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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Stuart McMaster

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Corporate and commercial.


Stuart is a Partner in the Corporate department. He specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies. He advises on listed company transactions, including flotations, takeovers and fundraisings. He also advises on joint ventures, private fundraisings, shareholder disputes, regulatory issues and corporate re-organisations.

Stuart is a member of the Betting and Gaming group, and has extensive experience within this sector. Representative examples include advising two substantial shareholders of PartyGaming Plc on its merger with bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and advising on private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions within the gambling and technology sector. He also advises on wide range of regulatory issues within the online gambling sector. Stuart also acts for clients in a number of other sectors, including real estate, technology and renewable energy.

Stuart also advises on the corporate aspects of insolvency-related transactions, including insolvent business sales, debt for equity swaps and schemes of arrangement.


Trained Mishcon de Reya; qualified 1999; partner 2007.


Hertford College, Oxford University - BCL
Hertford College, Oxford University – BA (Hons) Law

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting

Within: Gaming and betting

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team handles the full gamut of legal and regulatory matters affecting the gaming and betting area, and is notably strong in corporate and M&A transactions, IPOs and restructurings. Other areas of expertise include compliance and licensing issues, social and computer gaming, and matters under European law. Highlights included advising Catena Operations, a subsidiary of Catena Media, on its acquisition of sports affiliate site, for £13.9 million, and advising on the £200 million acquisition of Inspired Gaming Group and its affiliates. Practice head Susan Breen is praised for being ‘a pre-eminent lawyer in the sector; she has a wealth of experience servicing clients on complex, cutting-edge transactions and provides the regulatory overlay which makes her skillset so unique in this sector’. Other partners in the practice include Nick Nocton, who specialises in regulatory and commercial matters, and Stuart McMaster, who focuses on gambling-sector work. Niki Stephens, a managing associate in the corporate department, also acts for gambling clients, advising clients on corporate and commercial matters. She also provides gambling licensing, regulatory and compliance advice to regulated gambling clients.

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