Sparkasse Bank Malta is now able to act as a custodian to retirement pension schemes, expanding its reach and range of services.
Sparkasse Bank Malta plc, a local market leader in custody and depositary services with more than €8 billion worth of assets under custody, recently announced it has gained authorisation to act as a custodian to retirement pension schemes. Managing Director Paul Mifsud notes this service will complement the bank’s existing banking and investing services offerings and further its ability to serve its institutional and corporate customer base.
“We wanted to be more than just somewhere to process money. We wanted to be trusted as a service provider within the investment services and custodian markets. We’ve achieved that and helped the economy in Malta thrive by doing so,” Paul Mifsud has said.
The Bank’s team of experts is looking forward to expanding the Bank’s service offering through the ability to now act as Custodian to retirement pension schemes. As retirement pension schemes continue to grow in Malta, Sparkasse Bank Malta plc sees an opportunity to once again fill a gap in the local financial services market.
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Paul Mifsud shares that the Bank’s No. 1 priority has always been its customers. The decision to expand into a new branch of services isn’t one that was taken lightly, but Sparkasse Bank Malta plc believes it can help more customers in the retirement pension scheme space, especially when there is a greater demand in the market for private pensions.
Sparkasse Bank Malta plc’s Other Service Offerings
Sparkasse Bank is authorised by the Maltese Financial Services Authority (MFSA) as a credit institution and investment services provider and provides banking, investment, depositary, and fund custody services. Its solutions include both domestic and cross-border depository services, clearing and settlement services, cash management, and general banking services. It’s uniquely prepared to serve international clientele with multi-currency accounts.
The Bank holds multiple licences that allow it to fully service its Customers. It acts not only as a credit institution but as an investment services firm for individuals and corporations. Most notably, the Bank offers custody and depositary services to fund customers. These aren’t services typically offered by most financial institutions. Of these licences, three are issued by the MFSA and one is issued by the Central Bank of Ireland. Most recently, the Bank was authorised by the MFSA to start acting as a Custodian to Retirement Schemes.
Sparkasse Bank Malta expanded to Dublin in 2018, a move that was part luck and part strategic genius. According to Paul Mifsud, “Ireland was a natural choice for the Bank due to its membership in the EU and its English-speaking environment. The Bank had already established relationships and contacts with several service providers in Ireland, which made the move and the decision all the more feasible.” Dublin has since become an attractive choice for many financial institutions because of the English language, access to the EU, and private fund-friendly rules. This move is just one in a long list of smart decisions Sparkasse Bank Malta plc has made to differentiate itself and remain insulated from competitors.