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Global Guide

Gaming & Gambling — Global-wide

Senior Statesperson

Gordon Dadds LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Tony Coles of Gordon Dadds LLP is active as a consultant for the firm's betting and gaming department in London and is one of the leading experts in gaming and betting law in the UK. Sources compliment him as “an old fox, a very skilled and experienced lawyer” while another said that with him “you know it's money in the bank.” Coles is a former president of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

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Senior Statesperson

Lazarus Charbonneau

From the Chambers Global guide

Founder of Lazarus Charbonneau, Morden Lazarus is viewed by peers as "a man who has seen and done it all" with regard to the gaming and gambling markets. He has been active for decades, and his expertise covers online and land-based gaming. He is active throughout Canada and is based in Québec.

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Senior Statesperson

Herzog Fox & Neeman

From the Chambers Global guide

Gaming and gambling law "mastermind" Meir Linzen of Herzog Fox & Neeman is a managing partner at the firm and sits on the board of a number of key industry players. One market commentator said that "he is someone who is intellectually brilliant and legally bright. He doesn't follow other people's tracks and thinks outside of the box by foreseeing developments." He is based in Israel.

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Eminent Practitioner

Hilary Stewart-Jones

Harris Hagan

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Hilary Stewart-Jones recently joined Harris Hagan after leaving DLA Piper LLP, and she is a stalwart in the industry with 25 years of experience working on gaming and gambling law. Sources commend her "good frame of mind" and call her a "great operator who knows it all." She regularly handles licence applications and compliance audits.

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Star Individuals

Santiago Asensi Gisbert

Asensi Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Santiago Asensi Gisbert of Asensi Abogados is a globally recognised expert in gaming law. Sources point out that he "played a big role for remote licensing in Spain." One impressed commentator praised him as being "by a huge margin the best lawyer in this field in Spain." He represents major operators in Spain and is currently developing his practice in South America, particularly Colombia.

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Star Individuals

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Anthony Cabot of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP is complimented as "without question an absolute star." He has contributed greatly to the development of gaming and gambling legislation within the USA. His expertise includes gaming law, internet gaming, skill games and administrative law. He is based in Las Vegas.

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Star Individuals

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise co-chair of the global gaming practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP Mark Clayton for his ability to "understand both the legal and commercial issues" of a matter. One impressed source added that "there is no one better positioned to address issues or concerns" in this market. Formerly a regulator and member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, he is now a leading lawyer within the market. To some, he is "somebody who is head and shoulders above the rest." He regularly provides gaming and regulatory advice on domestic and international operational matters to Caesars Entertainment Corporation and is currently based in Las Vegas.

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Star Individuals

Harris Hagan

From the Chambers Global guide

Julian Harris of Harris Hagan has a long-standing reputation as an expert in the UK and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Interviewees refer to him as "a gentleman, a great lawyer and an amazing man" with a "really big international reputation. He is a thoroughly professional individual." His expertise in international gambling and licensing law is admired by operators and regulators alike.

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Nicholas Casiello Jr

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Nicholas Casiello of Fox Rothschild LLP is chair of the firm's gaming practice and has been active in the market for over 30 years. Clients think of him as "very attentive" and "a standout" and commend how he "appreciates time sensitivity." Casiello specialises in licensing, acquisitions, compliance, investigations and financing. He served as lead gaming counsel representing the Tavistock Group and Harmony Cove on a broad range of issues relating to the legalisation of full-scale gaming in Jamaica. He is based in Atlantic City.

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Band 1

WH Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Olga Finkel of WH Partners is recognised by peers as a "pioneer" and "the person to talk to when it comes to Malta" due to her deep knowledge of the local market. She is internationally well known and highlighted for her knowledge of both gambling and technology law.

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Band 1

Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources commend how Justin Franssen of Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law was "transformational in terms of the Dutch market, pushing back the regulators and keeping the market alive." He leads the firm's gaming practice, and another source commented that "he is embedded in the industry, a real guru," and "he is always clear, personable and knowledgeable about the Dutch regulatory regime." He is also widely respected by clients: "He is top of the list. If something needs to be done in the Netherlands, I'm calling him." His practice covers a range of non-contentious and contentious mandates.

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Band 1

Harris Hagan

From the Chambers Global guide

The "phenomenal" London-based John Hagan of Harris Hagan has been practising gambling law for almost two decades and is a stalwart within the industry. Sources call him a "star in the regulatory sector" and one commentator said that he is "the UK competitor I would rate most highly." Peers highlight his regulatory expertise; his practice further covers all aspects of online and land-based gambling law.

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Band 1

Hambach & Hambach Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources view founding partner and leader of Hambach & Hambach Law Firm's gaming practice Wulf Hambach as "someone who, over the years, has accumulated strong experience and an ability to navigate the choppy waters of the German market." One impressed interviewee touted him as "absolutely unquestionably the number one German gaming lawyer."

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Band 1

Melchers

From the Chambers Global guide

Heidelberg-based Jörg Hofmann of Melchers is the leader of the firm's gaming and betting practice. One market source emphasised that they "can't think of anyone who can put on the table the same level of knowledgeability and experience." He is a former president of the International Masters of Gaming Law and admired by sources, who say that "he is a hard worker and is very competent. He has his market under control."

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Band 1

Wiggin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers commend Stephen Ketteley of Wiggin LLP in London and his strong standing in the UK market, one source praising his "vision, philosophy and mentality in the way he services his clients." Other sources stress that he "deserves recognition" and is "a serious player." He services a number of high-profile clients. His main focus is the online gambling sector and he is respected for his "very commercial view of things."

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Band 1

Michael D Lipton QC

Dickinson Wright LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Toronto-based Michael Lipton QC of Dickinson Wright LLP is highlighted as "a leader with respect to gaming law." One source described him as "very responsive, and the advice given has been very clear." Another added: "He is a great guy, a gentleman, he knows what he is doing in the marketplace and I wouldn't hesitate referring matters to him." He regularly advises major clients on issues pertaining to the gaming industry such as amendments to gaming legislation, compliance and due diligence. Lipton is a former president of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

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Band 1

Tonucci & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Quirino Mancini of Tonucci & Partners is singled out by interviewees as “one of the principal advisers in Italy.” He has almost two decades of experience working in the field and is regularly involved in licensing rounds including online gaming licences. He is based in Rome and is the firm's global head of gaming and gambling.

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Peter C Montegriffo QC

Hassans International Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Montegriffo QC of Hassans International Law Firm is singled out by commentators for his "political mindset, he is a thinker. As a thinker he is intelligent, a very good lawyer and highly respected." He is based in Gibraltar, and one source described him as "a star in his country." His expertise includes advising on financial matters, regulatory and trust related issues.

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Band 1

Addisons

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients consider Jamie Nettleton of Addisons in Sydney as a "go-to partner for wagering law." He regularly advises the biggest operators in the area, such as eSports Mogul and William Hill. He also advised bet365 on regulatory issues relating to Northern Territory licensing conditions and proposed changes to Australia's Interactive Gambling Act. He is recognised for his work in M&A and joint ventures in the gambling sector.

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Band 1

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Praised as "impressive," Frank Schreck is the chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP's gaming law group. He is labelled by sources as "an institution in Las Vegas." One interviewee noted that he is "one of the big names" within the industry and added: "I've seen him in operation and he knows his stuff." He has over four decades of experience in the sector and his main areas of focus are regulatory compliance and licensing matters. His extensive list of clients includes William Hill.

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Band 1

Philippe Vlaemminck

Pharumlegal

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators view Philippe Vlaemminck of Pharumlegal in Brussels as "one of the exceptional experts on gambling" with a "clever approach to regulation." With more than 30 years of specialist experience in EU regulatory law and litigation, Vlaemminck consistently appears in the ECJ and the EFTA courts. Sources label him a "tremendous and qualified lawyer." Clients appreciate his accessibility and flexibility as well as the fact that his "advice is to the point and he is very well informed about national and international developments in gambling." Recent clients include European lotteries and various government entities.

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Band 1

Herzog Fox & Neeman

From the Chambers Global guide

Gil White of Herzog Fox & Neeman in Israel is held in high regard by clients, who praise him as "one of the leading gaming lawyers in the world, extremely hands-on and proactive." Additional sources recognise that he has "a trusted adviser status with a number of big companies." His areas of expertise include banking, finance and e-commerce.

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Band 1

Whitesman Lurie Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

One of the leading gaming and gambling lawyers in South Africa, Cape Town-based Garron Whitesman is a founding partner of Whitesman Lurie Attorneys. He is thought of by sources as "a clever guy who certainly understands the industry" and has been active in the market for over a decade.

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Referred to by one client as "one of the most efficient lawyers we've ever worked with," Barcelona-based Albert Agustinoy of Cuatrecasas is one of the leading gaming and gambling lawyers in Spain. Interviewees say that he is "very knowledgeable about the Spanish market and working with him is always a pleasure." He has experience advising multinationals on e-commerce, IT and intellectual property related matters. His impressive list of clients includes Playtech, 888 and William Hill.

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Band 2

Barnea

From the Chambers Global guide

Praised as "smart and sharp," Dotan Baruch of Barnea is a prominent practitioner based in Tel Aviv. Clients say his "combination of professionalism and dedication is outstanding." His expertise extends to online gaming and gambling as well as e-commerce and financial trading. One market commentator noted that "he is strong in corporate, internet and regulatory" matters. Dotan advises both foreign and local clients on Israeli law.

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Band 2

Wiggin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of Wiggin LLP's betting and gaming group, Jason Chess is praised by interviewees for being "super knowledgeable and having a pan-European view. He is sharp and precise in relation to what is going on on the regulatory front." He regularly works with some of the biggest names in the industry and is based in London.

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Band 2

Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New Orleans-based Kelly Duncan of Jones Walker LLP is a "very solid gaming specialist" with market commentators saying that clients who choose to use his services "will be in great hands." Clients further appreciate his "technical knowledge of gaming law and licensing." He specialises in admiralty and maritime law, with over 35 years' experience which applies directly to riverboat gaming, one of his areas of specialisation. His expertise also includes advising casino and resort operators on matters such as joint ventures. He is a former president of the International Masters of Gaming Law and is currently the head of his firm's gaming practice.

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Band 2

Horten

From the Chambers Global guide

Nina Henningsen of Horten is praised by sources as "the leading lawyer for gambling issues in Denmark" in part due to her ability to "think outside the box." Henningsen has ten years of sector-specific experience and is the head of the firm's media and entertainment and commercial law departments. She regularly assists various online operators with the application process for getting new Danish betting and casino licences.

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Band 2

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers Global guide

Dublin-based Joe Kelly of A&L Goodbody is the leading expert on gaming and gambling law in Ireland and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. Market sources note his experience and say: "He knows the industry really well." One source also praised his responsiveness: "Whenever I call he'll always pick up the phone." His expertise covers a range of dispute resolution mandates. He co-heads the firm's gaming and betting group.

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the gaming and gambling practice at Pinsent Masons LLP, Diane Mullenex is viewed as being "extremely nice to deal with, a very able practitioner, clever and impressive, with a loyal client following." With a decade in the gaming and gambling industry, Mullenex has been instrumental in developing the firm's global reach. She is based in London.

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Band 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight how London-based Nick Nocton of Mishcon de Reya LLP has "brought the practice into a new arena and added a great presence to the firm's gaming and betting team." One client praised his "professionalism, his knowledge and connections," saying: "He's been a lifeline on numerous occasions." He has over 20 years of experience advising on corporate commercial and regulatory matters in connection with the gambling industry and his expertise is globally recognised. He also specialises in skill gaming, e-sports and social gaming.

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Band 2

Henrik Norsk Hoffmann

Advokat Henrik Norsk Hoffmann

From the Chambers Global guide

Henrik Norsk Hoffmann of Advokat Henrik Norsk Hoffmann specialises in matters within the German and Danish gaming and gambling markets. His work is mainly in connection with the acquisition of gaming licences and advising online casinos. Sources comment that “he gives you advice, it's reliable and he's a very steady guy. That's what you want in your lawyer.” Another source added that “he has a bright mind and is very confident in his capacity.” He is based in Frankfurt.

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Band 2

Cristina Romero de Alba

Loyra Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Cristina Romero de Alba of Loyra Abogados is lauded for her "professionalism, knowledge of local laws in multiple jurisdictions and ability to follow through." A market commentator commended how she "combines business and industry know-how with sound transactional skills." Sources refer to her as a "young and impressive lawyer."

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Band 2

WH Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

James Scicluna of WH Partners is based in Malta. One source called him "a brilliant lawyer" and stressed that "he has a very wide vision of the legal needs of his clients because he can look at things from a different angle." He is praised by clients, who say he is "top-notch, super professional, very hands-on, and treats issues with no complaints whatsoever." Scicluna is able to practise in both Malta and as a solicitor in England and Wales. His expertise is in commercial work such as advising on M&A transactions.

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Band 2

Yehoshua Shohat Gurtler

Herzog Fox & Neeman

From the Chambers Global guide

Tel Aviv-based Yehoshua Shohat Gurtler of Herzog Fox & Neeman is viewed by sources as a “fantastic lawyer” as “he knows the law, he's practical, works hard and is efficient.” One commentator noted that they have “experienced over the years his detailed knowledge of what's going on in Germany and he has the same expertise in other jurisdictions.” He is highly experienced in licensing and commercial issues as well as litigation.

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Band 2

Robert W Stocker II

Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers praise Robert Stocker of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Lansing, Michigan office for his "length of experience but also because of the breadth of what he does domestically and outside of the US." Sources extol him for "his ability to articulate or address complex gaming issues." He also has considerable experience before the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

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Band 2

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Vienna-based founding partner Thomas Talos of Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH is lauded as "extremely accessible, very smart and socially intelligent." He specialises in international gaming, betting and gambling law. He is held in high regard by peers and clients alike, one source labelling him an "impressive practitioner." Another market commentator added that "you can ask him about regulation in any market in the world." His expertise extends to capital markets, M&A and corporate law. He is recognised for his industry-specific knowledge across German-speaking regions.

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Band 3

Kemp Little LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Susan Biddle of Kemp Little LLP in London is well respected by her peers, with one source saying: "I highly recommend her. She is super precise, super detailed and she knows a lot about IP law. Not just purely a regulatory lawyer, she definitely deserves praise." She has been assisting companies in the gambling sector for over two decades. She continues to advise William Hill on its supply arrangements with Playtech.

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Band 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight Susan Breen of Mishcon de Reya LLP for her ability to structure matters well when dealing with complex issues. Additional commentators commend her as "practical and efficient." She leads the firm's betting and gaming group and her practice covers a broad array of complex transactional mandates. She continues to advise Stride Gaming on regulatory and licensing issues. She is based in London.

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Band 3

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Global guide

Giulio Coraggio leads DLA Piper Italy's gaming and gambling practice and is widely respected in the market. Sources say he is knowledgeable and "deals with wider industry issues." His varied client base allows him to possess a deeper understanding of the market as a whole. He specialises in online as well as bricks-and-mortar gaming and gambling issues. He is assisting William Hill and Poker Stars on numerous contentious and transactional matters.

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Band 3

Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Behnam Dayanim chairs Paul Hastings LLP's advertising, gaming and promotions practice as well as co-chairing the firm's privacy and cybersecurity practice. Sources call him "very bright and very smart." Dayanim specialises in online gaming and gambling, emerging forms of gaming as well as gaming in relation to fintech. He is based in Washington, DC.

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Band 3

Velchev & Co Law Office

From the Chambers Global guide

Based in Bulgaria, Nadya Hambach is head of the entertainment and gaming department of Velchev & Co Law Office. Sources call her "impressive" and say that "she really knows the industry, she's knowledgeable." She is extremely well versed in Bulgarian gaming legislation and regulations and is located in Sofia.

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Band 3

Lazcano Samano S.C.

From the Chambers Global guide

Alfredo Lazcano of Lazcano Samano S.C. is active throughout Latin America. One interviewee commented that "he comes with a great reputation, comes highly recommended and the work he did was excellent. He handles cases that are complicated from a legal standpoint." He is based in Lomas De Santa Fe and has been integral to the development of Mexico's gaming and gambling regulations.

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Band 3

Whitesman Lurie Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Coming from a technology and e-commerce background Wayne Lurie, co-founder of Whitesman Lurie Attorneys, is based in Johannesburg and has a primary focus on South Africa's regulatory issues, bookmakers and casinos.

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Band 3

Wiggin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

David McLeish of Wiggin LLP in London moved into private practice in 2016, having formerly served as in-house general counsel at Playtech. Sources compliment him as "extremely dedicated" as well as being "very commercial and easy to deal with." He is involved in a lot of transactional work and advises clients on a full range of corporate and commercial matters mostly pertaining to the gambling and technology sectors.

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Band 3

Memery Crystal LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Partner at Memory Crystal LLP, Carl Rohsler, advises on gambling regulation and is praised by sources, who say that "he is a very switched-on lawyer who knows his way in the market. He is a true gentleman to work with but can be aggressive if need be." Rohsler has worked for an impressive list of clients on a range of mandates.

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Band 3

Studio legale Sbordoni

From the Chambers Global guide

Founder of Studio legal Sbordoni, Stefano Sbordoni is acclaimed by sources as "one of the best-known Italian gaming lawyers." He is regularly employed as a consultant for high-profile local and foreign gambling operators in the country. He is based in Rome.

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Band 3

Heidi M Staudenmaier

Snell & Wilmer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Heidi Staudenmaier of Snell & Wilmer LLP is based in the firm's Arizona office and is thought of by market commentators as a "fine lawyer." She regularly represents tribes and tribal entities in commercial transactions and is labelled by one market commentator as "the expert in the US on Native American law."

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based David Zeffman of CMS is head of the firm's gambling and sport department. Sources praise him as "well connected and he knows the industry very well." Interviewees appreciate that "he has brought attention to the UK gaming market." He regularly provides strategic, regulatory and commercial advice to clients within the industry, with a particular focus on the horse-racing sector.

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Up and Coming

Harris Hagan

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Bahar Alaeddini of Harris Hagan is, according to clients, "very fair and straightforward to work with and knows the sector inside out." Sources note that she is "very practical." Her practice covers the full spectrum of gambling law which includes advising major casino operators and online betting and gaming operators.

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Up and Coming

Alla Serebrianskaia

Asensi Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Alla Serebrianskaia is a partner specialising in gaming law at Asensi Abogados in Spain, working out of the Palma area. Her main areas of focus are licensing processes and compliance matters. Market commentators stress that Serebrianskaia "deserves great credit" for the work she has done in Spain.

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