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Exclusive interview with Tom Edmonds (Harris Hagan), speaker at Prague Gaming Summit 2018

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It was my pleasure and honor to conduct the below interview with such a experience professional of the gambling industry.

I would also like to thank you for following my interview series and for sharing these information with your colleagues and partners. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming interview, please send me an e-mail to [email protected] and I will happily get back to you!

My current interviewee is Tom Edmonds (Harris Hagan), who is going to be among the speakers at Prague Gaming Summit 2018 (more details here...)

We are very grateful for your generosity to answer our questions. First I would like to ask you to shortly introduce yourself and tell us when and why you started working in this industry.

Tom: My first taste of working in the gambling industry was advising on the sale of a major gambling company, when I worked at Travers Smith (a UK firm specialising in corporate transactions).  This gave me an appetite to work in the industry and I moved in-house to Betgenius, a B2B sports betting provider.  I then continued my journey into the world of gambling when I joined the specialist gambling law firm Harris Hagan in 2014.

Before joining Harris Hagan in March 2014, you worked at Betgenius as an in-house solicitor. Which are those professional experiences or which is the knowledge you accumulated there and proved to be useful in your present job?

Tom: It was valuable to develop a detailed understanding of the sports betting sector, as well as a general overview of the rest of the industry.  This has enabled me to better assist clients by anticipating issues which a client has not necessarily considered but which I’m aware will come into play.

You advise clients on regulatory requirements from a gambling law perspective, product classification and on making operating license applications in the UK. Which are the most common problems your clients ask your help in and what are your most important suggestions?

Tom: We regularly assist clients with applications for a Gambling Commission licence.  At the outset this involves dealing with the fundamental question of which company/ companies need to be licensed and which licences they need to hold – a question which you might imagine to be simple, but which can be complicated and which is vital to get right.

We then work with clients to ensure they remain compliant with the requirements of holding a Gambling Commission licence and, if they should breach such requirements, assisting them in finding the best resolution.

In several Eastern European countries there are significant regulatory changes concerning online gambling. What is your opinion about the European market in general? What advise would you give for the operators; which are the most attractive markets?

Tom: In general, Europe is moving towards ‘point of consumption’ licensing regimes, as in Great Britain, where operators need a licence in each country from which they take play.  As a result, operators must be prepared to spend increasing amounts of time and money on compliance as they have to deal with the requirements of more licensing regimes.  Conversely, and with regards to the most attractive markets, there are still unregulated markets which may prove more profitable but which also carry a higher risk profile.

You are particularly interested in areas of this industry where sports and gambling meet. How would you characterize this area of the gambling industry and which are the new trends, important changes that you would like to speak about?

Tom: There has been a significant tightening of the rules regarding advertising of gambling, including those adverts shown around televised sporting events.  At the time of writing (mid-February 2018), the advertising regulator in Great Britain has just issued wide ranging new guidance that is intended to have a substantial impact on the content (and tone) of such adverts.  Adverts will have to change but we wait to see how significantly operators will change their adverts and what action is taken against non-compliant operators.

To hear more about the subject and meet Tom in person, make sure you register and attend Prague Gaming Summit 2018, held on the 29th of March at Andel’s by Vienna House Prague.

Interviewee profile:

Tom works in the Gambling Group and specialises in regulatory, commercial and corporate matters.

Before joining Harris Hagan, Tom worked as an in-house solicitor at Betgenius, a technology company which provides sportsbook solutions to bookmakers. At Betgenius, Tom gained first-hand experience of the online industry and advised on a broad range of commercial contracts and regulatory matters. Prior to working at Betgenius, Tom trained and worked for four years at Travers Smith where he specialised in M&A, including advising on the sale of a large gaming company.

Tom joined Harris Hagan in March 2014 and deals with all aspects of gambling law including advising major land based casino operators, online B2B and B2C operators and start up companies. Tom regularly advises clients on regulatory requirements from a gambling law perspective, product classification and on making operating licence applications in the UK. Tom has a particular interest in areas where there is a cross-over between sport and gambling including sports betting, advertising gambling at sports events and spot-the ball competitions

In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing or watching sport, planning adventures overseas and having the occasional flutter.

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Save the date for European Gaming Q4 Meetup and the HIPTHER FESTIVAL XXI

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  • Join the world’s leading companies in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Fintech, Climate, Virtual Reality, Marketing, Education Technology, FashionTech, Gaming, eSports, and more…
  • One-stop agency gears up for a full week of panel discussions which will explore some of the most important trends
  • The content will also be available in virtual reality

The #hipthers are gearing up to host the second edition of the HIPTHER FESTIVAL, a virtual-only event that was born in 2020 and attracts a plethora of industry representatives from all across the world.

HIPTHER FESTIVAL XXI will span over 5 days between 8-12 November, and the sessions can be joined via ZOOM, YouTube, or in NEOS Metaverse in collaboration with ViARsys.

The event will be joined by +6000 online participants, and over 200 experts speakers will share the virtual stages.

Here is a short breakdown of the conferences you can attend during the full week of knowledge sharing:

  • TECH Conference Americas – 8 November
  • TECH Conference Europe – 9 November
  • PICANTE MARKETING Summit – 10 November
  • European Gaming Q4 Meetup – 11 November
  • Gaming Americas Q4 Meetup – 12 November

Register here for free!

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We are very excited about the second edition of HIPTHER FESTIVAL, a yearly virtual-only conference which gathers all our contacts from the multiple industries we cater news and quality content for. The festival also gives us the opportunity to introduce a new conference in our now global tech conference series, the TECH Conference Americas, an event that complements our European TECH conference and will pave the way for our strategy in 2022 and beyond. To add to the excitement we are happy to share all the content via virtual reality thanks to our friends at ViARsys. Make sure to mark your calendar for this awesome gathering of representatives from multiple jurisdictions and industries” stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.

The HIPTHER FESTIVAL focuses on some of the most talked-about industries and is powered by the agency’s media outlets.

Here are some of the sessions that can be found in the draft agenda:

TECH CONFERENCE SERIES (8-9 NOVEMBER)

  • ETHICALLY DESIGNED TECHNOLOGY & DEMYSTIFYING DECENTRALIZED FINANCE
  • ESPORTS ON THE RISE, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TECH COMPANIES IN NORTH AMERICA
  • INVESTMENT IN AI AND SPORTS
  • IS THERE ANY BUSINESS VALUE FROM AI
  • AI FOR HUMANS AND THE PLANET
  • FIRESIDE CHAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY
  • HOW IS GEN Z ADAPTING TO ONLINE LEARNING AND LESS IN-PERSON SOCIALIZING
  • PLANNING FOR AN IMMERSIVE WORKPLACE
  • PREPARING FOR A NEW REALITY (METAVERSE, EDTECH)
  • FIRESIDE CHAT CYBERSECURITY: AFTERMATH OF A BREACH
  • INSPIRING WOMEN IN TECH
  • THE NFT REVOLUTION FOR FASHION, LUXURY & THE METAVERSE
  • AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES / DRIVING INNOVATION
  • AIOT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

PICANTE MARKETING SUMMIT (10 NOVEMBER)

  • THE AGE OF ON-DEMAND VIDEOS
  • GEN Z MARKETING
  • MARKETING IN AN ERA OF REMOTE WORKING
  • WORKING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
  • THE ROLE AI IS PLAYING FOR MARKETING

EUROPEAN GAMING Q4 MEETUP (11 NOVEMBER)

  • REGULATION OUTLOOK IN EUROPE
  • PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: RESPONSIBLE GAMING AND SUSTAINABILITY
  • FIRESIDE CHAT – EXPLORING THE WORLD: GAMING IN AFRICA
  • LIVE CASINO ON THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT. WHERE ARE WE AT?
  • NORDIC UPDATES
  • DISRUPTING SPORTS BETTING AND CASINO MARKETING, BARRIERS, AND RESULTS

GAMING AMERICAS Q4 MEETUP (12 NOVEMBER)

  • RECENT UPDATES FROM LATIN AMERICA
  • REGULATION OUTLOOK IN LATAM
  • US LEGISLATION ROUND-UP
  • THE CANADIAN GAMING INDUSTRY UPDATES WITH CHANTAL CIPRIANO
  • INVESTOR TALKS: ENDING 2021 WITH A BANG AND PREPARING FOR 2022

The event is sponsored by Altenar, All-In Global, nanocosmos, Play’n GO, PLANZER LAW, and Nordic Gambling.

Hipther Agency has been among the first conference organizers that have shifted to just virtual events back in March 2020 and the team keeps growing its portfolio of conferences and content distribution network.

In other news, the team would like to let you know that they are happy to unveil a new platform, HIPTHER TV.

HIPTHER TV is a collection of videos from several industries, which are fetched from the leading conferences hosted by the team and future updates are already planned in order to facilitate video uploading and sharing by registered users.

The platform complements the offering of HIPTHER Agency, who are also heavily engaged in populating their very own social media platform, WireUp.Zone.

“We are excited to launch a new platform dedicated for content sharing and even if we are not the first ones to do so, we hope that it will be helpful for professionals from multiple industries to view and hear quality content. In time, the platform’s features will be enriched in order to allow controlled third party content sharing”, stated Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at Hipther Agency.

Make sure to browse their collection of videos and relive the moments offered by leading experts.

Hipther Agency is the parent brand of European Gaming, PICANTE, WireUp Zone, and Gaming Americas and the team is excited to invite interested parties to review their android news app on the Play Store.

To receive constant updates from Hipther Agency and conference agenda updates, subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/hfyZxf

For sponsorship/speaking inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency) on [email protected]

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency) on [email protected]

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CEEGCVirtual – Final agenda and meet the sponsors

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The virtual CEEGC is taking place on 22 September in a virtual layout.

The team at Hipther Agency is excited to announce the final agenda of one of the most important conferences in the Central and Eastern European region, the CEEGC.

The yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference was launched in 2016 and is the crown event for the gambling industry professionals that are looking to dive into quality discussions about the CEE, CIS, and Balkans.

Register here for free | View the agenda

The focus in 2021 is on industry updates from Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and the final agenda looks the following way:

22 SEPTEMBER 2021 – All times CEST (Central European Summer Time)

– 9:30 – 10:15 – INDUSTRY UPDATE: ROMANIA
Moderated by Andrius Gabnys – Founding Attorney at Gabnys.Gabniene
Panelists:

  • Nicola Longmuir – Chief Commercial Officer at Push Gaming
  • Cosmina Simion – Managing Partner at Simion & Baciu
  • Dan Iliovici – Vice President at Rombet

– 10:15 – 11:30 – INDUSTRY UPDATE: CENTRAL EUROPE
Moderated by Andrius Gabnys – Founding Attorney at Gabnys.Gabniene
Panelists:

  • Dr. Robert Skalina – Senior Advisor at WH Partners
  • Helembai Gabor – Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest
  • Dr. Jan Rehola – Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal
  • Aleksej Mišković – Senior Partner at Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd.
  • Jaka Repansek – Media and TECH Law Expert
  • Piotr Dynowski LL. M. – Partner/Attorney at Law/Head of IP/Media/Tech&Comms Practice at Bird & Bird Poland

– 11:30 – 12:30 – CEE AND CIS AS THE MOST IMPORTANT HUBS FOR ESPORTS
Moderated by Lyubomira Lazarova – Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay
Panelists:

  • Anton Janér – Founder & CTO at Abios
  • Vlastimil Venclik – Founder and CEO of Oddin.gg
  • Peter Ivanov – Head of Trading at UltraPlay
  • Alexandr Iaroshenko – CEO at Betbazar

– 12:30 – 13:15 – INDUSTRY UPDATE: D-A-CH
Moderated by Dr. Simon Planzer – Partner at PLANZER LAW
Panelists:

  • Dr. Christian Rapani – Attorney at Law at Dr. Christian Rapani
  • Dr. Holger Jakob – Senior Lawyer at MELCHERS LAW

– 13:15 – 14:00 – INDUSTRY UPDATE: BALKANS
Moderated by Joe Ewens – Managing Editor of Vixio
Panelists:

  • Lazar Miuchin – VP of Strategic Partnerships at NSoft
  • Luka Popović – Partner at BDK Advokati

– 14:00 – 15:00 – INDUSTRY UPDATE: CIS
Moderated by Dr. Simon Planzer – Partner at PLANZER LAW
Panelists:

  • Tamar Jikia – Senior Associate at MG Law Office
  • Araksi Sargsyan – Head Of Business Development at DS Virtual Gaming
  • Ilya Machavariani – CEO and Senior Partner at 4H Agency

If you haven’t already registered, make sure to register here for free.

The conference is sponsored by UltraPlayNordic Gambling, and PLANZER LAW.

UltraPlay is a multi-awarded betting provider, founded in 2010, offering a turn-key iGaming platform to online operators worldwide. The company focuses on sports and eSports betting, live betting, white-label, online casino, and blockchain technology.

Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports, and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports betting software and odds products to its customers.

Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

Nordic Gambling is the only legal firm in the Nordic countries that specializes in gambling-related law such as licensing, compliance advice, and public affairs.

They have gained extensive experience in the industry from working with operators, suppliers, service providers, and government regulators. Their team has 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 team at Nordic Gambling is also very pleased to announce that they have contributed a section on Sweden, first published in the latest version of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Gambling 2020. You can read that chapter here.

Visit https://www.nordicgambling.com/ for more details.

PLANZER LAW is a law firm specializing in gaming & entertainment and technology & online businesses. Its team notably provides strategic, regulatory and legal advice on all matters relating to EU/EEA and Swiss gaming regulation. PLANZER LAW enables and facilitates business development and compliance programs. Clients profit from an unrivaled global network and highly specialized expertise.

Dr. Simon Planzer, founding partner of PLANZER LAW has been recognized by the leading ranking by Chambers & Partners as a global gaming law expert. He has been endorsed by interviewees as “absolutely excellent” and “the top Swiss lawyer” for gaming.

For more details visit https://www.planzer-law.ch/en/

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Dive into native gambling industry knowledge at the virtual Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC 2021 Virtual)

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The traditional yearly CEEGC will be hosted in a virtual format on 22 September and brings together top industry specialists from the CEE, CIS, and Balkans.

The team at Hipther Agency is excited to announce the comeback of one of the most important conferences in the Central and Eastern European region, the CEEGC.

The yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference was launched in 2016 and is the crown event for the gambling industry professionals that are looking to dive into quality discussions about the CEE, CIS, and Balkans.

Register here for free | View the agenda

In 2021, the event will be held in the virtual format and focuses on industry updates from Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and more.

Besides the regulatory talks and burning questions being answered about certain jurisdictions, the audience will have the opportunity to hear more about why the region is so important in the development of eSports.

Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder at HIPTHER Agency, stated: “CEEGC is the first conference series we launched back in 2016 and even if we can’t meet in person this year at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Budapest, we are bringing you the opportunity to hear more from the experts who represent the industry for many years in the CEE, CIS and Balkans regions.

The conference is sponsored by UltraPlay, Nordic Gambling, and PLANZER LAW.

Among the already confirmed industry experts, you can find:

  • Cosmina Simion – Managing Partner at Simion & Baciu
  • Nadiya Attard – Director of Sales at Relax Gaming
  • Lyubomira Lazarova – Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay
  • Alex Iaroshenko – CEO at Betbazar
  • Ilya Machavariani – CEO and Senior Partner at 4H Agency
  • Lazar Miučin – VP of Strategic Partnerships at NSoft
  • Luka Popović – Partner at BDK Advokati
  • Peter Ivanov – Head of Trading at UltraPlay
  • Marek Suchar – Head of Partnerships at Oddin.gg
  • Aleksej Mišković – Senior Partner at Law Firm Glinska & Mišković Ltd.
  • Oskar Fröberg – CEO and Founder of Abios
  • Piotr Dynowski – Partner/Attorney at Law/Head of IP/Media/Tech&Comms Practice at Bird & Bird Poland
  • Jaka Repanšek – Media and TECH Law Expert
  • Joe Ewens – Managing Editor of Vixio
  • Dr.Simon Planzer – Partner at PLANZER LAW
  • Jan Řehola – Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal
  • Dr. Robert Skalina – Senior Advisor at WH Partners
  • Gábor Helembai – Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest
  • Andrius Gabnys – Founding Attorney at Gabnys.Gabniene
  • Dan Iliovici – Vice President at Rombet
  • …and many more

If you haven’t already registered, make sure to register here for free.

The strategic partners of the meetups are GameOn and Square In The Air.

For further sponsorship/speaking and marketing inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Marginean (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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