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A safe harbour

March 31, 2010

Malta ranks 13th in the world for financial market sophistication, according to a World Economic Forum survey. It raised its game considerably before it joined the EU in 2004, and now enjoys the presence of many international banks, insurers and fund managers operating within an EU-compliant regulatory regime. Writer Michael Imeson

Sound principles

March 31, 2010

Malta has one of the soundest banking systems in the world, a testament to the reliable, old-fashioned principles adhered to by its leading 'credit institutions licence holders': Bank of Valletta and HSBC Bank Malta. Writer Michael Imeson

Attracting allcomers

March 31, 2010

With 401 funds registered, many of which moved to the country upon it joining the EU six years ago, Malta has acquired a reputation as an attractive fund domicile that has drawn in custom from beyond its EU neighbours. Writer Michael Imeson

An international flavour

March 31, 2010

Malta's insurance sector is highly oriented towards international insurers, with insurance management companies based in the country heavily involved in helping to run them on behalf of their parent organisations.

Firm yet flexible

March 31, 2010

Professor Joseph Bannister, Malta Financial Services Authority's chairman

When a financial institution considers setting up in a new jurisdiction, it wants a regime that is robust, but also fair. For many, the Malta Financial Services Authority ticks all these boxes. Writer Michael Imeson

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Getting there... living there

March 31, 2010

The lap of luxury: Malta's Xara Hotel is expensive but attracts visitors from far and wide

Anyone considering doing business in Malta will need to know a few practical things about flights, hotels and so on - and more if they are thinking of living there. Writer Michael Imeson

Pool of support

March 31, 2010

Kevin Valenzia, territory senior partner for PwC in Valletta

Accountants, lawyers, consultants and more - Malta boasts a talented pool of professionals to cater for the financial service sector, and at a cheaper price than other European financial centres. Writer Michael Imeson

London reasserts its leadership

October 5, 2009

London's status as one of the leading financial centres in the world remains undiminished, with top global companies still flocking to the UK capital, says Sir Andrew Cahn, chief executive of UK Trade & Investment.

Madrid Financial Centre: Safe and sound despite the crisis

October 5, 2009

Madrid's robust financial business model has enabled the city to survive the global recession relatively unscathed. Now the Spanish capital is looking to leverage its world-class business environment and transport facilities to strengthen its presence in Latin America, says Isabel Martin Castellá.

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Seoul: Rising blue chip of Asia

October 5, 2009

Vision to reality: Yeouido is earmarked to become Asia's leading financial hub

Based on strong economic fundamentals and improving infrastructure, Seoul is gearing up to become a key player in the new global financial paradigm, says Paul Moon, director-general of Seoul's Investment Bureau.

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