IMGL Masterclass

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WHEN: 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT) - Wednesday, 8 February 2017
WHERE: South Gallery Rooms 21 & 22, ExCeL London

COST: FREE to Attend - Register Today

Complementing the World Regulatory Assembly and the World Regulatory Briefing at ICE VOX, the IMGL Masterclass will examine and delve into some of the most critical legal and regulatory challenges posed by gaming today and in the near future.

10.15 - 10.30   Opening Comments by Michael Zatezalo, IMGL President

10.30 - 11.45   IMGL Masterclass Panel I

Worldwide insights: breaking developments across the world, including Australia, France, Germany, the Far East and Canada

Regulators in both mature and emerging jurisdictions are faced with increasing challenges as the land-based and internet gaming markets continue to evolve and expand.  The interaction between regulators, legislative bodies, other government regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies has become increasing complicated in very many jurisdictions while, at the same time, technological developments in the gaming industry at both the game level and the back-room level are constantly increasing.  The panel will discuss the critical issues facing land-based and internet gaming in a number of important jurisdictions and the impact of industry trends, social gaming and betting on e-sports on present and future regulatory trends across the globe.

Michael Lipton, Q.C., Dickinson Wright PLLC, Toronto, Canada
Jamie Nettleton, Addisons Lawyers, Sydney, Australia
Jan Rehola, Lawyer, Ministry of Finance, Czech Republic
Wulf Hambach, Partner, Hambach & Hambach, Munich, Germany
Hilary Stewart Jones, Consultant, DLA Piper UK LLP, London, U.K.
Diane Mullenex, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, London, U.K.

11.45 - 12.00   Break

12.00 - 13.15   IMGL Masterclass Panel II

Anti-Money Laundering:  Will gaming be regulated like banking?

In the United States FinCEN is requiring casino operators to comply with anti-money laundering (“AML”) compliance standards, which have long been required of more traditional financial institutions, necessitating the implementation of more detailed “Know Your Client” (“KYC”) rules. In Europe, the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive brings a greater consistency of rules across the EU and implementation of Financial Action Task Force recommendations in the fight against money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing.  New rules have been made to make it easier to trace transfers of funds and these rules will have an ongoing impact on gaming operators. Side-by-side are ongoing challenges for operators following the emergence of legalised online gambling in certain US States and greater requirements for consumer protection and new specific requirements for greater KYC due diligence. This panel will discuss the impact of these new and ongoing requirements on the gaming industry and how operators should effectively and efficiently address the new and on-going requirements.

Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Melchers Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Quirino Mancini, Partner, Tonucci & Partners, Rome, Italy
Jochen Biewer, Managing Director, Chevron Consultants, Obertshausen, Germany
Simon Planzer, Partner, Planzer Law, Zurich, Switzerland
Bob Stocker, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Michigan, U.S.
Corinne Valletta, Head of EU & International Affairs

13.15 - 13.30   Break

13.30 - 14.45   IMGL Masterclass Panel III

European/Global Gaming effects of Brexit

The gaming industry is, as always, a fast-moving arena, with regulatory and legal changes and challenges, as well as new jurisdictions and new products.   This panel will address the new issues that are arising across the globe, especially the effects on global gaming as a result of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Tony Coles, Gordon Dadds, London, U.K.
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority, Copenhagen, Denmark
Susan Breen, Partner, Mishcon de Reya, London, U.K.
Nyreen Llamas, Partner, Hassans International Law Firm, Gibraltar
Sean McGuiness, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

14.45 - 15.00   Break

15.00 - 16.15   IMGL Masterclass Panel IV

Effects of the Election on Gaming in the United States

With the tidal wave of change in the United States, this panel will address the effects of a new President with a gaming background, a Republican controlled government and the changes in state gaming that will come. The panel will expressly look at the future of online gaming, tribal gaming and sports betting as changes in the executive, legislative and judicial branches start to be felt.

J. Kelly Duncan, Jones Walker, Louisiana, U.S.
Marc Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C, Missouri, U.S.
Mike McBride, Chair, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma, U.S.
Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Florida, U.S.
John Maloney, Law Offices of John K. Maloney, California, U.S.

16.15 - 17.30   IMGL Closing Reception

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Please note: Media are not permitted at this event.