Andre Zarb | KPMG | Malta

André Zarb

Partner, Head of Tax

KPMG in Malta

André has been with the firm since 1986. He took responsibility for the tax function in Malta in 1993, followed by making partner in 1994, leading to significant developments within the tax function. Andre has also lectured and was examiner of the advanced taxation paper of the Malta Institute of Accountants and the advanced taxation paper (Malta variant) of the Association of Certified Accountants. Over the last 20 years André’s involvement in advising on tax matters has been varied. He has advised leading local businesses on taxation issues including in relation to mergers, de-mergers, reconstructions and acquisitions. André Zarb has also advised a number of international clients, including multinationals and private equity firms, on international tax issues both as regards investments undertaken by such companies in Malta and also as regards investments made by such companies in other countries through corporate structures in Malta. André has advised both high net wealth individuals and entities operating in various industry sectors including Manufacturing, Industrial Markets, Building Construction, Real Estate and Infrastructure; Banking, Insurance, Funds and other Financial Services; Government and Healthcare; Aircraft and other Asset Leasing; Retail and Wholesale; Information, Communications and Entertainment; and Travel, Leisure and Tourism. André has also advised the Government of Malta on tax matters. He was part of the KPMG team which advised the Government of Malta on the major changes in tax legislation which were passed in 1994 to establish Malta as a financial centre. He advised the Government of Malta in relation to the fiscal incentives for industry and also drafted the relevant legislation. Since 2000 André has advised the Government on the amendments required in order that the incentives provided by Malta are compliant with the EU guidelines on the provision of State Aid. This engagement culminated in André drafting the legislation, the preparation of various reports and presentations to Cabinet and assisting Government in the pre-accession negotiations with the EU Commission. From 2003 André also advised the Government of Malta on taxation issues and represented Malta at various high level EU meetings including the Tax Policy Group and the Code of Conduct for Business Taxation. André also drafted the legislative income tax amendments following the agreements reached with the EU.

Areas of expertise

Banking Building and Construction Financial Services Funding Agencies and International Development Government and Public Sector Healthcare Industrial Manufacturing Infrastructure Insurance International Development Assistance Services

Education and qualifications

  • Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants

  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Accreditation

  • Founder Member of the Malta Institute of Taxation

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