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No Brexit risk for global rich

No Brexit risk for global rich

Henley chairman Christian Kalin says UK’s future with EU will do little to curb right to settlement for those seeking to buy an EU passport

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Are the new citizens who acquired the Maltese passport for access to the Schengen zone and the United Kingdom about to get less bang for their €650,000?

Fear not, says Christian Kalin, the brains behind the ‘citizenship-by-investment’ scheme promoted by Henley & Partners, and which Malta adopted and renamed as the Individual Investor Programme. There’s little to suggest that holders of any EU passport will find it problematic to obtain access to the UK.

London has been a draw for ‘non-doms’ – a tax status for those living in the UK but whose father or grandfather was resident in another country when they were born, allowing them to avoid paying tax on money earned outside the UK. Supporters of the tax status, introduced back in 1799 for colonial traders, say it keeps capital and ‘talent’ inside the British capital.

But citizenship specialist Christian Kalin predicts that with Brexit negotiations soon to take place with the European Council, little might change for the free movement of labour in a future association agreement with the EU.

“The UK will now simply need to decide how much it wants to separate itself from the EU, which is unlikely to restrict significantly access to the EU for UK citizens,” Kalin says, listing as an example the European Economic Area (EEA) countries – Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland – which still get the free right of settlement, or Switzerland – his home nation – which is part of the European Free Trade Agreement but not an EEA member. “It has opted for bilateral agreements with the EU which give its citizens the same rights of settlement throughout the EU.”

EU citizenship was introduced by the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and affords rights such as the right to free movement, settlement and employment across the EU.

“It is foreseeable that the UK will end up under an EEA-type of arrangement or acquire a status similar to Switzerland’s. In this case, a form of free right of movement and settlement would likely remain, in particular for entrepreneurs, investors and financially independent people,” Kalin says, suggesting a return for the UK to its pre-EU status, when it was a founder member of the EFTA.

Kalin says there is nothing much to worry about for those who acquired or are looking to acquire Maltese citizenship.

In the unlikely event that the right of settlement vis-à-vis the UK is terminated with Brexit, this would damage the value of British citizenship far more than that of European citizenship,” Kalin says, warning that the UK would potentially lose free access to 27 countries.

“We have no doubt that the UK will find some form of association with the EU which will, at least for financially independent citizens, continue to provide access to settle in the UK.

“Brexit will of course not impair visa free travel between the UK and the EU countries, and also have no impact on the visa policy of either the UK or the EU as this has always remained separate with the UK setting its own short-term visa policy.”

Those who seek to reap rewards on corporate passporting by luring businesses from London to Malta, may have yet to wait for drastic moves.

On the corporate and investment side alone, Malta is very attractive and remains an interesting possibility for multinationals. Brexit, however… I don’t think that changes much at all. Malta is still a very good EU base, as are of course other EU jurisdictions like Dublin, Luxembourg and Frankfurt,” Kalin says.

Malta – an ideal breeding ground for start-ups

Malta – an ideal breeding ground for start-ups

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Investing in start-ups is trending as 2016 takes a massive turn towards expediting innovation and entrepreneurship. We hear about a new idea being funded almost every minute. Right now, it is an exciting phase globally, with almost every country trying to nurture a start-up ecosystem to counter the uncertainties of economic imbalances and loss of jobs due to tectonic shifts in the investment and consumer markets.

Given the scenario, angel investors and venture capitalists have the potential to change the world by supporting the right founders and their start-ups.

Malta is an ideal breeding ground for start-ups, giving budding entrepreneurs access to quality talent and lower burn rates of capital. Most importantly, there are young entrepreneurs coming in from all over Europe to take advantage of what Malta has to offer.

One of the reasons why a start-up ecosystem thrives is the availability of capital for a founder to get started or to scale up. While funding for scaling a venture is the interest of venture capitalists, seed funding for starting up is mostly fuelled by angel investors.

There are two types of angel investors: structured and professional angel groups or unstructured and individual investors. Obviously, the structured and professional angel groups are making the most out of the windfall gains when a start-up makes it big.

However, there is still a huge gap between the number of aspiring entrepreneurs and available angel funding today. There are a few million of us who are yet to warm up for the game or may be sitting on the fence! Angel investors and venture capitalists are now seeking opportunities which allow them to expand their portfolios – investing in start-up is key. As an investor they would be contributing to an entrepreneur’s attempt to innovate for the betterment of society through a valuable product or solution.

For investors, participating in the bottom of the pyramid economy as one of the privileged few means they also benefit from managing a large enterprise which once was a small business or a start-up. For many investors, the appeal is securing a place in the innovation economy while being engaged in the routine of a large enterprise without any conflict of interest.

Investors also benefit from the growth of a start-up by taking up an active role, if and when the need arises, while getting to know the dynamics of a start-up ecosystem as an insider.

Diversifying the investment portfolio from standard offerings in the market such as fixed deposits, property and mutual funds to a direct experience of investing into those value creators who drive the stock markets eventually is attractive. Reap windfall gains of multiple times the original investment from an eventual exit by promoters to a larger acquirer or from a planned IPO is the ultimate goal.

The only obstacle to jumping on this bandwagon seems to be the fear of losing the small portion of one’s own net worth in case the venture idea does not take off as expected. Nevertheless, the feeling would be better than a rollercoaster ride at Disneyland.

The potential return for angel investors and venture capitalists can be huge. Profits from a successful start-up can be in the thousands of per cent and if a company is able to reach the level of going public profits can be in the thousands of per cent. However, any early stage or start-up business is considered very high risk, no matter what the business is. As a result many angel investors want a higher return in exchange for this risk, ideally 30 to 40 per cent.

Some will accept less and some will want more but this should be your realistic target and objective for what an investor wants for return on investment. The odds of increasing the investment returns can be increased by retaining close ties with the company even after the initial investment. When the angel investor continues to be attached with the business, their experience can help flourish the business. So far the typical angel investor tends to invest in local companies as it is easier to do due diligence in local companies before writing checks. Furthermore, mentoring local companies is convenient for angels.

Source: Times of Malta

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FTSE 100, UK economy, a new way for indexation

Why we should ditch the FTSE 100

Britain’s benchmark index tells us little about the state of the UK economy

For a new year’s resolution, the media, the markets and the stock exchange should ditch the FTSE and find another index instead.

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The economy grew at one of the fastest rates in the developed world. Employment hit record levels. Inflation dropped to 50-year lows. And a pro-business centre-right government was elected with a clear majority for the first time in over two decades.

After so much went right for the UK economy this year, anyone checking their year-end portfolio might expect the FTSE to be comfortably ahead for the last twelve months.

But hold on. With just a few trading days left, the FTSE is likely to end slightly down for the year. Despite a steady recovery in the economy, that will make it three years in a row that the benchmark British index has been essentially flat.

“The FTSE itself only dates back to 1984. We would hardly be losing a long tradition by replacing it”

To some degree that might be telling us that the economy is not quite as strong as it might look on the surface. But, more significantly, it is telling us that the FTSE has become completely unfit for purpose. It no longer reflects what is happening in the British economy.

After all, France’s CAC-40 is comfortably ahead for the year. So is Germany’s DAX, even though neither economy has done as well. As 2016 opens, it is time we retired the index – and came up with something that worked better.

It is hard to argue that the British economy hasn’t had a decent year. You can always pick holes in the performance of any mature nation, and ours is no different.

The yawning trade deficit is worrying, and productivity is stagnant. Even so, the overall performance is very strong. Growth is expected to come in at 2.3pc for the year, after an expansion of 0.5pc in the third quarter. The employment rate has surged to 73.9pc, the highest figure since records began in 1971. Wages are starting to grow again. Price rises are so subdued that the Bank of England is more worried about how to get inflation up rather than down.

You might imagine that would translate into stronger equity markets. After all, if companies can’t make money in that environment, when can they? The trouble is, it hasn’t happened. The FTSE-100 index opened the year at 6,366. It is closing it at around 6,100. Basically it hasn’t moved. That is hardly the first time that has happened.

Re-wind to 2014, and the UK also had a fairly decent year, with the economy recovering. The FTSE, meanwhile, drifted from 6,700 to 6,300. How about 2013? It was slightly better, with the index nothing up gains of close on 10pc, nearly all of which it has since given up. But if you take the last three years as a whole, the index is has been as flat as a pancake.

That is telling us something significant – that the FTSE is not in the least representative of the British economy.

Where has the growth come from in the last three years? It has come from the start-up boom, with more than half a million new businesses being created every year. It has come from a rapidly developing technology sector, and booming professional services, such as consultancy, engineering design and law. And it has come from the rapid growth of self-employment, especially at the top end of the labour market. None of that, however, is reflected in the FTSE.

“Growth is coming from small and medium-sized companies”

Instead, the index is dominated by the sectors you least want to be in right now. The oil and commodity giants such as BP, Rio Tinto and Glencore make up a huge chunk of the index. But the collapse in oil and other raw material prices means those companies have all performed horribly. The banks which make up another big chunk of the index are under pressure from zero interest rates, and assailed by new web-based competitors. High Street retailing is in deep structural decline. True, there are regular re-shuffles. But the new companies are only rarely much better – of the latest additions only the financial technology company WorldPay is at all exciting.

If you look away from the FTSE, you will find that smaller companies are doing much better, and their indexes reflect that.

Take the FTSE-250. It has had another good year in 2015, rising from 16,000 in January to slightly over 17,000 now. If you measure it over the last three years, the performance is even better. It was at 12,600 at the start of 2013, so it has risen by more than 30pc since then. Or take the AIM 100 index, which measures the performance of best small companies that are not yet on the main market. It has risen from slightly over 3,000 at the start of the year, to 3,400 now, a gain of more than 10pc this year. Both are far more representative of how the British economy is doing. Why? Because the growth is coming from small and medium-sized companies.

Other countries don’t have this problem. The Dow is fairly representative of the American economy, and will be even more so if, as many expect, Amazon and Alphabet – as Google now calls itself – are added to the index. The German DAX, with companies such as BMW, Siemens and ThysenKrupp is a pretty good reflection of that country’s mighty manufacturers and exporters. Likewise, France’s CAC-40 reflects an aging but still strong base of luxury good manufacturers and engineering companies. Take a look at any of them, and you get a pretty good idea of how the economy is doing.

That is not true of the FTSE . That matters. The performance of the main index dominates the news. It is what you hear quoted on the TV or radio every day. It is the benchmark for investment, and the standard against which portfolios are measured. The risk is that its dire performance creates a mis-leading impression, deters global investors from the UK, and puts people off saving and investing.

It doesn’t have to be like that. It would be perfectly possible to create a new index that reflected the broad make-up of the British economy, with an emphasis on smaller companies, technology, media, and services, which are our real strengths.

After all, the FTSE itself only dates back to 1984. We would hardly be losing a long tradition by replacing it.

For a new year’s resolution, the media, the markets and the stock exchange should ditch the FTSE and find another index instead.

Malta at the forefront of public sector digital strategy

Findings corroborate recent leading European surveys that place Malta at the forefront in terms of public sector digital strategy.

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Malta has a favourable level of relative maturity in public sector digital transformation, with only 8% of respondents indicating that Malta was still in an early stage of maturity compared to an overall survey average of 26%.

The results of a Deloitte digital global survey, “The Journey to Government’s Digital Transformation”, were based on the results of a survey amongst 1,200 government officials from over 70 countries.

Presenting the report and Malta-specific findings, Raphael Aloisio, Deloitte Malta Financial Advisory Leader, said Malta had played an important part in the survey, where results paint a clear picture of national digital strategies and “corroborate recent leading European surveys that place Malta at the forefront in terms of public sector digital strategy.”

Whilst a majority of local respondents believe that digital technologies afford an opportunity to improve their organisation’s ability to respond to threats and opportunities and that their development is ahead of the private sector, only 37% believe that the level of investment in this area has increased over the past year.

Godfrey Vella, Digital Malta Governing Board Chairman and Malta Digital Champion said: “We are heartened by the fact that the results of the independent survey, undertaken by a highly respected international entity such as Deloitte, have validated our own perceptions of the achievements stemming from our Digital Malta Strategy whilst also highlighting areas which we acknowledge may require increased focus.”

Parliamentary Secretary for competitiveness José Herrera said the results clearly demonstrate the sustained investment made in digital technology.

“The majority of local respondents believe that Malta has a clear and coherent digital strategy and that digital technology will afford us the opportunity to face up to the challenges that lie ahead. An effective digital strategy goes hand in hand with Government’s initiatives to simplify public sector administrative processes, improve efficiency and reduce bureaucracy.”

MALTA 3Q 2015 GDP +8% nominal, + 5,4% real

MALTA 3Q 2015 GDP +8% nominal, + 5,4% real

Malta a gonfie vele, PIL 3 Trimestre + 8%, il meglio in Europa (e nel mondo)

Strong economic growth underpinned by significant investment

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Official figures show that in the third quarter of 2015, the Maltese economy continued to register robust growth, with a GDP growth of 5.4 per cent in real terms and 8.0 per cent in nominal terms. The rate is the highest rate in the Eurozone, surpassing its average of 1.6 per cent.

More importantly, official figures show that economic growth was broad based. Indeed, during the first three quarters, particularly strong increases were registered in the professional, scientific and technical sector and administration and support activities (17.5 per cent) and the financial and insurance sector (11.7 per cent). Other notable private sector increases were also recorded in real estate activities and wholesale and retail trade and accommodation and food service activities. The very strong growth in the service sectors more than compensated for the marginal decline in the manufacturing sector.

The increase in real GDP was underpinned by a considerable increase in investment which increased by 21.5 per cent during the first nine months of 2015 and consumer expenditure increasing by around 4.6 per cent. This remarkable growth in investment is in line with Government policy to reform pivotal sectors of our economy and to actively encourage the development of new growth sectors. Both will provide the foundation of further growth in the years to come. Exports of goods and services also increased by 2.5 per cent in the first three quarters of 2015.

Growth in Government expenditure during the first nine months was contained at 1.8 per cent while in the third quarter of this year, Government expenditure declined by 5.4 per cent in real terms when compared with the same period of 2014.

The benefits of this economic growth were not limited to investment and exports but were transmitted to firms and employees. Indeed, it is encouraging to note that profits, during the first three quarters of this year, increased by 11.5 per cent or €300.9 million while salaries in the form of compensation of employees increased by 4.7 per cent or €124.6 million.

Commenting on these results, Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna remarked: “Latest GDP figures released by NSO, confirm that the Maltese economy is registering strong and broad-based growth. This augurs well for the sustainability of our economic growth”.

EURO Money invest in MALTA way and Technology: Melita being sold to Apax France and Fortino Capital

EURO Money invest in MALTA way and Technology: Melita being sold to Apax France and Fortino Capital


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Melita plc is being sold to France-based Apax Partners and Fortino Capital, the telecommunications company revealed this morning.

The sale is subject to regulatory approval, said Melita’s owners, GMT Communications Partners, MC Venture Partners, Blackrock Communications and the Gasan Group.

Chairman Joseph Gasan said he was delighted that the company, which he founded 23 years ago, was now in a position to start a new phase under new ownership.

The company’s management team welcomed the deal and described it as recognition of Melita’s consistent growth throughout the past years, based on a clear strategy of delivering customer value through convergence.

CEO Andrei Torriani said that as the company continued to grow, invest and roll-out new offerings, it should continue to be a strong employer in Malta.

As the company continued to grow, invest and roll-out new offerings, it should continue to be a strong employer in Malta

Apax Partners and Fortino Capital together bring more than 30 years of experience in the technology, media and telecom sector.

Through their investments and professional participation the new investors bring experience from companies such as Numericable Belgium & Luxembourg, Cabovisao, Outremer Telecom, Telenet, Primacom and KPN.

Over recent years, Melita completed key infrastructure investments that have been acknowledged by the European Commission and enabled Malta to place at the top of the European charts for next generation broadband coverage.

These include nationwide 3G mobile network, laying of a submarine cable connecting Malta to mainland Europe, nationwide deployment of next generation broadband with speeds up to 250Mbps, construction of a state-of-the-art data centre for co-location and hosting services, as well as the roll-out of Melita wifi – the next-generation wifi service. It continues to invest in dedicated fibre connectivity to businesses across all Malta and Gozo.

Malta’s ‘Silicon Valley’ of remote gaming

Malta’s ‘Silicon Valley’ of remote gaming

Malta’s future in the gaming industry looks bright and with good prospects comes the need for good regulation 

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The Malta Gaming Authority has restructured to enable itself to adapt to this dynamic business. What were the major changes you implemented when you started heading the agency?

We have put in place a stronger management and governance structure. The MGA is now split into essentially six directorates namely: Legal & International Affairs, Enforcement, Compliance, Authorisations, Operations (which include HR and IT) & Finance. Furthermore, we have strengthened the Chairman’s office to cater for programme management, stakeholder engagement, innovation, policy and strategy. We have also put in place an Audit Committee, a supervisory council and beefed up our Internal Audit function. Apart from this, we have also engaged more people in enforcement, support services and compliance to address gaps we had in our resources. More information can be accessed at:

Let us look at the turnovers in the gaming sector, what are the direct contributions to the economy and the indirect contributions? 

The sector contributes around 10% of Malta’s Gross Value Added if one had to include the land based sector i.e. national lottery, casinos, gaming parlours and bingo halls. The sector’s contributions include gaming and income taxes, direct employment, property rentals & procurement of services e.g. ICT, corporate services, supplies and other services. Furthermore, the sector has an indirect impact on the entertainment industry and other support services the gaming industry procures to run its business.

Why do foreign gaming companies seek Malta?

Malta has a sophisticated and well-developed ecosystem that has built a high level of critical mass that is not easily copied by other jurisdictions. By ecosystem I mean the whole industry and the support services driving it, which are, in my opinion, world class. Apart from that, Malta’s regulatory regime is effective and transparent with a regulatory authority that is highly skilled and experienced.

Malta is in essence a role model for other countries to follow. Other facets of our attraction as a place of establishment include the underlying ICT infrastructure, Mediterranean lifestyle, strong banking system, English speaking population, agility, fiscal regime and skilled workforce. Putting all this together makes Malta the undisputed place of establishment for remote gaming. Our plans are targeted towards making Malta the “Silicon Valley” for remote gaming.

Are we selling ourselves cheap?

No. We don’t sell ourselves cheap and we never should. Malta is a jurisdiction of repute and our success should not be dependent on being a low cost jurisdiction. On the contrary, our unique selling point is the integrity of our jurisdiction and the manner in which we approach our regulatory ethos. Of course, competitiveness is critical but reputation and integrity are priceless. Our success is and should be based on that.

How do you promote Malta as a centre for remote gaming?

We participate in many gaming events globally where we showcase Malta and its attractiveness as a gaming jurisdiction. Furthermore we collaborate closely with practitioners in the field and other stakeholders. We have also built a strong social media and PR presence where we communicate our message and developments in the sector using a variety of channels.

What are the lacunas and issues we still face?

Our challenge is to remain relevant in a fast paced and dynamic environment. Our agenda for the future is based on innovation and growth. Plans to improve existing legislation to cater for new technologies, innovations and growth should leave the desired effect on the industry. I am sure that all stakeholders will appreciate what we have in mind.

Do you not believe that the participation of Maltese nationals in the gaming sector is still far too low?

It is low but having expats working in Malta is a positive thing. It has helped us build the right competencies and skills. It is a fact that two thirds of employees in the remote gaming sector are foreigners. What we need to do to increase participation of Maltese nationals is to create the right training and development institutions to build the required skills. The new Gaming Academy of Malta to be launched next year is designed to address that gap.

There are a number of concerns that the advantages we offer gaming companies may be at risk.  How real are these?

Risks are always there, in any kind of business. What we do to address those risks is what defines outcomes. Most of the risks we face as a jurisdiction are not local but emanate mainly from outside Malta.  I can assure you that we are on top of any such risks and dealing with them through the right channels with clearly articulated initiatives.

Remote gaming brings with it many ethical and moral issues, how do you respond to these justified concerns?

Consumer protection is key for us. To obtain a licence from the MGA, an operator needs to adhere to a number of consumer protection and responsible gaming requirements. Education is critical in ensuring that consumers play responsibly. The vast majority of people play responsibly and see gaming as a form of entertainment.

There are unfortunately a small percentage of people who gamble excessively and enter the realm of problem gambling. The latter category of gamblers needs to be tackled professionally by specially trained people. The Responsible Gaming Foundation, which was launched last year, has been set up to address such situations.

Malta has been the target of money laundering operations and some remote gaming companies have been investigated for their role.  How do you ensure that such activities are curtailed?

Effective supervision and monitoring of the sector helps to minimise such risks. Furthermore, continuous improvements in our compliance activities and investment in cutting edge information systems improves the robustness of our supervisory mechanisms.

Are you happy with diligence procedures in place?

Yes. Having said that, we continuously keep our processes under review to optimise our governance mechanisms including our on-boarding process.

Looking at the next five years, how do you see this sector developing?

The sector is set to keep on growing but not necessarily at the same pace of previous years. This is because we have most of the biggest names in the industry already established in Malta. I envisage more consolidation and M&A activities in the market going forward. Furthermore, I believe that Malta can be the hub of adjacent activities to remote gaming such as IT development, game design, payments processing and back office activities. My vision is for Malta to be the “Silicon Valley” of remote gaming and our strategy is based on that.