NOV 2021

SIGMA 2021 Regulation & Compliance Conference

WH Partners is hosting the Regulation & Compliance Conference at SIGMA Europe 2021. The conference will be followed by the IMGL Masterclass supported by WH Partners. The events will take place on 16 November 2021. 

WH Partners team members will be at stand B101 during SIGMA Europe 2021.

SIGMA Europe 2021 Regulation & Compliance Conference hosted by WH Partners

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome speech

James Scicluna, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners

09:05 – 09:30 Malta 2022 and ahead

Moderator: Olga Finkel, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Carl Brincat, CEO Malta Gaming Authority; Pontus Lindwall, President/CEO Betsson AB; Christian Sammut, CEO BMIT; Henric Andersson, CEO and Co-founder SuprNation; Enrico Bradamante, Chairman iGEN

09:30 – 09:55 Market consolidation: Is there any room left for start-ups and a mid-market?

Moderator: James Scicluna, Co-Managing Partner WH Partners

Speakers: David McLeish, Partner Wiggin; Gil White, Managing Partner HFN; Nicholas Aquilina, Partner Brandl Talos; Johan Styren, CEO Dilanti Media

09:55 – 10:20 Regulatory update (I) Germany & Netherlands

Moderator: Joerg Hofmann, Senior Partner Melchers Law

Speakers: Frieder Backu, Partner, Witzel Erb Backu & Partner; Robert Lenzhofer, CEO & Co-Founder Hölle Games; Roger Tyrzyk, Country Manager IDnow

10:20 – 10:45 Player claims for losses on the increase: What steps can operators take to minimise exposure?

Moderator: Davinia Cutajar, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Christian Rapani, Partner Rapani Law; Matthias Spitz Senior Partner Melchers Law; Claus Hambach, Partner Hambach & Hambach; Peter Higgins, Commercial Mediator Peter Higgins Mediation

10:45 – 11:10 Gaming & Tax: Tax aspects of M&A in the online gaming industry

Moderator: Ramona Azzopardi, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Daniel Lipman, Partner HFN; Eduardo Gracia, Head of Tax EMEA & US Ashurst; Motti Gil, CFO Aspire Global; Levgenia Derbal, Chief Legal Officer Parimatch

11:10 - 11:20 Keynote Speech Minister for Economy and Industry Malta

11:20 – 11:45 Regulatory update (II) UK & Sweden

Moderator: Nick Nocton, Partner Mishcon de Reya

Speakers: David Zeffman, Partner CMS UK; Henrik Norsk Hoffmann, Partner Nordic Gambling

11:45 – 12:10 Payments: Payment method innovation in the gaming industry

Moderator: Joseph F. Borg, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Elton Dimech, Managing Director Moneybite; Andreas Glarner, Partner MME; Erika Federis, Associate CMS UK; Luiz Felipe Maia, Founding Partner FYMSA

12:10 – 12:35 Regulatory & technical compliance: Can outsourcing play a role in optimising compliance processes?

Moderator: Robert Zammit, Partner WH Partners

Speakers: Rakele Cini, Consultant WH Partners; Antonio Zanghi, CEO Maxima Compliance; Alexander Tomic, CEO Alea; André Wilsenach, Consultant Regulatory Compliance

12:35 – 13:00 Data Protection & Online Gambling: What are the challenges?

Moderator: Patrick Massa, Senior Associate WH Partners

Speakers: Ian Deguara, Information and Data Protection Commissioner for Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner Malta; Yanica Sant, General Counsel Malta Gaming Authority; Adriana Minovic, Head of Data Privacy Betsson; Gordon Grech, Co-Founder

13:00 - 13:05: Closing speech, James Scicluna

IMGL Masterclass supported by WH Partners

13:05 – 13:10 Welcome speech, Marc Ellinger President IMGL

13:10 – 13:45 From player protection to advertising - is responsibility the new keyword for a successful long-term gambling business?

Moderator: Chris Elliott, Senior Associate Wiggin

Speakers: Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner Asensi Abogados; Francesco Rodano, Chief Policy Officer Playtech; Simon Planzer, Partner Planzer Law; Kevin ONeill, General Manager Responsible Gaming Foundation

13:45 – 14:20 Advertising: can regulation save the affiliate industry, or will it kill it?

Moderator: Quirino Mancini, Partner Tonucci

Speakers: Susan Breen, Partner Mishcon de Reya; Jason Chess, Partner Wiggin;

Luis Carvalho, Senior Legal Counsel Clever Advertising

14:20 - 14:55 Regulatory update (III) US & Canada

Moderator: Marc Ellinger, President IMGL

Speakers: Jeremy Kleiman, Attorney Saiber LLC; Susan Hensel, Co-Founder Hensel Grad P.C; Ron Segev, Founding Partner Segev LLP; Paul Burns, President & CEO Canadian Gaming Association

14:55 - 15:00 Closing Speech, Marc Ellinger President IMGL