27 Oct 2022
WH Partners is hosting once again the SIGMA Europe Regulation & Compliance Conference taking place on 15 November in Malta.
Leading iGaming Experts will share global industry insights. Topics will cover jurisdiction updates (Malta, Germany, Netherlands & UK), tax, player claims disputes, Web3 Play to Earn games, AML compliance and responsible gaming.
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Keynote
James Scicluna, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A WH Partners
09:10 - 09:35 Malta: Retaining its pre-eminent position as the leading global remote gaming hub
Moderator: Olga Finkel, Co-Founder & Partner, WH Partners
Speakers: Carl Brincat, CEO Malta Gaming Authority; Pontus Lindwall President & CEO Betsson AB; Motti Gil, CFO Aspire Global; Enrico Bradamante, Founder & Chairman iGen, Chief Commercial Officer & MD Pariplay; Yanica Sant, Group Senior Legal Counsel William Hill
09:35 - 10:00 Germany & The Netherlands: the hot issues
Moderator: Joerg Hofmann, Senior Partner, Melchers Law
Speakers: Justin Franssen, Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen; Frieder Backu Partner, Witzel Erb Backu & Partner; Yannick Skulski, Salary Partner, Hambach & Hambach; Galina Bineva, Commercial Director OKTO
10:00 - 10:25 iGamingFuture Executive Club The UK Gambling Review: Challenges, but any opportunities? An in-depth discussion exploring iGaming's current and future regulatory landscape
Moderator: Curtis Roach, Head of Content, iGamingFuture
Speakers: Thees Buschmann, Head of Compliance, Red Rhino; Eduards Jakubovs, Head of Responsible Gambling Betsson Group; Matthew Curtis, Head of Responsible Gaming L & L Europe; Andrei Andronic, General Counsel, Playson
10:25 - 10:50 Nearsourcing legal and compliance functions- the challenges of filling gaps and outsourcing projects in a job seekers' market
Moderator: Robert Zammit, Partner, WH Partners
Speakers: Christopher Dalli, CEO, L & L Europe; Roger Tyrzyk, Director Global Gaming, ID Now; Ian Perrygrove, Chief Risk Officer, Kwiff; Kristina Vranjić, Head of Compliance - New markets, Superbet
10:50 - 11:20 Keynote Curacao Finance Minister
11:20 - 11:45 Tax: Jurisdictional Updates
Moderator: Ramona Azzopardi, Partner, WH Partners, Head of Tax
Speakers: Stephen Hignett, Co-Head of Tax, CMS; Cesare Silvani, Partner, Maisto E Associati; Steven Heijting, Manager Indirect Tax, Taxperience; Marinos Marinou, Managing Director MariCorp Cyprus Consultancy
11:45- 12:10 Responsible gaming & sustainable business development practices - can growth and responsibility ever be reconciled?
Moderator: Simon Planzer, Partner Planzer Law
Speakers: Maris Catania, Head of Responsible Gaming and Research, Kindred; Hilary Stewart-Jones, Consultant, Harris Hagan; Dan Iliovici Vice-President ROMBET; Simon Vincze, Sustainable & Safer Gambling Lead Casino Guru
12:10 - 12:35 How to deal with an AML compliance review strategically
Moderator: Rakele Cini, Consultant WH Partners
Speakers: Steve Ketteley, Partner, Wiggin; Franklin Cachia Director – Tax & Regulated Industries CSB; Vlad Karols, Chief Compliance Officer, ZBX; Stefano Filletti, Senior Managing Partner Filletti & Filletti Advocates; Evdokia Pitsillidou, Risk & Compliance Director SALVUS Funds
12:35 - 13:00 Web3 Play to Earn Games. Is it just another crypto FOMO phenomenon or is it a concrete evolution in Gaming?
Moderator: Joseph F Borg, Partner, WH Partners
Speakers: Brandon Debattista, Head of Legal Affair, Malta Gaming Authority; Andreas Glarner, Partner, MME Partners; Tanja Dimitrijevic, Legal Counsel Red Acre; Taylor Freeman, Co-Founder Axon Park
13:00 - 13:25 Player claims galore in Austria and Germany: a miscarriage of justice?
Moderator: Davinia Cutajar, Partner, WH Partners
Speakers: Christian Rapani, Partner, Rapani Law; Christoph Leitgeb, Partner DSC; Nicholas Aquilina, Partner Brandl Talos