PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FINANCE

The article appearing yesterday on the Times of Malta online, alleging a data leak showing that there are 70,000 offshore companies in Malta, is wrong on various counts.

Firstly the register of companies is a public register and is available to the public online, through the website http://registry.mfsa.com.mt. Therefore anybody can claim a copy of the register on a CD.

Secondly the number of companies registered over the years has reached around 80,000, of which, as of today 53,000 are still on the register. The difference of 27,000 are companies that have been dissolved or struck off.

Thirdly Malta does not have an offshore company register. It is therefore clear that whoever is making such claims is grossly misinformed.

Source: Government of Malta