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MFSA Announces Extensions in Reporting and Disclosure Deadlines Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to the challenging conditions which are being faced by the financial services sector as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") has announced extensions to certain reporting and disclosure deadlines due by March or April 2020.The MFSA Circular describes the different extensions being granted for each sector.With specific reference to the insurance sector, MFSA announced the following extensions:1. Insurance and Reinsurance UndertakingsFor all supervisory reporting and public disclosure requirements under Solvency II, any extensions would only be entertained in line with direction provided by the European Insurance and Occupation Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to ensure…
MamoTCV Advocates
25th March 2020
COVID19 MeasuresInsurance & Reinsurance

EIOPA issues recommendations on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline of supervisory reporting and public disclosure due to COVID-19 outbreak

In a bid to ease the challenging environment being experienced by insurance and reinsurance undertakings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, EIOPA has issued recommendations on supervisory flexibility regarding the deadline of supervisory reporting and public disclosure ("EIOPA Recommendations").The EIOPA Recommendations urge competent authorities to ease reporting and disclosure requirements falling under the Solvency II Directive applicable to the insurance sector.The EIOPA recommendations apply to the following reporting and disclosure obligations: 1. Regular Supervisory Report both at solo and group level; 2. Annual Quantitative Reporting Templates both at solo and group level; 3. Q1-2020 Quantitative Reporting Templates and the…
MamoTCV Advocates
25th March 2020
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FIAU issues circular extending REQ submission deadline

 The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has on the 16 March 2020 issued a circular informing all subject persons that the deadline for submission of the REQ has been extended. The current deadline for submission is the 4 May 2020. The late penalty submission penalty fee has also been suspended for REQs submitted by COB 4 May 2020. Additional information including an update on COVID-19 business continuity measures adopted by the FIAU can be accessed here. Disclaimer This document does not purport to give legal, financial or tax advice. Should you require further information or legal assistance, please do not…
MamoTCV Advocates
18th March 2020
COVID19 MeasuresInsurance & Reinsurance

MFSA issues circulars in the light of COVID-19 outbreak

Amidst the constant unfolding of the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") has recently issued a number of circulars targeted at the local financial services sector in general and also sector specific.  The following is an overview of the COVID-19 related circulars issued by the MFSA between the 10th March and the 13th March 2020: A.MFSA General Circularsa)MFSA expects licensed firms to have in place COVID-19 Contingency and Business Continuity PlansOn the 10th March 2020, MFSA issued a general circular applicable to all local financial services reguslated entities highlighting the MFSA expectations that regulated firms take…
Romina Bonnici
17th March 2020
Insurance & Reinsurance

Insurance Brokers as Protected Cell Companies

The continuous growth in popularity of the Protected Cell Company (PCC) structure in Malta is an ongoing trend. This is evidenced by the increase year on year since the legislation came into force in 2004 in the number of insurance undertakings being established as PCCs, reaching 16 as at the end of September 2019 with 55 approved protected cells.This success story is also noticeably emerging in the insurance intermediary sector.Taking advantage of the fact that the Maltese PCC legislation also extends to insurance managers and insurance brokers, Malta is experiencing growth in the establishment or conversion of such intermediaries into…
Romina Bonnici
30th November 2019
Insurance & Reinsurance

EIOPA publishes responses to the ‘Recommendations for the insurance sector in light of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union’.

On the 31st October 2019, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) issued the responses provided by the competent authorities of each individual member state in relation to the 'Recommendations for the insurance sector in light of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union' which EIOPA had published on the 19th February 2019 ("the EIOPA Recommendations"). In its response to EIOPA Recommendations, the Maltese financial services regulator, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), has indicated that it complies or will comply with the recommendations included in the EIOPA Recommendations.In particular, in its response, MFSA indicated that a communication…
Romina Bonnici
27th November 2019