The right name for the Malta company Dr. Werner & Partner expert consultancy

When set­ting up a com­pa­ny in Mal­ta, sev­er­al fac­tors have to be tak­en into con­sid­er­a­tion. One of the main rea­sons to choose Mal­ta is to prof­it from tax advan­tages and to have a Euro­pean loca­tion with a very com­pa­ny-friend­ly envi­ron­ment and struc­tures.

Large cor­po­ra­tions like Lufthansa, Bosch or Play­mo­bil have it easy, they just use the exist­ing name or extend it with Hold­ing or Finan­cial Ser­vices.

But in Mal­ta decid­ing on a name is not always that easy. To clar­i­fy one pos­si­bil­i­ty upfront: if you already have a com­pa­ny in Ger­many, then you can gen­er­al­ly use the same name in Mal­ta. Most of the time this is rec­om­mend­ed, con­sid­er­ing that the name is an essen­tial fac­tor for client rela­tions and that con­sis­ten­cy is very impor­tant.

How­ev­er, in some cas­es a new name would be appropi­ate. If the busi­ness field is a new one and a dis­so­ci­a­tion makes sense, for exam­ple. Or if one branch is being hived off and exter­nal recog­ni­tion of the hiv­ing-off is desired. And last­ly, if it is a com­pa­ny merg­er with none of the involved com­pa­nies tak­ing over the oth­er or with dif­fer­ent motives for a new name.

In Mal­ta there are some legal require­ments when choos­ing a com­pa­ny name for a Lim­it­ed. Depend­ing on the busi­ness field there are reg­u­la­tions and pro­hi­bi­tions. This affects cer­tain terms that can­not be used due to cul­tur­al rea­sons or dan­ger of con­fu­sion.

Dur­ing my work at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner’s law office, some­times clients of oth­er — untrust­wor­thy — offices came to us because the estab­lish­ment of their com­pa­ny already failed with the name.

Our com­pre­hen­sive con­sul­tan­cy con­cept is not reduced to a one-time com­pa­ny-set-up. We want to make sure that our clients are pre­pared for all the require­ments that come up when set­ting up a com­pa­ny in Mal­ta. This includes the con­sul­tan­cy on a com­pa­ny name in order to avoid com­pli­ca­tions with author­i­ties and to be able to engage in busi­ness with the com­pa­ny right from the start.

About Philipp Sauerborn

In 2005, Philipp Sauer­born joined the firm of St. Matthew in Lon­don, one of the lead­ing Ger­man account­ing firms in Eng­land renowned for its exper­tise in cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial and tax law, as a depart­ment head. After three years, he was a part­ner and man­ag­ing direc­tor.
Towards the end of 2011, he decid­ed to move to Mal­ta, where he first worked at inter­na­tion­al law firms and con­sul­tan­cies in an employed and con­sult­ing capac­i­ty. Since the begin­ning of 2013, he has been a senior employ­ee at Dr. Wern­er & Part­ner. Mr. Sauer­born is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing his ADIT ‑Advanced Diplo­ma in Inter­na­tion­al Tax.

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