The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019 rankings released

NEWS

10 Apr 2019

The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa was released today.

WH Partners was recommended in four practice areas in the Maltese jurisdiction: Commercial, corporate and M&A (Tier 2), Banking, finance and capital markets (Tier 3), Intellectual property (Tier 3) and Real estate (Tier 3).

Partner Robert Zammit was recognized as a Next Generation Lawyer in the Commercial, corporate and M&A practice area and recommended along with partners James Scicluna, Olga Finkel and Ruth Galea.

James Scicluna was also recommended in the Banking, finance and capital markets practice area together with Ruth Galea and also in the Intellectual property practice area together with Olga Finkel.

Olga Finkel was also recommended in the Real Estate practice area as Legal 500 notes that she “is 'thorough, resourceful, meticulous and pays very good attention to her client’s needs'”.

The Legal 500 series mentions about the WH Banking, Finance and Capital Markets advisory that: “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.”

Regarding the commercial, corporate and M&A practice area, the international legal directory notes that “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”

The directory also mentions that “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.”

The Legal 500 Series is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest legal referral guide. More than 300,000 corporate counsel are surveyed and interviewed globally each year. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, in which law firms, sets and individuals are recommended purely on merit. The Legal 500 Series' analysis of law firm capabilities extends over 125 jurisdictions worldwide.