Malta Features in Hedgeweek GuideMEDIA ROOM
Malta, together with Ireland, Luxembourg and the BVI, featured in a special report published by Hedgeweek at the end of July. The Guide to Setting Up Alternative Investment Funds aims at providing guidance to mangers, promoters and their advisers where best to locate their alternative investment funds.
The guide gives an extensive outline of the Maltese funds industry accompanied with all the technical and regulatory information necessary for the setting up of a fund in Malta. The report maintains that Malta’s regulatory framework is structures to ensure the “highest standards of probity and transparency while allowing operators the freedom to compete and innovate.”
This set-up has gained the country a strong reputation as a funds domicile which “provides competitive access to the European market and beyond” and which will enable it to further its way in the international financial services sector.
The report also provides some statistical information which is worthy of consideration. At present Malta is host to more than 400 funds including 250 alternative investment funds together with a considerable number of UCITs and retail funds. The fund industry is quite diversified and the authorised funds range from single member funds to funds of funds. The report also tackles fund servicing and indicates that the funds industry is complemented by a consolidated fund-servicing infrastructure. This sound infrastructure together with the choice of quality over quantity is proving to be a key element to attracting more managers and administrators to establish their operations on the island.
The guide may be downloaded from the Special Reports Section at www.hedgeweek.com. The Malta section of the report was supported by the MFSA.