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Managing Partners: Olga Finkel, James Scicluna
Number of partners: 7 Number of lawyers: 24
Languages:English, Maltese, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Firm 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 and gambling, information security and privacy.

Main Areas of Practice:
Anti-Money Laundering (AML) 
Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies 
Capital Markets 
Corporate Finance 
Data Protection 
Financial Services 
Gaming & Gambling 
ICT, IP & Digital Industries
Insolvency & Restructuring
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Client
Real Estate

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

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)

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
- Advising Betsson AB in connection with its €31 million acquisition of Zecure Gaming Limited
- 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

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

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

WH Partners has a strong tax practice.
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 and 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


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