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CEEG Awards 2018 sees huge interest, new categories added, nominate by 15 July 2018

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Budapest – 22 June 2018 –The Central and Eastern European markets are vital in terms of realizing our vision of providing software and services in every regulated market and we are absolutely delighted to have won the award for Best Sports Betting Provider at the 2017 CEEG Awards. As a company we’re very proud that the quality and depth of our product is recognized in this way and we look forward to expanding further in the region.“, these were the words of Richard Carter, Chief Executive of SBTech, after winning the Best Sports Betting Provider last year at the Central and Eastern European Gaming Awards (CEEG Awards).

The gambling industry in the CEE region has seen a significant growth in the past 3 years and it seems that the once small gathering which awarded the top companies in the region has grown to become a prestigious gaming award.

The awards ceremony at CEEGC (Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference) has been part of the event from the first edition and during the last 2 years the category numbers are increasing yearly.

Such is the case in 2018 as well! A month ago, we have announced that this year there will be 15 categories, but due to the high number of nominations and requests, 5 new categories have been added to the list.

With the addition of the 5 new categories, we have revamped the award classes and will make it more interesting for runner ups.

European Gaming Media and Events, the producer of Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards is honored to announce that the awards will be given for the following categories:

B2B Sports categories:

Best Sports Betting Innovation, “Rising Star” in Sports Betting Technology*, Best Overall Sports Betting Provider, Best Overall eSports Service Provider*, “Rising Star” in Fantasy Sports*, Best Overall in Fantasy Sports*

B2B – Casino and Lottery categories:

Online Casino Innovator, “Rising Star” in Online Casino Technology*, Best Online Casino Provider, Best Cryptocurrency Gaming Platform*, Best Lottery Service Provider*

Operators – Sports categories:

Best Customer Support*, Best Overall Sports Betting Operator

Operators – Casino categories:

Best Customer Support*, Best Overall Online Casino

Media and connected services (payment processors, translation, testing, etc.) categories:

Best Overall Payment Service Provider, Best iGaming Press in the region, Best iGaming Service Provider (Translation and Localization, Hosting, Consultancy), Best Testing Laboratory

Responsible Gambling (open for providers and operators)*

Best Support for Responsible Gambling

*new category in 2018

You can nominate your company on the following link: https://ceegc.eu/awards/categories-2018/

Nominations phase closes on 15 July 2018 and will be followed by the online voting period between 1-31 August 2018.

The top 5 voted companies will reach the shortlist and the winners of each category will be decided by envelope style voting by present delegates at CEEGC Budapest on the 25th of September at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest.

 

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#PragueGamingSummit3 Speaker Profiles – Dr. Alexandra Körner, Zlatan Omerspahić, Martin Arendts and Dr. Christian Rapani

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There are just about 2 weeks left and the attendees of Prague Gaming Summit can finally get their hands on the latest information about the most interesting topics of the gambling industry and hear about the regulatory updates/investment possibilities in Central Europe and the DACH region.

Juan Martin – Sales Manager at Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH said it best: “Prague Gaming Summit always provides an interesting insight into the gaming licensing submissions, how the situation is now and what to expect for the future. Dynamic, interesting, rewarding and the most important ‘not heavy to digest’ ;). Thanks to all the assistance for the great contributions and of course to Zoltan and Betty for the awesome organization and care. Really worth to attend!

You may have guessed it, Juan is already registered and he will join 125 delegates that attend the third edition of Prague Gaming Summit, which will take place on the 12th of March at Vienna House Andel’s Prague.

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We are honored to present more speaker profiles from the 40 experts that will share the quality content in Prague.

Dr. Alexandra Körner (Senior Legal Associate, MME Legal) and Dr. Christian Rapani (Attorney at Law at Dr. Christian Rapani) will join Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M (Secretary General, Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling) and Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW, under the guidance of Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW) for a DACH region oriented regulatory and compliance related panel discussion.

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.

 

About Dr. Christian Rapani

Dr. Christian Rapani founded his law firm in Graz in 2013 specializing in business and corporate law. Dr. Christian Rapani is the author of numerous publications in these areas of practice. He possesses extensive experience in advising Austrian and international clients on all aspects of business law. One of his key topics of consultancy are issues regarding gaming and betting law with a special focus on B2B and B2C online gaming and betting offer. He provides guidance in various licensing procedures and advises clients on Austrian regulatory requirements and developments affecting their business activities.

 


We are honored to announce that Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft) and Martin Arendts (Founder of ARENDTS ANWAELTE) will join Russell Mifsud (Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG Malta), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Quirino Mancini (Global Head of the Gaming and Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners) and Charmaine Hogan (Regulatory & Public Affairs, International Relations, Policy Development Expert) in the IMGL MasterClass at Prague Gaming Summit 2019 under the guidance of Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW).

The IMGL MasterClass at Prague Gaming Summit 2019 will feature several topics which focus on the current developments in the industry, with an emphasis on advertisement banning trends in the European Union and the Balkans.

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About Zlatan Omerspahić

Zlatan Omerspahić has a Phd in Commercial law, Corporate governance, Contract law, Regulatory issues and is currently serving the role of Data Protection Officer at NSoft.

He has graduated the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica and has held several compliance-related roles at Sberbank and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank.

He is responsible, loyal, dedicated and eager to learn about innovative things.

 

About Martin Arendts

Martin Arendts is an expert in gaming law, EU law and securities regulation. He studied law at the universities of Passau, Hamburg, Speyer and St Gallen. In 1995, Arendts founded ARENDTS ANWAELTE, now one of the leading law firms for gaming and betting law in Germany (www.gaminglaw.de). Clients include many private bookmakers and remote gaming operators, licensed in the UK, Austria, Malta or Gibraltar, as well as affiliates and media companies in Germany. Recently, Martin Arendts dealt with several administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, unfair competition law, trademark and licensing proceedings in connection with sports betting, lotteries and poker.

Martin Arendts regularly writes for national and international legal publications and speaks at conferences. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Internet Gambling Report, World Online Gambling Law Report, European Gaming Lawyer, Zeitschrift für Wett- und Glücksspielrecht/European Journal of Gambling Law, MultiMedia und Recht (MMR), Gewerbearchiv, Casino & Gaming International and ISA Casinos.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the leading conference in the region which offers the option for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance updates, while also take part in several industry related discussions with the leading groups that are at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

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Charmaine Hogan, International Gaming Policy and Regulatory Expert, to join the IMGL MasterClass at Prague Gaming Summit 3

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With less than 20 days to go until the 3rd edition of Prague Gaming Summit opens its doors, we are honored to announce that Charmaine Hogan (International Gaming Policy and Regulatory Expert), will join the IMGL MasterClass.

The IMGL MasterClass at Prague Gaming Summit will feature several topics which focus on the current developments in the industry, with an emphasis on advertisement banning trends in the European Union and the Balkans.

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Charmaine Hogan has been involved in online gambling (policy/regulatory) for over twelve years, advocating for Malta’s gambling laws, a first in Europe, representing the government amongst EU Institutions and the Member States. (Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels).

She was later contracted to the European Commission, helping to bring European regulators and the industry to one table and elaborating policy on consumer protection, technical standards etc., as well as country-specific legislative assessments.

More recently she worked at bet365 in a regulatory/international development role.

Charmaine will join expert, Russell Mifsud (Gaming industry specialist – Associate Director at KPMG Malta), Jaka Repanšek (Media and Gaming Expert), Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft), Martin Arendts (Founder of ARENDTS ANWAELTE) and Quirino Mancini (Global Head of the Gaming and Gambling Practice at Tonucci & Partners), under the communication guidance of Dr. Matthias Spitz (Senior Partner, MELCHERS LAW) (the moderator of the panel.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the leading conference in the region which offers the option for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance updates, while also take part in several industry related discussions with the leading groups that are at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

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#PragueGamingSummit3 announces Alina B Gleiss (Zendesk), Dr. Manfred Galdes (ARQ Group Malta), Francesco Baranca (Federbet), and Martin Stöfler(OSM Solutions)

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As announced earlier this week, we are honored to host an important panel discussion which focuses on several topics that include IT Security, Safe Gambling, AML, KYC, CRM, Match-fixing and the use of AI in Responsible Gambling.

For such an interesting topic selection, a seasoned speaker lineup has been added in order to best achieve the goal of debating with the best in the verticals.

You can read more about the speakers of the “(Horus Session) Safe Gambling – IT security and AML / KYC” panel discussion below. They will join Kim Mouridsen (Professor at Aarhus University, Founder and Managing Director Cercare Medical, Founder at Mindway AI) and Pieter Remmers (CEO, Assissa), the moderator of the panel.

Picking the right CRM for Responsible Gambling with Alina B Gleiss (EMEA Sales Manager at Zendesk)

Alina has 10 years of experience in SAS Sales Leadership and International Team Management, and she aims to excel in the delivery of Zendesk’s Customer Service Solution to the Central EMEA Market.

One of her main drivers is the successful implementation of one of the Garter Magic Quadrant leading CRM & Customer Support Software solutions. This success is key to making the Customer Service domain a far better and customer-centric driven environment for all, setting up all companies for growth and success through better and innovative customer experience.

IT Security with Martin Stöfler (Co-Founder, OSM Solutions)

Martin has worked in the IT Security and Compliance field since 2001. He has excelled in a wide variety of roles ranging from penetration testing to heading up the security and compliance teams for major international B2B and B2C iGaming providers. Having been on the forefront of entering newly regulated markets in Europe and the US, he has accumulated a vast amount of experience in the practical aspects of online gaming regulations from an operator and platform provider perspective.

In 2017 Martin co-founded the Austrian Startup OSM Solutions, which focuses on iGaming security and compliance and is about to launch a revolutionary compliance product which will support operators and regulators through the often very complex processes of audit and certification management.

Martin is a former IT Security & Compliance Manager at NYX Interactive (Currently SG Digital) and has also worked with Amaya Gaming Gaming Group.

Combating Match-fixing with Francesco Baranca (Chairman of Committee on Ethics and Fair Play of Football Federation of Ukraine, Secretary General at FederBet Austria & Belgium)

Francesco Baranca is an expert in detecting fixed matches, who has revealed hundreds of matches featuring unfair players and teams over the years of his work.

Francesco is an Italian national who is the Secretary-General of FederBet, an anti-match-fixing organization based in Brussels.

He was head of the legal department of Stanleybet Malta Ltd. from 2001 to 2006, GoldBet Sportwetten GmbH from 2006 to 2009, and SKS365 GmbH from 2009 to 2013.

He has a Masters Degree in Law from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan.

He speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

Francesco has been newly elected as Chairman of the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play of the Football Federation of Ukraine.

AML / KYC with Dr. Manfred Galdes (Partner at ARQ Group Malta)

Until two years ago Manfred held the position of Director of the FIAU, Malta’s financial intelligence unit. During his eight-year tenure, he acted as the operational head of the FIAU, which besides being the country’s FIU is also the body responsible for the supervision of all obliged entities (both financial entities and DNFBPs) under Maltese law. He also previously held the position of Manager, Legal and International Affairs Unit at the Malta Financial Services Authority, the single regulator responsible for the supervision of all banks, financial institutions and other entities providing financial services operating in or from Malta.

During his tenure at the FIAU, Manfred spearheaded the development of an effective risk-based supervisory framework and dedicated himself to refining Malta’s capabilities in fighting financial crime both through his efforts within the FIAU but also through his involvement in other high-level domestic committees. He was also entrusted with the coordination of Malta’s first AML/CFT national risk assessment.

Over the years he represented Malta on international bodies and expert groups such as the EU Expert Group on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, the EU FIUs Platform and the Egmont Group. He was also a member of Malta’s delegation to MONEYVAL for several years and Malta’s delegation to the Conference of the Parties set up for the purpose of assessing adherence to the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS no°198) for two years.

In September 2016 Manfred joined the ARQ Group, a multi-disciplinary professional firm, as Managing Director of ARQ Risk & Compliance, leading a team of professionals providing specialist advisory and support services to private and public entities in the field of financial crime compliance. He is also a partner of Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal, a Malta-based law firm with offices in Valletta and Birkirkara.

Today he advises a number of banks, financial institutions, and top-tier gaming companies and assists them with strengthening their compliance structures and systems. He also leads a team of international experts that provide advisory services to governments and public institutions involved in the prevention, supervision, detection, and investigation of financial crime.

In July 2018 Manfred was appointed Chairman of the ARQ Group.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the leading conference in the region which offers the option for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance updates, while also take part in several industry related discussions with the leading groups that are at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

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