27 — 29

NOV 2019

SiGMA 2019: Regulation & Compliance Conference, Malta

WH Partners is hosting the Regulation & Compliance conference at SiGMA '19. 

The conference is set to open the summit and will take place on the 27th November. 

Increasing in size, scope, and success over the last 5 years, SiGMA’19 will be the busiest show yet, expecting 12,500 delegates  from 80+ countries. The 6th edition of SiGMA will take place between the 27th to 29th November in Malta. Positioned at the cutting edge of a very competitive industry, the summit has evolved into the definitive iGaming showcase, operating on both a European and world stage.

Agenda

9:00-9:05: INAUGURATION AND WELCOMING REMARKS

Speaker: James Scicluna, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners

 

9:05-9:35: 360 DAYS LATER: THE MALTA GAMING ACT

Malta has long been a beacon for iGaming. Let's analyse the results, regrets and targets following the ratification of the Malta gaming act.

Moderator: Olga Finkel, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Healthcliff Farrugia, CEO Malta Gaming Authority; Jesper Svensson, CEO

Betsson Group; Bo Wänghammar, Director Stars Group

 

9:35-9:50: AFRICAN MARKETS, REMITTANCES AND MONEY

The emerging African market poses both risks and rewards amidst an ever-changing financial landscape. Let's hear it from the experts.

Speakers: Babatunde Ibidapo-Obe, Partner Akin Ibidapo-Obe & Co; Dr. Hans Wolfram Kessler, RGOAL

 

9:50-10:00: BRAZIL UPDATE: WHAT'S NEXT ON THE LATAM HORIZON?

Brazil's online gaming market is estimated to generate over $2.1 billion per annum. Let's find out how they do it.

Speaker: Eduardo Carlezzo, Partner Carlezzo Advogados

 

10:00-10:10: WELCOME TO THE WORLD'S IGAMING VILLAGE

Speaker: Hon Chris Fearne

 

10:10-10:20: NEXT STEPS: PITFALLS TO AVOID, OPPORTUNITIES TO EMBRACE

Speaker: Hon. Silvio Schembri, Government of Malta

 

10:20-10:50: WHEN TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION: BRINGING NEW FORMS OF FUNDRAISING INTO THE LIMELIGHT

What does capital formation look like in today's markets and how can regulation help to protect everyday investors?

Moderator: Olga Finkel, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Andreas Glarner, Partner MME, Susan Breen Partner Mishcon de Reya; David McLeish Partner Wiggin; Motti Gil, CFO Aspire Global

10:50-11:20: REGULATORY UPDATE: AUDITING AND COMPLIANCE TESTING

It's time for a bird's-eye view of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into today's igaming businesses.

Moderator: Robert Zammit, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Antonio Zanghi, Managing Director Maxima Compliance; Stephen Ketteley, Partner Wiggin; Simon Planzer Partner Planzer Law; Giles Schembri, Partner KPMG

 

11:20-11:30: US OPERATIONS: STREAMLINING COMPLEXITY IN THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MARKET

What is the world's largest market doing to streamline gambling oversight processes? Let's dig in.

Speaker: Sue Schneider

 

11:30-12:00: KEEPING UP WITH TAXATION: TRANSACTION IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY

The digital economy has brought with it challenges and opportunities for traditional tax models. Time to dig in.

Moderator: Ramona Azzopardi, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Frieder Backu, Partner SSW - Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller; Albert Agustinoy, Partner Cuatrecasas; Ruben Van Aarle, Partner Taxperience; Eliška Komínková Tax Advisor Baker McKenzie Prague

 

12:00-12:30: RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING: SUSTAINABILITY FOR COMMITTED OPERATORS

Responsible gambling and adequate player support systems is a major priority for committed operators. Let's find out the latest on this front.

Moderator: Maris Bonello, Head of Responsible Gaming and Research Kindred

Speakers: Cosmina Simion, Partner Simion & Baciu; Jason Chess, Partner Wiggin; Yanica Sant Senior Legal Counsel Malta Gaming Authority; Maciej Kasprzak, Director of online gaming department Totalizator Sportowy (Polish National Lottery)

 

12:30-13:00: IMGL MASTERCLASS: A EUROPEAN REGULATORY UPDATE

Moderator: Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Partner Melchers

Speakers: Andrew Cotton, INCE; Justin Franssen, Partner Kalff Katz & Franssen; Quirino Mancini, Solicitor - Director of Betting & Gaming Ince Gordon Dadds LLP; Tonucci & Partners; Maria McDonald, Partner Nordic Gambling

 

13:00-13:30: OVERZEALOUS ENFORCEMENT? CHALLENGING TODAY'S HARD-LINE NARRATIVE

Over-regulation kills innovation and stifles the free exchange of ideas and information. The question is: where is the right balance to be found in today's various jurisdictions?

Moderator: Joseph Borg, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Carl Brincat, Chief Legal Counsel Malta Gaming Authority; Nicholas Aquilina, Partner Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH; Ewa Lejman, Head of Polish Desk WH Partners; Santiago Asensi, Partner Asensi Abogados; Nick Nocton, Partner Mishcon de Reya

 

13:30-13:50: TACKLING CYBERCRIME IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Every generation faces new opportunities challenges across a multiplicity of evolving industries. Let's talk cybercrime in the digital age.

Moderator: Tal Itzhak Ron, Partners Tal Ron Drihem & Co.

Speakers: John Marsden, Sales Director Iovation Inc; Nigel Webb, Senior Managing Director FTI Consulting ; Alexander Suhobokov, Head of Fintech Dukascopy Bank

 

13:50-14:00: CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker: James Scicluna, Co-Managing Partner

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The 6th edition of SiGMA will take place between the 27th to 29th November in Malta. 

Click here for details about the 2018 Regulatory conference.