Malta’s PIF & De Minimis Rulebooks: bootstrapping your start-up

Authors: Christopher Mallia
Published on February 20, 2014
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Practices: Investment Funds, Investment Services Regulation
Starting a hedge fund is easy. Rent a one-room office, rope in a couple of analysts, spread the word in the right circles and before you know it you’ll have more seed capital than your strategy can house. Workable ideas and elbow grease quickly become competitive advantages, absolute returns abound and performance fees will pretty much make themselves. Except that’s not how it works at all.

Banking and Financial Institutions Newsletter – Issue No. 3 (February 2014)

Authors: Conrad Portanier, Leonard Bonello, Lorraine Poole, Beppe Sammut
Published on February 5, 2014
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Practices: Banking Regulatory, Derivatives, E-Money & Payment Services, Financial Markets Regulation
The third issue of the Banking & Financial Institutions Newsletter published by the Banking and Finance team at GANADO Advocates is available for download from the link below.

EU directive on trade secrets: an opportunity Malta should not miss

Authors: Paul Micallef Grimaud, Philip Mifsud
Published on January 30, 2014
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Practices: Intellectual Property & Telecoms, Media & Technology
Traditionally businesses treat physical assets as their most valuable. Intangible assets are, however, increasingly relevant. This is particularly true of intellectual property. The new challenge for businesses is keeping the ingredients that define their product or service secret.

Company Service Providers Act, 2013

Authors: Adrian M. Gabarretta, Stephanie Sciberras
Published on January 7, 2014
Practices: Corporate, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, Corporate Services
On 24 December, 2013, Parliament enacted the Company Service Providers Act, 2013 (Act XX of 2013 or the “Act”). Despite its name, this statute not only introduced much needed regulatory supervision of all types of company service providers (“CSPs”), but its Parts II to XI also amended various financial services and banking laws.