Nicholas Aquilina is an Associate at Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law in Vienna, Austria. Having studied law at the University of Vienna and graduated in 2013, he specializes in international gaming, gambling and entertainment law, European Union law, Social Gaming, Payment, E-Commerce and consumer protection.Nicholas provides regulatory, commercial, general corporate and transactional legal advice to various leading international online and land-based gaming companies on a regular basis, including one of Brandl & Talos’ key gaming clients, bwin.party digital entertainment plc, which Nicholas has assisted in numerous licensing procedures across Europe and the US.This includes regular advice and representation of clients at European associations, before European Union institutions and in cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Nicholas also advises various online and e-commerce companies, particularly international online payment service providers.
Since joining Brandl & Talos in 2009, Nicholas has frequently contributed to numerous Austrian and international legal journals. He is regularly invited to speak at various international conferences in his specialist areas, including IMGL, IAGR, GREF, the iGaming Forum, DMX – Austria’s largest online marketing expo and conference, and IIR – Austria’s leading annual gambling conference.He contributed to a book on current legal questions regarding the commercial use of internet applications (“AktuelleRechtsfragen der Internetnutzung”, Facultas, Vienna 2011)and also contributed to the first volume published in Austria on the legal aspects of Bitcoin (“Bitcoin”, Edition Jan Sramek, Vienna 2014). Nicholas is the co-author of the internationally highly respected volume on legal and commercial aspects of social gaming, including an overview of legal provisions applicable to social games under national and supranational law, covering in more detail seven European jurisdictions, including Germany, the UK and Malta (“Social Gaming in Europe”,LexisNexis, Vienna 2013).