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Responsible Gambling & Anti-money laundering with Dan Iliovici (Romanian National Office of Gambling) and Alex Henderson(The Ritz Hotel Casino London)

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Prague – 25 January 2018 – The leading boutique style gaming conference in Prague has announced more speaker profiles and it looks like the event will cover all hot topics of the industry.

Responsible Gambling is among the most searched topics of the online and land based industry in regulated markets of the European Union and with the Czech market regulation coming into place, the clear path towards an optimal performance has to be enlightened.

We are honored to announce that the Responsible Gambling topic will be covered by Dan Iliovici, the President of the Romanian National Office of Gambling and the panel will feature important industry speakers such as Alex Henderson (The Ritz Hotel Casino London), Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE), Pieter Remmers (Assissa) and a special guest from Harris Hagan.

In a recent interview, conducted by our team, Alex Henderson was asked about what social responsibilities does preventing money laundering include?

Alex replied the following:  “In many cases, social responsibility and AML go hand in hand. If an operator has good AML processes in place they will often detect problem gambling concerns and vice versa. We have seen in the recent enforcement action that when an operator is punished for their lapses in social responsibility they are also punished for their lapses in AML, this is because operators generally do not do enough to protect their customers. If an operator has done enough to determine a customer’s Source of Wealth (SOW) they should know when that customer is spending more than they can afford. Therefore if that customer is spending outside of their known income, an operator should be doing extra checks to determine if the customer is spending more, because they either have a gambling problem or they are spending more because they also have some illegitimate funds that have not previously been uncovered.”

You can read the full interview here….

With this fresh announcement, we would also like to announce that Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska (DLA Piper) will join the “Focus on Poland” panel.

Below you will find a few details of the above mentioned speakers, who will be part of the panel discussions designed to bring the latest information at the second edition of Prague Gaming Summi.

Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska (DLA Piper)

Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (both share and asset transactions), as a part of which she specialises in coordinating comprehensive due diligence reviews.

She is the head of the Media, Sport and Entertainment sector group in Warsaw, advising both offshore and domestic clients on the legal aspects of gambling, gaming and promotional lotteries. This includes advice on the legality of particular business models in Poland, the compatibility of Polish gambling law with EU law, the process of obtaining a gambling licence, payment solutions and gaming tax. She also  represents offshore gambling operators’ associations in the Polish gambling legislation process.

Anna’s articles are regularly published in the Polish media and in European sector publications. Her opinions are often sought as an expert on Polish gambling law and she frequently participates in panel discussions on the subject. She is also a regular contributor to the DLA Piper blogs All-In and MSE, dedicated to gambling and gaming issues.

Panel: Focus on Poland

Dan Iliovici(Romanian National Gambling Office – ONJN)

Mr. Dan Iliovici is the President of the National Gambling Office ONJN – the Romanian gambling regulator, monitoring and controling authority. During the last six years Mr. Iliovici represented the interests of the gambling operators as executive manager of two of the most important associations of the industry. He was also member of the Consultancy Council from NGO, actively contributing at the new gambling regulatory framework in Romania. Mr. Dan Iliovici is also dedicated to the study of problem gambling, initiating and promoting the most important Responsible Gambling projects in Romania. He participated as speaker at conferences and seminars across Europe and published more articles on responsible gambling topic.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Alex Henderson (The Ritz Hotel Casino London)

Alex specialises in preventing money laundering in its varying forms and has a very unique insight that is hard to find.

Alex Henderson is the current Head of AML at The Ritz Hotel Casino, one of the worlds most prestigious casinos. Alex has worked for the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of the AML expert witness team and has been involved in multiple high end money laundering investigations. As well as having worked for several years as part of the NCA’s AML expert witness team, Alex spent much of his NCA career working as part of the covert operations unit (Undercover operations) portraying many different roles, including the role of a high end money launderer. This unique insight into the mind of a criminal allows financial institutions to see the vulnerabilities and risks from a new angle. Alex advises a large number of organisations with regards to their AML compliance programmes and has lectured extensively in the UK and across Europe.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Pieter Remmers(Assissa)

Pieter Remmers is a veteran in the area of responsible gaming, consultancy and training of gambling industry professionals. He has been involved in projects with the gambling industry already since 1989. Pieter started his career as the director of an outpatient clinic for addiction problems of Jellinek in the early 80’s.

His company Assissa Consultancy Europe works/worked on responsible gaming policies and programmes in a number of countries i.e. Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Malta, Sweden and others. Besides Pieter is a consultant world wide for as well as the gambling and betting industry land based and online, casinos, slot machine halls and lotteries and for regulators or other governmental bodies.

He works/worked with companies like: IGT/GTech/Lottomatica, Holland Casino, Unibet, Sun International, Svenska Spel, Gauselmann/Merkur, Betsson, Krijco, Fair Play Casinos, Staatsloterij, Lotto NL, Casino 2000, Cogetech, Betfair, National Lottery and many more.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE)

Martin Arendts is an expert in gaming law, EU law and securities regulation. He studied law at the universities of Passau, Hamburg, Speyer and St Gallen. In 1995, Arendts founded ARENDTS ANWAELTE, now one of the leading law firms for gaming and betting law in Germany (www.gaminglaw.de). Clients include many private bookmakers and remote gaming operators, licensed in the UK, Austria, Malta or Gibraltar, as well as affiliates and media companies in Germany. Recently, Martin Arendts dealt with several administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, unfair competition law, trademark and licensing proceedings in connection with sports betting, lotteries and poker.

Martin Arendts regularly writes for national and international legal publications and speaks at conferences. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Internet Gambling Report, World Online Gambling Law Report, European Gaming Lawyer, Zeitschrift für Wett- und Glücksspielrecht/European Journal of Gambling Law, MultiMedia und Recht (MMR), Gewerbearchiv, Casino & Gaming International and ISA Casinos.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Visit the official website of the event for more details or follow this space: https://praguegamingsummit.com/

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European Gaming announces Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law Firm) as ambassador for MARE BALTICUM

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We are proud to announce that Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law Firm) will join us as event Ambassador at the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 9th of May, 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

Finally, Vilnius has been given an opportunity to host the first full-fledged international gambling forum. It deserves one and it will be an honour to contribute in making it the top quality gathering for the gaming industry professionals.

It is the second edition of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit, which European Gaming Media and Events brought into the map of annual European gaming conferences. Last year’s event in Riga and the subsequent developments in the region proved that the Baltics and Nordics need the dedicated forum. Let’s meet in Vilnius this Spring 2019! We have a lot to discuss!stated Andrius Gabnys (Attorney at Gabnys Law Firm).

Zoltán Tűndik, Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events added: “We are happy to welcome Andrius as an ambassador for MARE BALTICUM and look forward to working with him once again as we did with the inaugural event. Andrius is a well-known and respected attorney in the region and we are lucky that we can work with him. Andrius has extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America which makes him a leading figure of the industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for industry development.

MARE BALTICUM 2 will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can Register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the follow this link.

About Andrius Gabnys

Andrius Gabnys is an attorney-at-law and a managing partner at Gabnys Law Firm, a legal boutique based in Vilnius, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia. The Firm specializes in entertainment (gambling, media, arts) and technology (IT, cybersecurity) legal aspects. Andrius Gabnys has been working in the online gambling sector for over 10 years, and focuses on the multijurisdictional licensing, IP and related matters. He has an extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.

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Save the date for MARE BALTICUM 2 – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards 2019

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We are honored to announce that the registrations are open for the second edition of MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit which will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 9th of May, 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

The new location of the event is based on the survey results which was sent out after the inaugural event in 2018, which was held in Riga.

MARE BALTICUM 2 will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

Already confirmed officials are Lolita Sumskaite (Ministry of Finance, Lithuania), Signe Birne (Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia), Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia) and Brigitte Sand (Director, Danish Gambling Authority). More officials will be announced by the end of 2018.

You can Register here.

In addition to the regulatory reports and trending topics about Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden, the summit will bring the latest information about the Belarusian market.

Besides the market focusing panel discussion, we are adding two important topics to the agenda, Safe Gambling and Industry Innovations.

As in 2018, MARE BALTICUM will feature a special IMGL MASTERCLASS™.

New in 2019: Awards Ceremony for the Baltic and Scandinavian Industry

We are delighted to announce that we are adding an industry awards ceremony which will reward the hard work of companies in the region.

Titled as “The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards” (BSG Awards), the awards will be given to the top companies in their respective fields in an independent, fair and representative awards ceremony.

More details about the nominations phase, voting and categories will be revealed soon! For early enquiries, please contact zoltan.tundik@europeangaming.eu or betty.tundik@europeangaming.eu

You can view the photo gallery from the  inaugural event on the follow this link.

Testimonials from the attendees of the inaugural summit in Riga:

Satenik Danielyan (Head of Spring BME operations at BetConstruct): “Everything was just fine! The ambiance was very nice, the moderators were very highly qualified and engaging people, very suportive!”

Marjan Branko (Account Director at SBTech): “Another nice and productive event. Keep up the good job, guys!”

Taivo Põrk (Ministry of Finance, Estonia): “Looking forward to the next one! I will be back next year as well!”

Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n Go): “It was an honor to take part at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit in Riga last week. The agenda and topics were extremely relevant, as demonstrated by the high level of interest and the entire event was very well organised. It was an absolute pleasure to take part in the forum so well attended by regulators, legal experts, industry representatives and operators where ideas and lessons can be shared and learned. I would like to thank the organisers, the individual panels including my distinguished fellow panelists. I hope to be back again as I believe this is an event one should not miss.”

Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner, Attorney-at-Law at Gabnys Law Firm): “I strongly believe that the region – Baltic States and beyond – has been an unfortunate gap in the industry media and events coverage for quite a long time. Zoltan and Betty were bold enough to make the first true dedicated gambling forum in the region and from my experience at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit it turned out to be a very good idea. Smooth organization, accurately selected panels, convenient and cozy venue. A very strong foundation for another successful series of events for European Gaming Media and Events.”

Pieter Remmers (Assissa): “A very good industry focused event with lots of attention to the individual participant.”

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The inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC) records a huge success at it debut, new destination announced for 2019

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The inaugural European Gaming Congress took place last month on the 16th of October in Ljubljana and has recorded a significant success for our team.

European Gaming Congress (EGC) is the newest conference in our portfolio and targets a broader audience in the Europe with panel discussion covering all the regions.

We are really happy with the turnout of the event and the feedback we received from the attending operators, service providers and experts of the industry. We designed EGC to complement our already established events in the Baltic, Scandinavian and CEE regions. The conference is here to stay and we look forward to exploring its new destination in 2019 which was voted via a survey by the industry.“ commented Zoltán Tűndik, Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events.

As mentioned earlier, the conference took place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and based on the results of the post event survey, the 2019 edition will be held in Milan, Italy.

You can Pre-Register here.

To view the photo gallery from the event, follow this link.

To gain access to the recordings of the panel discussions, please contact zoltan.tundik@europeangaming.eu or betty.tundik@europeangaming.eu

Testimonials from the attendees:

The inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana is a boutique event that brings together experts  from all over Europe to exchange experiences from different countries as well as to develop thoughts and knowledge in various areas of gaming law. Great experience with wonderful people!” – Dr. Alexandra Körner (Senior Legal Associate at MME Legal AG)

The inaugural European Gaming Congress in Ljubljana was an extremely informative and well organized get-together of gaming and gambling professionals. The European Gaming Media team have managed to pull together a great mix of professionals in a very accommodating and enjoyable location. OSM Solutions will definitely return for the 2019 congress.” – Martin Stöfler (Co-Founder at OSM Solutions)

Another exciting event in the igaming industry. European Gaming Congress, taking place in a beautiful city of Ljubljana, proved to be another successful occasion organized by Zoltan and his colleagues. For me personally, the event provided valuable information about the current status quo in regulated markets and shared insights into the compliance issues many of my industry colleagues have been facing. The programme was superb, with an impeccable selection of high profile speakers and well-thought-out panel discussions. Can’t wait for the 2019 edition!” – Lucia Chmeľová (Compliance Manager at Tom Horn Gaming)

Excelent insight into the Balkan market particularly on the Slovenian market” – Michael Karamanlis (Legal Counsel at Stoiximan.gr and Betano)

EGC Ljubljana was a great opportunity to get relevant information from various markets and to meet numerous professionals across the Europe.” – Zoran Puhac (Secretary-General at EOGL)

Good cozy event – not too big and just right to be able to meet and speak with everybody. I saw many new faces and still didn’t manage to get acquainted with everyone.” – Kate Romanenko (Head Of Sales at Evoplay Entertainment)

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