James provides advice mainly to the Gaming, Financial Services, Real Estate and Hospitality industries. His areas of expertise are: M&A, corporate finance, gambling regulation, devising strategic commercial solutions within a regulated environment, IPR licensing, sponsorship, brand development and protection. He has also acted on the financing of corporate deals with underlying investments in real estate and the trade financing of businesses in the UK and the EU.
Before forming a partnership with Olga Finkel to create WH Partners James held the position of Chief of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, and General Counsel for a leading European online gambling operator. Prior to that he was a foreign lawyer and then a solicitor in the corporate & commercial team of a top 50 law firm in London.
James is ranked as one of the leading gaming & gambling lawyers globally by Chambers & Partners. He is also ranked by Chambers Europe in the Corporate / Commercial practice area in Malta. James is listed by The International Financial Law Review as a highly regarded lawyer, by Who’s Who Legal in the Sports & Entertainment Category.
James is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta. He speaks English, Maltese, Italian and French.
James obtained an LLM in International Business Law (with distinction) from University College London after having been awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2004. He holds a Doctor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Sociology from the University of Malta.
James was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2004 and to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2007. He is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates, the Law Society of England & Wales, International Masters of Gaming Law, International Association of Gaming Attorneys, and the International Bar Association.
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