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Malta in the focus at inaugural European Gaming Congress (EGC 2018) with Dr. Olga Finkel (Founder of WH Partners)

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Ljubljana – 15 August 2018 Although Malta is recently in the headlines for becoming “The Jurisdiction Of Choice For Blockchain Businesses”, we must not omit the fact a new Gaming Act has come into force starting August 1, 2018.

Approved by Maltese Parliament on 8 March 2018, together with the subsidiary legislation and Authority-issued binding instruments which establish the detailed processes and procedures constituting the holistic regulatory framework for the gaming sector, the Gaming Act came into force after undergoing the EU Technical Regulation Information System (TRIS) process, in line with European Union Directive 2015/1535.

The new framework elevates the jurisdictional profile of Malta from a regulatory perspective by strengthening the MGA’s supervisory role, specifically the Authority’s compliance and enforcement functions to better achieve its regulatory objectives. This is in line with concurrent developments relating to anti-money laundering and combating the funding of terrorism.

The new regulatory framework also empowers the Authority to be more agile in its decision-making, by removing unnecessary regulatory burdens not conducive to the regulatory objectives, whilst simultaneously strengthening supervision and focusing the regulator’s efforts on areas which present a higher risk profile.

Furthermore, the reform enhances consumer protection standards and responsible gaming measures, while promoting a risk-based approach towards regulation. It provides the MGA with wider powers in the fields of compliance and enforcement and establishes objective-oriented standards to encourage innovation and development.

During the inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress, Dr. Olga Finkel will share her insights and expert opinion about the latest developments which are the direct result of the new Gambling Act.

The Maltese market update is part of the “Market updates from Mediterranean Europe” panel discussion which will be presented by Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners), Dr. Olga Finkel (WH Partners), Eduardo Morales-Hermo (iGamingCo & Ficom Leisure), Martin Stofler (OSM Solutions) and will focus on bringing insights into the following markets: France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Malta.

About Dr. Olga Finkel

Dr. Olga Finkel (founder of WH Partners, a Malta-based law firm) has been practising law in the gaming, gambling and technology fields for over 18 years and is a widely regarded as a specialist in this field and a leading internet and e-commerce lawyer, being consistently top-ranked by the Chambers and Partners’ Global Gaming and Gambling legal guide, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Olga’s specialisation includes regulatory frameworks for real money gambling, skill games and social gaming, blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation, as well as privacy, AML and corporate transactions. In addition to advising a range of gaming companies on regulatory, compliance, strategic and commercial matters, Dr Finkel assisted the Malta Gaming Authority in a complete redesign of the regulatory framework for gaming in Malta, both in land-based and remove verticals.

Olga holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from the Academy of Economics, Kharkov, Ukraine.  She is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law since 2003 and lectures gaming law at the University of Malta.

Make sure you register your seat in time to benefit of the great lineup of speakers that will share their knowledge for operators and industry connected companies about France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands and Belgium.

The inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress which will be held on the 16th of October at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana and will bring together industry experts from all over Europe and create a platform which will enable both networking and learning at the highest quality.

You can view the full agenda on the following link.

Full detail about the event can be found on the official website of the event: https://europeangamingcongress.com/

Make sure you grab your seat as the seats are limited to 100 registrants!

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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Prague Gaming Summit 3 – Speaker profile – Genia Gurevitz (Head of Asia-Pacific and Baltics Operations, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.)

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Whether you are a new to the industry or a veteran, Prague Gaming Summit offers the opportunity to learn something new and be part of a group at the forefront of gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein.

The Summit will approach all regulatory and compliance related aspects of the mentioned markets and will also highlight some trending topics such as the relationships between Regulators, Operators – Affiliates, MasterCard’s new requirements for Online Merchants (CFD, FX, Gaming, Crypto), understanding millennials (with emphasis on eSports, Daily Fantasy Sports and Virtual Sports), outsourcing for gaming companies, IT security, AML, KYC, CSR.

Genia Gurevitz (Head of Asia-Pacific and Baltics Operations, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.) will be among the speakers of the “Emergency Briefing regarding Visa and MasterCard new requirements for Online Merchants (CFD, FX, Gaming, Crypto)” panel discussion, about which you can read more on the following link

Genia Gurevitz heads the Asian-based and Baltics-based operations of Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. in Singapore and Tallinn, assisting the legal teams and their clients with banking, incorporation and regulatory needs in the blockchain, i-gaming, crypto and financial services industries. Genia also handles, together with the regulatory team in Tel Aviv and Tallinn, GDPR and compliance issues of major online gaming operators and digital marketers.

He will join Stephanie Attias (Global Head of Regulation, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm) and Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW, Zurich) for a quick briefing about what to expect if you are an operator working with Visa or MasterCard.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to engage on the subject of operator and affiliate relations at Prague Gaming Summit 3!

You can Register here or View the Agenda

The conference will focus on several topics among which the use of AI in sports betting industry related Big Data and in Responsible Gambling.

The program will also include a very important IMGL MasterClass that will aim to sharing the latest insights by the International Masters of Gaming Law experts about advertisement banning.

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

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Prague Gaming Summit 3 – Speaker profile – Yoav Dotan (Co-Founder, Affiliate Cruise and Genesis Global)

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Prague Gaming Summit is key conference for the industry in the region and over the years has gathered huge interest. We are honored to announce that Yoav Dotan (Co-Founder, Affiliate Cruise and Genesis Global) will be among the speakers of the “Case Study: Relationships between Regulators, Operators and Affiliates Storming the iGaming and Financial Industries” panel discussion.  You can read more about the panel discussion on the following link

Yoav Dotan, founder/co-owner – Genesis Global – An industry veteran for nearly 20 years and a serial entrepreneur, Yoav established four successful iGaming companies. Prior to IGaming, Yoav has been working in the international high tech industry, specifically in large scale software projects. As a senior hi-tech and IGaming executive, Yoav has spoken in many international events, and was a consultant to some of the biggest online and offline IGaming corporations.

He will join Assaf Stieglitz (President, Odds1x2 Holdings), Amir Mikay (Co-founder, TrafficLightMedia) and Stephanie Attias (Global Head of Regulation, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.) in the opening panel discussion which will be moderated by Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm).

The third edition of Prague Gaming Summit will be held on the 12th of March 2019 at Vienna House Andel’s Prague and will gather some of the leading industry experts for one full day of learning and networking.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to engage on the subject of operator and affiliate relations at Prague Gaming Summit 3! You can Register here or View the Agenda

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Emergency Briefing regarding Visa and MasterCard’s new requirements at Prague Gaming Summit 3

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Photo credits: European Gaming Media and Events / FOTOMALÝ.cz. / Martin Malý
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Based on reports, a new fight is brewing between merchants and card companies as major card networks Visa and MasterCard are requiring online merchants from hi-risk industries to present legal opinions from IMGL and STEP accredited local lawyers in jurisdictions in which they operate.

This also comes with a new technical framework for online transactions, which these two major companies are backing from their jointly owned EMVCo specifications group. This is amid growing competition for mobile and other digital payments and lackluster take up of the networks’ respective online digital wallets, Visa Checkout and MasterPass.

Visa has persuaded payment firms CyberSource, Adyen, Rambus, G+D Mobile Security, SecureCo, Ezidebit, eWay, and Bambora to sign up to its credential-on-file (COF) tokenization technology, acting as gateways to connect to the Visa Token Service. The switch – which will remove the need for online merchants to store their customers’ payment details in their own systems – will come into effect over the next few months, and will roll out worldwide.

MasterCard has said it plans to start rolling out new tokenization and authentication services through its EMVCo Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) framework in the second half of 2019, with the company aiming to enable token services on all cards by 2020.

During the 3rd edition of Prague Gaming Summit, some of the leading experts of the CFD, FX, Gaming and Crypto industry will guide the delegates through some interesting topics which have been raised by gaming operators. How can merchants tackle these requirements and what are the most efficient solutions for gaming operators, CFD and FX brokers and crypto exchanges?

The answer to these questions and many more information on the topic will be delivered via a special panel discussion that is titled as “Emergency Briefing regarding Visa and MasterCard new requirements for Online Merchants (CFD, FX, Gaming, Crypto)”.

The panel discussion will be joined by leading experts Stephanie Attias (Global Head of Regulation, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Genia Gurevitz (Head of Asia-Pacific and Baltics Operations, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm) and Dr. Simon Planzer (Partner at PLANZER LAW, Zurich).

The third edition of Prague Gaming Summit will be held on the 12th of March 2019 at Vienna House Andel’s Prague and will gather some of the leading industry experts for one full day of learning and networking.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to engage on the subject of operator and affiliate relations at Prague Gaming Summit 3!

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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