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Online Gambling in Italy, Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners) shares insights in an exclusive interview

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Just last week the Italian gaming news agency Agimeg reported that Italy’s gambling regulator had so far received “less than 10 applications” for the new licenses, which cover mostly all gambling activities – sports and race betting, casino, poker, exchange betting, virtual sports, etc.

The licenses cost €200k apiece and are valid through 2022. Applicants must already hold an online gambling license in a European Union member state and boast annual turnover of at least €1.5m over the past two years. If applicants can’t meet these standards, they have to put up an additional €1.5m bank guarantee.

My latest interviewee is among the leading lawyers in Italy. Quirino Mancini is Partner and Global Head of Gaming & Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners.

Thank you for accepting this interview. My first question would be what are your expectations from the call for bids from online gaming operators? How will this change the Italian gaming industry?

Quirino: Judging by the first enquiries I have gathered since the announcement of the new licence tender, it would seem that notwithstanding the Italian market is already packed, there still are operators willing to enter it. This applies not only to B2C operators but to B2B ones too, even though unlike, most European regulated markets, the Italian licensing model does not require B2B operators to hold a local licence in order to offer their services, so if the trend is confirmed I reckon the Italian market will be somewhat re-shaped as a result of the advent of the “hybrid” operators (B2C+B2B).

The launch of the bidding process was expected much earlier. What hindered the launch, and does this have any effect on the process of bidding?

Quirino: The only reason for an otherwise inexplicable delay in calling the remote gaming licences tender is the quite populistic and very often ill-informed political pressure, notably across the whole parliamentary board, to restrict the gaming offer. Unfortunately the local gaming industry has so far proven unable to pull their acts together in terms of putting together a consistent, coordinated and effective effort to somehow redress the mounting wave of discredit and bias thrown at operators who are fully legal, legitimate, licensed and do pay taxes in Italy as if instead they were a bunch of offshore-based pirates ripping and abusing the poor Italian consumers.

There are several online gambling licenses which have already entered the Italian iGaming market and now only require the renewal of their licenses. My question is what is your opinion how difficult this process will be for the rest of the applicants?

Quirino: The licence tender process is all but difficult provided the prospective applicants duly meet the eligibility requirements and take timely action filing-wise. The real challenges for them, once licensed, are (i) going live in less than one full year bearing in mind the many technical peculiarities and specificities of the Italian remote gaming model that notably entails a 24/7 connection of the operator’s servers with the central control system ran by the regulator, (ii) having a good product fit and also customised for the local players, and (iii) having a clear vision for an effective and creative marketing strategy.

The delay in the online gaming licensing might have had an effect on the shared online poker liquidity agreement signed by Italy as well. What is your opinion regarding this problem?

Quirino: I believe that when it comes to shared international liquidity, the more newcomer operators join the party, the better it is for the players in terms of creating a sufficiently large pool.

It has recently been announced that Italy will not join the official start of the project. Will you, please share your ideas related to this issue?

Quirino: On 4 March 2018 general elections will be held in Italy. As already mentioned in a previous reply, at this time there definitely is too much focus, bias, propaganda, mis-information and pressure surrounding the gaming business for any sensible politician to want to be seen as the one who facilitated the offer of more gaming services to Italians, and because regulators take instructions and directions from the government and the parliament, you may easily figure out the rest of the story

To meet Quirino 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:

Quirino Mancini is the global head of the gaming and gambling practice at Tonucci & Partners(www.tonucci.com), a top-ten Italian general practice firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Brescia, Padua, Florence, Tirana, Bucharest and Belgrad.

Quirino is one of the leading Italian gaming and gambling lawyers with a specialist practice of almost 20 years.  He acts for Italian and foreign-based online and land-based companies operating in the Italian gaming market, advising them on legal, licensing, regulatory, day-to-day compliance and any other operational aspects connected to their activities.  He also runs a bespoke matchmaking and business strategy service to provide clients with a customised type of assistance that includes also introduction and facilitation of dealings with the local regulatory authorities, banks as well as scouting and suitability checks on potential business partners.

Quirino is a regular speaker at most international gaming conferences and sits in the editorial board of various sector reviews and magazines.

Co-founder and editor of www.gaminglaw.eu, a pan-European information and commentary portal focusing on legal and regulatory issues under European and national gaming laws.

Secretary and fellow member of the Leadership Committee of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), a worldwide organisation gathering regulators, lawyers and advisors, in-house counsels and educators engaged in the gaming business.  Fellow member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)

Reka is an Experienced English second language teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Translation, Foreign Languages, and Lecturing. Strong education professional with a Bachelor’s Degree majored in English Language and Literature/Letters. Reka is in charge of conducting the exclusive interviews on European Gaming and our printed magazine

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Dr. Alexandra Körner (MME Legal), Matevž Mazij (ORYX Gaming), Bogdan Coman (Rombet) are the latest announced names at EGC2018

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European Gaming Congress 2018 will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and is a must attend event for European operators who are actively involved with regulated and non-regulated markets in Europe and the Balkans.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

With less than 5 days left until the inaugural conference opens its doors, we are honored to reveal 3 more expert profiles who will be present among the speakers this year.

Dr. Alexandra Körner (MME Legal) is set to join the »DACH Regional Update (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)« panel discussion and will give a glimpse on the status of the industry in Switzerland. The panel will be joined by experts Helmut Kafka (Automatenverband), Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. (Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) and Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE). The panel discussion will be driven by the one and only, Dr. Joerg Hofmann (MELCHERS Law).

About Dr. Alexandra Körner
Dr. Alexandra Körner is specialized in compliance and regulatory matters in the field of Swiss Gaming Law. Furthermore, she renders advice and represents domestic and international clients in Corporate Law and Contract Drafting. She represents the interests of her clients in state courts, primarily in the fields of the Swiss Code of Obligations, especially Corporate Law and Business Law as well as Insurance and Liability Law. In addition, she published many articles in her specialized practice areas.

 

Matevž Mazij (ORYX Gaming) will join the »Focus on Slovenia and Croatia« panel discussion, along with experts Dimitrij Piciga (Diogen), Hrvoje Vincetic (Casino Adriatic) and Borut Lozej (GameArt). The panel discussion will be driven by Jaka Repansek (Republis).

About Matevž Mazij

Matevž Mazij, the CEO of ORYX Gaming, is a business development and IT professional, with 15+ years experience in the iGaming industry. He has an outstanding track record in all aspects of business development from partner identification through closing and establishing joint collaborations, co-marketing and IP relationships. He has built successful business relationships throughout Asia, Europe, Central America and North America.

 

Starting 2018, the organizers have started implementing fireside chats into the agenda and European Gaming Congress will also benefit of such format. The »Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML / CFT / KYC« will be a fireside chat between experts Dr. Manfred Galdes (ARQ Group) and Bogdan Coman (Rombet).

About Bogdan Coman

Bogdan Coman is the Executive Director of ROMBET and has a rich activity in the gambling industry, which he joined once graduation from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bogdan Coman contributes to the good work of the Rombet Association through the experience of planning and organizing activities in the field of gambling. He built national projects, led complex teams, and was responsible for meeting performance indicators in the companies he worked for or collaborated with.

 

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit from a great line-up of speakers and quality networking opportunities!

Full details about the event can be found on the official event website: www.europeangamingcongress.com

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GamblingCompliance experts Donata Szabo and Joe Ewens announced as moderators for two important panels at EGC2018

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There is less than a week to go until the inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC) kicks off in Ljubljana and based on the quality of the attending companies, the event is building up to be of a great success.

As stated in earlier press releases, European Gaming Congress is designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers to discuss key issues facing markets when working with compliance updates and licensing and will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

We are honored to present you the profiles of two expert moderators who will take on the roles of driving the discussion for two interesting panels at the event.

Donata Szabo, Junior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance will take on the mission to create an educational and interactive session by moderating the `Highlighting the Balkans` which will be joined by experts such as Zoran Puhač (European Organization for Gaming Law -EOGL), Tatjana Scepanovic (Montenegro Bet), Zlatan Omerspahic (NSoft) and Luka Popović (BDK Advokati)

Donata is a legal analyst for GamblingCompliance and specialises in legal and regulatory developments across Europe and Israel. She also currently manages the Responsible Gambling Portal. She graduated first in her year from the LLB and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and was called to the Bar in July 2016. Donata has previous experience in human rights and international law. She previously worked at the European Parliament, the University of Cambridge and Israeli NGO Movement for Quality Government.

Joe Ewens, Managing Editor at GamblingCompliance, will have the role to create an atmosphere among the speakers of the `Market updates from Mediterranean Europe` panel discussion. The education session will be joined by leading experts of the industry Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners), Olga Finkel (WH Partners), Eduardo Morales-Hermo (iGamingCo & Ficom Leisure) and Martin Stofler (OSM Solutions).

Joe Ewens is the Managing Editor of GamblingCompliance, where he oversees the company’s daily output of news and analysis on the global gambling market and its constantly shifting regulatory challenges.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit from a great line-up of speakers and quality networking opportunities!

Full details about the event can be found on the official event website:

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ORYX Gaming announced as General Sponsor for the inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC2018)

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European Gaming Congress is designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers to discuss key issues facing markets when working with compliance updates and licensing.

The event also offers multiple networking opportunities to help introduce delegates to some of the most influential faces of the European gambling industry.

This year’s agenda provides a chance for attending delegates to dive into regulatory updates from Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Greece and many more jurisdictions. We look forward to seeing you in Ljubljana for a full day of quality content and networking.

European Gaming Congress will take place at Grand Union Hotel Ljubljana on the 16th of October and is a must attend event for European operators who are actively involved with regulated and non-regulated markets in Europe and the Balkans

You can Register here or View the Agenda

We are honored to announce the support of ORYX Gaming as General Sponsor, a leading turnkey solutions provider offering unrivalled software solutions, services and content for the iGaming industry. ORYX products include an iGaming Platform, Casino and Slot content, Live Dealer, Sportsbook and Lottery solutions.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit from a great line-up of speakers and quality networking opportunities!

Full details about the event can be found on the official event website:

Register here!

 

About ORYX Gaming:

ORYX Gaming is a leading turnkey solutions provider offering unrivalled software, services and content for the iGaming industry. ORYX products include an iGaming Platform, Casino and Slot content, Live Dealer, Sportsbook and Lottery solutions.

ORYX’s Aggregator platform features a mix of proprietary and 3rd party games, created and developed by ORYX and other standout games studios, as well as over 6,000 aggregated world-class titles.

With powerful Player management, Payments, CRM and Business Intelligence tools, ORYX’s iGaming Platform is fully compliant with the major regulated gaming jurisdictions.

ORYX Gaming has a proven track record of innovation in product development, a high level of technical knowledge and a growing list of tier 1 customers.

For more details, visit: www.oryxgaming.com

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