Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Services

Malta has always been on the forefront of technology and innovation.  In the past months, a number of initiatives have been launched, aimed at establishing an innovative and attractive regulatory framework for entities operating in blockchain (and distributed ledger technologies), virtual currencies, cryptocurrencies, and for those entities interested in raising finance through an ‘Initial Coin Offering’ (ICO).

An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is an innovative way of raising finance from the public by issuing ‘coins’ or ‘tokens’, usually in exchange for other digital tokens such as Bitcoin or Ethereum’s Ether.

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Initial reviews
Proposed business model is analysed to assess whether it is subject to licensing or regulatory requirements.  Our engagement then proceeds with a review of the proposed business and token generation (ICO). This is very important as there are different regulatory requirements applicable to (a) pure utility tokens (b) securities tokens and (c) hybrid tokens.


We are able to assist to set up your corporate structure in Malta. Services also include drafting of founders/shareholders agreements


We provide advice on Maltese tax matters relating to the ICO, business operations and any transfers.


Bank account opening in the ICO field may be a complicated process. We are able to assist to set up and open bank accounts with banks/financial institutions.


Ongoing advisory services (on a case by case basis)

Accounts and company maintenance
Preparation of financial statements
Audit (performed by independent auditors)
Company maintenance & back office services


Drafting of agreements between the operating company and the tokenizer.
Pre-ICO agreements and related documentation
Private token purchase agreements/private placement
Agreements with the team and advisors of the project
Escrow Agreement
Bounty campaign


Further regulatory advice (on a case by case basis).
Assistance with any licensing application (if required)
KYC advisory


White Paper
Drafting and review of the white paper. This is very important in order to avoid legal, compliance and regulatory issues


Privacy Policy / Terms of use/Token Sale agreement
Drafting the user documentation for the ICO website, e.g. Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, the list of disclaimers and risks associated with the participation in the token sale for publication on the website.

How can we help?

We offer a wide range of consultancy, tax, compliance and accountancy services to assist you throughout in each step of the application process. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals will not only assist you during pre-licensing process but will be able to provide you with the on-going support you may need with respect to regulatory compliance, accounting and tax matters.

For further information please contact the firm’s tax and corporate services partner Stephen Balzan ([email protected]).


ACT is a well-known and respected boutique tax advisory firm providing high-quality tax advice to Multinational Enterprises, SMEs including family owned and other owner-manged companies, family offices, trusts, foundations, employees and high net worth individuals.  

Corporate Taxation in Malta

Maltese companies are subject to tax at the rate of 35% on their worldwide income and capital gains. Malta grants various fiscal incentives to both companies and their shareholders upon the distribution of a dividend.

Setting up a Company in Malta

Setting up a company in Malta is a relatively straight forward procedure and can be set up within 2 working days, provided we are in receipt of all the information, funds and due diligence documentation we need.

Taking up Residence in Malta

Warm climate, friendly people, excellent communication infrastructures, low criminality and many other features of the Maltese islands have made Malta an excellent destination for people to take up residence in.

Remote Gaming in Malta

Malta was the first EU Member State to specifically regulate the remote gaming industry in 2004 and has ever since established itself as one of the prime jurisdictions for remote gaming operators. The Malta Gaming Authority (“MGA”) is the regulatory of gaming in Malta.

Payment Institutions in Malta

Malta has become a destination of choice for the setting up of Payment Institutions (also referred to as Payment Services Providers or PSPs). A number of advantages have contributed to this success, e.g. fiscal incentives granted.

Electronic Money Institutions in Malta

Malta has recently seen an increase in the number of Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs) looking to set up their operations in Malta. This has been largely due to the growth in the e-commerce and the i-gaming industries.

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Services in Malta

Malta has always been on the forefront of technology and innovation. A number of initiatives have been launched, aimed at establishing an innovative and attractive regulatory framework for entities operating in the blockchain industry.

Assistance to Family Businesses in Malta

Malta has recently introduced legislation to encourage good governance in the management of family businesses, to assist family businesses to operate in an efficient way and to assist in the transfer of business from one generation to the other.