The Aircraft Registration Act 2010 has contributed to the recognition of Malta as a competitive jurisdiction in the aviation sector, with a vigorous legislative framework which transposes the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol. The Maltese national aircraft registry is renowned for its high standards in accordance with EU requirements and other international regulations.

As a matter of fact, Malta currently has over 300 aircraft registered with the Civil Aviation Department, and is seeking to have 400 registered aircrafts by the end of 2019. Furthermore, there are currently 35 companies which have their Air Operator Certificates issued by the Maltese authorities. With Malta being a neutral state having both economic and political stability as well as a professional English-speaking workforce, Malta is considered to be an efficient jurisdiction for aircraft registration. Moreover, the costs associated with company formation and aircraft registration are considered to be relatively low.

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E&S Group has a vast experience in the aviation industry and can assist clients in registering an aircraft in Malta.  Our services include:

  • Assisting you in setting up your aviation company in Malta;
  • Registering aircrafts in Malta;
  • Drafting and reviewing aviation-related agreements;
  • Assisting with applications for air operator certificates and operating licences;
  • Managing of structures for VAT and tax planning optimisation.


"According to our experience, E&S Consultancy team is made up of well-trained and skilled professionals who are always there to satisfy your business needs with reference to Maltase law. Their work is well organized and carried out in a precise and timely manner. I look forward to continuing my cooperation with E&S Consultancy."

Giorgio Crotta & Marco Compagnino - FIDINAM & Partners

Key Contacts

Chief Business Development Officer

Dr. Deborah Vella

Deborah graduated as Doctor of Laws in 2015, admitted to the bar in 2017 and has been working with E&S Group for the past six years within the Corporate and Legal Department. Her main areas of practice are corporate and commercial law. Deborah also takes particular interest in gaming, employment, residency matters and intellectual property issues. In the professional field, she is subscribed as a member of the Malta Chambers of Advocates and the Malta Institute of Taxation where she has read the Professional Certificate of Taxation. In 2017, she took a managerial role within E&S Group heading the corporate team. Her responsibilities were managing and supervising the corporate team, as well as assisting with legal expertise and client relationships together with the Board of Directors. In the first quarter of 2019 Deborah continued to exercise her abilities and corporate expertise by heading also the Corporate Legal Team.

In light of the above, the Directors have promoted Deborah to be the Chief Business Development Manager of E&S Group. Whilst she will continue to be of support towards the corporate and legal team within the firm, her main focus will shift to being the interface with top tier clients and ensuring that such are serviced in the best possible way. Deborah will nonetheless continue to oversee and supervise all that is related to gaming, employment and IP. As the company’s CRM she will also be engaged in a business development role which involves the planning and executing of offline business development and marketing for the Group.

Deborah is fluent in English and Maltese with a proficient understanding of Italian.

Deborah specializes in corporate, commercial, restructuring, gaming, tax, IP and private client matters.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

Head of Legal

Dr. Anton John Mifsud

Anton graduated as a lawyer in 2009 and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters in Financial Services as well as a Doctorate in Law from the University of Malta and is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates. He has worked for a number of years with one of the largest law-firms as well as the largest fund administrator in Malta where he gained valuable experience in corporate and financial services law. He was appointed Head of Legal at E&S Consultancy Ltd in September 2018 and since July 2019 he also oversees the operations of the company’s corporate services department. He regularly advises international clients with respect to the conduct of their business activities in Malta and is also involved in the negotiation and conclusion of agreements on behalf of clients. Anton specialises in corporate, commercial, financial services and fintech law (covering areas such as ICOs, IEOs, STOs and the licensing of crypto-operators).

Anton is fluent in English and Maltese.





Phone:+356 2010 3020

Legal Associate

Dr. Jeanine Schembri

Jeanine joined E&S Group as a legal trainee and currently holds the position of legal associate. Before joining E&S Group she practised as a legal intern at a Maltese litigation firm for a year and a half. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and a Masters of Advocacy degree, which she obtained from the University of Malta. She has also been admitted to the bar in 2019. Her main areas of practice are corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, shipping law and aviation law related matters.


Jeanine is fluent in Maltese, English and has a basic knowledge of Italian.


Phone:+356 2010 3020

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Malta Ship Registration

Ship registration under the Malta flag and the operation thereof is regulated by the Merchant Shipping Act. Different kinds of ships may be registered under Malta flag, as long as the ship is either owned by a duly incorporated company or entity (irrespective of its place of incorporation), or by a European citizen.

Malta is an attractive jurisdiction for vessel registration due to the absence of restrictions on the sale or mortgaging of Maltese registered vessels. Moreover, there are no restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew of Maltese vessels, and no restrictions to the registration of vessels under construction. Moreover, Malta is a neutral state having both economic and political stability, as well as a professional English-speaking working force and it is considered as a cost-effective jurisdiction for both ship registration and company formation.

E&S Group has a vast experience in the shipping industry and our services to shipping clients include:

  • Assisting you in setting up and administering your shipping company in Malta;
  • Registering your vessels under the Malta flag;
  • Drafting and reviewing shipping-related agreements;
  • Acting as resident agents in order to liaise with the Merchant Shipping Directorate;
  • Managing of structures for VAT and tax planning optimisation.

Crew Services

Malta has acceded to the IMO Convention STCW 1978. As a consequence, Maltese-registered vessels are subject to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and its ancillary regulations concerning the competency of officers and seamen. Malta imposes no restrictions on the nationality of the master, officers and crew of Maltese vessels. Malta has also ratified the Maritime Labour Convention and crew members are subject to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules.

With Malta being a neutral state having both economic and political stability, as well as having a professional English-speaking working force, it is considered as a cost-effective jurisdiction for vessel registration and company formation.

E&S Group has a vast experience in the shipping industry and our services to shipping clients include:

  • Assisting you in setting up and administering your shipping company in Malta;
  • Managing crew payroll;
  • Assisting and managing in social security and national public employment services obligations for crew members;
  • Drafting, reviewing and vetting crew contracts;
  • Acting as resident agents and liaising with the Merchant Shipping Directorate;
  • Managing of structures for VAT and tax planning optimisation.

Process of Setting up A Company in Malta

Company formation expenses are relatively low in Malta. Thus, making Malta a cost-effective jurisdiction. This does not only apply for large corporations’ tax planning, but also for small and medium-sized businesses.

Also, setting up a Company in Malta is straightforward.  This is due to the fact that Malta wants, as a jurisdiction, to attract business. Thus, Malta has one of the most efficient company incorporation processes in the EU.

Malta Company Incorporation Procedure

The Procedure to incorporate a Maltese Company is quite straightforward. Following our standard Due diligence exercise, we will send you an Incorporation Proposal Form. This form contains questions on all the required information on the Malta Company you wish to incorporate. As soon as we receive this back from you we will draft the incorporation documents. This usually happens same day. We will then send you all the corporate documents for your approval. Once we receive your OK, we will Incorporate the company in Malta.

Once your Maltese Company is setup, we could assist you in all other services you might want for your Company in Malta:

Malta Company Taxation

Malta is, above all, a tax efficient jurisdiction for holding and trading companies. Furthermore, the UBOs of Trading Companies in Malta can enjoy effective tax rates of as little as 5%. Those of Maltese Holding Companies could also achieve tax neutrality.

Most Popular Tax-Efficient Company Formation in Malta

Private Limited Company Incorporation Malta

A private limited company is the most popular type of partnership in Malta. The limited liability company is, in fact, the only type of company allowed by the Companies Act. As its name indicates, it has a separate legal personality. This limits shareholder liability to the amount of unpaid share capital. With the correct guidance, a limited liability company can be set up in a manner that allows for optimum tax efficiency.


At E&S, we provide specialist Malta Company Formation services to corporate or individuals planning to register a company in Malta. We are thus able to offer quick and cost-effective company formation solutions in Malta.

Choosing someone to set up and manage your company in Malta is not an easy task. You need a knowledgeable team but also someone you can trust. We would like to think we offer both. Whilst most other firms are either made up of accountants or lawyers, we are strong in both fields. This gives you comfort that we will manage all aspects of your Malta Company Setup and maintenance.  This is what we do.

Our speciality is the setting up and assisting clients to maintain their Malta Company. Also, size does matter. We are the right size to be able to have all specialisations required yet not make you just another number. You will have immediate access to high-level staff.


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