Firm Profile > WH Partners > Ta' Xbiex , Malta
WH Partners Offices
LEVEL 5, QUANTUM HOUSE
75 ABATE RIGORD STREET
TA' XBIEX XBX 1120
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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.
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.
WH Partners > Firm Profile
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.
|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||Angele Attard Chetcuti|
|Commercial||Rachel Vella Baldacchino|
|Real estate||Olga Finkel|
|Real estate||James Scicluna|
|Employment||Angele Attard Chetcuti|
|Ship/yacht registration and finance||Olga Finkel|
|Italian desk||Fabrizio Speranza|
|Russian and Ukraine desk||Olga Finkel|
|Dr Angele Attard Chetcuti||View Profile|
|Dr Ramona Azzopardi||View Profile|
|Dr Joseph F Borg||View Profile|
|Dr Olga Finkel||View Profile|
|Dr Ruth Galea||View Profile|
|Dr Graziella Grech||View Profile|
|Mr Francois Peglau||View Profile|
|Dr James Scicluna||View Profile|
|Dr Robert Skalina||View Profile|
|Dr Robert Zammit||View Profile|