It’s official, Malta has welcomed the VFAA and ITAS today!

The long wait is over, Malta has set to become a world leader and a pioneer in regulating the world of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Initial Coin Offering (ICOs), crypto exchanges, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and FinTech. Its progressive laws have already made waves around the world with many companies transferring their offices to the island.

This phenomenon has started to provide many opportunities within the industry, so that many Maltese companies have also started to delve into this sector, creating blockchain platforms to sell to companies, launching ICOs and investing in cryptocurrencies. Through this technological ecosystem, many industries got involved in this new sector of digital economy.

Today 1st November, the Maltese government has successfully enacted the two remaining bills to secure the DLT journey on the island. These laws are the Virtual Financial Assets Act, and the Innovation Technology Arrangements and Services Act respectively. While on the 5th of October during the Delta Summit, the Hon. Silvio Schembri launched the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act.

This rollercoaster ride started in March 2018, when the Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation declared that the Maltese government was looking into ways to regulate the DLT space. A public consultation was organised inviting and appointing prominent key stakeholders in the industry, aiding the government to draft the three laws for further clarifications. E&S Group along with other legal companies participated in this consultation pushing toward a friendly, clear and well-regulated digital industry.

On the 24th of April 2018, Hon. Silvio Schembri presented the 1st reading of the 3 bills in parliament for further amendments. The outcome was successful, as both sides of the house approved and supported this new legislation.

The Virtual Financial Assets Act was published on the 22nd of May 2018. This Act brought further clarifications as to where Malta is set to move with its regulations of ICOs, crypto exchanges and how the appointed authority has to act in order to help regulate this sphere.

During the launching of the Delta Summit on May 22nd, the Maltese Parliament published the three final DLT laws online, indicating what is expected to be regulated. This brought about a lot of noise around the world. Many crypto exchange companies started to move their offices to Malta. Moreover, the Maltese public transport took a stance to partner with Omnitude, a blockchain company to start a partnership agreement to develop a blockchain-based middleware technology for the Malta Public Transport Service.

The Maltese government unanimously passed the third reading of the 3 DLT regulations on the 4th of July. On that same day, the MFSA published their consultation paper to regulate the Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA). These laws caused interest from many legal firms wanting to know more on how to help their clients pass their regulating test and become licensed to operate in Malta. The MFSA created the Virtual Financial Agent as presented in the VFA law. All licensed agents are required to assist ICOs and crypto exchanges to become licensed by the authority.

Through this wave of clear DLT legislation technology, Maltese companies such as E&S Group have found a perfect opportunity to do something different. In March 2018, E&S Group became the first legal and corporate firm to tokenise its services. This gave clients the opportunity to pay for legal and corporate services with ESTS tokens, created by E&S Group.

Malta has taken a big leap of faith in the industry becoming the first to provide friendly yet well-structured laws to regulate the technology. This will provide a better opportunity for enterprises to trust in the “Blockchain Island”, thus becoming a hub for ICOs, Blockchain, Fintech and other innovative economy sectors.

If you would like to know more about the benefits Maltese legislation offers in the sector of digital economy, please contact us on [email protected]. Our professional and dedicated team will help you better understand the Blockchain industry in Malta. E&S Group will ‘make things happen.’