Firm Profile > WH Partners > Ta' Xbiex , Malta

WH Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

WH Partners, which has a first-rate reputation in the gaming sector, advised The Stars Group on the Maltese law aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners and Sky plc; James Scicluna was the lead partner on the transaction. Olga Finkel led on M&A transactions for clients such as Mr. Green and Cherry AB. Ruth Galea regularly advises on corporate restructurings, with a particular focus on joint ventures and M&A. Robert Zammit made partner in February 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

The team at WH Partners is particularly well-known for handling landmark transactions in the gaming sector, which included advising The Stars Group on the Maltese law aspects of the financing of its acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners and Sky plc. Led by Ruth Galea, the team stands out for its ‘deep technical expertise’ and ‘strong legal knowledge’ of ICO compliance matters for online gaming platforms, including corporate structuring and tax planning projects. James Scicluna specialises in corporate finance, debt finance raising and capital markets transactions. Another notable matter included assisting Aspire Global plc with its IPO listing on the Swedish exchange Nasdaq First North.

Intellectual property Tier 3

WH Partners has a particular strength handling intellectual property matters with a nexus to Malta’s 'new economy' industries, namely gaming and gambling, e-payments, e-money and blockchain. The scope of its work includes assisting clients with trade mark applications, GDPR matters, software licence agreements and domain name acquisitions. James Scicluna and Olga Finkel are key contacts.

Real estate Tier 3

WH Partners assists its gaming and gambling client base, as well as other international clients, with matters concerning office space leasing, property acquisitions and financing. Practice head Olga Finkel is 'thorough, resourceful, meticulous and pays very good attention to her client’s needs'. Senior associate Graziella Grech ‘is exceptionally knowledgeable and delivers a very high standard of advice’. She advised on numerous property development projects, including the setting up of a boutique hotel.

The firm: WH Partners is a leading Malta-based business law firm with a very strong reputation for working alongside and supporting businesses in digital industries from inception through to sale, IPO and beyond. The firm’s M&A, corporate finance, taxation, regulatory and licensing and IPR teams are particularly sought after. The firm also has strong private client, real estate and financial services practices.

Areas of practice: Gaming and gambling: this is an internationally recognised area of expertise of WH Partners. Recent work includes advising the Malta Gaming Authority on the modernisation of Maltese gambling and gaming law and advising a top-tier, listed remote casino operator on entering into an agreement with a top-tier sportsbook provider; advising one of the world’s 20 largest banks on risk associated with processing monies through Malta originating from remote gambling transactions.

Corporate/M&A: WH Partners are trained to identify and handle complex corporate issues, whether tax, employment, licensing or company law related, in a timely manner to address clients’ needs. The firm has significant experience in advising on M&A transactions in the gaming and gambling, ICT and digital industries, as well as in banking and payment service provision, property, hotels, and leisure and entertainment industries. The firm is often involved in advising on structuring/restructuring in preparation for an exit from a business or sale and then advising on the deal itself.

Financial services: WH Partners’ financial services practice has grown immensely in the last year.

Private client: WH Partners’ private client practice focuses on advising high-net-worth to very-high-net-worth individuals on estate and inheritance planning, as well as on residence and nationality. The firm’s private client lawyers have dealt with the planning of estates worth from a few million to several billion euros. WH Partners’ private client practice includes lawyers who handle the acquisition and financing of aircraft and yachts for the firm’s clients.

ICT and IP: WH Partners have a particular focus on technology and on the use and protection of all related areas, in particular IPR and data.

Taxation: WH Partners has a very strong tax practice, with a strong and highly capable team. The team handles financial and commercial transactions which can give rise to a number of delicate and complex taxation issues, which can determine the structure of the transaction. The firm ensures competency in addressing such issues and keeps abreast with changing tax legislation and laws, both within the domestic and cross-border arena. The firm also offers practical and sound tax and wealth planning advice to both companies and individuals, tailored to meet their requirements and circumstances. The firm advise corporate clients on their withholding tax obligations and vis-à-vis their employees, corporation taxation issues with a focus on tax rebates for non-resident persons and indirect tax (VAT)

Employment: the firm supports its strong client base on employment issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Gaming and gambling Olga Finkel
Gaming and gambling James Scicluna
Gaming and gambling Joseph Borg
Gaming and gambling Robert Zammit
Gaming and gambling Robert Skalina
Taxation, private clients and wealth management Ramona Azzopardi
Taxation, private clients and wealth management Olga Finkel
Taxation, private clients and wealth management James Scicluna
Taxation, private clients and wealth management Ruth Galea
Financial services Ruth Galea
Financial services Robert Skalina
Financial services Joseph Borg
Financial services Kelly Fenech
Financial services Gaby Zammit
Financial services Rachel Vella Baldacchino
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Olga Finkel
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A James Scicluna
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Ruth Galea
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Robert Skalina
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Robert Zammit
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Gaby Zammit
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Angele Attard Chetcuti
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Martin Katunar
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Rachel Vella Baldacchino
Corporate/corporate finance/M&A Patrick Massa
Privacy and data protection Olga Finkel
Privacy and data protection Robert Zammit
Privacy and data protection Joseph Borg
Intellectual property James Scicluna
Intellectual property Robert Zammit
Intellectual property Joseph Borg
Intellectual property Olga Finkel
Intellectual property Rachel Vella Baldacchino
ICT/digital industries Olga Finkel
ICT/digital industries Joseph Borg
EU and competition (antitrust) Olga Finkel
EU and competition (antitrust) James Scicluna
EU and competition (antitrust) Angele Attard Chetcuti
Insolvency and restructuring Olga Finkel
Insolvency and restructuring James Scicluna
Insolvency and restructuring Ramona Azzopardi
Insolvency and restructuring Ruth Galea
Insolvency and restructuring Robert Skalina
Commercial Olga Finkel
Commercial James Scicluna
Commercial Angele Attard Chetcuti
Commercial Robert Skalina
Commercial Rachel Vella Baldacchino
Real estate Olga Finkel
Real estate James Scicluna
Employment Robert Zammit
Employment Angele Attard Chetcuti
Ship/yacht registration and finance Olga Finkel
Italian desk Fabrizio Speranza
Russian and Ukraine desk Olga Finkel
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Angele Attard Chetcuti  photo Dr Angele Attard Chetcuti
Dr Ramona Azzopardi  photo Dr Ramona Azzopardi
Dr Joseph F Borg  photo Dr Joseph F Borg
Dr Olga Finkel  photo Dr Olga Finkel
Dr Ruth Galea  photo Dr Ruth Galea
Dr Graziella Grech  photo Dr Graziella Grech
Mr Francois Peglau  photo Mr Francois Peglau
Dr James Scicluna  photo Dr James Scicluna
Dr Robert Skalina  photo Dr Robert Skalina
Dr Robert Zammit  photo Dr Robert Zammit
Number of lawyers : 21
International Bar Association
International Alliance of Law Firms
International Masters of Gaming Law
Malta Chamber of Advocates
Malta Chamber of Commerce
Maltese-French Chamber of Commerce