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CEEGC 2017 announces the moderators of the Eastern and Central European panel: Rita McClelland and Mihnea Popescu-Grisogono

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To put it in the words of Zoltan “Hawkie” Tundik, Founder and Head of Business at EEGMedia/EEGEvents, organizers of CEEGC Budapest:

Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference is all about close industry friendships and business relationships, which bond together all attending delegates, speakers and moderators. We would like to think that we are building a large igaming family at all our organized events. Such is the case of the announced moderator who have also been present at the inaugural edition last year.

CEEGC2017 is going all in and beside the innovation talks and cryptocurrency dedicated panel is strengthening the contents of the Eastern and Central European panels.

The growth of regulated markets in the Eastern European region panel” has been designed to bring the latest information about the newly adopted regulatory updates in the Eastern European markets and we do believe the importance of the panel is vital.

The panel is specially designed to bring together the key people of the online gambling industry and the year 2017 is an important year for the gambling industry in Eastern Europe, where the already “mature” markets such as Romania are looking how they can consolidate their presence and attract more operators, while newly regulated markets such as Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine are learning from the mistakes others have made.

The Eastern European panel, which is titled as “The growth of regulated markets in the Eastern European region” and scheduled to be held between 11:00 – 12:00 (Budapest Local Time) on the 19th of September (Day 1) during the second edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference Budapest. (you can view the full agenda here)

The panel will stress on the following markets:

  • Recent updates and future plans of the Romanian Gambling market – Dan Iliovici (Romanian National Office of Gambling)
  • Dissecting the Czech Republic’s regulatory framework – Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners)
  • Slovakia, regulated market for online gambling – Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners)
  • Current state of Czech Republic – Jan Rehola (PS Legal)
  • Ukraine regulation on the horizon, the plans to regulating the market by European guidelines – Iryna Sergienko (UGIA)

Thus, for such an important panel, the organizers need an expert who has dealt with the regulatory updates on the region, and that moderator is none other than, Rita McClelland (GamblingCompliance)

Rita McClelland - Gambling Compliance

 

Rita specialises in researching and creating content regarding gambling regulatory frameworks and developments relevant to the gambling industry, focusing in particular on jurisdictions in central, eastern and southeastern Europe.
Rita obtained her qualification as the Doctor of Laws in Budapest, Hungary.

 

 

 

The second most important panel of the conference will focus on the current status of the online gambling industry in Central Europe, which in the recent years have been the subject of political debates.

The regulations of the Central European gambling markets haven’t seen any evolution and despite the political agendas there have been really small movements. The business have started moving away from these markets and even if their office are based in the region, they were obligated to outsource because of regulations.

The Central European panel, which is titled as “Where is the Central European gambling industry heading?” is scheduled to be held between 14:00 – 15:30 (Budapest Local Time) on the 19th of September (Day 1) during the second edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference Budapest. (you can view the full agenda here)

The panel will stress on the following markets:

  • Hungary on the verge to regulate the online gambling market – Gabor Helembai (Bird & Bird)
  • Austria’s online gambling market is suffering – (Speaker TBA)
  • Slovenia’s gambling market among the most stable markets – Jaka Repansek (Republis)
  • Switzerland as a possible investment for online gambling operators – (Speaker TBA)

The moderator of the panel is none other than, Mihnea Paul Popescu-Grisogono (Casino Life and Business Magazine)

Mihnea Popescu-Grisogono at CEEGC2017Mr. Mihnea Popescu-Grisogono is the founder and the President of Casino Life & Business Magazine, the first and the most popular gambling magazine in Romania. The magazine was two times nominated as “The Best Offline Gambling Magazine” in the world at the International Gaming Awards in London, UK and its Facebook profile has more than 12000 fans. Casino Life & Business Magazine is a media partner to the most important gaming trade fairs in the world including ICE – London, UK or G2E – Las Vegas, USA.

Mr.Popescu-Grisogono organized over 100 international events all over the world out of which more than 30% were dedicated to gaming. Mr. Popescu-Grisogono holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics and a NATO Senior Executive Master and he was elected as “Man Of The Year” by the American Biographical Institute in 2004 and included in the “Who’s Who Contemporary” catalogue.
One of the benefits of having Paul on board is that as he works in gambling media, he will be communicating with a clear understanding of the status of the markets and their recent topics/developments!

How to secure your seat?

Early Bird Rate is set for 299 EUR an can be booked with the 50% discount until September the 3rd, 2017. Limited seating! (Online payment, Bitcoin or Bank Wire Available)

Register here: https://ceegc.eu/registration/
*25 operators can attend the event for free! Contact the organizers for more details
*Please note: The 25 free seats can be booked until 01.08.2017 and are based on the first come first serve basis.

For more details visit the official website, www.ceegc.eu or contact the organizers directly by email (organizers@ceegc.eu) or by phone (0040 735 559 234).

Watch this space for more interesting updates about #CEEGC2017Budapest

 

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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CEEGC2019 Speaker Profile (Poland Briefing): Ewa Lejman (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners)

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Polish business lawyer with over 12 years of experience of assisting clients on matters related to gaming and gambling, contract law, M&A and IT service market law to share gambling industry insights of the Polish jurisdiction at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

As announced earlier, the Polish gambling industry briefing will be part of the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion at CEEGC2019 and will be joined by leading experts of the industry.

The briefing about the jurisdiction will be presented by Ewa Lejman, Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners, who will bring valuable insights she has on how the Polish gambling industry is performing after the new legislation came into force. The panel discussion is important for operators and service providers who can have a direct impact on the market or harvest from their investments.

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

 

About Ewa Lejman

Ewa is heading the Polish Desk of WH Partners as part of the strategic partnership under the WH Partners brand with Izabella Żyglicka and Partners, a very well reputed full-service law firm in Poland and a member of Ally Law.

Ewa is a business lawyer with over 12 years of experience. She assists clients on matters related to gaming and gambling, contract law, M&A and IT service market law.

Ewa has gained extensive experience in the following fields:

  • Gaming and gambling – She handles Polish and foreign economic operators running their businesses on the market; the services provided are connected, in particular, with handling of the process of obtaining licences, establishment and registration of companies related with Polish entities, preparation of documents, such as policies, internal procedures, agreements, terms and conditions, as well as advisory services in cases regarding intellectual property, personal data protection and dealing with litigation;
  • IT and IP law – she handles day-to-day legal and tax services of Polish and foreign companies in this field, including start-ups;
  • International contracts law – she constantly advises and analyses contracts of foreign companies operating on the Polish market, particularly in terms of production, distribution of machines and sales of services involving the IoT;
  • Tax law – she effectively represents clients before tax authorities and administrative courts; she advises alternative investment funds (Alternative Investment Companies – ASI, Alternative Investment Management Companies – ZASI); she has authored publications in this field of law;
  • M&A – she performs multimillion M&A transactions.

Ewa Lejman is a laureate of the Rising Stars Lawyers – the Leaders of Tomorrow 2015 competition. She was ranked 4th in Poland.

http://whpartners.eu/our-team/ewa-lejman

 

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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CEEGC2019 Speaker Profile (Hungary Briefing): Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest)

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Leading Hungarian Lawyer to explain the current situation and what is to be expected in the Hungarian gambling industry at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

As announced earlier, the Hungarian gambling industry briefing will be part of the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion at CEEGC2019 and will be joined by leading experts of the industry.

The briefing about the jurisdiction will be presented by Gábor Helembai, Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest, who will once again share the insights he has on the what is to be expected in the upcoming period in Hungary. The panel discussion is important for operators and service providers who can have a direct impact on the market or harvest from their investments.

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

 

About Gábor Helembai

Gábor is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in the Budapest office of Bird & Bird. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters.

Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector.

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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Emerging CEE jurisdictions (compliance panel discussion) moderated by Rita McClelland (GamblingCompliance) at CEEGC2019 Budapest

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Senior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance to moderate regional panel discussion at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

Industry media outlets are always reporting how the Hungarian Government is keeping a tight leash around the gambling industry in the country, however, this doesn’t mean that the industry hasn’t shown developments and is still considered as an attractive market for many operators and software providers. While online licenses are still granted to land-based casino concessionaires, but that might change in the near future. You can hear why, by attending CEEGC Budapest and paying attention to the CEE regional briefing.

The case is different in the neighboring Slovakia, where the new gaming law is in full force. Starting in 2019, private domestic companies, as well as companies from the European Union, are able to apply for online gambling licenses. There have plenty of operators jumping in on the opportunity and applying for licenses, however, the outcome and success of the new legislation is still writing mode.

On the other hand, there have been quite a lot of news around another emerging Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, and that is Poland. It has been reported that Poland’s sports betting turnover jumped 55% in 2018 and it is most likely to jump further in 2019 with all the new licenses that have been granted to international operators.

All three market updates (Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland) and much more around investment possibilities for operators and software providers will be discussed during the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion, which will be joined by leading experts from the region at CEEGC Budapest.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rita McClelland, Senior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance, who will ask the burning questions the industry has for Ewa Lejman (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners), Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest) and last but not least, Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor at WH Partners).

The 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, and provides a unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the CEE and Balkans region via the CEEGC platform which is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the region on a yearly base.

Register here or View the Agenda!

 

About Rita McClelland

Rita is managing the team of legal analysts at GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of independent legal, regulatory and business intelligence to the global gambling industry. Rita has extensive experience in following and analyzing legal and policy developments that affect the gambling space. A fluent Hungarian and German speaker, Rita has taken a keen interest in the Central and Eastern European region. Rita obtained her qualification as a Doctor of Laws in Budapest, Hungary.

Browse the official event website for more details: www.ceegc.eu

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