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WH Partners

LEVEL 5, QUANTUM HOUSE, 75 ABATE RIGORD STREET, TA' XBIEX XBX 1120, MALTA
Tel:
Work +356 20 925 100
Fax:
Fax +356 20 925 902
Web:
www.whpartners.eu
London, Ta' Xbiex

Dr James Scicluna

Tel:
Work (+356) 20925100
Email:
WH Partners

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 ranked as one of the top 50 gaming & gambling lawyers globally by Chambers & Partners. He is also listed by Who’s Who Legal in the Sports & Entertainment Category and is recommended by The Legal 500 guide as a top Corporate and M&A lawyer, as well as a top Intellectual Property lawyer. The International Financial Law Review also lists James as a leading lawyer in the M&A and R&I categories. James is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta.

Languages

English, Italian, French, Maltese

Member

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


Malta

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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