IMGL 2017 Autumn Conference
September 10 - 12, 2017
September 10-12, 2017
Host Hotel: Marriott Copenhagen
The IMGL 2017 Autumn Conference featured sessions at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, with receptions at the Tivoli Gardens and Restaurant Almanak at the Standard.
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Fox Rothschild LLP is a national law firm with nearly 800 attorneys practicing in 22 offices coast to coast. We’ve been serving clients for more than a century, and in 2017, we were recognized as the 80th largest law firm in the nation by The American Lawyer. Ranked by Chambers Global among the top gaming lawyers worldwide, Fox is home to one of the largest gaming law practices in the United States, complete with skilled attorneys who possess decades of experience helping clients domestically and internationally achieve success in this highly regulated industry.
Gaming Laboratories International
For over 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI®) has delivered the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing, assessment and professional services to regulators, suppliers and operators from more than 475 jurisdictions worldwide. GLI, which has over 20 laboratory locations on six continents, is dedicated to helping their clients get so much more than just testing. The company has established an incomparable team of highly trained, hand-picked professionals to test and certify equipment. Beyond testing, GLI offers a wide range of professional services, including consultation; auditing; field inspections; responsible gaming; and governance, risk and compliance. The company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. In addition, GLI University®, the world-renowned training program, produces critical, in-depth seminars and events designed to empower attendees with industry fundamentals that will keep them on the leading edge of information and knowledge. GLI’s expertise and experience in the gaming industry helps give their clients’ a competitive advantage that is unmatched in the industry. Please visit www.gaminglabs.com or contact your local Client Service Representative today for more information. GLI – leave nothing to chance.
Hambach & Hambach
Hambach & Hambach is a specialized boutique law firm based in central Munich. Our aim is to provide the highest quality, integrity driven provision of legal services to our clients whilst using our combined skills and expertise in order to be your legal and business representative in Germany. We specialize in regulatory issues, Corporate & Tax, Intellectual Property and IT law. Our clients come from all over the globe without necessarily having a permanent establishment within Germany. In light of the country’s strong economy, corporate entities and individuals are looking to establish their businesses and target the German market. We are a robust conglomerate of national and international specialists who can provide and offer you a comprehensive level of legal & business services in order to accommodate all your needs during an ever-increasing time of technical globalization. We offer practical and regulatory, legal and tax advice in order to provide constructive solutions for your particular requirement. We specialize in the technical and online driven sectors in the Sports & Entertainment Industry, which allows us to extend our provision of legal & business advice to related services such as marketing, banking and investing.
Nordic Gambling is the only legal firm in the Nordic countries which specialises in gambling related law such as licensing, compliance advice and public affairs. We have gained extensive experience in the industry from working with operators, suppliers, service providers and Government regulators. We have been closely involved in the development of the law and regulation in a number of European jurisdictions, including Denmark and Sweden. The partners of Nordic Gambling are recognized among the leading legal experts in the gambling industry and are qualified to assist you with whichever legal issue you may encounter.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs around 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 70 countries. The Group operates more than 260,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,700 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts. Through its numerous international subsidiaries, the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified Omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.
WH Partners was formed in 2012 by Olga Finkel and James Scicluna and built on the successful practice run by Olga Finkel from 2006 called WH Law. The firm has now established itself as a leading Malta-based business law firm best known for its strong understanding of the digital economy as well as for advising stake holders in the fields of education, financial services, gaming & gambling, leisure & hospitality, real estate, taxation and wealth management. The firm’s corporate, M&A, tax, IP, employment and regulatory lawyers are very active advising businesses across a raft of these areas. The firm’s private client practice deals on an ongoing basis with high to very high net worth individuals and with family offices on matters ranging from succession planning and residence to yacht and aircraft registration. The firm predominantly operates from its Maltese offices as well as having consulting rooms in London. WH Partners is passionately committed to supporting CSR work and continue to work tirelessly with a number worthy causes. The firm’s lawyers are among the strongest in Malta in their respective practice areas and are well regarded by regulators and clients for their thoroughness, efficiency and knowledge of their clients’ business, as well as their versatility.
This conference qualifies for 10 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
A self-certification form will be available at the registration desk.
SUNDAY, September 10
4:00 – 5:00
IMGL Membership Meeting
5:30 – 7:30
IMGL Welcome Reception
MONDAY, September 11
(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
TUESDAY, September 12
(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)
The Gala dinner
The Closing Reception will be held at Restaurant Almanak at The Standard
ABOUT THE STANDARD
“Our name pays tribute to the history of our Art Deco building which Danish architect and Royal Building Inspector Kristoffer Nyrop Varming designed in 1937 in the midst of the golden age of timeless “standards” composed by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and the likes.
The architect’s great grandson Søren Varming designed our logos. And that is just one of many examples of how The Standard will be offering new wine in old bottles, from contemporary cutting-edge cuisine that respects the tradition but isn’t afraid of boldly reinventing it, to top echelon jazz music that courageously mixes the known with the unknown, the old with the new.
We reside beautifully on Gammelholm in the City of Copenhagen, surrounded by the inner harbor, the Slotsholm Canal, the Holmen Canal and Nyhavn. In the summer we offer 60 meters covered terrace with three meters to the harbor.”
Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Kalvebod Brygge 5
Copenhagen 1560 Denmark
Phone: +45-88-33 99 00
A special IMGL rate of 2199 to 2949 DKK/night (approximately $330-442.35 US) is available for rooms September 9 though September 13.
To receive this special rate, you must book by August 9.
Nearby hotels include:
See & Do
Visitors can experience the city’s many sights and historic landmarks from an alternative vantage point by taking a canal-tour across Copenhagen’s harbour and its old canal systems.
THE ROYAL PALACE
When Queen Margrethe II is in residence in Amalienborg, the Changing of the Guard is accompanied by music from the Life Guards’ Music Corps. If the Queen is out of town, the Changing of the Guard still takes place, but without musical accompaniment.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
At Langelinje Pier you will find one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions: The sculpture of The Little Mermaid. 23 August 2013 she turned 100 years old. The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.
The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince.
Put on your running shoes and take a running tour with Running Copenhagen, where a local guide will guide you through the city and its many sights.
There is no better way to see Copenhagen than by running. The relatively short distances, the fantastic sights, the green parks, and the vibe of the city makes it perfect for sightseeing while running. On our runs through the city we’ll show you its main sights while also sharing our knowledge of its less visible attractions.
More info at: http://running-copenhagen.dk/
Elephant Portal and Brewhouse at CARLSBERG
A visit to Carlsberg is a visit to the place where Carlsberg was founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. The visit takes you through the historic brewery as well as fascinating tale of how Carlsberg successfully went from local brewery to global brand.
Rosenborg Castle covered in snow. A royal hermitage set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, the castle features 400 years of splendor, royal art treasures and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.
Life in Copenhagen is lived in the saddle of a bicycle. Everybody does it. Bike that is. In Copenhagen, we bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. We bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings. Cycling is fast, convenient, healthy, climate-friendly, enjoyable – and cheap, although Copenhageners honestly love their bikes no matter their financial income. Even top politicians ride their bike every day to parliament.
In Copenhagen practically everyone rides a bike. There are more than 300km of bicycle lanes and many guided bicycle tours. So hop on a bike and discover Copenhagen by pedal power!
You see a lot of cargo bikes in Copenhagen where both groceries, dogs, kids, adults, etc. are being transported in. It is an easy way to get around in the city instead of using cars and busses.
Copenhagen’s cycle bridge Cykelslangen (The Bicycle Snake) completes the journey over the Bryggebro Bridge, offering Copenhagen’s cyclists a fun ride along the harbour and past its tower blocks at first-floor level. As part of Copenhagen’s strategy to be one of the best cycling cities in the world, the new cycle bridge will guarantee cyclists improved accessibility and connection to the city.
Danish Design is a style of functionalistic design and architecture that was developed in mid-20th century. Influenced by the German Bauhaus school, many Danish designers used the new industrial technologies, combined with ideas of simplicity and functionalism to design buildings, furniture and household objects, many of which have become iconic and are still in use and production. Prominent examples are the Egg chair, the PH lamps and the Sydney Opera House (Australia).
Danish Design Museum – http://designmuseum.dk/en/udstillinger/dansk-design-nu
Danish Design Center – http://danskdesigncenter.dk/en/frontpage
Denmark is not only known for its furniture designers and architects such as Arne Jacobsen, Wegner and Verner Panton, but also for Georg Jensen (silverware) and of course LEGO (building blocks). These can all be found on the main walking street in Copenhagen, Strøget. At the end of Strøget near Nyhavn, international brands like Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton can be found alongside Royal Copenhagen and other Danish brands. The department stores Illum and Magasin can also be found here.
Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 and has become a national treasure and an international attraction. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who all fell in love with the gardens.
Part of Tivoli Gardens’ secret is that there is something for everyone. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.
Elephants, hippos, lions, monkeys and polar bears. A visit to Copenhagen’s Zoo in the municipal of Frederiksberg is always a wild and exciting experience. Copenhagen Zoo houses over 3,000 animals, which together form 264 exciting species.
Whatever the weather Copenhagen Zoo offers tropical experiences in the Tropical Zoo. Snakes, crocodiles, marmosets, hornbills, dwarf deer, free-flying birds and butterflies are just some of the animals you can experience in the 1,500 m2 large rainforest.
In the Children’s Zoo it is possible to pat the African dwarf goats and meet the farm animals at the Zoo stage. Here you can also experience the horses being trained, and you can pet them when they are fed at the grooming stations.
In 2008 Copenhagen Zoo opened a new elephant house designed by Norman Foster. The plant is considered one of the best elephant facilities in the world. Here the animals can be seen at close quarters, for example, when they bathe in a water tomb, which is deep enough for the elephants to dive under so their entire bodies are covered.
In 2013 Zoo opened The Arctic Ring, which gives you a unique opportunity to get close to polar bears, North Atlantic birds and seals both above and below the water surface – an experience unparalleled in Europe.
Especially during summer Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day. Have dinner at one of the cosy restaurants or do like the locals and buy a beer from a nearby store and rest your feet at the quayside.
Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
No. 9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681. The design of the house has not been altered since that time.
Many of the houses lining the quays of Nyhavn have been the homes of prominent artists. The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live in no. 20. This is where he wrote the fairy-tales ‘The Tinderbox’, ‘Little Claus and Big Claus’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’. He also lived twenty years in no. 67 and two years in no. 18.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
New Carlsberg Glyptotek
National Museum of Art SMK
If you would like more information on Copenhagen and Denmark please visit the VisitDenmark and WonderfulCopenhagen websites.