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Investment Services & Funds

MFSA implements Fast-track Filing Procedure for Offering Documents of Collective Investment Schemes amended to comply with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations.

Following the entry into force of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ("SFDR") in December 2020, the provisions of the said Regulations will become effective on the 10th March 2021.By way of background, the SFDR will require financial market participants and financial advisors to make pre-contractual and ongoing disclosures to investors regarding the integration of sustainability risk, the impacts of adverse sustainability, as well as the promotion of ESG characteristics and sustainable investments (as applicable). In this respect, pursuant to a circular dated 9th February 2021, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") communicated the process to be adopted for the submission…
Katya Tua
16th February 2021
Investment Services & FundsLegal Update

ESMA Publishes Guidance on Performance Fees in UCITS and Certain AIFs

On the 3rd April, 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") published its final guidelines on performance fees in Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities ("UCITS") and certain types of Alternative Investment Funds ("AIFs"). The guidelines provide comprehensive guidance to fund managers when designing performance fee models for the funds they manage, including the assessment of the consistency between the performance fee model and the fund's investment objective, policy and strategy, particularly when the fund is managed in reference to a benchmark.Their purpose is to harmonise the way fund managers charge performance fees to retail investors, as well…
MamoTCV Advocates
9th April 2020
COVID19 MeasuresInvestment Services & Funds

MFSA Issues Circular on Contingency Planning in Light of COVID-19

As a result of the current crisis in which we find ourselves, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malta Financial Services Authority ("MFSA") issued a notice on 13th March 2020, urging investment firms, custodians, fund managers and collective investment schemes (collectively referred to as "Licence Holders") to take into account how their operations may be affected by this pandemic. In light of this, the MFSA expects Licence Holders to take the necessary measures and precautions to deal with the evolving situation and to be able to cater for any eventuality, by having appropriate business continuity and contingency plans in place.…
25th March 2020
Banking & FinanceCOVID19 MeasuresInsurance & ReinsuranceInvestment Services & FundsLegal Update

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
Investment Services & Funds

Update on the Maltese Temporary Permission Regime for UK Investment Firms and Fund Managers.

On 24 September 2019 the Government of Malta issued three legal notices with respect to three Regulations, falling under the Investment Services Act, which are to be amended in order to cater for the event of a no-deal Brexit. This comes following a circular which was issued by the MFSA on 28 March 2019 that introduced the possibility of granting temporary permission to UK entities 1 already passporting into Malta. The three Regulations to be amended include the:i. European Passport Rights for Investment Firms Regulations;ii. Investment Services Act (UCITS Management Company Passport) Regulations; andiii. Investment Services Act (Alternative Investment Fund Manager)…
30th September 2019
Investment Services & Funds

The Companies Act (Register of Beneficial Owners) Regulations and Recent Amendments

The Companies Act (Register of Beneficial Owners) Regulations (the "Regulations") introduced the obligation on all companies constituted under the Companies Act, to submit to the Registrar a declaration containing information on all the beneficial owners of the company. This information submitted to the Registrar is used to compile an electronic register of all the beneficial owners of Maltese companies. The Regulations exempt certain entities from the obligations established by the Regulations. Exempted entities are companies listed on a regulated market which are subject to disclosure requirements consistent with EU law, or any equivalent international standards which ensure adequate transparency. Moreover,…
Anna Grech
13th August 2019