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Firm Profile

WH Partners

Firm Profile

Ta'Xbiex

  • Profile
  • Level 5 Quantum House
  • 75 Abate Rigord Street
  • Ta'Xbiex
  • Malta
  • Malta
  • XBX 1120

Firm profile submitted by WH Partners

Managing Partners: Olga Finkel, James Scicluna
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 22
Languages:   English, Croatian, French, German, Italian, Maltese, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Ukrainian


Corporate/Corporate Finance/M&A:

Recent work includes:
■ 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 Mr Green (STO: MRG) on its €7M acquisition of Evoke Gaming Ltd
■ Legal due diligence on the Malta operations of a gaming software provider in connection with its delisting from a MIFID-compliant MTF in Sweden and listing on Nasdaq Stockholm main market
■ 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)

Employment:
Recent work includes:

■ Advising corporations on redundancies, termination of employment, protection of confidential information and enforcement of post-termination non-compete and non-solicitation restrictions, employee incentive plans
■ Representing clients before Malta’s industrial tribunal
■ Transaction related employment law advice
■ Advising on employer OH&S obligations

Financial Services/Capital markets/e-Payments:
WH Partners’ financial services practice has grown significantly in recent years.
Recent work includes:
■ Advising a client with a debt securities listing on a regulated wholesale securities market in Malta on ongoing listing requirements and early redemption
■ Advising on the licensing and operation of a MIFID II-compliant Multilateral Trading Facility targeting non-complex equity and debt securities
■ Advising a growth company in the food and beverage industry on fundraising through a listing on the ‘Prospects’ MTF in Malta
■ Advising a B2B gaming platform on licensing to carry out regulated payment services in connection with the platform product
■ Advising a large business in the hospitality and real estate industries on a debt securities listing on the main market operated by Malta Stock Exchange

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies:
WH Partners was a pioneer in Malta when establishing its blockchain practice.
Recent work includes:
■ Advising blockchain space start-ups on legal, corporate and regulatory issues when setting up their business
■ Advising clients including Gimli, Uservice, Thrive, Fund Fantasy and Game Protocol on their ICOs
■ 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

Gaming & Gambling:
WH Partners is internationally recognised for its expertise in both land based and remote gaming and gambling.
Recent work includes:
■ Advising the Malta Gaming Authority on the design of the Maltese Gaming Act
■ Advising the Malta Gaming Authority 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.

ICT & IP:
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 protectionrelated documentation including data processing agreements, privacy policies, and notices

Private Client:
The firm advises several high-net-worth to veryhigh- net-worth individuals/families, both Maltese and international, on succession planning, asset protection and related tax matters.

Real Estate:
Recent work includes:

■ Acting for a Maltese bank on voluminous property financing deals
■ Advising 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 clients on contentious matters relating to real estate

Taxation: 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, particularly in industries providing exempt without credit supplies
■ Assisting clients with VAT compliance matters, including MOSS
■ Assisting clients with the correct implementation of VAT 2018 changes as applicable to the gaming industry in Malta
■ Assisting clients with indirect tax complianc
■ Acting as tax representatives
■ Providing VAT advice on yacht acquisition and chartering

Yachting:
WH Partners acts for clients purchasing yachts, whether for pleasure use or charter, manages the related corporate structures, registration of the vessel and mortgages, importation, as well as setting up bareboat charters.

Branches

  • Consulting Rooms: Level 2, The Podium,
  • 1 Eversholt Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • NW1 2TN