London-based media and technology law firm Wiggin has strengthened its betting and gaming practice with the appointment of DLA Piper’s Stephen Ketteley and Playtech’s David McLeish as new partners.

Ketteley joins Wiggin from DLA Piper, where he was a partner and head of the law firm’s gambling practice. He has been pre-eminent in the field of betting and gaming for almost a decade, advising some of the key players in the industry.

He will co-head Wiggin’s practice with Jason Chess, and brings with him associate Chris Elliott, who will be part of the expanded betting and gaming team.

McLeish joins the firm from Playtech, where he served as general counsel and group head of legal, bringing with him a wealth of experience on M&A and commercial matters. Before joining Playtech, he was a corporate finance partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Wiggin said that McLeish will play an important role in the continued growth of the firm’s well respected corporate team. He begins his new role on February 1st.

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."

Jason Chess, Wiggin partner and head of betting & gaming practice, said: "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 that in the last few years the firm’s 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,” said Whitelock.

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