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WH Partners

FinTech Legal

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What the team is known for

WH Partners has a particularly strong technology practice. Its lawyers handle regulatory issues concerning virtual financial assets and often advise clients on blockchain, data protection, cybersecurity and tax matters.

Strengths

"They are very good and available."

"Well connected to FinTech with their gaming exposure, and those two areas are very linked here in Malta."

Work highlights

Assisted decentralised payment, e-wallet and ID platform Everest with corporate structuring, tax planning, the drafting of commercial agreements and token sale terms and conditions for the private sale of its token.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Borg has significant expertise in the legal issues surrounding cryptocurrency, blockchain and ICOs. He has additional capability in IP matters as well as being an expert in gaming and gambling law. Clients value his crypto capabilities, praising him as "very knowledgeable."

Kelly Fenech is senior associate with a focus on FinTech and distributed ledger technology, as well as payment services. He helps clients obtain the Maltese licence for virtual financial assets and writes regularly on developments in the industry. One peer comments: "He's a strong lawyer in this area; I always enjoy collaborating with him and come across him more or less exclusively in the FinTech space."

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Overview

WH Partners is a Malta-headquartered leading business law firm with a strong focus on advising businesses fuelling the digital economy, including in the areas of digital financial services and fintech, software and digital asset creation, digital entertainment, gaming & gambling, information security and privacy.

Languages: English, Maltese, Italian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Practice Areas:

Anti-Money Laundering

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

Capital Markets

Commercial

Corporate

Data Protection

Employment

Financial Services

Fintech

Gaming & Gambling

ICT, IP

Insolvency & Restructuring

M&A

Private Client

Real Estate

Tax


Fintech, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies:
Recent work includes:
■Advising blockchain space start-ups on legal, corporate and regulatory issues when setting up their business■Advising over 25 clients on their ICOs■Advising cryptocurrency exchanges and intermediaries to relocate to Malta and comply with the new Maltese regulatory requirements■Advising financial institutions on the adoption of policies on servicing blockchain space start-ups■Advising on the tax treatment of funds from ICOs and trading cryptocurrencies

■Advising on the licensing and operation of a MIFID II-compliant Multilateral Trading Facility targeting non-complex equity and debt securities

■Advising a number of clients in obtaining EMI and PSP licensees in Malta and providing ongoing advice and assistance


Contact Person: Joseph F. Borg, Partner (E: [email protected])

Members

Borg, Joseph (Head of Department)

Azzopardi, Ramona

Fenech, Kelly

Fenech, Kelly

Finkel, Olga

Zammit, Gaby

FinTech Legal

WH Partners

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Location

Level 5 Quantum House

75 Abate Rigord Street

Ta'Xbiex

Malta

Malta

XBX 1120

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Malta

FinTech Legal


Joseph Borg
Band 3
Kelly Fenech
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