23.05.2018

Company Formation and Management

Inflation – A Brief History of a Cunning Plan

Did you know that inflation is a very cunning form of indirect taxation? Well, what else would you call a government ploy that reduces the value of its money?

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15.05.2018

Company Formation and Management

Malta: The Blockchain Island

Why is Malta the blockchain island? Did you know that Malta is in pole position for this title? Indeed, so confidently and determinedly is Malta adopting blockchain that is has by now won global recognition as the Blockchain Island.

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09.05.2018

Company Formation and Management

Ethereum under the Lens.

The Wall Street Journal reported that regulators and agencies of the US government were debating if a number of popular cryptocurrencies fall under the definition of securities under US federal law.

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20.04.2018

Financial

Consultation Paper on the Financial Instrument Test.

On 13 April 2018, the Malta Financial Service Authority (MFSA) published a circular to the industry about a consultation paper on the Financial Instrument Test. The objective of this test is to determine whether a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) asset, depending on its features, falls within the sphere of either the traditional European and local financial services legislation, or within the sphere of the proposed Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA), or is otherwise exempt from regulation

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12.04.2018

Financial

Sandbox Environment for DLT and VC

On 29 March 2018, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) issued a public document providing guidance on Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and the acceptance of Virtual Currencies (VCs) through the implementation of a sandbox environment.

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10.04.2018

Financial

The Benefits of the new GDPR

Malta’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018, and when it does it will replace the old Data Protection Directive (DPD). With the new GDPR regulations,

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05.04.2018

Financial

Prohibit binary options and restrict CFDs to protect retail investors

On 23 March 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) agreed to take measures on the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs) and binary options to retail investors in the European Union (EU).

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21.03.2018

Financial

Resolutions on Libya and Related Measures

The illicit exploitation of Libya’s natural resources has been explicitly condemned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)...

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14.03.2018

Financial

Corporate Tax Avoidance

The Council of the EU has just reached an agreement to work on a directive intended to tackle cross-border tax planning. This agreement was reached on 13 March 2018 at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The fundamental idea of the directive is to pre-empt tax planning schemes detrimental to the interests of the EU’s member states before they are actually implemented.

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16.03.2018

Advisory and Structuring

Malta Gaming Authority - A New Gaming Bill in the Maltese Parliament

A new gaming bill has been tabled in the Parliament of Malta. On 13 March 2018, the Hon. Silvio Schembri, the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, tabled a motion in Parliament for the first reading of a new gaming bill.

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