Aled Walters

Partner, Corporate/Head of Commercial
Contact Number: 029 2267 5530

Aled is a corporate, M&A and commercial partner who heads the commercial team.  He is also a member of the Business Division’s Board and was previously a member of the firm’s Audit Committee.

Aled has particular expertise within the gaming, tech and media sector having worked in-house at major broadcaster S4C. Aled is also head of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) team.

Aled advises on corporate and commercial matters, often advising on complex and high-value commercial agreements. He has significant experience advising on complex contracts and deals with a multi-jurisdictional dimension. He is the firm’s lead partner for its work for major clients such as D S Smith plc (a FTSE 100 company) and Keolis Amey, the operator of the Wales and the Borders Rail Franchise.  He has also advised some of the largest media gaming, gambling and betting businesses in the world including Novomatic, Luxury Leisure, Greentube, Amelco and Avanti. He is widely recognised internationally for his work and is ranked as a ‘Leader in his field’ in legal directories.

Aled leads a team which established itself as leading legal advisors for the gaming, TV and Media industry across the UK.

Aled is a member of the Royal Television Society and he is also a Professional Member of Pact. He is also a semi-professional musician.

As a fluent Welsh speaker, Aled is heavily involved in the promotion of Welsh heritage and language acting as a Trustee and Honorary Counsel of Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Trustee of Menter Caerdydd and a Director of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales.

 

Work History

Aled trained at Hugh James, then moved into private practice as a solicitor at S4C, then Head of Legal at S4C International.  He then re-joined private practice eventually leading to him re-joining Hugh James in 2016 as a corporate and commercial partner and head of the commercial team. He has over 20 years PQE. He qualified in 1997

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Aled Walters has significant credibility advising media and gaming clients across a wide range of IP and commercial matters. As well as regularly acting for Novomatic, Walters has recently handled numerous matters for gaming company, Amelco, including drafting and negotiating Amelco's licence of the IP for their betting platform to the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The Legal 500

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Aled Walters has experience with regard to film finance and production agreements, and is also noted for his expertise in video game development. Clients remark on his "vision" and ability to discern "what is important and what’s not worth fighting for."

Chambers and Partners UK

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Aled Walters’ gambling licensing expertise and entrenched relationships with high-calibre clients including Novomatic and Playtech.

The Legal 500

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Team head Aled Walters has particular expertise advising on IP licensing work within the gaming industry. As well as handling work of this nature for core client, Novomatic, Walters has also recently handled numerous matters for Amelco, including drafting and negotiating its licence of their sports betting platform to Intralot.

The Legal 500

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Commercial head Aled Walters is particularly accomplished at handling corporate and commercial matters for gambling and gaming clients, work which includes reviewing and advising on licensing documentation during acquisition and prospective M&A targets.

The Legal 500

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"[Aled] is super-efficient, super-successful for us and a good point man."

Chambers & Partners UK