Dr James Scicluna > WH Partners > Ta' Xbiex, Malta > Lawyer Profile

WH Partners
LEVEL 5, QUANTUM HOUSE
75 ABATE RIGORD STREET
TA' XBIEX XBX 1120
Malta

Work Department

Gaming & Gambling; Mergers & Acquisitions; Intellectual Property; Insolvency & Restructuring; ICT; General Commercial; Employment; Cyber Crime; Advertising & Sponsorship; Taxation

Position

Partner. Government relations, gambling regulation, devising strategic commercial solutions within a regulated environment, IPR licensing, sport sponsorship, brand development and protection, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate and tax structuring, joint ventures, crowd funding and European Union law

Career

James Scicluna is a Malta Advocate and a Solicitor of the Senior Court of England and Wales. He has practiced law in the UK and Malta both in private practice and as in house counsel. James provides advice mainly to the Gaming, Financial Services, Real Estate and Hospitality industries. His areas of expertise are: government relations, gambling regulation, devising strategic commercial solutions within a regulated environment, IPR licensing, sport sponsorship, brand development and protection, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate and tax structuring, joint ventures, crowd funding and European Union law, especially in so far as the Internal Market is concerned. He has also acted on the financing of corporate deals with underlying investments in real estate and the trade financing of businesses in the UK. James has held the position of Chief of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs with the Betclic Group as well as having been General Counsel of Betclic and Expekt, two of the Betclic Group’s brands. Prior to that he was a foreign lawyer and then a solicitor with London firm Jeffrey Green Russell’s (now Gordon Dadds) Company and Commercial team. James is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta.

Languages

English, Italian, French, Maltese

Memberships

Malta Chamber of Advocates International Masters of Gaming Law International Bar Association

Education

LLM summa cum laude in International Business Law from University College London, UK Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta Bachelor of Arts in Law & Sociology from the University of Malta

Lawyer Rankings

Malta > Intellectual property

The IP practice at WH Partners predominantly represents gaming and gambling, fintech, software and consulting clients. The firm is strong on the exploitation and commercialisation of all types of IP and IP due diligence in M&A transactions as well as the more routine registration of trade marks. The co-heads of the team are James Scicluna and ‘pro-activeOlga Finkel. Robert Zammit is another key name.

Malta > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Offering ‘pragmatic solution-orientated advice,’ the commercial, corporate and M&A team at WH Partners has been involved in a varied range of M&A and big-ticket commercial deals in the gaming and gambling sector. The team has also worked on matters concerning blockchain and crypto assets. James Scicluna and Olga Finkel are the practice heads. Robert Zammit and Rachel Vella Baldacchini are other key names.

Malta > Banking, finance and capital markets

Led by James Scicluna and Olga Finkel, the banking and finance practice at WH Partners assists clients across a variety of industries, with a focus on gaming and gambling, technology and blockchain. The team is ‘highly skilled and capable of handling complex matters’. Gaby Zammit, Kelly Fenech and Robert Skalina are ‘hardworking, responsive and very reliable.’