James Scicluna is a Malta Advocate and a Solicitor of the Senior Court of England and Wales. He has practiced law in the UK and Malta both in private practice and as in house counsel.
James provides advice mainly to the Gaming, Financial Services, Real Estate and Hospitality industries. His areas of expertise are: government relations, gambling regulation, devising strategic commercial solutions within a regulated environment, IPR licensing, sport sponsorship, brand development and protection, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate and tax structuring, joint ventures, crowd funding and European Union law, especially in so far as the Internal Market is concerned. 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.
James has 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.
James graduated with an LLM summa cum laude in International Business Law from University College London after having been awarded 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 2003 and to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2007. He is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates, the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Bar Association.
James is ranked as one of the top 50 gaming & gambling lawyers globally by Chambers & Partners. He is also listed by Who’s Who Legal in the Sports & Entertainment Category and is recommended by The Legal 500 guide as a top Corporate and M&A lawyer, as well as a top Intellectual Property lawyer. The International Financial Law Review also lists James as a leading lawyer in the M&A and R&I categories.
James is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta and he speaks English, Maltese, Italian and French.