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Banking & Finance

The Central Bank of Malta Issues Directive 19 on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts

This article was written by​ Dr Michael Psaila and Mr Neeraj Bharwani.Directive No 19 on the Use of Cheques and Bank Drafts ('the Directive') was issued by the Central Bank of Malta on 7th July 2021 with the aim of promoting safe and effective use of cheques and bank drafts ('paper-based instruments') drawn on Maltese banks and financial institutions. Furthermore, institutions which exercise their passporting rights to provide their services in Malta, post office giro payment institutions and the Central Bank of Malta ('Bank') when acting as a payment service provider, and any natural or legal person making use of…
Michael Psaila
21st July 2021
Competition

Are Foreign Subsidies Distorting the EU’s Single Market?

This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila and Dr Laura SpiteriThe openness of the European Union (the 'EU') to foreign investment has been the subject of much recent debate. While this openness brought with it a myriad of opportunities, it also brought increased risks and in light of this, the European Commission (the 'Commission') published for consultation a White Paper on Foreign Subsidies in the Internal Market (the 'White Paper') on the 17 June 2020. Various EU instruments, including competition and public procurement rules, ensure fair conditions in the Single Market, with subsidies by Member States being subjected to…
Michael Psaila
13th July 2020
Corporate & Commercial

Amendments to the Companies Act

This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila and Dr Joshua ChircopOverviewOn the 23rd June 2020, the President, on the advice and with the consent of the House of Representatives, enacted the Companies (Amendment) Act, Act number XXXI of 2020 (the "Amendment Act"), which introduces certain amendments to the Companies Act, Chapter 386 of the Laws of Malta (the "Act").The Companies (Amendment) Bill (the "Bill") was previously tabled before the House of Representatives by the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses on the 13th May 2020. This Bill was reported in a previous article.The Act introduces:new grounds for…
Michael Psaila
5th July 2020
Competition

Extension of State Aid to Small and Start-up Companies has been Proposed

This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila and Dr Laura SpiteriOn the 12 June 2020, the European Commission sent a draft proposal to Member States, purporting to further extend the scope of the State Aid Temporary Framework (the 'Framework') that was initially put into effect on the 19 March 2020, for feedback. The European Commission had issued the Framework with the aim of supporting the economy in these unprecedented times. This latest proposed amendment to the Framework has the aim of supporting micro and small enterprises, including start-ups, and providing incentives for private investors to participate in recapitalisation measures…
Michael Psaila
17th June 2020
Corporate & Commercial

Bill proposing amendments to the Companies Act.

This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila and Dr Joshua Chircop.OverviewOn 13th May 2020, the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses tabled the Companies Act (Amendment) Bill (the "Bill") which proposes certain amendments to the Companies Act, Chapter 386 of the Laws of Malta (the "Act").The Bill proposes: 1.new grounds for ineligibility and disqualification from holding certain offices under the Act; 2.new powers to the Minister to make regulations on winding up applications (including the suspension of the right to make winding up applications), regulations on wrongful trading (including the retrospective suspension of the wrongful trading provisions)…
Michael Psaila
21st May 2020
CompetitionCOVID19 Measures

Maltese Government Issues Financial Incentives Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

This article was written by Dr Michael Psaila, Dr Annalies Muscat, and Dr Laura SpiteriAmid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maltese Government has issued three financial packages that businesses can avail themselves of. Each financial package builds upon the previous package. First Financial Package:The First Financial Package consists of two incentives. One measure is dedicated to the postponement of the payment of certain taxes, while the other provides aid in the form of a grant to help employers invest in teleworking technology. 1. Postponement of payment of certain taxes: This incentive provides enterprises, including those who are self-employed, with a two-month moratorium…
Michael Psaila
30th March 2020