15 Apr 2021
WH Partners earns recognition in 5 practice areas in Malta in the newly launched Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2021 guide.
Ranked practice areas include Banking, finance and capital markets, Commercial, corporate and M&A, Fintech, Intellectual property and Private client.
A total of 11 lawyers from WH Partners are mentioned by name in Legal 500 EMEA commentary for their standout contribution to respective practices in Malta.
Joseph F Borg was recommended in the elite "Leading Individuals" group in the Fintech practice and Robert Zammit was ranked as a Next Generation Partner in the Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice area in Malta and mentioned in the Intellectual property practice. Rachel Vella Baldacchino was recommended as a Rising Star in the Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice.
Both Olga Finkel and James Scicluna are recommended in 3 practice areas: Banking, finance and capital markets, Commercial, corporate and M&A and Intellectual property. Ramona Azzopardi, Davinia Cutajar and Fabrizio Speranza are recommended in the Private Client practice, whilst Gaby Zammit, Kelly Fenech and Robert Skalina are recommended in the Banking, finance and capital markets area.
Commercial, corporate and M&A
‘Partners have excellent experience in cross border deals- both Olga Finkel and James Scicluna are leading on a number of deals originating out of London and the US. We would certainly look to WH first for most of our finance, corporate, tax, gaming, regulatory and commercial matters before going elsewhere.’
‘My main contact at WH is Dr Davinia Cutajar. She is thorough and dedicated to my business as though it was her own. She is hands-on and solution oriented, and remembers things about my business that I honestly would never expect my lawyer to remember. It tells me I am not just a number. She is ready to step in whenever needed, and is always thinking ahead. She has very strong expertise on corporate and company law matters, corporate governance, business and property law.’
‘The team manages to combine an excellent level of service and expertise with efficient and timely responses, even when given tight deadlines from our end, projects are always completed on time and efficiently.’
‘The team is also pro-active in addressing any potential pitfalls during the process, to ensure timeliness.’
‘This is a Corporate/Commercial team that is incredibly experienced in transactional work. We have used WH for many years on a variety of legal matters. Acknowledged as unparalleled (in terms of skills and strength in depth) in the gambling sector, they are also significant advisers in Corporate and transactional work both for gambling sector clients but also in a number of other sectors.’
‘James and Olga are both outstanding lawyers and they are my main contacts at WH Partners. Both are razor sharp, very strategic and solution oriented. I regularly work with them on both transactional and finance work.’
‘Capable, committed and driven team dedicated to delivering on our objectives.’
‘Senior partner James Scicluna provided excellent guidance and advice throughout the M&A process that he led – very “switched on” drawing on invaluable past experience coupled with consistently accurate insight into the motivation, drivers and machinations of the other party to the transaction. All associates were dedicated, responsive, thorough etc. however Christina Borg Debono stood out from the team that James put together to deliver on our project.’
‘Very professional individuals and complete range of services available.’
‘WH Partners are extremely knowledgeable and reliable when it comes to assisting on legal matters in Malta. This contributed to create an incredible reputation as one of the best law firms in the country.’
‘Professional team, accessible and easy to work with. Responsive, technical, business approach.’
‘Ramona Azzopardi has a personal approach, is really hard-working, driven, and pragmatic’
‘WH Partners has an exceptionally efficient legal practice. Requests are handled promptly and professionally.’
‘Ramona Azzopardi is very attentive to the expectations of customers. She combines efficiency and good humour, which makes the relationship confident and pleasant.’
‘I have worked with WH Partners for many years now, very regularly and on complex client matters. They are extremely knowledgeable. They stand out in terms of their knowledge of tax and legal matters, both from a Maltese as well as from an international perspective.’
‘Ramona Azzopardi is a very good all round tax practitioner, she covers with ease all areas of tax, from international taxation to VAT, private client and corporate work. She is easy to work with, approachable.’
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
There is nothing I cant throw at this firm that they can’t do frankly! WH has a very strong finance, banking and capital markets practice, the team is reliable and highly skilled, capable of handling complex matters. They are known for their fintech work, but they are very experienced with traditional finance and capital markets matters too. They are our go-to partners in Malta for all finance, corporate, tax, gaming, regulatory and commercial matters.’
‘We like the crisp, authentic, knowledgeable, to-the-point friendly personalities. The more complex it gets, the better they seem to feel ‘at home’. Pro-active, fast, detailed, understandable.'
‘Great know-how and experience in DLT/Blockchain related matters.’
‘Very fast responses. Big Industry know how’
‘We feel that we have a team that works hand in hand with us rather than just for us. The main strengths of the WH team is their 360 degree view and depth of knowledge, which makes it easy for us to use them as a single reference point.’
‘The team attitude is one of pre-empting potential issues rather than acting after the fact, one that has helped us save a lot of money in the medium and long term and also avoided more serious legal issues months and years down the line.’
‘The depth of expertise that WH have when it comes to our activities in Software Development, Gaming and Artificial Intelligence is unrivalled in Malta. We have also used their team to co-ordinate with patent attorneys in the US, UK, Europe, China and Japan very successfully.’
‘We work mostly with Olga Finkel, who we have worked with for over 10 years and have always been very satisfied with the depth of expertise that she brings to the table, the clear articulation and explanation of complex issues and her attitude of being pro-active rather than reacting. We also value her knowledge of information technology specific legal matters and her knowledge of software terminology and processes, which is vital in our fast growing business in Artificial Intelligence. Her knowledge is at a premium as we have not met many lawyers who are both competent in law and also when it comes to the logical in-depth detail of the issues involved in AI.’
‘We would also like to mention Robert Zammit as one of the outstanding team members in WH, as he has always given us very fast and yet reliable service and results.’
A full list of testimonials can be found on legal500.com.
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