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IMGL 2016 Autumn Conference

The IMGL Dublin Conference is approved for 11.5 CLE Credits

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SUNDAY, October 23

4:00 – 5:00
IMGL Membership Meeting

5:30 - 7:30

IMGL Welcome Reception
Shelbourne Dublin

MONDAY, October 24

(all panel sessions are held in the Great Room) 
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome & Conference Overview

Michael Zatezalo, President IMGL

9:15 – 9:45

David Stanton, T.D, Minister of State for Justice at the Department of Justice and Equality, Ireland

9:45 – 11:00
What’s up in Ireland?

Hear about the current status and latest developments in Ireland. Hear about how Ireland has become the international IT hub and what it has to offer the world of gambling. 

Moderator: Joe Kelly, Partner, A&L Goodbody
Speakers: Sean McGuinness, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Jenny Williams, Regulator and adviser, formerly Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission
Lucy Cronin, Partner, Instinctif Partners
Todd Gerber, Senior Director Regulatory Compliance, IGT

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:30
Intellectual Property Considerations for Entering Online Gaming Markets

Because the scope of patent protections in the US for game features differ from European protections, companies entering the US iGaming market face unique issues.  Likewise, US content providers must understand the limited IP protections available in Europe.  This panel will discuss:
IP protections in the US, the scope of patent protections on game features that are available to game developers in the US that are not available in the rest of the world;

- How European content providers work with US companies in obtaining IP licenses
- How the process of “clearing” content differs between European and US markets
- Additional considerations in evaluating what content an operator utilizes, and types of indemnities from game developers
- Brand licensing and related IP rights

Moderator: Jeremy Kleiman, Member Saiber LLC
Jon Fallon, VP & General Counsel, High 5 Games
Kaisa Patsalides, Senior Associate, Olswang
Joseph Borg, Senior Advisor, WH Partners
John Cahir, Partner, A&L Goodbody
Bill Gantz, Partner, Dentons US LLP

12:30 – 2:00

Johnny Hartnett, International Managing Director, Paddy Power Betfair 

Fire Restaurant and Lounge (off site)

2:15 – 3:15
Social Responsibility

For their own reasons, some land-based operators cite the socially irresponsible behavior of the remote gambling sector as a justification to restrict it or outlaw it entirely. Yet, technology provides many advantages to the remote sector affording it opportunities to really monitor, understand and analyze the behavior of players. With such knowledge, must come responsibility. How is the remote sector coping? Where is it succeeding and where can it do better? Jurisdictions approach these issues in different ways through inconsistent product restrictions, advertising restrictions and by imposing a patchwork of technical standards, some of which seem to work better than others? How are the regulators/legislators addressing the societal pressures on the industry and are they getting the balance right between consumer protection and providing an environment in which the industry can operate.

Moderator: Stephen Ketteley, Partner, Wiggin LLP
Speakers: Neil McArthur, General Counsel, UK Gambling Commission
Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers
Ian Ince, Head of Regulation and Compliance, Playtech
Pieter Remmers, Director, Assissa Consultancy Europe

3:15 – 3:30

3:45 – 5:00
Esports Panel – Do Players Have Real Skin In These Virtual Games?

Esports is flourishing at a phenomenal rate worldwide and with every expectation that it will continue to do so given the ever increasing number of young players. It is attracting the interest of regulated gambling operators seeking new betting markets and new customers as well as unregulated providers who offer popular products which are not available on regulated sites. It is attracting the interest of gambling regulators seeking to understand the product, whether it is a sport and whether it should be regulated by them. It is attracting the interest of lawyers seeking to establish the legal classification. In this panel, we consider the elements of eSports that might constitute licensable gambling, with a focus on the phenomenon that is “skins betting” and the likely implications. In particular:

- Which elements of eSports are most likely to attract the interest of gambling regulators and why?
- What is “skins betting” and who are the key players in the market? Who are the customers?
- Is it gambling and should it be regulated? If so, who should be regulated – website operators, games developers, platform providers?
- What are the challenges of regulating eSports gambling?
- What are the challenges for an eSports operator of being regulated?
- What are the differences between the services offered in the regulated/unregulated sectors?
- Is self-regulation sufficient?
- What should the eSports industry be doing to prepare for possible regulatory oversight.
- An update on relevant international regulatory developments.

Moderator: John Hagan, Managing Partner, Harris Hagan
Speakers: Neil McArthur, General Counsel, UK Gambling Commission
Diane Mullenex, Partner, Head of Gaming and Gambling Practices, Pinsent Masons LLP
Kevin Mullally, VP & General Counsel, GLI

6:00 - 9:30 (buses leave at 5:30)

Royal Hospital Kilmainham  


(all panel sessions are held in the Great Room) 

9:00 – 10:00
AML in Europe, US and Asia

The 4th AML directive has to be implemented in the European member states in 2017 at the latest but the European Commission has asked the member states to speed up the process because of recent terror events in Paris, Brussels. The directive might impact the land-based industry heavily.

Moderator: Andrew Gellatly, Head of Global Research Services, Gambling Compliance  
Greg Giordano, Partner, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
Simon Planzer, Partner, Planzer Law
Robert Cain, Partner, Arthur Cox
Andrew Cotton, Director of Betting and Gaming, Gordon Dadds
David Hickson, Director, The Gaming & Leisure Association of Ireland

10:00 – 11:00
Sports Integrity & Betting

This panel will explore the intersection of the integrity of professional and amateur sports and betting.  The United States and Europe have very different approaches to sports betting policy.  In Europe, professional sports leagues and organizations have close working relationships with bookmakers.  In the United States, with the exception of Nevada and on a limited basis in a few other states, sports betting is generally unlawful.  Experts have estimated that the United States has an unlawful sports betting market of upwards of $400 billion annually.  The United States and Europe have very similar approaches to public policy and law enforcement with respect to many aspects of gaming and sports betting seems to be a glaring exception.  Is Europe missing something?  If not, what can the U.S. learn from Europe?  How do lawful and unlawful sports betting impact the integrity of sports?  What role does organized crime play in the unlawful sports betting market and what are the consequences of this involvement?

Moderator: John McManus, Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary, MGM Resorts International
Mark Lipparelli, Founder, Gioco Ventures, LLC / Senator -- Nevada State Senate
Andrew Lyman, Director of Group Regulatory Affairs, William Hill
Steve Burton, Director of Integrity, Governance and Sports Partnerships, Genius Sports

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:15
Compliance in the online world

What compliance and licensing issues arise when online operators apply for licenses in regulated jurisdictions?   Do prior unlawful actions of online companies continue to plague the industry?  Is it becoming more costly for online operators to work in regulated markets?  For a number of years, the online gaming industry has discussed what is a "grey market" and what it means to operate in unregulated jurisdictins.  How does an online gaming company evaluate whether to do business in such jurisdictions?  How do regulators view grey markets?   Does New Jersey's recent "Director's Advisory Bulletin" provide any real guidance to online operators about grey markets?

Moderator: Tom Auriemma, Member, Compliance Committee, Penn National Gaming
Patrick Madamba, Counsel, Fox Rothschild LLP
Nick Nocton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
George Sweny, Chief Compliance Officer, Poker Stars
André Wilsenach, Executive Director, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation
Tina Kilmer, Vice President Product Compliance, Scientific Games 

12:15 – 1:15

Saddle Room

1:30 – 2:30
The future of horse racing

The horse racing industry is suffering and pari-mutuel (pool betting) on horse racing is decreasing in most countries. The horse racing industry is looking for additional funding and introduction of new (higher) levies. Can the horse racing industry survive in the current setup? 

Moderator: Keith Miller, Professor of Law, Drake University Law School
Lorraine May, Partner, Hopkins & Huebner, PC
Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Paddy Power, Head of Communications, Paddy Power Betfair

2:30 – 3:30
Daily Fantasy Sports in Europe and in the U.S.

Daily fantasy sport is one of the hottest legal issues in the US. Right now DFS is an active topic for lawmakers, regulators, or law enforcement officials in almost two dozen states. Meanwhile, Draftkings and Fanduel have made their entries into the UK with a pool betting to compete with the likes of Mondogoal, Oulala and Sportego. Will DFS be successful? 

Moderator: Nick Casiello, Chair, Gaming Practice Group, Fox Rothschild LLP
Jeffrey Haas, CIO, DraftKings
J. Kelly Duncan, Partner, Jones Walker LLP
Qurino Mancini, Partner, Global Head of Gaming & Gambling Practice, Tonucci & Partners
Marc Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.

3:30 – 3:45

3:45 – 4:45
Brexit - will it impact the gambling industries? Positively, negatively or not at all? And what should we do, and how should we prepare?

The electorate of the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. In a situation where this vote by the populous is not binding, but where the UK is a very important gambling market, the panel will discuss how this development will impact the gaming, betting and lottery industries, both terrestrial and online. Will there be changes in the UK itself and elsewhere in Europe, when might they arise and how should operators and their advisers prepare for what may well be very significant challenges?

Moderator: Tony Coles, Consultant, Gordon Dadds
Susan Breen, Partner, Head of Betting & Gaming Group, Mishcon de Reya 
Fred Gushin, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority
Nyreen Llamas, Partner, Hassans International Law Firm

5:30 - 7:30

Trinity College Library