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Government of UK extends guidance to the Gibraltar-based business stakeholders

Niji Ng

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UK govt provides guidance for Gibraltar stakeholders
UK guarantees Gibraltar's post-Brexit access for financial services and gaming.
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Following UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the government of UK extended their guidance to the  Gibraltar-based business stakeholders, for almost a year.  And the government of  United Kingdom released a statement with regard to Gibraltar’s financial services firms’ access to local markets until 2020. The British government is very much keen on assuring that the Gibraltar entities will be able to work in the UK for two more years.

The UK government declared that it will work in association with the Government of Gibraltar to fashion a replacement framework to endure beyond 2020 similarly based on shared, high standards of regulation, and enforcement of this regulation, and underpinned by modern arrangements for information-sharing, transparency and regulatory co-operation.

The results generated during 2017 reveal that Gibraltar is operating one of the strongest gaming markets at international level. As part of the United Kingdom, Gibraltar receives bets from British players. Recently, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, revealed that according to online casino operators’ reports, “60 percent of online bets made in the UK come though Gibraltarian companies.” The gaming law is so advanced in the territory that even cryptocurrencies have been legalised for betting platforms.

Both the governments have acceded to recognise the significance of enhancing the liaison on all the implication of the Brexit that are relevant to Gibraltar. “The UK has provided assurance that gambling operators based in Gibraltar will keep on accessing the UK market after we leave the EU in the same way they do now – and we are working towards an agreement of MOU which will enable closer working and collaboration between gambling regulators in Gibraltar and the UK. The UK is committed to working closely with the Government of Gibraltar towards transport arrangements post-EU Exit that support Gibraltar’s prosperity,” read the statement released by the government.

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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William Hill is going to appeal Dutch regulator’s heavy fine

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William Hill plc. has decided to file an appeal against the heavy fine of 300,000 euros slapped by the Dutch gaming regulator, Kansspelautoriteit. The regulator imposed the penalty on the company for offering online games of chance to Dutch consumers. The website provides Dutch translation facilities and using the Dutch bank account-linked iDEAL online payment solution.

Online gambling is presently banned in the Netherlands. The country does not offer licenses to any company either. The issue of gambling license has been being discussed in the Dutch parliament for some time now.

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Norway court orders against GiG in Euro TV AS case

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Bergen City Court in Norway has ordered Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) to transfer 3.4 million shares to Euro TV AS on the basis of an alleged oral agreement between the parties 30 April 2015. The order comes as a blow to the Malta-based gaming technology company.

GiG is assessing the order and will make a decision on whether appeal the order or not.

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BDO Malta becomes MGA-approved service provider for gaming licencees

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BDO, a Malta-based corporate services firm specializing in accounting, auditing and tax consultation verticals, has obtained the approval by the Malta Gaming Authority to act as an official Service Provider for System and Compliance Auditing. The  required System and Compliance Auditing is mandatory for gaming operators in Malta as per the regulations.

BDO and its Technology Advisory and Assurance team obtained the approval after passing through a review based on specific criteria as laid out by the Authority. BDO have a tech team comprising CISA qualified individuals with years of experience in servicing the gaming industry.

BDO assisted a number of gaming companies over the years with their licencing application, policies and procedures, renewals, Key Official roles and ongoing matters pertaining to their licence conditions Mark Attard CEO and Partner of BDO Malta said:

“We are delighted that BDO Malta have been given the authorisation to act as Service Providers. This is undoubtedly another seal of approval by the regulator of the world’s iGaming capital and the latest offering we are adding to our service portfolio, as part of our growing Technology Advisory and Assurance service line. We are now able to offer our gaming clients a fully integrated service, with them safe in the knowledge that we adhere to the highest standards as laid down by the Malta Gaming Authority. BDO Malta and all of our team is committed to ensuring that Malta retains and evolves further, its reputation as a jurisdiction of excellence for iGaming and associated industries.”

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