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WH Partners

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Managing Partners: Olga Finkel, James Scicluna
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 24
Languages: English, Croatian, Czech, French, Italian, Maltese, Polish, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate/M&A:
Recent work includes:
■Advising the Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG; TSX: TSGI) on all of the Maltese law aspects of its acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners and Sky plc (LSE: SKY) in a cash and stock transaction valued at $4.7 billion
■Assisting a company incorporated in the UK with the acquisition of a Maltese company directly holding shares in a cell of a Maltese protected cell company, including assisting on all Maltese regulatory aspects, a transaction valued at £14 million
■Assisting Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, on all of the Maltese law aspects of its acquisition of Ezugi, a live dealer casino provider. The all-cash deal was carried out with an initial consideration of $12 million and possible additional consideration of a maximum of $6 million
■Advising the Stars Group Inc. on certain Maltese law matters in the context of its proposed merger with Flutter Entertainment

Corporate Finance/Capital Markets:
Recent work includes:
■Assisting Cherry AB in the due diligence on Malta operations in connection with its delisting from AktieTorget and listing on Nasdaq Stockholm (Mid Cap segment)
■Acting for the prospective issuer of a 15m eur bond intended to be listed on the Malta Stock Exchange and intended to be secured via significant hospitality and real estate assets in Italy
■Advising a client with a debt securities listing on a regulated wholesale securities market in Malta on ongoing listing requirements and early redemption
■Acting for Aspire Global plc on all Malta-related aspects of its IPO on Nasdaq First North Premier in Stockholm, including its conversion to a plc, dematerialisation of its securities with the CSD in Malta and affiliation with Euroclear Sweden
■Advising a Luxembourg fund on a £50 million revolving credit facility to an SPV for the acquisition of debt and on Maltese law aspects of taking security on protected cell shares
■Advising a multinational gambling group on term and revolving credit facilities amounting to EUR 70 million
■Advising a leading Asian online lottery service provider, listed on New York Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a Malta-licensed lottery service provider and its related entities (Deal value: EUR 49.8M)
■Advising a growth company in the food and beverage industry on fundraising through a listing on the ‘Prospects’ MTF in Malta

FinTech, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies:
WH Partners was a pioneer in Malta when establishing its blockchain practice.
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

Gaming & Gambling:
WH Partners is internationally recognised for its expertise in both land based and remote gaming and gambling.
Recent work includes:
■Advising the MGA on the design of the Maltese Gaming Act
■Advising the MGA on the drafting of a policy for licensees to accept payment in the form of cryptocurrencies
■Acting for scores of clients applying for or renewing remote gaming licenses
■Advising gaming and gambling businesses on migration of their business operations to Malta
■Advising financial institutions on acting as acquirers for gaming companies
■Advising on risk and licensing opportunities arising from client target markets
■Advising clients on challenging decisions of the MGA

ICT & IP:
The firm’s focus on technology-rich, data-rich and intangible asset-rich businesses, results in high demand for the firm’s IP related advice.
Recent work includes:
■Advising on disputes involving the violation of the client’s trademarks, copyright and design rights
■Drafting and negotiating major software licensing agreements in the gaming and gambling industry
■Advising on the exploitation of IP assets as security for financing
■Advising on protection of emojis
■Advising on several trademark registrations and domain disputes
■Legal due diligence on IP assets
■Negotiating and drafting data licence agreements

Data Protection:
Recent work includes:

■Carrying out extensive technical and legal GDPR compliance audits
■Advising clients on client-facing and internal HR issues
■Drafting and reviewing various data protection related documentation including data processing agreements, privacy policies and notices

Private Client:
The firm advises several high-net-worth to very high-net-worth individuals/families, both Maltese and international, on succession planning, asset protection, residency and citizenship and related tax matters

Real Estate:
Recent work includes:
■Acting for a Maltese bank on over 160 property financing deals
■Advising several clients on acquisition of property, including financing, planning applications, drafting and negotiating contracts of works and assisting with services related to project management in the areas of construction and civil engineering
■Advising several clients on contentious matters relating to real estate

Taxation:
Recent work includes:
■Advising a variety of private and public companies on cross-border direct taxation matters
■Advising a variety of clients on indirect tax planning
■Assisting clients with VAT & tax compliance matters
■Assisting clients with tax reporting and disclosure matters
■Acting as tax representatives
■Providing VAT & tax advice on mergers & acquisitions

Anti-Money Laundering (AML):
Recent work includes:

■Assistance in relation to AML/CFT compliance obligations relative to Gaming and Gambling, Financial Services Providers, Virtual Financial Assets and other obliged persons
■Providing advice and guidance with regards to AML/CFT laws, regulations and obligations
■Drafting of AML/CFT Policies and Procedures and overseeing the implementation thereof
■Assisting in carrying out KYC processes
■Providing AML training to key persons

PRACTICE AREAS:
Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
Capital Markets
Commercial
Corporate
Corporate Finance
Data Protection
Employment
Financial Services
FinTech
Gaming & Gambling
ICT, IP & Digital Industries
Insolvency & Restructuring
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Client
Real Estate
Taxation
Yachting

OFFICES
MALTA

TA’ XBIEX: Level 5, Quantum House, 75 Abate Rigord Street, XBX 1120

ITALY
LIVORNO: Via Del Tempio, N. 8, 57123

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