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

Zoltan Tundik

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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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CEEGC2019 Speaker Profile (Hungary Briefing): Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest)

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Leading Hungarian Lawyer to explain the current situation and what is to be expected in the Hungarian gambling industry at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

As announced earlier, the Hungarian 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 Gábor Helembai, Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest, who will once again share the insights he has on the what is to be expected in the upcoming period in Hungary. 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 Gábor Helembai

Gábor is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in the Budapest office of Bird & Bird. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters.

Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector.

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

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Emerging CEE jurisdictions (compliance panel discussion) moderated by Rita McClelland (GamblingCompliance) at CEEGC2019 Budapest

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Senior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance to moderate regional panel discussion at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

Industry media outlets are always reporting how the Hungarian Government is keeping a tight leash around the gambling industry in the country, however, this doesn’t mean that the industry hasn’t shown developments and is still considered as an attractive market for many operators and software providers. While online licenses are still granted to land-based casino concessionaires, but that might change in the near future. You can hear why, by attending CEEGC Budapest and paying attention to the CEE regional briefing.

The case is different in the neighboring Slovakia, where the new gaming law is in full force. Starting in 2019, private domestic companies, as well as companies from the European Union, are able to apply for online gambling licenses. There have plenty of operators jumping in on the opportunity and applying for licenses, however, the outcome and success of the new legislation is still writing mode.

On the other hand, there have been quite a lot of news around another emerging Central and Eastern European jurisdictions, and that is Poland. It has been reported that Poland’s sports betting turnover jumped 55% in 2018 and it is most likely to jump further in 2019 with all the new licenses that have been granted to international operators.

All three market updates (Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland) and much more around investment possibilities for operators and software providers will be discussed during the “Emerging CEE jurisdictions” compliance panel discussion, which will be joined by leading experts from the region at CEEGC Budapest.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rita McClelland, Senior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance, who will ask the burning questions the industry has for Ewa Lejman (Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners), Gábor Helembai (Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest) and last but not least, Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor at WH Partners).

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 Rita McClelland

Rita is managing the team of legal analysts at GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of independent legal, regulatory and business intelligence to the global gambling industry. Rita has extensive experience in following and analyzing legal and policy developments that affect the gambling space. A fluent Hungarian and German speaker, Rita has taken a keen interest in the Central and Eastern European region. Rita obtained her qualification as a Doctor of Laws in Budapest, Hungary.

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

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Digital Choo (DC) announced as Delegates Bag Sponsor at CEEGC 2019 Budapest

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International marketing agency with deep expertise in the gaming category to sponsor the delegate bags at CEEGC 2019 Budapest.

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 we are delighted to announce that the conference is sure to break records as there are already 10 sponsors signed up.

Digital Choo (DC) is one of them and it is interesting to see how the conference is drawing the attention of several service providers that are wanting to support the event.

Oleg Profatylo, Chief Strategy Officer at Digital Choo (DC) stated: “We at Digital Choo believe that the main asset for the industry is people that create new trends and business solutions.

CEEGC aims to bring together like-minded professionals that can make a huge impact on the Gaming vertical by building new connections and sharing their expertise.

Contribution to such an event is an honorable opportunity to support the professional community that we are proud to be a part of.”

Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Head of Business at European Gaming Media and Events stated: “We are happy to have another one of the major service providers of the gaming industry join our sponsors’ list and having the opportunity to work with such a focused and professional marketing agency is a plus for us! Make sure to attend this year’s CEEGC Budapest to meet many new and familiar faces!”

 

About Digital Choo (DC)

Digital Choo (DC) is an international marketing agency with deep expertise in the gaming category and extensive experience with a wide range of other categories.

There are analytically sound solutions, cross-regional and multimedia planning, a wide network of own traffic sources, sponsorship opportunities of any complexity, and more than 500 international partners among DC’s main advantages. The agency’s efficiency is proved by many international awards, including but not limited to Betting Awards, Effie Awards, ADC, KIAF, GoldenDrum, and others.

DC’ services are available worldwide.

Visit dc.bet for more details.

 

Make sure you take advantage of this 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!

Browse the official event website here: www.ceegc.eu

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