In order to continue its support for the growing gaming industry in Malta, the Malta Gaming Authority( MGA) have issued new regulation in respect of skill games, following publication in the Government Gazette on the 24th January 2017. This new regulation follows extensive public consultation, carried out in 2015.

 

Underpinning this regulation change, the Authority has exercised its power to deem fantasy sports as controlled skills games and will also be covered by this legislation change.

 

Further details are available on the Malta Gaming Authorities website per the link below;-

 

http://www.mga.org.mt/skill-games-regulations-fantasy-sports-ruling/

 

Commenting on the legislation change, Deputy Managing Director of the Malta office, Garry Crossan said “ as one of the key growth industries in the Malta economy, the evolution of the gaming world is of prime importance and new, well planned legislation of this nature is very welcome. We look forward to working with the gaming industry to help them with their requirements in the Skill games and Fantasy sports world in the coming weeks and months”    

Garry Crossan, Deputy Managing Director of Affinity Management Services ( Malta) Limited is attending both the "opportunities in business jets" and "opportunities in superyachts" events on the 22nd and 23rd February 2017 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta.

Organised and run by Quaynote communications, these are two of the most important events in the diary for the aviation and yacht industry hosted in Malta.

If you would wish to contact Garry for a face to face meeting during the show, his contact e-mail is  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

As one of the key events in the Group's calendar, Affinity will once again be attending ICE Totally Gaming from 7th to 9th February 2017.

 

 Taking place over three days, with over 400 exhibitors and over 28,000 visitors, mini events and various networking opportunities, ICE Totally Gaming is the largest event in the Gaming industry and has international appeal with gaming professionals coming to London from over 100 jurisdictions.

With offices in the Isle of Man and Malta, Affinity are ideally placed to support international clients, with our team providing key support and resources to both new and existing industry members.

Andrew Morgan, Director of Affinity Management Services Limited, and Alex Gardner, Manager of Affinity Management Services Limited, will be representing the Group during the show.

Based on the Isle of Man Government's stand they will be on hand to discuss all aspects of statutory and regulatory compliance, licence requirements and application, and company incorporation.

If you would like further information or to meet Andrew or Alex at the show, please contact Andrew on  +44 (0) 7624 460996 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

For further information about our e-Gaming services please visit www.affinity.co.im/isle-of-man/e-gaming.html

Affinity Management Services presented a cheque for £300 to The Children’s Centre’s ‘£50K in 50 Days Appeal’, following a creative fundraising day supported by brave members of staff.

Several team members put themselves forward to be put in a set of medieval style stocks at the companies Athol Street premises while their colleagues donated to aim wet sponges at them.

The day also involved a cake sale and second hand sale to ensure everyone had a chance to support the appeal.

 

 

David Kelly, Client Accounts Manager at Affinity said “We’re a company that cares a lot about the local community and our team are always prepared to rise to a challenge to support a good cause. We know the money we have raised will be spent locally to help children and that motivated us to get involved.”

Lucy Chapman, Deputy Fundraising Manager at The Children’s Centre said “We run 14 charitable projects that literally change lives for some of the local children we work with. We couldn’t do it without the support of our business community. It takes a lot of work to organise fundraising events and we know how busy our friends in the business sector are. We’re here to support them and make sure they get the most out of their event. Affinity really went the extra mile in this event and we can’t thank them enough for that.”

To find out more about supporting The Children’s Centre contact Lucy Chapman on 01624 676076 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Thursday, 01 September 2016 15:38

Affinity to attend the Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Patricia Slavin, Andrew Morgan, Garry Crossan and Lynda Plaskett to attend the Monaco Yacht Show 2016.

 

The  Monaco Yacht Show is considered to be the most prestigious event in the Yachting Calendar with over 500 companies exhibiting and around 30,000 visitors set to walk through the doors between the 28th September to 1st October 2016.

The show provides an ideal opportunity to meet with clients, intermediaries and friends of the Company who we have known through our many years of attending the event.

This year will be Affinity’s 12th year exhibiting.

If you would like to arrange a meeting please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Morgan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or alternatively come and visit us at our stand located at the Superyacht UK Pavilion within Darse Sud.

Affinity is delighted to announce the appointment of Garry Crossan as Deputy Managing Director of Affinity Management Services (Malta) Limited.

Garry started his career with Clydesdale Bank Trustee Services in Glasgow. He is a financial services professional with over 30 years offshore fiduciary and private client banking experience working for major international banks and trust companies including Bank of America and HSBC International in senior management roles.  He has extensive experience advising on new business formation of Trusts, Companies and Fiduciary structures for international private clients to hold various assets including Real Estate, Investment portfolios, Private Company shares, Yachts and Aircraft.

Garry has worked in Jersey, the Isle of Man, Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands where he resided for 23 years and is now currently residing in Malta and has been working in the Malta Financial Services Industry for the past four years. An Associate of the Institute of Bankers and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since 1997 he is also on the Step council committee for Malta.

Garry commented “I am very much looking forward to heading up the Malta office and continuing to build our client base and offer our existing clients and new clients the service that is expected in this high net worth market “.

Thursday, 01 October 2015 14:11

Affinity to attend EIG

Affinity to attend EiG


Following a successful show last year, Affinity will once again be attending Excellence in Gaming in Berlin from 20 to 22 October 2015.

 

With offices in the Isle of Man and Malta, Affinity are ideally placed to support international clients, with our team providing key support and resources to both new and existing industry members.


Andrew Morgan, Director of Affinity Management Services Limited, will be representing the Company during the show.
Andrew will be based on the Isle of Man Government's stand alongside other service providers based on the island and will be on hand to discuss all aspects of statutory and regulatory compliance, license requirements and application and company incorporation.
If you would like further information or to meet Andrew at the show, please contact Andrew on  +44 (0) 7624 460996 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


For further information about our e-Gaming services please visit www.affinity.co.im/isle-of-man/e-gaming.html

 

 

 

Patricia Slavin, Andrew Morgan, Joanne Fenech and Lynda Plaskett to attend the Monaco Yacht Show 2015.

 

The  Monaco Yacht Show is considered to be the most prestigious event in the Yachting Calendar with over 500 companies exhibiting and around 30,000 visitors set to walk through the doors between the 23rd – 26th  September 2015.

The show provides an ideal opportunity to meet with clients, intermediaries and friends of the Company who we have known through our many years of attending the event.

This year is the show’s 25th anniversary and will be Affinity’s 11th year exhibiting.

If you would like to arrange a meeting please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Morgan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or alternatively come and visit us at our stand located at the Superyacht UK Pavilion within Darse Sud.

 

On Friday 10th July 2015, Bernice Agius, trainee ACCA accountant in our Malta office,  received the prestigious Dean’s award from the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta. The Dean’s award was presented to Bernice for excelling in her Management dissertation, titled  ”An Investigation Into Expansive Entrepreneurial Strategic Options in Maltese SME’s”. This research aimed to understand the process of internationalisation adopted by Maltese SME’s from various sectors of the economy. Furthermore the research also analysed the resources needed and challenges faced by firms during the internationalisation process.  We would like congratulate Bernice on her outstanding achievement.  We are delighted to have Bernice as part of the team in Malta.

Affinity are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed the first Balearic Charter Licence Application for a non-EU registered vessel, allowing our client to take advantage of recent changes to maritime legislation that have taken place in Spain over the past 18 months.


At the end of 2013, the Spanish Authorities made it possible to apply for an exemption from the 12% matriculation which had traditionally deterred commercial yachts from chartering out of Spain. However, at this time it was only possible for EU flagged vessels to obtain a charter licence in the Balearics, which is the epicentre of Spanish yachting.

In October 2014, the legislation in the Balearics was amended to open the market to all commercial vessels, with the caveat that it must be proven that no similar EU flagged vessel is available for charter at the time the booking was taken. It is understood that a letter from a reputable charter broker confirming this will satisfy this requirement.

Before the Charter Licence can be issued, it is necessary for clients to apply for a Matriculation Tax Exemption and Register for VAT in Spain. We are pleased to advise that after submitting our initial application two months ago, we have a satisfied the appropriate requirements and obtained the first Charter Licence for a non-EU flagged vessel.

In addition to Spanish Services, we are also able to assist our clients with formalities required to charter from France, Italy, Malta and other EU jurisdictions.

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