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UK’s CMA to Investigate Flutter–Stars Gambling Deal

Niji Narayan

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The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is going to review the £10 billion (€11.8 billion) merger between Flutter Entertainment and The Stars Group.

The Authority said it would investigate whether the deal would result in a “substantial lessening of competition” in the UK gambling market.

An investigation into the deal between Flutter and Stars, which was announced in October, had been expected by some, given recent moves by the CMA to focus more on competition online.

Brands controlled by Flutter and Stars make up about 40% of the UK’s online sports betting market. Analysts estimated that the two companies control about 26% of the overall online gambling market in the UK.

The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of this year depending on the CMA’s findings and, if successful, will create the largest online betting operator in the world by revenue.

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Complitech hits 10,000 technical compliance requirements with Greece listing

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Complitech, the gaming industry’s only product and technical compliance database, has hit a major landmark with the listing of its 10,000th requirement, after adding Greece to its selection of jurisdictions.

The addition means Complitech users can now download, sort, analyse and compare more than 10,000 technical compliance requirements from 27 regulated online gaming jurisdictions within seconds.

These requirements are translated into English and kept up to date by a team of compliance experts, with new markets added as they open. As well as Greece, full technical compliance requirements from Germany and the Netherlands will soon be available to Complitech users.

The database has quickly become a must-have tool for suppliers looking to expand their global footprint within regulated markets. On average, Complitech users are able to enter new jurisdictions 60 percent faster than competitors.

Francesco Bianchi, Director of Compliance Operations at Maxima Compliance, said: “It has been a little over six months since we launched Complitech, so it is a fantastic achievement to have already hit such a landmark.

“A huge amount of work has been put in by the team to ensure that compliance managers and product owners no longer need to spend weeks researching and translating these requirements themselves.

“Complitech not only streamlines and optimises the process of entering new regulated markets, but its powerful gap analysis tools mean it can be used to identify new strategic opportunities for your business.”

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Belgium Implements Capacity Limit for Land-based Gaming Venues

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The Belgian government has published a new decree limiting the capacity at land-based gaming venues in the country to a maximum of 40 people as the number of Covid-19 cases increases.

Also, casinos, gambling halls and betting shops must remain closed between 11:30 pm and 6:00 am, and upon arrival, customers must register their details for contact tracing.

The sale of food and drink onsite is prohibited, and customers are also obliged to wear masks, a rule which has been in effect in all public places in Belgium since July.

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AUSTRAC Launches Formal Investigation into Crown Melbourne Over AML Concerns

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AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial crime watchdog, has launched a formal investigation into potential infringements of the country’s anti-money laundering laws by Crown Resorts.

In a Monday morning filing with the Australian Securities Exchange, Crown revealed that it had been informed of the investigation by AUSTRAC after the authority’s Regulatory Operations branch identified potential non-compliance by Crown Melbourne of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Rules 2007.

The potential non-compliance relates to “ongoing customer due diligence, and adopting, maintain and complying with an anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing program,” Crown said.

It added that the concerns were identified “in the course of a compliance assessment that commenced in September 2019 and focused on Crown Melbourne’s management of customers identified as high risk and politically exposed persons.”

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