Company limited by Shares (LLC)

Benefits of Malta LLC Registration


    1 Director, 1 Shareholder Required, No Locals


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    Legal System Based on Civil Law


    Liberal Tax Regime

Malta LLCs activities

Under the Maltese corporate legislation, the Malta LLC Company is an independent legal entity and has the same capacity to engage in any business provided that the activity is allowed by its memorandum and articles of association. The Laws of Malta do not require a license such as bank, insurance, assurance, collective investment schemes etc. There are no restraints regarding business activity with the residents of Malta.

Malta LLC is optimal for:

  1. International Business
  2. Investment and Trading Activity
  3. Commercial Trading
  4. Technology and Web Business
  5. Asset and Wealth Protection
  6. Maritime Business Activity
  7. Intellectual Property Holdings
  8. Crypto Related Activities
  9. Gambling Business

Company Limited by Shares Incorporation checklist

If you are considering the incorporation of a Malta LLC Company, you should take the consideration the following points:

Company’s name

It must not contain sensitive words which are prohibited by legislation. The following words are prohibited: “Empire”, “Chartered”, “Imperial”,“Municipal”, “Windsor”, “Crown” or “Royal” and any other words implying connection with university or professional association or activity prohibited by the Law.  The word: “Assurance” “Bank”, “Insurance”, “European” “International” and similar words are the subject for the licensing. There is also a prohibition for words implying patronage of the Maltese government or department or the government and its bodies of any other country.

The company’s name must not be very similar to existing names on the registrar and it must not contain improper or objectionable words. It must end with a words or abbreviation signifying a Limited Liability, especially “Limited”or“Ltd”.

Registered office

A Malta LLC Company is required to have a registered office address in Malta.


One director is the minimum required. There’s no requirement for them to be locals and there’s no requirement regarding the place and frequency of board meetings.

A corporate entity or a natural person can be appointed as directors. The directors’ details are registered on the public record and can be accessed by the public. Nominee directors are permitted.


The appointment of a secretary is mandatory.  It may be a resident or non-resident, with the experience and qualifications, that permit the operation of the company. Corporate secretaries are allowed on condition that they are registered and authorized by Malaise authorities as a company service provider.


One shareholder is the minimum required; maximum is 50. There’s no requirement for them to be locals and a corporate entity or a natural person can be appointed as shareholders. The frequency of the shareholders meeting should not be less than 15 months. The term between the incorporation formation date and first meeting should not be more than 18 months.

The shareholders’ details are registered on the public record and can be accessed by the public. If the director is a corporate entity, then a minimum of 2 shareholders are required. Nominee shareholders are permitted.

Beneficial owners

The beneficial owners’ details are registered on the public record and can be accessed by the public. However, the use of trust services is available.

Share capital

The owners of an LLC Company are free to determine any amount as the authorized capital at incorporation but it should not be less than 1,164 EUR. It can be denominated in any currency, though the Euro is mostly preferred, and the amount of 10,000 EUR is suggested. The authorised capital is the maximum amount of capital that the company is authorized, by its constitutional documents to draw from its shareholders in exchange of the shares issued.

A Malta LLC Company may have registered shares, with or without par value, with or without voting rights, preferential or common and may be issued in any currency. Bearer shares are not permitted.   

Paid up capital

According to Maltese legislation 20% per cent of each issued share should be paid-up, thus, the minimum sum of paid up capital is 233 EUR.

Incorporation period

A LLC Company in Malta can be incorporated within 1-2 days. Malta is considered to have one of the fastest registries worldwide.

Shelf companies

Ready-made but unused LLC Companies are not available in Malta.

Economic substance

If the LLC Company is carrying out certain types of business, it must meet specific physical presence requirements and conduct its main activities which generate income, within Malta. This means that the management and control of the LLC Company must be in Malta, thus, the company must have enough premises, amount of expenditures and employees within the jurisdiction, based on its business activity and size. The types of business are stated below:

Banking, Insurance, Finance and Leasing, Distribution and Service Centre (purchasing assets from other entities belonging in same group or providing services to entities in the same group), Shipping, Intellectual Property, Headquarters Business and Holding companies.

Accounting records and annual returns

The LLC Company must prepare and keep its accounting records as well as file the Tax income declaration. The LLC Company is required to file its accounting records inspected by certified auditors or accountants. The companies that are considered to be small by the legislation are exempted from filling the accounting records.  Annual return should also be filed to the authorities.


There is no exemption in Malta from tax on income or profits for LLC Companies. The corporate or income and profits tax rate is 35%. However, Malta has a well developed system of tax exemptions and refunds through which, the actual tax rate can be reduced significantly. Moreover, Malta has nearly 70 double tax avoidance treaties and due to the fact that Malta is a member of the European Union it is entitled to benefit from the tax benefits that are established on the EU level. In addition, that jurisdiction imposes no tax on dividends, royalties and interest that are paid by the company to the shareholders.

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