WH Partners to host the Regulation & Compliance Conference during SiGMA '19

NEWS

20 Nov 2019

WH Partners is hosting for the second year in a row the Regulation & Compliance Conference during SiGMA. 

The conference will provide regulatory global insights, from Africa to LatAm to the UK and Germany and will take place on the 27th November. Topics include Malta Gaming Act, traditional and new forms of fundraising,  auditing and compliance, taxation updates, enforcement, US, Brazil, African and European regulatory updates and responsible gambling. 

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. 

Full agenda can be found below:

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.