A Malta Professional Investor Fund is a type of collective investment scheme which providesa lighter regulatory regime and more flexibility than traditional UCITS and AIFs. They are ideal forinvestors who want toventure out into non-traditional or specialist investments,such as private equity or immovable property.The Malta Professional Investor Fund regime is targeted at certain investors who must satisfy certain criteria which would render them eligible to invest in the fund. The said criteria are based on the participating investors’ wealth and experience, with the regulatory regime being relaxed proportionally to the minimum entry threshold required from each individual investor.
The minimum investment threshold for Malta Professional Investor Funds is €100,000 or equivalent in any other currency. The total amount invested by each investor may not fall below this threshold at any time during the operation of the fund unless this is the result of a fall in the net asset value.
The Malta Professional Investor Fund may be a self-managed fund, or the management may be entrusted toan external fund manager. If the fund is self-managed, the initial paid up sharecapital should not be less than €125,000.
A Malta Professional Investor Fund is exempt from any risk spreading and/or diversification requirements and is not subject to borrowing or leverage restrictions.
Furthermore, a Malta Professional Investor Fund may be listed on the Malta Stock Exchange, which is currently the only recognised investment exchange in Malta.
EMD can assist you with advice and assistance in obtaining a Malta Professional Investor Fund Licence.