28 — 30

NOV 2018

SiGMA - iGaming Summit 2018, Malta

WH Partners is co-hosting the Regulatory Conference at SiGMA 2018, the biggest gaming event in Malta and one of the most important in Europe, on the 28th November, starting at 09:00.

The fifth edition of SiGMA will take place between the 28th and 30th of November at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali. Positioned at the cutting edge of a very competitive industry, it has evolved into the definitive iGaming showcase. SiGMA 2018 will welcome over 400 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 industry-leading speakers and a record-breaking 12500 attendees from over 80 countries – solidifying its reputation as a staple on the global iGaming calendar.

Agenda

09:00 - 09:05 Introduction by Conference Chair:

  • James Scicluna - Co-Managing Partner, WH Partners

09:05 - 09:15 Keynote speech: Under the Magnifying Glass: 4 months of The New Gaming Act

  • Olga Finkel - Co-Managing Partner, WH Partners

09:15 - 10:00 Regulators and Operators – Is Malta’s gaming law meeting, exceeding or failing to meet expectations?

  • Moderator: Olga Finkel - Co-Managing Partner, WH Partners
  • Heathcliff Farrugia, CEO MGA
  • Rebecca Smith, General Counsel William Hill
  • Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO Mr. Green
  • Jesper Svensson, CEO Betsson Group
  • Martin Lycka, Corporate Industrial Affairs Director GVC Group

10:00 – 10:05 Keynote speech Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister: WELCOME TO THE WORLD'S IGAMING VILLAGE

10:05 - 10:35 The next paradigm of innovation - How is the regulation embracing new technologies?

  • Moderator: Joseph F. Borg - Partner, WH Partners
  • Carl Brincat, Deputy General Counsel at Malta Gaming Authority
  • Angelo Dalli, Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Technology Expert, Partner 111 Holdings
  • Alexander Tomic, Co-Founder SlotMillion
  • Aleksandra Fetisova, Project Manager DAO.Casino

10:35 – 11:15: International perspective: towards more emphasis on consumer protection and responsible gambling

  • Moderator: Morten Ronde, Founder and Managing Partner Nordic Gambling
  • Yanica Sant, Senior Legal Counsel & Data Protection Officer
  • Chris Elliott, Solicitor Wiggin
  • Quirino Mancini, Partner Tonnuci & Partners
  • Anna Soilleux-Mills, Of Counsel CMS
  • Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner Asensi

11:15 – 12:00 IMGL Masterclass

  • Moderator: Robert Zammit, Partner WH Partners
  • Joerg Hofmann, Partner Melchers
  • Maria McDonald, Lawyer Nordic Gambling
  • Bartosz Andruszaniec
  • Justin Franssen, Partner Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Andreas Glarner, Legal Partner MME.

12:00 – 12:30: Tax – Gambling tax, VAT and other necessary evils

  • Moderator: Ramona Azzopardi, Tax Partner WH Partners
  • Monika Molnar, Tax Partner MME
  • Frieder Backu, Partner SSW Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller
  • Amandus Jabin, Vice President Global Tax at Betsson Group

12:30 – 13:00 The next big step: Buy, Sell, List, Leverage?

  • Moderator: James Scicluna, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners
  • Jason Fisher, Partner Wiggin
  • Christian Tirabassi, Senior Partner Ficom Leisure
  • Tal Itzhak Ron, Partner Tal Ron Drihem & Co. Law Firm
  • Nicholas Aquilina, Attorney, Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

13:00 – 13:30 What does the future hold for a pan - African regulation?

  • Moderator: John Kamara, Director of Development, Global Gaming Africa
  • Yahaya Maikori, Founder Law Allianz
  • Ivan J. Camilleri, Director Camilmac Services Limited
  • Hans Wolfram Kessler, Kessler Stockhausen Consulting Ltd.

13:30 – 13:40 - Ending keynote: Responsible gambling - sustainability for fully-committed operators

  • Jack Symons, CEO Gamban

The Regulatory Conference kicks off SiGMA '18

The SiGMA '18 kicked off with the highly awaited Regulatory Conference, co-hosted by WH Partners. 

The conference offered invaluable insights into European, U.S. and African international updates. Other topics included responsible gambling, investments, new technologies and gambling tax.

The conference was chaired by James Scicluna, Co-Managing Partner. Olga Finkel, Co-Managing Partner lead the discussion on the new gaming act and tried to find out together with regulators and operations the question whether the act passed test after 4 months since it came into force.  

Joseph Borg, Partner and Head of Gaming Advisory and Blockchain Advisory and Robert Zammit, Partner were also amongst the speakers of the event.

Watch the full conference here.