The Official Receiver is appointed in terms of the Companies Act, Cap. 386 of the Laws of Malta and the Malta Business Registry (Establishment as an Agency) Order, S.L. 595.27. The office of the Official Receiver is currently based within the Malta Business Registry in Zejtun.
The functions of the Official Receiver are outlined in the Companies Act, and relate mainly to insolvency and the winding up of companies following dissolution by the Court. The Official Receiver may authorize in writing any individual to perform any of the functions assigned to him. (Article 225(1) of the Companies Act).