In 2009 some 48,520 companies and partnerships were registered with the Registry of Companies. The number of registered companies has been rising steadily over the past few years. The number of companies which can be legally defined as 'public' account for only a fraction of total registrations; therefore, the main reason for the lack of listed equity is not the exchange, but rather the reluctance of family companies to go public.
In January 2010 the Listing Authority published new amendments to the Listing Rules, which are applicable to all companies listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. The first set of amendments relates to the transposition of the EU Shareholder Rights Directive and aims to address cross-border voting issues. The second set of amendments relates to the corporate governance statement.