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.
09:15 - 09:25 Welcome Keynote "Are critical mass and vertical integration now the receipt for success in the remote gaming industry?"
James Scicluna, Managing Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A WH Partners
09:25 - 09:50 Malta: Retaining its pre-eminent position as the leading global remote gaming hub
Moderator: Olga Finkel, Partner, WH Partners
Speakers: Carl Brincat, CEO Malta Gaming Authority; Pontus Lindwall President & CEO Betsson AB; Motti Gil, CFO Aspire Global
09:50 - 10:15 Germany & The Netherlands: the hot issues
Moderator: Joerg Hoffman, Partner, Melchers Law
Speakers: Justin Franssen, Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen; Frieder Backu Partner, Witzel Erb Backu & Partner; Yannick Skulski, Senior Associate, Hambach & Hambach
10:15 - 10:40 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
10:40 - 11:05 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
11:05 - 11:15 Keynote Curacao Finance Minister
11:15 - 11:40 Tax: Jurisdiction Updates
Moderator: Ramona Azzopardi, Partner, WH Partners, Head of Tax
Speakers: Stephen Hignett, Co-Head of Tax, CMS; Silvani Cesare, Partner, Maisto E Associati; Steven Heijting, Manager Indirect Tax, Taxperience; Marinos Marinou, Maricorp
11:40- 12:05 Responsible gaming & sustainable business development practices - can growth and responsibility ever be reconciled?
Moderator: Pedro Romero
Speakers: Maris Catania, Head of Responsible Gaming and Research, Kindred; Hilary Stewart-Jones, Partner, Harris Hagan
12:05 - 12:25 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
12:25 - 12:50 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; Mario Fiorini, IGA Group; Claudio Reiffeiser, CEO and Founder, Claster; Evdokia Pitsillidou, Risk & Compliance Director SALVUS Funds
12:50 - 13:15 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