Foundations, Charities and Trusts
Aequitas Trust & Fiduciary Limitedis licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) to provide trustee services (provision of nominee as well as discretionary trusteeship) and to act as administrator of public and private foundations and charities.
Maltese trusts take advantage of an internationally esteemed financial services infrastructure. Malta is party to the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition and the formation of trusts which is implemented in domestic law by the Trust and Trustees Act. Trusts can be made by deed or declaration and have a perpetuity period of 100 years. Aequitas can assist with the formation and on-going administration of trusts in Malta from simple nominee arrangements to fully discretionary trusts and private trust companies.
Trust law in Malta is broadly similar to the law of England and Wales and there is much to recommend Maltese trusts in an international context. Trusts are used extensively for tax planning, asset protection, the protection of minors and the infirm as well as estate planning and the protection of family wealth and property. Trusts may either be transparent for tax purposes or taxed as a Maltese company.
Aequitas provides nominee shareholding to provide greater confidentiality and ease of administration as part of our suite of corporate services products. We can also act as an escrow agency both in the holding of funds pre-formation and in trade escrow arrangements. Aequitas Legal can also establish and administer private trust companies or assist with the drafting and registration of both public and private foundations for any lawful purposes as well as the registration of voluntary organisations and registered charities.