Stephen Ketteley and David McLeish join Wiggin’s Betting & Gaming practice

Media, Technology and IP law firm Wiggin is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Ketteley and David McLeish as new Partners in its Betting & Gaming practice.

Stephen Ketteley is joining Wiggin from DLA Piper, where he is a Partner and Head of the Gambling practice. Stephen has been pre-eminent in the field of betting & gaming for almost a decade. He is an expert in all areas of remote gambling law and advises some of the key players in the industry. He will bring with him Associate Chris Elliott, who will be a valued member of the expanded team.

David McLeish is joining the firm from Playtech, the FTSE-250 group and largest provider of software and services to the gambling industry, where he is General Counsel and Group Head of Legal. David brings a wealth of experience on M&A and commercial matters. Before joining Playtech, he was a corporate finance partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and will play an important role in the continued growth of Wiggin’s well respected corporate team.

Stephen’s appointment will take effect from 1 January 2016, when he will co-head the practice with Jason Chess. Chris will join on 19 January 2016, followed by David on 1 February 2016.

Wiggin CEO John Banister commented: “Wiggin has been on an incredible journey these past five years. We are now ready for our next phase, which will see us develop our technology and IP offerings. These appointments signal our commitment to invest in our growth and deepen our sector knowledge and expertise. Stephen and David are recognised as leaders in their field and I am delighted to welcome them to Wiggin.”

Wiggin Partner and Head of Betting & Gaming Practice Jason Chess added: “David and Stephen bring with them unequalled expertise and knowledge of the industry and I very much look forward to working with them to guide our respective clients through all the changes that the industry will face.”

Corporate Partner Ben Whitelock said: “In the last few years our corporate team has been very active advising some of the biggest names in the gambling industry on private and public M&A, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. David’s wealth of corporate experience and his and Steve’s involvement in some of the most significant deals in the sector further deepens our understanding of the wave of consolidation currently sweeping the industry and leaves us even better positioned to assist operators, suppliers and other industry participants to execute their corporate strategy.”