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FinTech in Malta

Riding the Next FinTech Wave

Malta is positioning itself as the go-to-place for innovative fintech companies, and among them, InsurTech and RegTech as well as the many industry technology specialists creating and developing applications for this industry.

The island has already proved that it can develop a global tech-based industry. The country offers financial software entrepreneurs the opportunity to be located in one of Europe’s fastest-growing finance centres, in close proximity to potential contractors and investors. Companies are also using Malta as a springboard to nearby markets, in particular those of Africa, which is increasingly becoming a testing ground for new financial technologies.

FinTech companies have been drawn to Malta because the island provides a wealth of talent, both tech and finance. The local labour pool is deep enough to meet the needs of ICT employers across the range of technical and creative skills, while specialist knowledge can easily be sourced from overseas due to an incentive programme for foreign workers. International connectivity is also pivotal to the further development of this sector and is guaranteed by three operators providing international gateway services via fibre-optic cables to mainland Europe.

The island’s small size makes it the ideal test environment for new technologies and ventures in need of a flying start. Companies can develop and test new products and services on the diverse, yet concentrated, local market before exporting their services and solutions to Europe and further afield.

In addition, established companies, seeking more innovative and economical solutions, are ready to partner and collaborate with new players, creating exciting opportunities for companies disrupting segments such as payments, insurance, investment as well as compliance in equal measure.

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FinTech – Our Sector at a Glance  

FinTech is not just London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. These global hubs all deliver great financial products and services, but there’s plenty happening outside of them. Explore what Malta has to offer and plug into our FinTech ecosystem.
  • Well Diversified Sector

Our FinTech sector is a story of big and small. Some companies need no introductions – besides Malta, they have offices in other fintech hubs. Others are niche players or start-ups, which are equally crucial for the development and growth of our fintech economy. They are either in the process of optimising their business models or are past the seed and development stage, know their product is feasible, and are now working on scaling it up.

Key cluster strengths span from banking and payment providers to platforms for AML/KYC compliance, risk and asset management, as well as insurtech and digital identity management, and beyond. We are now building on that expertise, branching out into other FinTech segments and are looking to attract global partners to apply the solutions developed by firms in Malta. In our small but active finance community, it’s easy for technology-driven companies to connect and collaborate to create new disruptive products and business models.

  • FinTech Sandbox and Innovation Hub

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), the regulator for all financial services in Malta, has a clear fintech strategy. The authority is committed to establishing the right conditions for FinTech start-ups and scale-ups, tech firms and traditional financial services firms to develop fintech products that have the power and potential to define the next generation of finance. The MFSA has established a FinTech Regulatory Sandbox which provides financial services providers with a controlled environment to test innovative products and services.

The authority is also building up a FinTech Innovation Hub, which will offer firms guidance on regulatory matters while firms can also benefit from shared resources, including operational infrastructure. As FinTech firms go cross-border, the MFSA is also working with its counterparts in other countries, in and outside the EU, to promote growth and foster cooperation.

  • Support for Disruptive Technologies

FinTech companies can also benefit from Malta’s supportive stance for emerging technologies. Malta is one of the few countries in the world with clearly established regulatory frameworks for DLTs, ICOs, and virtual currencies. Malta also established a new regulatory authority – the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA). The MDIA, the first regulator of its kind in the world, certifies DLT platforms and smart contracts while handling the voluntary registration of technology arrangements.

The MDIA works hand in hand with the MFSA, which has been tasked with the approval and supervision of virtual financial assets exchanges. The ultimate aim of the regulation is to bring legal order to a market environment that thus far was mostly unregulated in order to ensure consumer protection and market integrity.

AI and IoT technologies are next on the country’s agenda. Globally and locally, most FinTechs are already using AI, and the technology is expected to dominate the market by 2025. Malta is currently identifying policy, regulatory and fiscal measures to strengthen its appeal as a hub for foreign investment in AI and IoT technologies.

  • FinTech Market Opportunities

The small size of our island makes it the ideal test environment for new technologies and ventures in need of a flying start. Companies can develop and test new products and services on the diverse, yet concentrated, local market before exporting their services and solutions to Europe and further afield.

In addition, established companies, seeking more innovative and economical solutions, are ready to partner and collaborate with new players, creating exciting opportunities for companies disrupting segments such as payments, insurance, investment as well as compliance in equal measure. Malta’s Government is also a big backer of new technologies, including DLT, AI, and IoT, and wants to infuse these technologies throughout all government services. This will ensure a flow of projects to attract overseas players to Malta and encourage start-ups.

You should also consider Malta if you wish to access the high-growth markets of the region. Malta has long-standing relationships with a number of African governments, and there are tremendous opportunities for companies wishing to enter the fast-growing African FinTech scene while basing themselves in an EU member state.

  • Our FinTech Support System

Fintech companies have been drawn to Malta because the island provides a wealth of talent, both tech, and finance. The local labour pool is deep enough to meet the needs of ICT employers, with the workforce having a range of technical and creative skills. If needed, specialist knowledge can also easily be sourced from overseas due to an incentive programme for foreign workers, who can benefit from a 15% flat rate of personal income tax provided they met certain criteria.

International connectivity is also pivotal to the further development of this sector and is guaranteed by three operators providing international gateway services via fibre-optic cables to mainland Europe. The presence of data centres, security auditors, and cyber security experts contributes to a tailor-made environment that is conducive to growing a successful business.

Consultants with technical and/or financial expertise are always on hand, while our lawyers and accountants have a wealth of experience, ensuring that a vibrant and creative cluster of talent and know-how is in place to help companies manage and grow their operations.

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Benefits

Malta as an Innovative Jurisdiction

Wealth of talent

Wealth of talent

The island provides a wealth of talent in both tech and finance

Fast-growing finance centre

Fast-growing finance centre

Malta is the go-to place for innovative fintech companies

Springboard to nearby markets

Springboard to nearby markets

Companies are using Malta as a base to reach both European and African markets

International connectivity

International connectivity

Three operators provide international gateway services via fibre-optic cables to mainland Europe

Ideal test environment

Ideal test environment

Malta’s small size makes it the ideal test environment for new technologies and ventures

Partnership and collaboration opportunities

Partnership and collaboration opportunities

Established companies seeking more innovative and economical solutions are ready to partner and collaborate with new players

Fintech Articles

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Revolutionizing Finance Talent Acquisition: Fintech Recruitment Agency TalentBet, Paves the Way!
TalentBet

by TalentBet

20th February 2024

FinXP Announces Leadership Transition: Welcomes Antoine Scerri as New CTO
FinXP

by FinXP

19th February 2024

FinXP Honoured in the 2024 Fintech Power 50
FinXP

by FinXP

26th December 2023

FinXP Collaborates with Mastercard to Launch Cross-Border Payment Solutions
FinXP

by FinXP

8th November 2023

Continuing to disclose the topic EU funding for Startups ¦ Startup Definition
Griffiths + Associates Ltd

by Griffiths + Associates Ltd

31st October 2023

Member spotlight: BMIT Technologies
FinanceMalta

by FinanceMalta

18th September 2023

Payments Expert Chris Denny Joins FinXP as CCO
FinXP

by FinXP

27th July 2023

Mastercard and FinanceMalta collaborate to propel the growth of Malta’s FinTech ecosystem
FinanceMalta

by FinanceMalta

26th July 2023

INFOCREDIT GROUP AMONG THE SPONSORS OF MALTA FINANCIAL CRIME COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE 2023
Infocredit Group Limited

by Infocredit Group Limited

3rd May 2023

The Technical Forum | March 22-24, 2023 | Zagreb, Croatia
Griffiths + Associates Ltd

by Griffiths + Associates Ltd

21st March 2023

Member spotlight: EZOPS
FinanceMalta

by FinanceMalta

14th March 2023

Malta would make ideal ESG centre of excellence – Shrier
FinanceMalta

by FinanceMalta

14th March 2023

The classification of cryptoassets under the new Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation
Ganado Advocates

by Ganado Advocates

24th February 2023

FinXP achieves double success at the Malta Fintech & Crypto Awards
FinXP

by FinXP

20th February 2023

Welcome to “Enterprise Innovation” ¦ 23 February 2023 at Salini Resort Hotel
Griffiths + Associates Ltd

by Griffiths + Associates Ltd

20th February 2023

Virtual Conference & Exhibition under Shipbuilding & Lifecycle Technology 4.0 ¦ Happening now
Griffiths + Associates Ltd

by Griffiths + Associates Ltd

27th January 2023

Fintech Events

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March

14

THE MIA AML Conference

Radisson Blu, St. Julian's

April

15

Innovate Finance Global Summit (IFGS) 2024

The Guildhall, City of London

June

4

Money 20/20 Europe 2024

Amsterdam

Fintech Publications

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Consultation paper on the Virtual Financial Assets rules for VFA agents – July 2018

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