IMGL 2013 Autumn Conference
November 1 - 4, 2013
1–4 November, 2013
The International Masters of Gaming Law held its 2013 Autumn Conference at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway. The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) was held immediately prior to the IMGL Conference. If you were unable to attend the conference, enjoy browsing through this photo gallery or view some of the conference session presentations by clicking on these links.
Tiffany Conklin and Wai Ming Yap enjoy dinner at Onda Sea
Rolf Sims delivers a keynote address
Atle Hamar and I. Nelson Rose
IMGL President J. Kelly Duncan and IAGR President Peet Meng Lau
IAGR Conference Chair Atle Hamar from Norway
Susanna Fitzgerald from London offers her perspective
Alfredo Lazcano, IMGL Emerging Jurisdictions Regulator of the Year Giselle Brea, J. Kelly Duncan
IAGR Past President Susan Hensel and Sean McGuinness
Ash Averill and Hilary Stewart Jones with DLA Piper
Regulatory Reform Panel Members Tiffany Conklin; Andre Wilsenach; Jenny Williams; Susan Hensel; Sean McGuinness and Donna More
IMGL Officers Mike Zatezalo, Joerg Hofmann, J. Kelly Duncan and Jamie Nettleton
Bob Stocker, J. Kelly Duncan, Michael Lipton, Tony Coles
Platinum Sponsor Tom Nyborg from Betsson and Oslo Conference Chair Joakim Marstrander
James & Sharon Maida; Carmen and Kelly Duncan
Registration for this conference is closed.
Betsson Group comprises the well-known brands Betsson, Betsafe, NordicBet, Norgesautomaten and CasionEuro, among others. The company employs around 1,000 people and operates from Malta. Betsson is licensed and governed by Maltese authorities to run legal online gaming. The group is owned by the Swedish company Betsson AB, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
SPIELO International and GTECH G2 belong to the Lottomatica Group, one of the world’s largest commercial lottery operators and a market leader in the Italian gaming industry. SPIELO International is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of top-performing games, cabinets, central systems and associated software for legal gaming markets around the world, including distributed government-sponsored markets, commercial casino markets, and Amusement with Prize (AWP) markets. GTECH G2 is the most trusted partner in iGaming and sports betting, with an award-winning range of products and services deployed in over 40 jurisdictions worldwide.
Bit8 is a game platform development company that brings a fresh approach towards online gaming backends for both new and established operators. Offering a variety of high quality games with 3D animations and special effects, sophisticated customisation options and advanced player segmentation, our platform and licensed games are designed to increase revenue and keep players engaged as much as possible. Advanced seamless wallet integration, bonus system, promotions, data mining and CRM give a cutting edge to operators and maximise retention. The bit8 backend is a next generation intelligent gaming backend that has been built from the ground up to cater for the needs of modern gaming operations. The bit8 backend features a seamless common wallet integration, support for multiple game manufacturers and third party application providers. Unique features of the backend include inbuilt support for advanced data mining and business intelligence modules, together with an Artificial Intelligence rule engine system that enables the platform to learn and adapt automatically to the operators specific needs and operational circumstances. The bit8 backend is accessible via any modern web browser that supports the latest HTML5 technology. The intuitive user interface has a task oriented design that boosts productivity significantly. The bit8 backend is designed in a highly modular manner that can scale up to any number of concurrent players. Operators can mix and match additional modules to achieve the precise system that is needed. The modular design allows any number of third parties to be integrated, with our backend providing “backend of backends” functionality across all manufacturers. This permits the operator to achieve independence from a single supplier and ensures that the valuable player database always remains under strict control of the operator.
Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law
Kalff Katz & Franssen Attorneys at Law is widely recognised for their solid and business oriented expertise in many sectors of the entertainment industry. The firm has a strong international profile specifically in the gaming sector.The Gaming Team of Kalff Katz & Franssen exclusively focusses on advising and litigating on behalf of the international gaming sector. Clients range from blue chip land based and remote gaming operators, manufacturers, PSP´s, ISP´s, platform providers, media companies, broadcasting companies, financial institutions, sport organisations to institutional investors.
Head of the gaming team Justin Franssen received consistent band 1 rankings in Chambers Global Guide. Chambers Global Guide comments: “He maintains a strong involvement in shaping gambling legislation in the Netherlands.” and, “he has a strong and deep passion for the industry and his clients, is very committed and works day and night.”
Asensi Abogados has an extensive expertise in all areas related to Gaming Law. They are recognised as the leading Gaming Law firm within the Spanish market. They represent the interest of a large number of major bookmakers, poker, casino, bingo and skill games operators, slot suppliers, software providers, land based and online. Furthermore they provide legal advice to gaming associations and gaming jurisdictions. Asensi Abogados advises large corporate and start-up ventures across all areas of the gaming industry. They closely work with all the autonomous regions’ gaming agencies in Spain as well as with the General Directorate for Gaming on a daily basis. Moreover they also maintain frequent contact with gaming regulators from all over the world through their international practice. Asensi Abogados is the only Spanish firm quoted in the Gaming & Gambling practice by Chambers Global editions, for Band 1 in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers
AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives.
Avigilon designs and manufactures high-definition surveillance solutions that deliver the best evidence. Our award-winning Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High-Definition Stream Management™ (HDSM) technology delivers the best image detail in the industry, leading to faster response times, reduced investigation times, and superior overall protection. Avigilon components work together in an end-to-end solution or work with your existing systems to enhance their current capabilities. We offer a variety of configurations that let you customize your own powerful, scalable and cost-effective surveillance solution. Avigilon helps protect and monitor diverse locations, including stadiums, retail environments, schools, casinos, critical infrastructure, transportation stations, and more. Offering the broadest range of high-definition IP cameras from 1 MP to 29 MP, our cameras come in a variety of formats, including dome, panoramic and fixed, and can be used for countless applications.
Gaming Laboratories International
For nearly 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has been the world leader in providing independent testing, inspection and certification services to the gaming, wagering and lottery industry. GLI also offers independent network and information security assessments to its regulatory, lottery and supplier clients. With 20 laboratory locations located across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and guide 65 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.
Hambach & Hambach
Hambach & Hambach law firm in Munich is a highly specialized Law Boutique with main focus on legal advice in the German and international TIME-sectors: Telecommunication – IT – Media & Entertainment Law. Custom-tailored consultancy services for major German and pan-European projects as well as large-scale court proceedings are our everyday business at Hambach & Hambach. For instance, we were successful in obtaining German licences regarding sports betting and online-casino. Furthermore, we were part of the ground-breaking “Carmen Media decision” (C-46/08) before the European Court of Justice, which has ended the monopoly for online games of chance in Germany. Dr Wulf Hambach was one of the representatives of the Carmen Media Group Ltd. in these proceedings. We also frequently support prominent deals in the field of sports sponsoring – from their initiations till their completions. The continuous development of our strong national and global network in the areas sports, media and gaming, which in particular positions itself at the interface between the legislator and the economic players, is indispensable for us and our clients. We work in strong, well-established cooperation with law firms from Amsterdam, Rome and Madrid (www.gaminglaw.eu). Moreover, there is also individual cooperation with single partner law offices on all five continents. Every day, we successfully turn our clients` visions into reality: Hambach & Hambach has received several awards from CHAMBERS GLOBAL and was elected “Advertising Law Firm of the Year in Germany” by Corporate INTL in 2012. The international magazine for managers, ACQ5, has elected Hambach & Hambach as “Advertising Law Firm of the Year 2012” and Dr Wulf Hambach as “Gaming Lawyer of the Year 2012“, respectively.
Jeffrey Green Russell
Internationally recognised for the quality of its practice, the Gaming and Betting Group at Jeffrey Green Russell is one of the UK’s leading specialist teams advising on all aspects of gambling law and assisting clients in the gambling sector on transactional matters. We have extensive industry experience and are thus able to provide focused advice. We readily understand and account for relevant commercial and regulatory issues. We advise not only on UK matters but also assist clients with global strategies and international projects. As part of our overall service we address other leading gambling jurisdictions. In addition to our excellent cross border links through the International Alliance of Law Firms, our team maintains a close network with IMGL and the leading gambling lawyers from across the world. We are thus able to provide clients with access to the finest specialist advice from almost any jurisdiction. The team enjoys close working relationships with many of the leading regulators. Drawing from the full range of legal services provided by Jeffrey Green Russell, the team advises on industry focused issues such as technology, white labelling and affiliate arrangements as well as on mergers and acquisitions and the other services expected from a thriving commercial practice.
NOVOMATIC Group of Companies
With a turnover of about Euro 3.4 billion in 2012 NOVOMATIC Group of Companies is one of the largest integrated conglomerates of the international gaming industry. Founded by the entrepreneur Prof. Johann F. Graf the Group comprises affiliated companies in 43 countries, produces high-tech gaming devices and exports to more than 80 countries. Consistent investments in research and development, an eagerness to do pioneer work, a distinct feeling for trends and a total commitment to quality have made the NOVOMATIC Group of Companies a major player of the international gaming industry. Responsible Gaming, an extreme customer focus, respectability and technological trendsetting as well as quality standards which are exemplary in the gaming industry and beyond, build the foundation of international success.
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-nine facilities in nineteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National’s operated facilities currently feature approximately 34,800 gaming machines, approximately 850 table games, 2,900 hotel rooms and approximately 1.6 million square feet of gaming floor space.
SHFL entertainment, Inc.
SHFL entertainment, Inc. is a leading global gaming supplier committed to making gaming more fun for players and more profitable for operators through product innovation, and superior quality and service. The Company provides state-of-the-art, value-add products in five distinct categories: Utility products, which include automatic card shufflers and roulette chip sorters; Proprietary Table Games, which includes live games, side bets and progressives; Electronic Table Systems, which include various e-Table game platforms; Electronic Gaming Machines, which include video slot machines; and iGaming, which features online versions of SHFL’s table games, social gaming, and mobile applications.
GamblingCompliance is an established information provider for the global gambling industry, providing executives with impartial and timely regulatory, legal and market information and analysis plus breaking news – in one, fully customisable online subscription service. In addition, key industry reports such as European Gambling Online and US Internet Gaming are available, giving you an in-depth insight into issues based not only on our in-house expertise but also the relationship with key industry figures that GamblingCompliance has. A Daily Newsletter plus an additional Weekly Round-up means that you are fully informed and up-to-date on every gaming issue that will affect your decision making. Track, analyse and easily search information that is relevant and reliable, from one respected source. For a free 2 week trial, visitwww.gamblingcompliance.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Global Gaming Business
Global Gaming Business is a leading gaming trade publication focusing on the worldwide casino gaming industry. GGB is the exclusive official publication of the American Gaming Association and an official G2E magazine. Publications include Tribal Government Gaming, Casino Design, RD&E magazine, G2E Preview, Casino Connection Atlantic City and the premiere online weekly gaming news report GGB News. GGB also sponsors the annual Gaming & Technology awards presented at G2E.
(as of 30 September 2013)
The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) annual conference is co-located with IMGL’s conference at the Grand Hotel, Oslo. The IAGR conference takes place earlier in the week than IMGL’s, but a few of their key events are listed here.
For the complete IAGR conference schedule, please visit their website:
Tuesday 1 October
19.00 – 23.00
IAGR / IMGL Joint Dinner at Holmekollen Park Hotel
Wednesday 2 October
IAGR Social Programme
Including Museums and lunch at the Ekeberg Restaurant
15.30 – 19.00
IMGL Registration Open
Sponsored by Hambach and Hambach
16.00 – 17.15
IMGL Business Meeting
17.30 – 19.30
IMGL Welcome Reception at the Grand Hotel
Sponsored by Betsson Group
IAGR Formal Gala Dinner at the Grand Hotel
IMGL Delegates – dinner on own at area restaurants
Thursday 3 October
08.00 – 17.00
IMGL Registration Open
Sponsored by Hambach and Hambach
08.00 – 09.30
Sponsored by Novomatic
09.00 – 09.30
Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
Welcome: J. Kelly Duncan, President, IMGL and Partner, Jones Walker, Louisiana
Peet Meng Lau, Chief Executive, Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (incoming)
President, International Association of Gaming Regulators
Richard Magnus, Chairman, Casino Regulatory Authority, Singapore
09.30 – 10.30
Cross-Border Regulatory Reform
In the field of online gambling regulation, a jurisdiction is often recognized as the leader or the “first mover”. Frequently, this jurisdiction is a country in a federation (e.g. Europe) or a state in a country that has a federal system (e.g. United States, Canada or Australia). The purpose of this forum will be to discuss models that should be implemented in federal systems to ensure that a harmonious regulatory regime relating to online gambling develops, so that reciprocity of laws and standards take place across borders to other members in the federation. Case studies will be discussed to indicate those systems where cross-border recognition has been implemented. The forum will also discuss a model which recognized the principles of online gambling regulation and will seek to establish, a model code which sets out those principles of an online gambling regulatory regime which are easiest to implement to those which are more difficult.
Moderator: Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers, Australia
Olga Finkel, Managing Partner, WH Partners, Malta
Francesco Rodano, Head of Remote Gaming, Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli, Italy
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority, Denmark
Wai-Ming Yap, Director, Stamford Law Corporation, Singapore
10.30 – 10.45
Sponsored by Asensi
10.45 – 12.00
Internet Gaming in Developing Markets
This session will consider whether, how and, if so, when, any kind of regulated internet gambling will be introduced into a number of jurisdictions where, hitherto, such gambling has either not been permitted at all or has not been properly regulated. The panel will address the approaches being taken by legislatures and regulatory authorities in a number of jurisdictions, many of which have sophisticated regimes for the regulation of terrestrial gambling but where the regulation of internet gambling is new. These jurisdictions will include a number of States in the US as well as jurisdictions in Europe, in Asia and in Latin America. There will be particular emphasis on the regulatory approaches to different forms of gambling, whether sports betting, gaming, lotteries, bingo etc., and on the potential for an operator’s fiscal and regulatory costs to be minimized. The session will consider whether the regulation of internet gambling in such developing markets is likely to benefit from lessons learned in other more established iGaming jurisdictions.
Moderator: Tony Coles, Consultant, Jeffrey Green Russell Limited, United Kingdom
Santiago Asensi, Partner, Asensi Abogados, Spain
Alexia Couccoullis, Partner, G. & A. Ladas Law Office, Cyprus & Law Offices Couccoullis & Associates, Greece
Frederic Engel, International Business Development, Dictao, France
Gowree Gokhale, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates, India
Alfredo Lazcano, Managing Partner and Director, Lazcano Sámano, S.C., Mexico
Mike Zatezalo, Partner, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Ohio
12.00 – 13.00
Online players are more and more attracted by mobile gaming which raises a great number of issues in terms of legal compliance, data protection, security or even cybercrime. Therefore, such a conference could be quite controversial and raise pertinent questions as mobile gaming involves actors originating from extremely different business sectors, such as the online gambling sector, the banking sector and the telecommunication sector, which are all specifically regulated. As such, mobile gaming raises numerous legal issues, including the risk of overlap of regulation applicable to the key players of the mobile gaming market, or the risks related to the contracting chain of responsibilities, or cross-border issues.
Moderator: Diane Mullenex, Partner, Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, France
Speakers: Marc H. Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., Missouri
Jens Christian Gjesti, Senior Lawyer, Kvale Advokatfirma DA, Norway
Angelo Dalli, CEO, Bit8, Malta
Mark H. Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., Missouri
13.00 – 14.00
IMGL Awards Luncheon
Honoring IMGL Gaming Regulator of the Year – Evolving Jurisdictions
Giselle Brea, Executive Secretary, Gaming Control Board, Panama
Keynote Speaker: Rolf Sims, Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Norway
14.00 – 15.00
Presently, two themes dominate the discussion surrounding sports betting:
1. The protection of the integrity of sports and an effective fight against match-fixing attempts. What can the industry do in order to effectively counter this problem? What kind of coordinated measures can be taken? Who is in the position to take responsibility to act on this?
2. The regulation of sports betting varies greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions, the proportion of non-licensed gaming operators is significant. The question is what should be done to create an appropriate and competitive regulatory environment where reputable sports betting operators can successfully compete with non-licensed companies? The scope of restrictions of betting products and high taxes have, in this context, a central role. Follow as experienced representatives from the industry and the regulatory side, as well as experts in sports, offer their insights.
Moderator: Joerg Hofmann, Partner, Melchers Law Firm, Germany
Atle Hamar, Director, Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority, Norway
Michael Lipton, Q.C., Senior Partner, Dickinson Wright, LLP, Canada
Mike O’Kane, Chairman, European Sports Security Association, United Kingdom
Mary O’Loughlin, General Counsel, Paddy Power, Ireland
Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulatory Operations, Gambling Commission, United Kingdom
15.00 – 16.00
Developments in Lotteries
The manner in which national and local lotteries are managed, regulated and played has changed significantly in recent times. In many jurisdictions across the world lawyers and industry experts have had to adopt their practices to cater for an ever changing market which has seen increasing privatisation of national and local lotteries as well as a surge in online gaming. This session will present an overview as to some of the recent changes in lotteries throughout the world and will investigate the impact of the privatisation of different national and local lotteries. The session will also seek to address the developing trends in remote gaming and the impact that this will have on the way in which lotteries are regulated and played in the future.
Moderator: Joe Kelly, Partner, A&L Goodbody, Ireland
Alan Littler, Gaming Lawyer, Kalff Katz & Franssen, The Netherlands
Keith C. Miller, Ellis & Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law, Drake University Law School, Iowa
Nick Nocton, Director, Jeffrey Green Russell Limited, United Kingdom
16.00 – 16.15
Sponsored by GLI
16.15 – 17.45
Regulatory Reform & Implementation
As gaming has proliferated, so has the complexity and diversity of the regulatory constructs that govern the conduct of gaming businesses. Over the past year, industry participants have discussed a variety of regulatory “reforms” that might be considered to promote needed efficiencies for both the businesses and the jurisdictions that must oversee them. With the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) in conference with us, we have tapped a panel of industry and regulatory leaders to address some of the reform ideas and discuss the prospects for implementation.
Moderator: Donna More, Partner, Ungaretti & Harris, Illinois
Tiffany Conklin, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission, California
Susan Hensel, President, International Association of Gaming Regulators and Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Pennsylvania
Sean McGuinness, Partner, Lewis & Roca, LLP, Nevada
Jenny Williams, Commissioner & Chief Executive, Gambling Commission, United Kingdom
Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director, Alderney Gambling Control Commission, Alderney
19.00 – 22.00
IMGL Reception / Dinner at Onda Sea
Sponsored by Lottomatica
Friday 4 October
08.00 – 16.00
Sponsored by Hambach and Hambach
08.00 – 09.30
Sponsored by AGEM
08.30 – 09.00
Speaker: Mitch Garber, CEO, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Canada
09.00 – 10.00
EU Action Plan
On 23 October 2012, the European Commission adopted the Communication “Towards a comprehensive European framework on online gambling”.
Five action areas are prioritised to address the challenges faced at EU and national level:
1) Compliance of national regulatory frameworks with EU law; 2) Enhancing administrative cooperation and efficient enforcement; 3) Protecting consumers and citizens, minors and vulnerable groups; 4) Preventing fraud and money laundering;
5) Safeguarding the integrity of sports and preventing match-fixing
Moderator: Wulf Hambach, Partner, Hambach & Hambach, Germany
Friedrich Scheider, Professor, University of Linz, Department of Economics, Austria
Kurt Schelter, Former State Minister of EU Affairs and Justice, Belgium
10.00 – 10.15
Sponsored by Avigilon
10.15 – 11.45
International Compacts: Panacea for Poker Liquidity?
After a year of stagnation on-line poker may be on the verge of the second ‘boom’ when US jurisdictions come online. Will US jurisdictions be allowed to share liquidity with European jurisdictions (‘International Liquidity’) or state-to-state within the US and what effect will this development have for the global poker market? The panel will explore different models of revenue sharing between different states and regulatory risks associated with cross-border poker networks. What can the US and European regulators learn from jurisdictions such as Canada where cross border compacts have been agreed and are already in operation.
Moderator: Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director, Alderney Gambling Control Commission, Alderney
Christine Duhaime, Partner, Duhaime Law, Canada
Dale J. Fuga, COO, Manitoba Gaming Control Commission
Mitch Garber, CEO, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Canada
Honorable Jon Porter, CEO, Porter Gordon Silver Communications, Washington D.C.
Guido Schluetz, Senior Government Official, Gambling Regulation and Supervision, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
11.45 – 13.00
Sponsored by Bit8
13.00 – 14.00
Binary Options: Gaming or Financial Services?
One of the fastest growing gaming-type activities in the internet is trading in binary options. The legal status of binary options is hotly debated, and the answer to the question “gaming or financial” has fundamental knock-on effects with regard to licensing, regulation, payment processing and even criminality for traders. Panel host R Paul Davis, General Counsel for The Counting House Group, will present a brief introduction to binary options and a review of current legislation and intercession activities. The panel will include Pini Peter, CEO of the world’s largest binary platform Spot Option, Steve Brennan, CEO of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, senior card scheme compliance and risk representatives, and a financial services expert from the USA. Expect fireworks as the most explosive topic in internet gaming is explored by those most involved. Warning! Some video content may shock the audience!
Moderator: R. Paul Davis, General Counsel, Counting House (IOM) Ltd., Isle of Man
Steve Brennan, CEO, Gambling Supervision Commission, Isle of Man
Pini Peter, CEO, Spotoption, Israel
Tal Itzhak Ron, Chairman, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co, Israel
14.00 – 15.00
The Trend to Liberalize Online Gaming Markets: Good Practices Regarding Responsible Gaming, Fair Gaming and Prevention of Crime
Many jurisdictions around the world are considering the liberalization of their online gaming markets. The Netherlands and Switzerland are just two examples where drafts for online gaming regulation are in the pipeline. What can jurisdictions, which are about to liberalize online gaming, learn from the expertise of established markets? What trends for good practices do we see? And do we need to consider national characteristics in implementing good practices?
Moderator: Stefano Sbordoni, Partner & CEO, Studio Sbordoni, Italy
Justin Franssen, Head of Gaming, Sports & Entertainment Practice Group, Kalff Katz & Franssen, The Netherlands
John Hagan, Partner, Harris Hagan, United Kingdom
Luka Mueller-Studer, Partner, MME Meyer Mueller Eckert Partners, Switzerland
Simon Planzer, Lecturer in Law, University of St. Gallen HSG, Switzerland
15.00 – 15.15
Sponsored by Penn National Gaming
15.15 – 16.30
What About Games, Gamers and the Golden Goose: Will Social Gaming Lay Golden Eggs or Become Dinner?
As social gaming continues its expansion across the globe, the question of regulation becomes dependent upon the market and its stakeholders, not just the regulators. This panel will start with an overview of the social gaming market and will proceed to evaluate virtual currency social gaming, spanning from who are the participating customers to which platforms will thrive in the future – Facebook, mobile, bitcoins, etc.. Regulatory formats will be analyzed as well as the pending threats/opportunities in mobile gaming and virtual currency. This panel with conclude the conference by bringing a varied set of expertise and very different views of the state of social gaming…fireworks may ensue.
Moderator: Marc H. Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., Missouri
Nicholas Aquilina, Associate, Brandl & Talos, Austria
Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital, United Kingdom
Steve Ketteley, Parter, DLA Piper, United Kingdom
Quirino Mancini, Head of Media, Sports & Gaming Practice, SCM Lawyers, Italy
16.30 – 18.00
Closing Reception at the Grand Hotel Oslo
Sponsored by Jeffrey Green Russell
As of August 30, 2013
Wednesday, October 2
09.00 – 14.00
IAGR / IMGL Site Seeing
Tour the Local Museums
Luncheon: Ekeberg Restaurant
17.30 – 19.30
IMGL Welcome Reception
Join old friends and make new ones at our first gathering
You are on your own to explore Oslo and experience a local restaurant. Refer to the See and Do section for suggestions or contact the Grand Hotel’s concierge for reservations.
Thursday, October 3
19.00 – 22.00
Dinner Event at Onda Sea
Stranden 30 N – 0250 Oslo
Join us at Onda Sea: a large seafood brasserie with spectacular views and proximity to the sea. From Aker Brygge Tingvalla pier you have a changing panorama that stretches from Oslo City Hall and the entire 270 degrees of the Oslo fjord. The atmosphere is continental and busy, but with the good acoustics, so you can still sit undisturbed and have a private conversation. Dinner is included in the registration fee. Extra tickets for guests are available for purchase. Refer to Registration form.
18.45 – 19.00
Walk from the Grand Hotel Oslo to Onda Sea
Maps will be available at the conference registration desk. Estimated duration is 10 – 15 minutes on safe, brightly lit streets. Taxis are available for private hire for those who choose not walk. (In the case of inclement weather, transportation will be provided.)
19.00 – 19.30
19.30 – 21.30
Dinner with Wine Pairings
Crab Salad with Apple, Dill and Avocado
Halibut with Celery Root Puree, Mushrooms, Walnuts and Serrano Ham
Filet of Lamb with Root Vegetables, Spinach and Rosemary Sauce
Apple Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream
Contact IMGLDirector@aol.com if you have special dietary needs.
Business or elegant attire with comfortable walking shoes is suggested.
Host Hotel & Location of Conference
Grand Hotel Oslo
Karl Johans Gate 31
Telephone: +47 23 21 20 00
Telefax: +47 23 21 21 00
The Grand Hotel in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, is perhaps its most venerable and elegant deluxe hotel, forming a striking landmark on the city’s grandest street, Karl Johans Gate. The Grand Hotel is a mix of tradition and new styles – timelessly classic, yet offering all the luxury, quality and comfort you have the right to expect from a modern first-class international hotel.
The Grand first opened its doors in 1874. For more than 130 years, the name has been synonymous with quality and atmosphere. World-famous Norwegians such as Henrik Ibsen and Fridtjof Nansen made the Grand their second home.
As of 30 September 2013
CEO, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Canada
Mitch Garber is CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, the world’s largest gaming company. He is responsible for the World Series of Poker, the world’s largest and most prestigious series of poker championship events worldwide, as well as for the Internet, mobile and social games businesses for the Caesars family of brands. He sits on the executive management team of Caesars Entertainment. In 2011 he led the acquisition of Playitka Inc., the Israeli based developer of top grossing apps on Facebook, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices. That acquisition was followed by the purchase of Buffalo Studios in California, another leading app developer.
From 2006-2008 Garber was CEO of London Stock Exchange listed PartyGaming plc, a multi-billion dollar corporation. As CEO of PartyGaming, he focused on international expansion through product diversification and a series of mergers and acquisitions, acquiring companies in Israel, UK and Bulgaria. He has been the CEO of public companies listed on the Nasdaq, Toronto and London Stock Exchanges. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University (1986) and a Law Degree from the University of Ottawa (1989). He is featured in the book, The Secrets of CEO’s, by Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave, and has been listed as one of the most influential executives in the gaming industry. He speaks fluent English, French and Hebrew.
Peet Meng Lau
Chief Executive, Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore
President, International Association of Gaming Regulators
Peet Meng Lau is the Chief Executive of the Casino Regulatory Authority in Singapore. Before his current appointment, he was the Senior Director of Policy & Operations Division, Ministry of Home Affairs. As Senior Director of Policy & Operations Division, he oversaw the crafting of key policies for the Ministry, including matters relating to casino regulation. Prior to his posting to the Ministry, he was the Commander of Central Police Division. During his tenure as Commander, he was responsible for the deployment of more than 1,000 police officers. He set up the Marina Bay Neighborhood Police Centre, and led the Division to maintain law and order in downtown Singapore.
Lau was awarded the Singapore Police Force Overseas Scholarship in 1994. He graduated from Yale University with Double Honors in Political Science and International Studies in 1997 and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in 1998. He also holds a Masters of Science in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (Sloan Fellow).
Lau is married to an editor, and the father of three young children. Besides serving as an officer of the International Association of Gaming Regulators, Lau also sits on the Advisory Council of World Vision, Singapore.
Judge (Ret.) Richard Magnus
Chairman, Casino Regulatory Authority
Richard Magnus is a recently retired Chief District Judge. He was awarded by the State the Meritorious Service Award for his exceptional public service. He is Singapore’s First Representative to the ASEAN Inter- Governmental Commission on Human Rights. He now holds several public positions as Chairman Casino Regulatory Authority, Chairman Public Guardian Board, Chairman Political Films Consultative Committee, Chairman Bioethics Advisory Committee, and Member of the Public Service Commission, Member Public Transport Council, and Expert Member of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee. Magnus is also an Alumnus of the National Agenda Council. In the private sector, Richard sits on the Board of Directors of Temasek Cares PLC, CapitalMall Trust and the Changi Airport Group. He is Editor of five legal practitioners’ books on law. Richard speaks at several international and regional human rights conferences. He is a lawyer by training and is also an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Norway
Originally from Durban South Africa, Rolf Francis Sims lives in Oslo, Norway, where he graduated with a law degree from the University of Oslo in 1995, specializing in intellectual property and international human rights. He has previously worked on land concessions and area planning at the Ministry of Agriculture and legislation and individual cases related to oil pollution in the North Sea at the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.
Since 1998 Sims has worked as a gaming regulator, first with the Ministry of Justice and Police, and since 2001 with the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry is responsible for the regulation of all gaming in Norway except gaming connected to equestrian activities. In his previous and current position within gaming his scope of work has encompassed EU/EEA-law, all aspects of legislation connected to gaming machines, I-gaming, bingo, provisions and regulations on lotteries and sportsbetting. Sims has also supervised the administration of Norsk Tipping, the Norwegian state-owned gaming company, as well as the Norwegian Gaming Authority. He was particularly involved in the Norwegian Slot machine case and Ladbrokes case which questioned the compatibility of Norwegian gaming law to EU/EEA-law. Sims also participates as the Norwegian Government`s representative in the European Commissions Expert Group on Gambling Services, which provides the Commission with advice and expertise in relation to the preparation of policy initiatives and facilitates the exchange of regulatory experience and good practices between EEA Member States.
Santiago Asensi, Partner
Asensi Abogados, Spain
Nicholas Aquilina, Associate
Brandl & Talos, Austria
Melissa Blau, Director
iGaming Capital, United Kingdom
Steve Brennan, CEO
Gambling Supervision Commission, Isle of Man
Mark A. Clayton, Shareholder
Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Nevada
Tiffany Conklin, Commissioner
California Gambling Control Commission, California
Tony Coles, Consultant
Jeffrey Green Russell Limited, United Kingdom
Alexia Couccoullis, Partner
G. & A. Ladas Law Office, Cyprus & Law Offices Couccoullis & Associates, Greece
R. Paul Davis, General Counsel
Counting House (IOM) Ltd., Isle of Man
Angelo Dalli, CEO
Christine Duhaime, Partner
Duhaime Law, Canada
J. Kelly Duncan, President IMGL
and Partner, Jones Walker, Louisianna
Marc H. Ellinger, Partner
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., Missouri
Olga Finkel, Managing Partner
WH Partners, Malta
Justin Franssen, Head of Gaming, Sports & Entertainment Practice Group
Kalff Katz & Franssen, The Netherlands
Dale J. Fuga, COO
Manitoba Gaming Control Commission, Canada
Jens Christian Gjesti, Senior Lawyer
Kvale Advokatfirma DA, Norway
Gowree Gokhale, Partner
Nishith Desai Associates, India
John Hagan, Partner
Harris Hagan, United Kingdom
Atle Hamar, Director
Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority, Norway
Wulf Hambach, Partner
Hambach & Hambach, Germany
Susan Hensel, President
International Association of Gaming Advisors and Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Pennsylvania
Joerg Hofmann, Partner
Melchers Law Firm, Germany
Joe Kelly, Partner
A&L Goodbody, Ireland
Steve Ketteley, Partner
DLA Piper, United Kingdom
Alfredo Lazcano, Managing Partner and Director
Lazcano Sámano, S.C., Mexico
Alan Littler, Gaming Lawyer
Kalff Katz & Franssen, The Netherlands
Michael Lipton, Q.C., Senior Partner
Dickinson Wright, LLP, Canada
Quirino Mancini, Head of Media
Sports & Gaming Practice, SCM Lawyers, Italy
Sean McGuinness, Partner
Lewis & Roca, LLP, Nevada
Keith C. Miller, Ellis & Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law
Drake University Law School, Iowa
Donna More, Partner
Partner, Ungaretti & Harris, Illinois
Luka Mueller-Studer, Partner
MME Meyer Mueller Eckert Partners, Switzerland
Diane Mullenex, Partner
Ichay & Mullenex Avocats, France
Jamie Nettleton, Partner
Addisons Lawyers, Australia
Nick Nocton, Director
Jeffrey Green Russell Limited, United Kingdom
Mike O’Kane, Chairman
European Sports Security Association, United Kingdom
Mary O’Loughlin, General Counsel
Paddy Power, Ireland
Pini Peter, CEO
Simon Planzer, Lecturer in Law
University of St. Gallen HSG, Switzerland
Honorable Jon Porter, CEO
Porter Gordon Silver Communications, Washington D.C.
Francesco Rodano, Head of Remote Gaming
Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli, Italy
Tal Itzhak Ron, Chairman
Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Israel
Birgitte Sand, Director
Danish Gambling Authority, Denmark
Stefano Sbordoni, Partner & CEO
Studio Sbordoni, Italy
Kurt Schelter, Former State Minister of EU Affairs and Justice
Friedrich Scheider, Professor, University of Linz
Department of Economics, Austria
Guido Schluetz, Senior Government Official
Gambling Regulation and Supervision, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulatory Operations
Gambling Commission, United Kingdom
Jenny Williams, Commissioner & Chief Executive
Gambling Commission, United Kingdom
Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director
Alderney Gambling Control Commission, Alderney
Wai-Ming Yap, Director
Stamford Law Corporation, Singapore
Michael Zatezalo, Partner
Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Ohio
See & Do
Things to See and Do
The National Gallery houses Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The museum’s central attractions include Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Madonna and paintings by Cézanne og Manet. The museum’s exhibitions present older art, with principal emphasis on art from Norway. The permanent exhibition shows highlights from the collection and national icons from the romantic period until the mid-1900s. Also on display are works by international painters and sculptors, including the French impressionists.
Closed: Mondays, Easter (Friday and Monday), 1 May, 17 May, 23-25 December, 31 December, 1 January.
The National Gallery is part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.
Norwegian name: Nasjonalgalleriet
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design displays Norwegian and international applied art, fashion and design from the 7th century to the present. The museum was founded in 1876 and is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. In addition to changing exhibitions, the museum features the permanent exhibitions Design & Art 1905-2005 and STYLE 1100-1905. The museum’s collection contains approx. 35,000 items, spanning from antique Greek vases and East Asian art to items depicting European style history. Also on display are clothing, textiles, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, design and handicrafts. Among the highlights are the unique 12th century Baldishol Tapestry, the collection of 16th and 17th century pictorial tapestries and Royal Norwegian apparel.
CLOSED: Mondays, 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Eve, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 17 May, Whit Saturday, Whit Sunday, 23-25 December, 31 December.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design consists of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum – Architecture.
Norwegian name: Kunstindustrimuseet
Norway Yacht Charter
Norway Yacht Charter offers boats that can be chartered for 4-200 passengers. Choose between sailing boats, motor yachts and sailing yachts. All six boats are set up for food and beverages on board, and can be used for representation, anniversaries, weddings and all other types of events. Departure is usually from the City Hall piers or Aker Brygge.
S/S Johanna anno 1892: 80-175 guests, NOK 6,900,-/hour
S/S Helena: 70-160 guests, NOK 6,700,-/hour
S/S Christiania: 63-110 guests, NOK 6,700,-/hour
S/S Jomfruen: 30-63 guests, NOK 6,000,-/hour
S/Y Eileen II: 6-16 guests, NOK 5,900,-/hour
M/Y Grace: 4-24 guests, NOK 4,900,-/hour + NOK 100,-person/hour.
An 8 % tax will be added to the price.
Boat transport to destinations along the fjord with Båtservice I-IX: 20-98 guests per boat (max. 500 guests total), NOK 5,000,-/hour per boat
Akershus Fortress: Guided Tour
Experience 700 years of history at Akershus Fortress with a guided tour, either indoors or outdoors. Open guided tours are available every day in summer and on weekends in May and between mid-August and December. The tours start at the Visitors Centre, and booking is not necessary.
Contact tel. (+47) 23 09 39 17 or email@example.com
AlternativOslo Bike Tours
AlternativOslo offers tours on bikes, tram or foot, focused mainly in the contrasts of the city and its inhabitants. The tours do not follow the itineraries described in the tourist guides. The idea of AlternativOslo is to make you discover another Oslo: the one where locals live (and used to live), where they eat, drink, work and have fun.The guide speaks Spanish, Italian, French and English. At the end of the tour, you will also know a few words in Norwegian.
1. The Oslo Bike Tour – 4 hours
2. Akerselva by Bike – 4 hours
3. The Tram Tour – 4 hours
4. Tours à la Carte – flexible length and your choice of theme
The OsloPass can gain visitors entrance to more than 30 museums and attractions throughout the area (include some of those listed above) It also offers a variety of transportation options and sightseeing tours. Visit their website for options and pricing.
There are many excellent and unique restaurant options when dining on your own in Oslo.
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