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Gustaf Hoffstedt (Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling) speaker at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018

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Riga – 18 April 2018 –Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2018 is attracting high profiled executives of the online gambling industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian region, but also the international operators are gearing up to be present at the event. The content of the event promises to bring a high volume of information about the region and also offers a great chance to network with the regulators.

Among the hot topics of the event, you will also find the Swedish market update, which will be presented by Gustaf Hoffstedt, who is the Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015.

The gambling media has been focusing recently to the updates of the Swedish gambling market and to quote Sweden’s Public Administration Minister, Ardalan Shekarabi: “Unregulated gambling has taken over and gambling is used in criminal activities. – It is 14 years since the first in a line of gambling inquiries was appointed. It is now time for us to move from words to actions and regain control of the Swedish gambling market.

Sweden’s officials are hoping to tighten regulations for online gambling for the Scandinavian country as lawmakers have proposed new legislation for the following year. The prospective measures would include a new licensing system, which would establish prohibitions against the illegal operation of online gaming and gambling websites; launching stronger protections for consumers.

An official governmental press release declared that these procedures could come into effect as new legislation as soon as January 1, 2019, with costs for a combined online casino and sports betting license estimated at roughly $84,000 given current currency rates.

The government has declared the new law proposals as a deterrent for any upcoming online casino operators to open business as well as hope that it would essentially halt current online gambling operations without a license from offering their services to players in the country.

Essentially all unlicensed online gambling providers would be required to close their doors. The potential mandate would also directly create more thorough consumer protections particularly in reference to memberships where bonuses are a requirement. Customers would be granted the right to exclude themselves from bonuses, whereas currently they do not have this option.

Prior to the talks of new gaming regulation, Swedish online gambling operators have been able to operate practically unregulated; being able to charge whatever rates on deposits they see fit for returning or fist time players. Many of the online casinos also do not address problem gambling, and essentially have been able to squeeze money out of players who otherwise might not be encouraged to participate if tighter restrictions were in place.

Gustaf Hoffstedt

Secretary General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015. Among the association’s members are all major operators and suppliers that operate with a license inside the European Union, but outside of Sweden. Prior to joining BOS, Gustaf served as a Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Moderate party, and as vice mayor and chairman of the Social board in his constituency Gotland before that.

Gustaf has fought for the abolition of the Swedish gambling monopoly and the implementation of a licensing system for more than a decade. He is pleased to see that things currently appear to be moving in the right direction.

Gustaf resides in Uppsala with his wife Caroline, who serves as vice mayor in the municipality for the Social Democratic party – the traditional rival of Gustaf’s own party. In their leisure time, they enjoy hiking in the mountains of northern Scandinavia.

The “The state of the industry in Denmark and Sweden” panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Joerg Hoffman (Melchers Law Germany) who will be joined by seasoned expert speakers such as Morten Ronde(CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association), Sissel Weitzhandler (Group Compliance Manager at Play’n Go), Birgitte Sand (Director, Danish Gambling Authority)

Mare Balticum Gaming Summit is designed to focus on the Baltics and the Scandinavian region by bringing a wealth of information from the local regulators and operators.

Make sure you register in order to get a chance to network with the representatives of Cubits, Triogames, Losimu strategine grupe – UAB, Tatkazino, Scout Gaming, Play’n GO, Danish Gambling Authority, Danish Online Gambling Association, Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling Penta Investment and many more. The event has limited seating without the opportunity of adding more registrations, so make sure you reserve you place at this unique event. Register here!

Visit the official website of the event for more details: https://marebalticumgaming.com/

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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Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions with Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law Firm) at CEEGC2019 Budapest

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Gambling Industry Expert and MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit Ambassador, Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm) to moderate compliance-related panel discussion involving regulated markets of Central and Eastern Europe at CEEGC2019 Budapest.

 

The evolution of the online gambling industry in the CEE region has seen its ups and downs, however, when dealing with regulation updates sometimes based on the political climate, it is like that.

When we are mentioning the regulated markets of the CEE region, we are referring to jurisdictions in which the online gambling licensing scheme is already in force for a couple of years and is already considered an “almost mature” industry.

Among these countries, we find Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, and Slovenia. Jurisdictions that have transparent licensing schemes which allow remote operators to apply for a license and start accepting players in the country. Nevertheless, when it comes to taxing the industry and profit, it is a totally different discussion.

At the 4th edition of the yearly Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, which will take place on the 24th of September at the Ritz-Carlton Budapest, we are putting together a very interesting panel discussion for both operators and service providers which will be moderated by Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm) and will be joined by Dan Iliovici (Vice President at Rombet), Georgi Dimitrov (Legal Counsel / Compliance at EGT Interactive), Jan Řehola (Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal) and Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert).

 

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 extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.

Make sure that you are among the delegates of CEEGC Budapest this year for a new and engaging format that is going to increase the engagement and interaction of the attending delegates.

Register here or View the Agenda!

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

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Nominations are open for the 2019 edition of Southern European Gaming Awards (SEG Awards)

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The SEG Awards is part of European Gaming Congress and rewards both B2C operators and B2B providers for their commitment in Southern Europe, with categories ranging from customer service to social responsibility, future thinking, and development in all verticals of the industry.

We are happy to announce that the nominations for the newly launched awards ceremony is in full swing and you may consider this article as an open invitation to nominate your company for the SEG Awards, which is part of European Gaming Congress (EGC), and will take place in Milan (Italy) on the 8th of November at Radisson Blu Hotel Milan.

The SEG Awards is a new award in the European Gaming Media and Events portfolio and will follow the same transparent process as for CEEG Awards and BSG Awards

The award will be given to the top gaming companies (affiliates, B2C operators and B2B providers) that are active in Southern Europe, also known as Mediterranean Europe and are active in any of the following countries: Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Slovenia, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal.

The categories in 2019 are the following:

  • (Affiliates): Best Bingo Affiliate
  • (Affiliates): Best Casino Affiliate
  • (Affiliates): Best Sports Betting Affiliate
  • (Operators): Best Bingo Operator
  • (Operators): Best Lottery Operator
  • (Operators): Best Casino Operator
  • (Operators): Best Sports Betting Operator
  • (Operators): Best Customer Support in Casino
  • (Operators): Best Customer Support in Sports Betting
  • (B2B – sports ): Best Sports Betting Innovation
  • (B2B – sports): Rising Star in Sports Betting Technology
  • (B2B – sports): Best Overall Sports Betting Provider
  • (B2B – sports): Best Mobile Betting Provider
  • (B2B – sports): Best Overall eSports Service Provider
  • (B2B – sports): Best Overall Virtual Sports / Fantasy Sports Provider
  • (B2B – sports): Rising Star in the Virtual Sports / Fantasy Sports
  • (B2B – casino): Online Casino Innovator
  • (B2B – casino): Rising Star in Online Casino Technology
  • (B2B – casino): Best Online Casino Provider
  • (B2B – casino): Best Slots Provider
  • (B2B – casino): Best Live Casino Provider
  • (B2B – casino): Best Mobile Casino Provider
  • (Connected): Best Overall Payment Service Provider
  • (Connected): Best iGaming Service Provider (Translation and Localization, Hosting Services, Consultancy, Marketing)
  • (Connected): Best Testing Laboratory
  • (Connected): Best Support for Responsible Gambling

Nominate your company here | Register now | View the Provisional Agenda/Program

The European Gaming Congress (EGC) is specially designed to bring together industry experts, regulators, operators and service providers from all across Europe in order to discuss burning issues some of the markets are facing when dealing with compliance in licensing, operation and marketing.

The congress is organized yearly in autumn, gathers +125 C-level executives and gives the opportunity to discuss collaboration opportunities, learn about compliance updates and harvest the tech & marketing-related information which is presented by industry leaders from the ever-evolving international gambling industry community.

The second edition of the yearly must-attend conference of the gambling industry will focus on bringing new content and a different angle of view from the already established and emerging market.

The discussions include compliance and investment opportunities in regulated jurisdictions such as Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the United Kingdom.

Besides the regional focus, the agenda includes an exclusive IMGL MasterClass™ will also shed light on hot topics such as Marketing for Operators in Regulated Market, Big Data, AI and payments.

You can register here or view the provisional agenda here!

More info: www.europeangamingcongress.com

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

Zoltan Tundik

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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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