Branches of Foreign Companies and Other Entities


In terms of the Act bodies corporate constituted outside Malta may establish a branch or place of business in Malta.

Oversea companies which establish a branch or place of business within Malta must submit the following documents to the Registrar of Companies within one month of the establishment of the place of business:

  1. an authentic copy of the charter, statutes or memorandum and articles of the oversea company or other instrument constituting or defining the constitution of the oversea company, together with a certified English language translation where applicable;
  2. a list of the directors and company secretary, if any, or of the persons vested with the administration of the oversea company, where that company does not have directors or a company secretary, and, in all cases, a list of the persons vested with the representation of the oversea company. Such list shall include the following particulars:
    (a) in the case of an individual, his name, his usual residential address, his nationality and his business occupation; and
    (b) in the case of a body corporate, its registered or corporate name and registered or principal office;
  3. a return as per the attached document containing the following particulars:
    (a) the name under which the branch or place of business is carrying on its activities where different from the name of the oversea company;
    (b) the address of the branch or place of business established in Malta by the oversea company, and where more than one branch or place of business has been established, there shall be indicated the address of the principal branch or place of business. Our office address in Malta can be used for this purpose.
    (c) the activities to be carried out by the branch or place of business established in Malta;
    (d) the names and addresses of one or more individuals resident in Malta authorised to represent the oversea company for the activities of the branch or place of business established in Malta; and
    (e) the extent of the authority of any individual falling within subparagraph (iv), including whether that individual is authorised to act alone or jointly with others, and in the latter case, the name of any person with whom he is authorised to act;
  4. unless disclosed by the document specified in paragraph (a), a return containing the following particulars about the oversea company:
    (a) the legal form of the oversea company; and
    (b) the identity of the register in which the oversea company is registered and the number with which it is so registered.

Any alterations made to (i) the charter, statutes or memorandum and articles of the company, (ii) the directors or company secretary or the persons vested with the administration or the representation of the company; (iii) the names or addresses of the individuals authorised to represent the company must be notified to the Registrar within one month of such alteration for registration.