Incorporation of Maltese Companies

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”).

You will find, in the next section, vehicles that represent the most common forms of business entities available under Maltese law.

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