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Mare Balticum – The Baltic Sea Gaming Summit first batch of speakers announced

Zoltan Tundik

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Riga  – 6 February 2018 – The inaugural edition of the yearly event which focuses on the Baltics and the Scandinavian region has already made the headlines on many industry related news portals and we can confirm that key industry stakeholders are going to attend the event.

The event will be held on the 8th of May at Astor Riga and the we would like to extend the invitation for the delegates to join the event and stay on the 9th of May as well, to celebrate Europe Day in Riga.

Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

 

The Preliminary Agenda includes the following panel discussions: The state of the industry in Latvia, The state of the industry in Lithuania, The state of the industry in Estonia, The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden, Innovation Talks and a Round table discussions with the Baltic regulators

We are honored to announce the first set of speakers who are going to put forward the latest industry news and join the panels oriented to discussions about Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark.

Below are the first announced speakers of the event:

Morten Ronde(CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association)

Morten has 18 years of experience from working in the gambling industry.

His background is in gambling regulation. He started his career in the Danish State Lottery and worked later 12 years as legal counsel for the Danish Gambling Authority. During his time as a regulator he drafted the Danish online gambling reform that allowed for open licensing of betting and online casino operators in Denmark. The Danish gambling model is still considered one of the best gambling regimes in the world and has inspired many countries to adopt similar regulation.

Morten received the ”European Regulator of the Year Award” in 2010 from the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Since 2012 Morten has been working in the private sector of the gambling industry and has been advising clients in all sectors of the industry on regulatory affairs issues.

Morten acts as CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA), a trade association for online gambling operators in Denmark and as Director of Education and Association Development of the International Masters of Gaming (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law network.

Panel: The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden

Renata Beržanskienė (Partner at Sorainen Lithuania)

Sorainen partner Renata Beržanskienė heads the Information Technology & Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Distribution & Trade, Telecommunications and Transport & Maritime Practice Areas in Lithuania.

Renata has an extensive experience advising international clients operating in gaming and gambling sectors on matters related to regulation, establishment and licensing (including anti-money laundering prevention, virtual currency research, etc.), intellectual property issues, as well as representing clients before the relevant authorities (such as the Gaming Control Authority).

Renata has been practicing law since 1992 and has been with Sorainen since 1999.

Panel: The state of the industry in Lithuania

Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner. Attorney-at-Law at Gabnys Law Firm)

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.

Panel: The state of the industry in Lithuania

 

Valts Nerets(Senior Associate at Sorainen Latvia)

Valts Nerets, a senior associate has been practising law since 2008.

He is head of the Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Sector Group in Latvia. Valts specialises in dispute resolution, distribution and trade, transport and maritime, information technology and data protection, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and telecommunications. In particular, he has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, administrative law and procedure, contract law and international investment law. Valts has further developed his knowledge by participating in summer schools and additional courses in such fields as maritime law and mediation. Before joining Sorainen, Valts specialised in telecommunications and dispute resolution, through his work as a senior in-house lawyer for the leading satellite and telecommunications equipment wholesaler in the Baltics.

Additionally, Valts has vast experience in lecturing, and today he maintains successful cooperation with several universities. He is a lecturer at the Riga Graduate School of Law for courses in Private international law and international civil procedure, International sales law and Comparative constitutional and administrative law, as well as a lecturer and programme director at the College of Business Administration. International investment law is the main field of interest where Valts continues his research.

Valts has authored several learning manuals on administrative law and procedure.

The Legal 500 recommends him in the shipping and transport practice.

Panel: The state of the industry in Latvia

Max Krupyshev(COO at Cubits)

Max has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Master’s in Business Administration. He heard about Bitcoin for the first time in late 2013 right after completing his Master’s degree in Management. Max was immediately inspired by the innovative and disruptive technology behind Bitcoin and quickly made a name for himself in his local Bitcoin community in Kiev.

Eventually, Max’s passion for Bitcoin drove him to co-found a Kiev-based software development studio and to found the Bitcoin Foundation Ukraine and Satoshi Square Kiev. Max has also worked for one of the biggest Bitcoin Cloud mining platforms prior to becoming Product manager and later Chief Operating Officer at Cubits.

Today Cubits.com is a leading Bitcoin Payment provider in Europe and a well known platform where customers can Buy and Sell bitcoin using classical financial instruments.

Panel: Innovation Talks

 

 

More speaker profiles will be announced soon, but you may want to check the already confirmed line-up of speakers and register in time. The event is limited to 125 seats.

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

Don’t forget to follow the event’s twitter feedfacebook page to stay up to date with the announcements or join the LinkedIn Group to start networking straight away.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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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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Olympic Entertainment Group announces changes to Management Board, Corey Plummer to become new CEO

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Olympic Entertainment Group announces changes to Management Board, Corey Plummer to become new CEO
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Olympic Entertainment Group (“OEG”) announced that its Supervisory Board has appointed Corey Plummer to the Management Board as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) effective immediately. As part of this reorganisation, Mr Plummer will resign from OEG’s Supervisory Board. Mr Plummer has more than 20 years of international gaming experience, including as Founder and President of North Sea Gaming, a sector-focused independent advisory firm, and as a senior executive at Holland Casino, Caesars Entertainment Group, Rush Street Gaming and Aristocrat Technologies.

In addition, the Supervisory Board has appointed Omer Efraim to the Management Board as Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”). Mr Efraim has more than 15 years of software development experience much of which in gaming technologies. Previous roles include CTO of Skywind Group, an online games content and services provider, and running the casino live games division at Playtech, one of the world’s largest online gaming software providers.

Management Board member and COO, Meelis Pielberg’s role will expand to include direct oversight of local country operations and business development.

All three Management Board members will be based at OEG’s headquarters in Tallinn.

As part of the reorganisation, Madis Jääger will step down from the Management Board and from his position of CEO and become a senior advisor to OEG.

OEG’s Supervisory Board Chairman Stephen Peel said: “I would like to thank Madis for his dedicated leadership at OEG over the past 7 years and look forward continuing to benefit from his insight in his role as a senior advisor. As Olympic enters the next phase in its development, we are delighted to have Corey and Omer join the senior leadership team together with Meelis to lead the company’s ambitious growth strategy.”

Reflecting on his appointment, Corey said: “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Olympic in its next chapter. The company has a strong history of success and is an excellent platform for growth and leadership in our industry.”

For more information on Olympic Entertainment Group, please visit  http://www.olympic-casino.com/.

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