James is a Malta advocate and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He has practised law in the UK and Malta both in private practice and as in-house counsel.
Before forming WH Partners with Olga Finkel, James held the position of chief of regulatory and corporate affairs with the Betclic Group, as well as having been general counsel of Betclic and Expekt, two of the Betclic Group’s brands. Prior to that, he was a foreign lawyer and then a solicitor with London firm Jeffrey Green Russell’s company and commercial team.
His main areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, international corporate and tax structuring in strictly regulated industries. He is particularly known for his in-depth cross-border expertise of the gambling industry, and he also regularly acts for software developers and for operators in the leisure industry.
James graduated with an LLM summa cum laude in international business law 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 degree in law and sociology from the University of Malta. He was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2003 and to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2007. He is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Bar Association.
James is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta, and he speaks English, Maltese, Italian and French. He is ranked by the leading legal directories as a top M&A lawyer, as well as a leading lawyer globally in the gaming and gambling, IP, and sports and entertainment areas.