Regulatory & Licensing

Financial Services & Gaming

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is the authority in Malta that is responsible for the regulation and supervision of generally all financial and investment services activities and specifically:

  1. 1. Banks, Credit and Financial institutions;
  2. 2. Collective Investment Schemes, Hedge Funds, Professional Investor Funds;
  3. 3. Insurance and Captive Insurance;
  4. 4. Securities;
  5. 5. Stock Brokers;
  6. 6. Corporate Service Providers.

The process begins from the Authorisation Unit, which is the "one stop shop" of the MFSA for licensed organisations. More information is accessbile here.

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is the authority in Malta that is responsible for the regulation and supervision of all gaming activities in Malta.

Relating to remote gaming (igaming) licences, the authority can issue the following type of licences:

Class 1 – a remote gaming licence (examples of Class 1 licences would include casino-type games and online lotteries) whereby operators manage their own risk on repetitive games. It is also possible to have a Class 1 on 4 licence whereby the Class 1 licensee operates its games on the software and in certain cases through the equipment of a Class 4 licensee;

Class 2 – a remote betting licence (an example of a Class 2 licence would include fixed-odds betting) whereby operators manage their own risk on events based on a matchbook. It is possible to have a Class 2 on 4 licence whereby the Class 2 licensee operates its games on the software and in certain cases through the equipment of a Class 4 licensee;

Class 3 – a licence to promote and/or abet remote gaming in or from Malta (an example of a Class 3 licence would include poker networks, peer-to-peer (P2P) gaming and game portals). It is also possible to have a Class 3 on 4 licence whereby the Class 3 licensee operates its games on the software and in certain cases through the equipment of a Class 4 licensee;

Class 4 – a licence to host and manage remote gaming operators, excluding the licensee itself, whereby software vendors provide management and hosting facilities on their platform. In essence this is a business to business (B2B) gaming licence.

We would be pleased to help you apply for any type of licence required.