Incorporation of Maltese Companies and other Commercial Partnerships

Forms of Business Enterprise

The Maltese Companies Act provides for various types of commercial partnerships including general and limited partnerships, private limited liability companies and public limited liability companies. The principal form of business organisation in Malta is the private limited liability company.


The Companies Act 1995 was enacted with the object of updating Malta’s corporate legal framework and harmonising it with the European Union Directives on Company Law.    Additionally, shipping companies formed in Malta before or after the coming into effect of the Companies Act 1995, may opt to be regulated by the Merchant Shipping (Shipping Organisations – Private Companies) Regulations 2004, in default of exercising the option they will be regulated by the Companies Act 1995 (the “Companies Act”).

The following vehicles represent the most common forms of business entities available under Maltese law:

Limited Liabilities Companies
Association en Participation
Branches of Foreign Companies and Other Entities

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Key Contacts

Andrew J. Zammit

Kurt Hyzler

Luca Vella

Jeanelle Cachia

Katia Cachia

Gianluca Falzon

Nicola Fenech Conti

Josef Cardona

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