Ruth Galea is a corporate, financial services and taxation lawyer. She mainly practices in the Financial Services, Capital Markets, Gaming and ICT industries. Her principal areas of specialisation are corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate restructuring (with a particular focus on joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions), credit and financial institutions, taxation (direct and indirect) and contract drafting and negotiation. She also regularly advises on matters relating to investment funds, capital markets, gaming law and employment law.
Ruth joined WH Law in 2006 and became a partner of WH Partners on 1 January 2012.
Ruth holds a Master of Laws degree in Commercial Law magna cum laude from the University of Cambridge and a Doctor of Laws degree from in University of Malta.
Ruth is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2007. She is also a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners of Malta. She is fluent in English, Maltese, Italian and French, all of which she uses to conduct business on a day-to-day basis.
Ruth has a particular interest in current affairs, and enjoys travelling, Indian food and learning languages.
WH Partners progressed from WH Law, which was founded by Olga Finkel in 2006. In January 2012, James Scicluna joined forces with Olga and together they co-founded the firm it is today. Ruth Galea, previously Senior Associate working alongside Olga, became Partner shortly afterwards. The firm has grown considerably since, not only in staff numbers but also in quantity and quality of clients.
At WH Partners we have a universal ethos: it is key for us to understand our clients’ business in order to advise them in their decision-making process. We believe that this can only be done by taking time and dedication to fully comprehend our clients’ needs, enabling us to ensure that their goals are achieved.
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.
Lawyers at WH Partners, who specialise in licensing and regulatory, tax, IP, financial services, corporate and commercial law, are amongst the strongest in Malta and are well regarded by regulators and clients for their thoroughness, efficiency and knowledge of their clients’ business, as well as their versatility. To this end our firm has achieved an excellent reputation both locally and internationally for its expert legal advice in gaming and gambling, M&A, taxation, technology, intellectual property and corporate finance.
WH Partners, as well as its individual lawyers, are highly ranked by the foremost leading directories, including Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and the International Financial Law Review, in the above-mentioned practice areas. The firm has also received acclaimed international awards for its service levels in corporate services, mergers & acquisitions, taxation and insolvency & restructuring.