AGM Mastery: Elevating Meetings In Malta To New Heights

In the bustling world of corporate management, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) stands as a crucial event for ensuring transparency, compliance, and strategic alignment. For businesses operating in Malta, the AGM is not just a formality but a statutory obligation. Here’s how you can efficiently conduct your AGM in Malta, ensuring you stay ahead in compliance while leveraging technology to streamline the process.

Understanding the Basics: What is an AGM?

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a mandatory yearly gathering of a company’s interested shareholders. It serves as a forum for the board of directors to present the company’s annual report, including financial statements, management reports, and auditor’s reports. This meeting provides an opportunity for shareholders to ask questions, approve the annual accounts, and make decisions on key issues such as the appointment of directors and auditors.

When to Hold Your AGM

According to Article 182 of the Companies Act in Malta:

  • Public companies must hold their AGM within 7 months from their financial year-end.
  • Private companies must hold their AGM within 10 months from their financial year-end.

Moreover, no more than fifteen months should elapse between the date of one AGM and the next. A company that holds its first AGM within eighteen months of its registration is not required to hold another in the year of its registration or the following year.

Types of Shareholder Meetings

  1. Annual General Meeting (AGM): This is the main meeting held annually.
  2. Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM): Any other meeting held outside the annual schedule, usually to address urgent matters. EGMs can be convened by the directors or upon a request by shareholders holding at least 10% of the paid-up share capital.

Key Responsibilities and Authorization

The board of directors is typically responsible for calling the AGM. However, shareholders holding at least 10% of the paid-up share capital can requisition an EGM if necessary. If the directors fail to call this meeting within 21 days of the requisition, the shareholders themselves may convene it within three months.

Notice Requirements

A minimum of 14 days’ notice is required to convene an AGM. The notice should include:

  • Company Details: Name, type, registered office, and registration number.
  • Meeting Details: Time, date, and venue.
  • Type of Meeting: Indicate if it’s an AGM or EGM.
  • Agenda: Outline the items to be discussed.
  • Voting Information: Conditions for attending and voting.
  • Proxy Forms: For shareholders to appoint a proxy.

Methods of Conducting an AGM

  • Physical Meeting: Traditional in-person meetings where shareholders gather at a specified venue.
  • Virtual Meeting: Conducted via video conferencing tools, provided the company’s articles permit it.
  • Hybrid Meeting: Combines physical and virtual attendance.
  • Written Resolution: Decisions can be made without a physical meeting if all shareholders agree in writing.

Quorum and Voting

A quorum for an AGM in Malta generally requires the presence of two members. Resolutions can be ordinary (requiring a majority vote) or extraordinary (requiring a 75% majority). Shareholders have the right to appoint proxies to attend and vote on their behalf.

Agenda Items

Typical agenda items for an AGM include:

  • Approval of Financial Statements: Reviewing and approving the audited accounts.
  • Allocation of Profits: Deciding on dividend distributions.
  • Reappointment of Directors and Auditors: Electing or re-electing board members and auditors.
  • Directors’ Remuneration: Approving the remuneration for directors.
  • General Assessment: Evaluating the overall management and supervision of the company.

Approval of Financial Statements and Filing

Directors are responsible for preparing and presenting the financial statements to the shareholders. These must give a true and fair view of the company’s financial position.

After the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), these financial statements must be promptly filed with the Malta Business Registry (MBR). This filing must be completed within 42 days of the AGM.

Timely submission is vital as it facilitates transparency and compliance with regulatory requirements. Non-compliance can result in significant penalties.

Auditing Requirements

Auditors must report on all annual accounts, ensuring they provide a true and fair view. This report should comply with accepted auditing standards and include an opinion on the financial statements.

Leveraging Technology for AGMs

Modern legal tech solutions can significantly streamline the AGM process. By using platforms that facilitate electronic voting, virtual meetings, and automated compliance tracking, companies can ensure a smooth and efficient AGM. These tools not only help in adhering to regulatory requirements but also enhance shareholder engagement and satisfaction.


Conducting an AGM in Malta involves meticulous planning and strict adherence to legal requirements. By understanding these obligations and leveraging technology, companies can ensure their AGMs are not only compliant but also efficient and engaging. Embrace the future of corporate governance with streamlined AGM processes and stay ahead in the competitive business landscape.

Draw upon Klea’s wealth of AGM expertise to skillfully navigate the intricacies of these pivotal gatherings, both domestically and internationally. Explore our comprehensive blog post about South Africa, titled The Ultimate Handbook for Annual General Meetings in South Africa, for tailored insights. We believe these resources will greatly enhance your governance endeavors.


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