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The team at CMS¬†¬†‚Äėalways sets a high standard‚Äô;¬†'it‚Äôs very hard to find another law firm that really puts the client first in all respects.‚Äô The practice advises a mix of broadcasters, sports rights holders, publishers and software developers on the full range of gambling issues across various sectors. Recent highlights include advising private equity investment giants CVC Capital Partners and Blackstone on their bid for payment processing company Paysafe. The team continues to advise the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association on the UK Government‚Äôs reform to the taxation of remote gambling services, issuing judicial review proceedings for the High Court to determine the lawfulness of the new tax regimes. The firm is also advising 32Red Group plc, the AIM-quoted online gaming company, on its ¬£175.6 million recommended takeover by Kindred Group plc, one of the largest online gambling companies in the world. Key practitioners include practice head David Zeffman, corporate lawyer Rob Willis, litigation specialist Dan Tench¬† and Stephen Hignett, who has notable expertise in the gambling sector. Of counsel Anna Soilleux-Mills¬† is also recommended, as are¬†Tamsin Blow, of counsel and associate¬†Alasdair Lamb.

Harris Hagan¬† is praised as ‚Äėan excellent firm with a personal touch‚Äô. The firm's specialist gaming and betting service covers corporate, commercial and regulatory advice to a client base within the betting, gaming, licensing and entertainment sectors. Its expertise extends to both land-based and online gaming, and the group frequently advises on applications for licence renewal and licence variations. Recommended by some who say ‚Äėno one knows the regulatory aspects of the gaming industry as well as they do,‚Äô Julian Harris¬† and John Hagan¬† are the key names to note. In addition, partner Bahar Alaeddini, is praised as having ‚Äėsharp intellect and a practical approach to advice,‚Äô and comes recommended for establishing operations in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions.

Memery Crystal LLP's practice is headed by¬†Carl Rohsler, who is¬†praised for his ‚Äėencyclopaedic knowledge of gaming which he always imparts clearly.‚Äô Rohsler, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs¬†in 2017, has acted in numerous high-profile transactions in the gambling sector for clients including Caesars Entertainment,, The Health Lottery and Gala Leisure. The team includes chairman Lesley Gregory, who has acted for gambling clients on IPO listings and other corporate matters, and Jonathan Riley¬†, who also has considerable experience and expertise in this area.

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 ‚Äėa 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‚Äô. 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.

Wiggin LLP¬† provides ‚Äėtop-notch guidance‚Äô to a range of clients across the betting, poker, media and sports sectors, amongst others, and regularly advises major banks and payment processors on gambling-related issues. Practice head Stephen Ketteley¬†‚Äėbrings a depth of knowledge which is second to none and manages to think two or three steps ahead‚Äô. He recently advised on a number of UK Gambling Commission investigations into apparent compliance failings, and continuing to advise bet365 and William Hill on regulatory matters. Other notable lawyers in the team include Simon Bernholt, who joined in early 2018 from Playtech, advises clients across the full range of commercial and regulatory matters. Jason Chess¬†is the other key figure and has significant expertise in online gambling, lotteries, competitions and promotions. He is advising Worldpay on regulatory issues facing online gambling operators and their service providers on a global basis.

Bird & Bird LLP has expanded its gaming practice following the arrival of Andrew Danson  and Elizabeth Dunn. Recent work highlights include advising on a range of general commercial agreements for the Gamesys group, operators of the Jackpotjoy, Caesars Bingo, Heart Bingo, Virgin Games, Starspins, and Monopoly Casino brands. The firm also advised on the drafting and negotiation of licence agreements with third party licensors such as NetEnt and Endemol. GVC, SkyBet and Zeal Network are also clients.

The gaming and betting practice at DLA Piper regularly handles IT, IP, corporate and litigation matters for its broad range of gambling sector clients, and also has notable expertise in domestic and international tax issues. Key partners include Nick Fitzpatrick and Hilary Stewart-Jones.

Gordon Dadds LLP  has a substantial international client base, and is well-established in the gaming operator and start-up spaces where the team advises on corporate and M&A matters, tax issues and the establishment of new operations. Recent highlights include advising a new US-based entrant to the UK land-based casino market on successfully securing their casino operating licence, and advising on two-high profile enforcement cases following the initiation of reviews of operating licences by the Gambling Commission. In March 2017 the team was bolstered by the addition of Andrew Tait, who had previously worked in-house for a Gibraltar-based remote operator. Partner Andrew Cotton heads the gaming and betting team, and Alex Ktorides advises clients on anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption.

Kemp Little LLP¬† is noted for its strength in the online and mobile gambling sector, where the team advises on rapidly developing areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence, in-app purchases and digital currencies, and the firm is praised by clients as being ‚Äėa very informative resource for all things related to online gambling‚Äô. Notable work included advising Gamblewise on its mobile app to help gamblers control the time they spend gambling, which involved advising on the terms and conditions for contracts with gamblers using the product, including collection and use of personal data and the commercial contracts with operators in whose facilities the product will operate. Another notable highlight is continuing to advise William Hill on its supply arrangement with Playtech. Susan Biddle¬†heads the practice and is praised for her ‚Äėexcellent communication skills and depth of knowledge‚Äô. Financial regulatory team head¬†Jacob Ghanty¬†¬†is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†provides ‚Äėquality advice‚Äô and is noted for its expertise in business expansion and financing, as well as the introduction of new business-critical systems, relocation and strategically significant disputes, alongside other gambling and betting industry issues. The team is headed by¬†Diane Mullenex¬† and includes¬†Julian Stanier, Gareth Jones,¬†who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, and Audrey Ferrie, who¬†heads the licensing practice.

Poppleston Allen's gaming practice is led by Nick Arron and acts for a range of gaming clients operating in the UK and internationally. Recent highlights for the practice include being retained by Best Gaming Technology of Austria, the largest supplier of self service betting terminals to betting shops in the UK; acting for Opera House Casino to secure a small casino licence in Scarborough; and continuing to advise Arena Racing Company on its track betting licences.

Taylor Wessing LLP¬† acts for a range of major gaming and betting brands and has notable expertise in the social gaming sector, advising on licensed ‚Äėreal money‚Äô products and financial and regulatory issues. eSports is also a key area of focus, and the team is increasingly involved in assisting companies who have not historically fallen under the remit of UK gambling legislation. Recent work includes continuing to advise digital entertainment plc on its online gaming services in the US through a major tie up with Boyd Gaming and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. We advise on gambling platform licence agreements, in addition to issues around its mobile apps in the US. Key figures in the team are practice heads Graham Hann, Mark Owen¬† and partners Chris Jeffery¬†and Glyn Morgan.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬† provides ‚Äėvery comprehensive advice‚Äô and ‚Äėworks collaboratively‚Äô with clients. The team regularly advises on licensing for large developments, its clients include a number of casinos, betting shops, developers and banks, and cross-border matters are a notable area of expertise. The firm successfully obtained premises licence for an adult gaming centre in the centre of Norwich despite heavy trade and local resident opposition, and continues to provide gambling and associated regulatory advice to a large gambling client. Other gaming clients include Playtech, the Hippodrome and Stride Gaming. Practice head Craig Baylis¬† and key practitioner Jeremy Bark¬† are notable contacts.

Fladgate LLP¬† is known for advising owner-managers of betting and gaming businesses on various corporate, financial and IT issues. Highlights included advising Saw Close Casino on the real estate aspects of its sale to Austrian based Century Casinos Europe, and advising Aspers UK Holdings Limited on a joint venture with Stride Gaming plc to set up Aspers Online Limited. Department head Grant Gordon¬† advises on key licensing and regulatory issues arising from the due diligence process, and the ‚Äėcommercial, proactive and pragmatic‚Äô Stephen Lewis¬† specialises in property acquisition and disposal work.

David Schollenberger heads Healys LLP  gaming practice in London. Dual US and UK qualified, Schollenberger is assisting the Cyprus government with respect to the setup, governance, forms, policies, procedures and standards of the Cyprus Gaming Commission as regulator and with respect to the development and regulation of the casino. Its other clients include Quickspin AB, Atrium Court 1, and Amtote International.

Hugh James' gaming practice is headed by Aled Walters and Martin Jones, who also heads the regulatory practice. Its recent highlights include advising ioSport Group throughout its successful application to the Gambling Commission for a remote betting operating licence and a gambling software licence; advising Cyberplay Management on the adaptation of its existing policies and systems so as to meet the requirements of the Commission’s Operating Conditions, Codes of Practice and Gambling Software Technical Standards; and drafting and negotiating the licence of Amelco’s sports betting platform to Intralot, the Greek lottery.

Joelson's expertise includes betting, gaming and lotteries law, regulatory matters and licensing, and clients include a wide mix of nightclubs, casinos, lotteries and betting companies. The licensing and gaming practice is jointly headed by Niall McCann and recently promoted partner Richard Williams. The team recently advised Stakers, a remote platform developer and international remote gaming operator, with applications for UK remote betting, casino and software licences; acted for a Malta-based client on an Irish remote bookmaker’s licence; and assisted More Tech Group Limited with an application for a remote betting. Other notable clients include Fitzdares, a high-end members-only online betting platform, and Condor Gaming, a multinational online betting and casino operator.

The integrated sports and gambling practice at K&L Gates LLP  advised Arena Racing Corporation on the gambling and licensing issues in relation to the acquisition of the greyhound stadia at Newcastle and Sunderland from William Hill. The practice also acted for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation Limited, on all aspects of three High Court actions and related applications against major bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders including Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred, relating to the disputed use of on-course horse racing and betting data in off-course fixed-odds betting services in betting shops. The team is headed by Warren Phelops and advises on the full range of gambling industry matters including licensing and regulatory issues, public listings and M&A work, technology supply, payment service provision and IP licensing agreements. Senior associate Michael Llewellyn, who joined in July 2017 from CMS is also recommended. as are  Jamie Kershaw and partner John Elgar.

Gambling specialist Peter Wilson Legal LLP  is advising a number of international gambling operations along with professional gamblers, banks, payment processors and media companies on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Peter Wilson and Angela Wilson are the key names to note; they recently acted for defendants in first prosecution and conviction for offering betting and gaming using virtual digital currency.

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