Key Opportunities - Capital Markets

Malta continues to be an attractive domicile for investors and financial entities seeking a dynamic European base that is professional, practical, safe and cost effective.

Innovative Stock Exchange

The award-winning Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) is gaining reputation as an innovative exchange with a fast listing process, competitive listing and administration fees and accessible and professional staff. The MSE Central Securities Depositary enjoys a link with Clearstream, which provides international access to securities and is conducive to increasing the level of liquidity of the assets on the market.

Key Opportunities

Malta continues to be an attractive domicile for investors and financial entities seeking a dynamic European base that is professional, practical, safe and cost effective.

Healthy Financial Sector

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 ranks Malta as the 10th soundest banking system and 13th for strength of auditing and reporting standards out of 144 economies. The country has suffered no systemic shocks or banking failures thanks to its prudent approach to banking.

The EWSM

The European Wholesale Securities Market (EWSM) is an exciting new proposition as part of the expansion of Malta’s offering. Wholesale debt issuers looking for competitive, guaranteed turnaround times from both the listing agent and regulator as well as potential for the development of niche specialities, will find the EWSM has a lot to offer.

Efficient Regulator

As an emerging financial services location, Malta has proved to be successful in the various financial services sectors thanks to the proactive and firm approach taken by the single regulator the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA).

Securitisation Vehicles

The flexibility provided by the domicile’s securitisation regime allows for an extensive range of assets, including future receivables, to be securitised through a Maltese vehicle. Securitisation of insurance, life settlement policies and fundraising structures for intellectual property as well as environment and transportation projects are growing niche areas.

New Prospects for SMEs:

The Malta Stock Exchange is developing a new product, which will create an opportunity for SMEs to raise capital. This new product is designed around SME needs and complements the current Main and Alternative Company Lists. The product is Mifid-compliant  and has no minimum or maximum value of Initial Public Offering (IPO), with the target to attract IPOs of up to €5 million.