services Authority.

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    Christian Farrugia

    Partner - Corporate & Fiduciary
    A lawyer by profession with over thirty years’ experience, Dr. Christian Farrugia is one of the founding partners of Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal, a leading business law firm in Malta.