Malta International Holding Company (IHC) Company Formation

Malta is a member of the EU and is therefore an attractive jurisdiction in which to incorporate a company. Furthermore, as the Maltese tax system is designed to promote international investment and support the development of financial services in Malta, the tax rate is set particularly low for non-resident tax payers.

An International Holding Company (IHC) is a company intended to hold overseas investments and distribute the income to non-residents.

  • Company Name

    A Maltese IHC must have a unique name and the Registrar of Companies has the right of refuse any name it feels is undesirable or offensive. The company must end with the suffix Limited or Ltd.

  • Registered Agent / Office

    It is a requirement that a Maltese IHC must have a registered agent and a registered address in Malta. This is provided as part of our incorporation service.

  • Directors

    A minimum of one director is required.

  • Shareholders

    Single member companies can be registered, with a maximum of 50 for a private company. Shareholder names are filed on the public register.

  • Company Secretary

    A Maltese company must appoint a company secretary.

  • Share Capital

    An IHC company has a minimum authorised share capital of €1,200 which must be fully paid up upon incorporation.

  • Timescale

    Once all of the incorporation information has been received it takes from one to two weeks to incorporate.

  • Fees

    Malta Company Formation – £2200

    Company Administration & Registered Office – £640

    Company Secretary – £540

    Government Company Registration fee – £180

    Government Company Documentation fee – £280

  • Filing Requirements

    Financial Statements need to be lodged with the tax authorities in Malta and with the Company Registry and the accounts of the holding company need to be audited.

    The Register of Shareholders and the Register of Directors must be kept in Malta.

  • Proof of Identity

    As part of our due diligence we require proof of identity in the form of a passport copy for all directors and shareholders of the company.

  • Travel

    A visit to Malta is not required to incorporate your company.

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