WH Partners participated at the Summit of iGaming, Malta (SiGMA), which was held recently, by having two of its partners speaking on and moderating panels.

Olga Finkel was a speaker on the panel entitled “Security and payments risks of a gaming operation and the available solutions“.  The panel discussed the possible solutions available to protect business from the financial implications of cyber terrorism, data breaches and system corruption.  Other members of the panel were Mark Kenigsberg from Jamworx (moderator), Matt Helm from CFC Underwriting and Michael Darmanin from Melita plc.

James Scicluna was moderator on a number of panels in relation to the industry’s regulatory update:

Staying afloat in turbulent times:remote gaming in Malta“. The panel discussed the opportunities and challenges that the gaming ecosystem is facing and whether the Maltese government and the private sector are doing their part in addressing these trends. Members of the panel were the Malta Gaming Authority’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri, George Debrincat from the Malta Remote Gaming Council, Anton Cristina from CSL Data Centre Services and Lina Sennevall from the Gambling Compliance.

Newly regulated markets on the horizon“.  This panel addressed the increasing number of jurisdictions that have chosen to open their markets to licensed operators, together with regulatory insights on markets that are due to be regulated soon. Members of the panel were Justin Franssen from Kalff Katz & Franssen, Simon Planzer from Planzer Law and Santiago Asensi from Asensi and Steve Donoghue, a freelance consultant.

Match fixing: a common threat for remote betting operators, sports organisers and law enforcement agencies“.  This panel tackled issues on high-risk betting and the criminilisation of match-fixing across the EU as well as the introduction of mandatory reporting requirements on officials of sports organisations and betting operators in suspicious activity.  Also on the panel were Corinne Gatt from the Malta Gaming Authority, Chris Bonett from the Malta Football Association and Nicholas Aquilina from Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte.

Compliance challenges in the current regulatory environment across Europe and beyond“.  The panel included Alexia Smilovic from NetEnt, Trevor Degiorgio from Greentube, Wendy Zitzman from the iGaming Academy and Martin Britton from GLI Europe & Africa.  Discussions were about the future of online gaming and its regulation across Europe as well as the importance of agreements between the various jurisdictions on common standards and what action industry associations are taking to achieve this.  Industry and regulatory affairs beyond Europe were also discussed.