Once again WH Partners recognized as a Top Tier Firm in several categories by Legal 500


14 Jul 2017

WH Partners is pleased to announce that following an independent review Legal 500, publisher of one of the leading directories of the legal profession and widely respected for the independence and objectivity of its research, has voted and ranked both the firm and several of our lawyers with top rankings. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of a quality law practice and breadth of legal knowledge.


Law Firm Rankings 

Tier 2 ranking and accolade received for the following:-

• Banking, Finance and Capital Markets 

• Commercial, Corporate & M&A

WH Partners does the bulk of its work in the gambling sector. Recent examples include advising the Intertain Group on collateral for credit facilities related to its acquisition of Gamesys, a cross border transaction valued at £425m.

Olga Finkel represented leading private equity advisory firm CVC in its bid to acquire a major sports betting operator. Managing partner Ruth Galea and James Scicluna are also key contacts.

Tier 3 ranking:

• Intellectual Property

WH Partners mainly advises clients in the gaming sector on licensing matters and showcases the ‘extensive network, experience and work ethic required to be a market leader’. Notable clients include Mr Green and the Betsson Group. Partners Olga Finkel and Robert Zammit, who has ‘extensive iGaming experience’, assisted Bit8 with the registration of European trade marks.

Individual Ranking

Ruth Galea, Partner at the firm has been ranked Tier 1 in the Leading Lawyers category.

She is highly regarded and respected for her work and is described by clients as ‘a breath of fresh air’. WH Partners assisted heavyweight international clients with their entry into the European market.

Ruth advised Caixa on the security for a €40m loan to a Maltese company for the acquisition of assets in the energy sector. Senior adviser Robert Skalina is also a key contact.

Graziella Grech, Senior Associate, has been ranked Next Generation of Lawyers.

About Legal 500:

When reviewing the performance of a firm or department Legal 500 use various criteria; key focus is on the bench strength of the team (including partners and associates), and the consistency of quality of the individuals within the team. The assessment will be influenced by all the things that make the complete practice in that field. Areas that are considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Very strong technical ability available for the most complex and innovative work
  • Most prestigious clients
  • Individuals with the contacts at, and credibility with, the top clients
  • Capacity for the biggest transactions/cases
  • Market share
  • Historical track record on top deals/cases
  • Clear investment for the future in a particular practice area
  • Progress made with acquiring new clients/ market share
  • Strength in associated areas – eg can an M&A department undertake competition work to an equal standard
  • Reputation for handling complex, innovative deals
  • Capacity to handle all client requirements in any area – eg international offices/connections
  • Perception in the market

For further information on how Legal 500 assess and rank both law firms and individuals, please click here

About WH Partners:

WH Partners was formed in 2012 by Olga Finkel and James Scicluna and built on the successful practice run by Olga Finkel from 2006 called WH Law.

The firm has now established itself as a leading Malta-based business law firm best known for its strong understanding of the digital economy as well as for advising stake holders in the fields of education, financial services, gaming & gambling, leisure & hospitality, real estate, taxation and wealth management.

The firm’s corporate, M&A, tax, IP, employment and regulatory lawyers are very active advising businesses across a raft of these areas. The firm’s private client practice deals on an ongoing basis with high to very high net worth individuals and with family offices on matters ranging from succession planning and residence to yacht and aircraft registration.

The firm predominantly operates from its Maltese offices as well as having consulting rooms in London.

WH Partners is passionately committed to supporting CSR work and continue to work tirelessly with a number worthy causes.

The firm’s lawyers are among the strongest in Malta in their respective practice areas and are well regarded by regulators and clients for their thoroughness, efficiency and knowledge of their clients’ business, as well as their versatility.