Gaming

Ramón y Cajal Abogados has a team of lawyers with expert knowledge of the legal and regulatory (including tax) dimensions of gaming, capable of addressing both the complexity of the subject and the requirements of the gaming sector. Furthermore, our broad sector-specific knowledge of the gaming industry enables us to identify the problems faced by our clients and provide them with the necessary legal support.

Gaming in Spain has undergone some major changes in recent years as a result of the enactment of new gaming procedures in the Autonomous Communities following the introduction of Gaming Regulations Law 13/2011 and its implementing regulations, which mainly affect online gaming services. This has led to the emergence of new players in the market, a broader array of gaming types and, of course, an ever-increasing use of IT technologies. As a heavily regulated sector, its activity involves a number of legal and regulatory matters, and also tax issues.

Our services include: ongoing legal and regulatory assistance to the various actors involved in the sector (operators, manufacturers, platforms, content providers, importers, distributors), in either in situ or online environments, most notably:

  • Assistance with analysis of major legal and regulatory aspects.
  • Obtaining all kinds of operating permits, and compliance with related requirements.
  • Assistance in advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
  • Support in gaming and technology contracts.
  • Advice on new business models in the gaming sector (own brands, affiliates, distribution, etc.) and communication channels and systems, such as smartphones and tablets, interactive television, social networks, etc.

We also provide advice in other fields that are directly related to the foregoing, specifically: advice in M&A transactions, ongoing support in regulatory affairs and regulatory compliance following the start of operations, data protection, prevention of money laundering, e-commerce, criminal liability of legal persons, technology and IT contracting or information society services. Our tax advisory service covers direct and indirect taxation in all areas – subject to state, regional or international regulations – including advice on corporate restructuring, assistance with management processes and inspections by state and regional authorities.