Financial Regulatory Consulting

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Our specialised Financial Services practice consists of a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, accountants and tax specialists drawn from our banking, capital markets, investment services, fund services, insurance, corporate, tax, and real estate practices. Our lawyers, as well as, all our professionals have an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience working with the Financial Services regulators in Malta and Cyprus, as well as a broad range of financial services institutions, credit institutions, insurance companies, funds and investment services companies. Our longstanding experience in dealing with local regulators, coupled with specialist expertise and financial services law knowledge enables our advisors to provide sterling Financial Regulatory Consulting.

Financial Regulatory Consulting - The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is the single regulator for financial services such as banking, investment and insurance businesses in Malta, and houses the country’s Company Registry. The MFSA also supervises all licensed financial businesses, issues guidance notes, monitors local and international developments, works with relevant parties on legislative matters and plays a major role in training. The MFSA’s approach to business can be credited as one of the main reasons why Malta has become such a successful financial services sector. MFSA encourages high standards of compliance and runs a consumer affairs unit which gives the Maltese licence reputability and credibility. However, it also strives to keep an open-minded approach in order to offer flexible vehicles which hone an optimal environment and attract more businesses to our shores.

Financial Regulatory Consulting - The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) is an autonomous public supervisory Authority which is responsible for the supervision of the investment services market and transactions in transferable securities carried out in the Republic of Cyprus. CySEC is not merely a supervisory body, but it is also responsible for the examination of applications and granting or revoking operating licences of entities under its supervision. Moreover, it regulates the agencies under its supervision, regulates the operation of the Cyprus Stock Exchange and carries out all necessary due diligence checks.

Our Financial Regulatory Consulting Practice

With our extensive experience with the local authorities and the procedures set out by them, we can assist a wide range of financial services clients in all their needs at pre-licensing and set up stage by providing assistance with the preparation of all application documents and managing correspondence with the local regulator.

We aim to provide a holistic service and assist our clients at post-licensing stage as well by advising them on regulatory, tax and corporate matters. Long gone are the days where the financial services sector was mostly limited to the traditional retail banks and insurance companies. The Financial Services Sector is becoming an increasingly complex, yet fluid sector, especially with the advent of information technology which is revolutionising the financial services sector through the development of the FinTech industry. Our Financial Regulatory Consulting Practice is aimed at helping clients navigate through an ever-changing environment of financial regulations whilst maintain full compliance at all times.

Our Financial Services Experts have a sound technical knowledge and experience of Malta and Cyprus’ regulatory frameworks which allows them to provide prime Financial Regulatory Consulting. They are ready to provide advice and assistance to financial services operators with respect to the structuring of appropriate corporate vehicles, help them understand their obligations in relation to financial services, tackle the preparation of financial projections and assist clients throughout the necessary application process.

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