Olga Finkel

Malta

WH Partners
Level 5, Quantum House
75 Abate Rigord Street
Ta' Xbiex XBX1120, Malta

Tel: (+356) 20925100
Fax: (+356) 20925902

Email: olga.finkel@whpartners.eu
Web: whpartners.eu

Olga is widely regarded as an expert in gambling and technology law. She founded WH Law in 2006 which has progressed to become WH Partners.Olga provides advice on strategic, commercial and regulatory matters to businesses primarily involved in telecoms, software development, e-gaming, e-payments and e-money institutions, e-marketing, and e-auctions, among others.

Her specialisation, backed by extensive experience, includes regulatory frameworks of telecoms, gambling, e-gambling, e-banking, e-signatures and e-commerce, technology transactions (procurement, outsourcing and transfer), software licensing, privacy and data security, cybercrime, intellectual property (including trademarks, copyright, databases, patents), contractual relationships in the technology field, consumer-facing matters, as well as issues arising out of cross-border nature of ICT-related businesses and transactions. Olga is also active in related areas of expertise, such as competition (antitrust) and corporate transactions (M&A).

Olga holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta as well as a Master of Science degree in IT and Economics from the Academy of Economics, Kharkov, Ukraine. She was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2001 and is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates. She is also a member of Society for Computers and Law (UK), of the International Technology Law Association (based in the US), as well as a member of the law council of advisers of the Gerson Lehrman Group, of the International Masters of Gaming Law and of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys.

Olga is listed by Who’s Who Legal as a leading IT lawyer as well as a leading Sports & Entertainment lawyer globally. She is ranked by Chambers & Partners Global as a Band 1 Gaming & Gambling lawyer. She is also listed as a Malta Corporate/Commercial Foreign Expert for Ukraine; and Ukraine Corporate/M&A Foreign Expert Based in Malta by the same guide. Olga has also been listed as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 guide.Olga is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta and she practices law in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Maltese.In her spare time, Olga enjoys the company of her daughters, dancing salsa, reading, playing piano and running marathons.

We advise casino operators, bookmakers, gaming parlour operators, manufacturers of gambling equipment and bingo halls on practically all aspects of their business with a focus on regulatory, compliance and licensing issues. Our expertise in this area is pan-European. In providing a seamless, cross border service to your clients where necessary we also work closely with a number of experts in various European jurisdictions in the field of remote gaming with whom we have built strong relationships over the course of several years of providing services to this industry.

We have pan-European expertise in remote gaming. We advise operators, platform providers, content developers, payment processors, banks, certifiers, telecoms operators and investors in this industry on issues including fund raising for start-ups, licensing across multiple jurisdictions, advertising, sponsorship, tax, employment, monitoring regulatory developments, litigation and institutional and government relations.

We also have experience advising governments and regulators on proposed changes to or adoption of laws and regulations relating to remote gambling.

Having offices in Malta and London means that we are strategically located to assist clients with all most if not all of their legal, regulatory and compliance needs. In providing a seamless, cross border service to your clients where necessary we also work closely with a number of experts in various European jurisdictions in the field of remote gaming with whom we have built strong relationships over the course of several years of providing services to this industry.

We believe that it is key for us to understand our clients’ business to advise them in their decision-making process. We can only do this if we take time to fully comprehend our clients’ needs, which will help us ensure that our clients achieve their goals.To accomplish this, we have built our approach on our values, which place the client at the centre.

Our approach combines an in-depth grasp of our clients’ business with a result-oriented focus and a strong dose of enthusiasm and perseverance. We believe that the quality of our work reflects our values, whether in advice on the legal aspects of a market entry strategy, or conducting due diligence on a target asset or putting forward alternatives on the structuring of an IPR portfolio.This has made WH Partners a leader in its specialised areas.For the second year running, Chambers & Partners, the leading and most trusted guide to the legal profession worldwide, has ranked two of the Firm’s partners, Olga Finkel and James Scicluna, in the global top 50 Gaming & Gambling lawyers.

Who’s Who Legal, the research arm of the International Bar Association, has listed Olga Finkel in the Information Technology category, and both Olga Finkel and James Scicluna in the Sports & Entertainment category.Our Firm is also recommended by IFLR1000, the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms.

Sources report that Olga Finkel of WH Partners is “still dominating Malta,” and more broadly is “prominent in Europe.”
Chambers Global, 2014