Malta Restricts Access to Trust & Foundation Beneficial Data

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The Government in Malta has revised its beneficial ownership laws to limit access to centrally held data on Maltese express trusts, institutions and associations to individuals with a ‘legitimate interest’. Rejection of a request can be appealed by judicial review before the Civil Court First Hall, and further to the Court of Appeal.

A preceding version of the regulations permitted entry to any individual without having to show a legitimate interest in the Maltese entity in question.