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This conference qualifies for 10 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
A self-certification form will be available at the registration desk.
4:00 – 5:00
IMGL Membership Meeting
5:30 - 7:30
IMGL Welcome Reception
(all panel sessions are held in Vesterhav 1)
07:30 – 08:30
Women in IMGL Breakfast (Skagerrak/ Kattegat)
9:00 – 9:10
Welcome & Conference Overview
Michael Zatezalo, IMGL President
9:10 – 9:30
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Fighting Match-fixing in Sports
Niels Nygaard, President of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark and member of the European Olympic Committee
9:30 – 11:00
The Big AML Debate
Many industries in the financial sector are facing a slew of new regulations relating to combatting money laundering. This session will address money laundering vulnerabilities of casinos, on-line gaming, lottery and other forms of legalized gaming will be explored during this session. With the June 17 implementation of the 4th Directive on Money Laundering in the EU, increased compliance and enforcement efforts by FinCEN in the United States and new AML requirements being imposed upon casinos operating in Macau, it is clear the anti-money laundering remains a high priority law enforcement issue and an issue that gaming regulators are addressing.
The EU is facing challenges adapting the 4th Directive to member countries while maintaining a consistency of approach. FinCEN is continuing advocating a “Culture of Compliance” by American gaming companies dealing domestically and internationally. Will FinCen and DOJ efforts continue under the Trump Administration? What are the risks facing various forms of gaming and how will those risks be interpreted by the private sector and government? Are gaming establishments receiving undue attention compared to other industries?
This section will include a lively discussion of the issues facing EU counties as they adopt the standards required under the 4th Directive as various jurisdictions attempt to clarify certain of those standards. Where are worldwide new rules on AML compliance heading and what can the industry do to convince regulators and law enforcement that they are taking these issues seriously. What matters can we expect the 5th Directive on Money Laundering to address?
Moderator: Fred Gushin, Managing Director, Spectrum
Speakers: Donna B. More, Partner, Fox Rothschild, New Jersey
Nick Tofiluk, UK Gambling Commission
Quirino Mancini, Partner, Global Head of Gaming and Gambling Practice, Tonucci & Partners
Jessica Maier, Melchers Law
Thomas Auriemma, Member of Compliance Committee, Penn National Gaming
11:00 – 11:15
11:15 – 12:15
Sports and Gambling - a Marriage made in Heaven?
Earlier in the year, a well-known professional footballer in the UK was banned for betting on matches that he participated in. During the fallout, the sponsorship relationship between the British football regulator, the Football Association and a well-known gambling operator was questioned and, ultimately, terminated.
The relationship between sport and gambling is a complex one. It is fraught with disagreements and litigation over use of intellectual property rights. It is subject to continued finger-pointing by both industries, aimed at the other, accusing it of being the cause of betting integrity issues. And the ever-present advertising of gambling around of sport raises important questions as to the status of gambling in today's society and the role that it has to play within sport.
This panel will assess the current status of the relationship between the sports and gambling industries, identify where risks to either industry (and indeed consumers) lie and will seek to identify how best to manage what is a sometime awkward relationship but one that both industries, nevertheless, value.
Moderator: Jamie Nettleton, Addisons Lawyers, Partner, Sydney, Australia
Nina Henningsen, Partner, HORTEN Law Firm, Copenhagen Denmark
Nick Tofiluk, UK Gambling Commission
Michael Leadbeater, General Counsel, William Hill
Matt Drew, EVP Business Development, Performance Group
12:15 – 13:45
13:45 - 14:30
KEYNOTE SPEAKER - FUTURE OF GAMING – the Impact of New Technology and New Business Models
Nick Sohnemann, Founder & Managing Director, Future Candy, Hamburg
14:30 – 15:30
The Crystal Ball and the Interplay Between Games and Gambling
As was seen with the relatively recent deliberations by the regulatory community over whether casino-style social gaming actually amounted to gambling, there exists an uncertain relationship between a number of online entertainment activities and the well-established definitions of "gambling".
In the last year we have seen the British Gambling Commission and the Maltese Gaming Authority move to wrap their arms around certain activities being undertaken by the wider games and skill gaming industries. This has re-ignited the debate, last heard in the context of casino-style social gaming, around the purpose and extent of gambling regulation and where gambling regulators' remit ends. The rapid growth of eSports and tournament games further complicates the issue.
This panel will discuss emerging forms of digital entertainment and consider whether they should be of interest to gambling regulators and whether the well-established definitions of "gambling" are fit for purpose.
Moderator: Stephen Ketteley, Partner, Wiggin LLP
Speakers: Brad Enright, UK Gambling Commission
Kevin Carpenter, Chair of Integrity Panel, ESIC ESports Integrity Coalition
Nick Nocton, Partner, Mishcon De Reya
James Scicluna, WH Partners
15:30 – 15:45
15:45 – 17:00
Nordic CEO panel: Where do we go next?
CEO’s of leading gaming companies in the Nordics will discuss the future in the gaming market. Will new products lead to organic growth and will we see further consolidation in the industry? Will the industry prosper from emerging markets and new regulation. What is are the prospects for gaming in the Nordic region?
Moderator: Michael Caselli, Publisher & Editor In Chief, iGaming Business
Mads Peter Veiby, CEO Spilnu.dk & Magnet Gaming, Denmark
Atle Hamar, CEO, Norwegian Gaming Board, Norway
Niels Erik Folmann, CEO Danske Licens Spil, Denmark
Hans Skarplöth,CEO ATG, Sweden
Kim Olesen, General Manager, Kindred Group
18:00 - 21:30
RECEPTION AND GALA DINNER
Tivoli Gardens, Gemyse
(all panel sessions are held in Vesterhav 1)
08:30 – 09:45
What’s Going on in the Gaming World in North America and Canada?
Will the USA ever get its act together & advance on the i-gaming front? Will the recent appointments to Trump administration re-shuffle the cards on US gaming policy? Does the U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in connection with New Jersey’s challenge of Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act portend a fundamental change in gaming regulation rights at the state level? What will happen to fantasy sports in the USA if the door is open to states to legalize sportsbooks. What will be the role that the internet might play in the future of sports books in the USA?
Are there any lessons to be learned from the EU or Canada? Is Canada ever going to enforce its laws against offshore i-gaming operators? Come, listen & participate in this interesting discourse.
Moderator: Michael D. Lipton, Dickinson Wright
Speakers: Mike Zatezalo, IMGL President
Bob Stocker II, Dickinson Wright
Marc Dunbar, Jones Walker
Daniel Wallach, Partner/Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital
09:45 – 10:00
10:00 – 11:15
The European hotspot for online gaming Malta is proposing major reforms to the legal framework. Be the first to hear about how the reforms will be impacting the industry.
The Eastern European gambling market is in turmoil. The Czech Republic and Poland are introducing restrictive licensing regimes along with Slovakia they are cracking down hard on grey market operators. Hear the latest developments in Eastern Europe and insights in how to operate in these markets.
Germany is undisputedly one of the most important gambling markets in the world but proper regulation of the market is not close - or is it? Hear the latest development and how changes in the political landscape can bring changes.
Sweden maybe on the brink of abandoning the monopoly system for gambling. Earlier this year a government mandated committee proposed what seems to be a very promising and thought-through law for licensing of gambling. When will the law be adopted in parliament and when will we see licensing of online gambling?
Moderator: Joerg Hofmann, Melchers Lawfirm
Speakers: Wulf Hambach, Hambach & Hambach, Germany
Robert Skalina, WH Partners, Malta
Maria McDonald, Nordic Gambling, Sweden
Olga Finkel, WH Partners, Malta
Piotr Dynowski, Bird & Bird, Poland
11:15 - 12:00
Rules and Regulation: Who's Responsible? Operators or Affiliates?
As gambling regulation develops around the world complications are becoming apparent in the way in which detailed rules and regulations are enforced. In some jurisdictions all suppliers and affiliates are regulated side by side with operators and operating licensees can therefore rely on this in their dealings. But in other jurisdictions the burden is placed wholly on the operating licensees who are required to take responsibility for all third parties with whom they contract. This panel will consider these issues and how they should be addressed, particularly regarding advertising where there have been a number of problems.
Moderator: Tony Coles, Consultant, Gordon Dadds
Speakers: Marie Jones, Fox Rothschild
Tal Itzhak Ron, Chairman and CEO, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm
Ben Murphy, General Counsel, SkyBet
12:00 – 13:30
IMGL AWARD LUNCHEON
13:30 - 14:00
IR Casinos in Japan: The Next Big Thing in the Casino Industry?
In August, Japan’s IR Promotion Advisory Council set out rules to regulate casino resorts in Japan. Hear about the proposed rules and restrictions for operating in the market and how the timelines are for casinos to launch in what could be one the most lucrative gambling markets in the world.
Speaker: Hitoshi Ishihara, Partner, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
14:00 – 14:45
Most people say gambling is dangerous. Is the focus on responsible gambling enough to meet these concerns? How far do we go, how for should we go? Regulators, industry and treatment specialists and others? What do we know? What do they think?
Moderator: Pieter Remmers, Assissa
Speakers: John Hagan, Harris Hagan
Henrik Svensson, Unibet
Thomas Nilsson, Senior Analyst, Sustainable Interaction
14:45 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:00
The future of the European Gambling Market, is the Death of .com Operations Close?
The .com markets are shrinking rapidly as European jurisdictions are coming on with new local licensing systems. Meanwhile, other jurisdictions such as the Netherlands and Norway are ramping up enforcement against unlicensed operators.
In years, the European Commission has threatened to take action against Member-States with non-EU-compliant gambling laws but nothing has happened.
Are the glory days for .com operators over in Europe and will the country-by-country licensing of online gambling mean growth or decline for the gambling industry.
Moderator: Andrew Gellatly, Gambling Compliance
Speakers: Ian Ince, Playtech
Chris Elliott, Solicitor, Wiggins LLP
16:00 - 16:45
Closing remarks from the IMGL President
17:30 - 19:30
CLOSING RECEPTION (boat with tour guide leaves at 17:00)
Almanak, Custom House
(buses returning to the Marriott leave at 19:30)