Morten Ronde (Danish Online Gambling Association)

Morten has 18 years of experience from working in the gambling industry.

His background is in gambling regulation. He started his career in the Danish State Lottery and worked later 12 years as legal counsel for the Danish Gambling Authority. During his time as a regulator he drafted the Danish online gambling reform that allowed for open licensing of betting and online casino operators in Denmark. The Danish gambling model is still considered one of the best gambling regimes in the world and has inspired many countries to adopt similar regulation.

Morten received the ”European Regulator of the Year Award” in 2010 from the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Since 2012 Morten has been working in the private sector of the gambling industry and has been advising clients in all sectors of the industry on regulatory affairs issues. Read more…

Speaking in: IMGL MasterClass™ – US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations (panel discussion)

Jeremy Kleiman(Partner at the New Jersey law firm of Saiber LLC)

Jeremy Kleiman is a partner at the New Jersey law firm of Saiber LLC and a member of the firm’s executive committee.  His law practice focuses on gaming, regulatory and business law, representing casino operators, gaming equipment manufacturers, technology providers and financial institutions involved in the gaming and lottery industries.  He specializes in gaming-related corporate, regulatory, licensing and compliance matters, with an emphasis on the online and mobile gambling and sports betting industries.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Jeremy served as Executive Vice President, Regulatory & Business Affairs for Coastal Development, LLC, a developer, investor and operator in casino resorts and racetracks.  In that role, he was responsible for the company’s legal affairs, government relations and compliance functions, as well as sourcing, negotiating and executing on a number of business transactions.  Jeremy’s background and experience on the business side of the gaming industry uniquely positions him to counsel and advise clients on transactional and regulatory matters while understanding the clients’ business objectives. Read more…

Speaking in: IMGL MasterClass™ – US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations (panel discussion)

Miglena Dimitrova (MDMI Legal)

Miglena Dimitrova is a founding partner in MDMI Legal law firm, heading the gambling law team.  Miglena Dimitrova is an IP and regulatory lawyer and mediator.  Her main areas of practice include IP and regulatory matters, focusing mainly on online media, financial services and gambling.

Miglena has extensive experience in the gambling application procedure before the Bulgarian State Gambling Commission, as well as in all other aspects of gambling legislation, and has advised the largest international gambling operators, associations and platform providers.

She is a regular speaker at national and international gambling conferences. Read more…

Speaking in: Focus on Eastern Europe – Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus (panel discussion)

Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor at WH Partners)

Robert Skalina is a Czech Advocate as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is based in Prague and works in Malta regularly.

He is a financial services and corporate lawyer and provides advice to wide range of investment managers, advisors and funds, including private equity and hedge funds. Robert also regularly advises clients in the gaming/gambling industries and has vast experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions and complex cross border transactions.

Robert has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout EMEA region. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel for the largest retail bank in the Czech Republic.

Robert graduated with an LLM cum laude from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the Charles University in Prague. He provides advice in English, Czech and Slovak. Read more…

Will moderate: Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland

Quirino Mancini (Tonucci & Partners)

Quirino Mancini is the global head of the gaming and gambling practice at Tonucci & Partners (www.tonucci.com), a top-ten Italian general practice firm with offices in Rome, Milan, Brescia, Padua, Florence, Tirana, Bucharest and Belgrad.

Quirino is one of the leading Italian gaming and gambling lawyers with a specialist practice of almost 20 years.  He acts for Italian and foreign-based online and land-based companies operating in the Italian gaming market, advising them on legal, licensing, regulatory, day-to-day compliance and any other operational aspects connected to their activities.  He also runs a bespoke matchmaking and business strategy service to provide clients with a customised type of assistance that includes also introduction and facilitation of dealings with the local regulatory authorities, banks as well as scouting and suitability checks on potential business partners.

Quirino is a regular speaker at most international gaming conferences and sits in the editorial board of various sector reviews and magazines. Read more…

Speaking in: IMGL MasterClass™ – US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations (panel discussion)

Bogdan Coman (Rombet)

With a rich activity in the gambling industry, which he joined once graduation from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bogdan Coman contributes to the good work of the Rombet Association through the experience of planning and organizing activities in the field of gambling. He built national projects, led complex teams, and was responsible for meeting performance indicators in the companies he worked for or collaborated with.

About Rombet – The association of the gambling industry in Romania

Rombet is one of the most representative and active associations of the Romanian gambling industry. Led by Dan Alexandru Ghiță, former manager of the Romanian Lottery, Rombet aims at protecting the interests of its ever growing number of members, who are operators that engage in both landbased and online gambling activities, as well as representing them in front of national and international authorities from this field. Read more…

Will moderate: Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML, Licensing Procedures in the European Union (panel discussion)

Dr. Joerg Hofmann (MELCHERS Law)

Dr. Joerg Hofmann is the group leader of the firm’s Gaming & Betting Law Practice and Immediate Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law networking and educational organization shaping the future of gaming law.

A highly recognized expert in the field, Dr. Hofmann has been consistently ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Gaming & Gambling by Chambers Global since 2011 and is the only German Lawyer listed among “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the category “Gaming Law” by Handelsblatt and BestLawyers in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Dr. Hofmann received the award “Gaming Law – Lawyer of the Year in Germany – 2015” from Global Law Experts. He has also repeatedly been listed in Who’sWhoLegal for sport and entertainment in Germany.

Jörg Hofmann of Melchers has an “unrivalled reputation” and impresses clients with his “careful handling” and “sound advice”(Who’sWhoLegal Germany 2016) Read more…

Will moderate: Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland (panel discussion)

Bartosz Andruszaniec (RM Legal Kancelaria Radców Prawnych)

Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and a member of the District Chamber of Legal Advisers. Specializes in gambling law and provides advisory services to leading international gambling operators. Works in a wide range of cases regarding the gambling sector, provides advisory services within the scope pf regulatory and consumer issues, advertising and promotion law, and conducts administrative and court proceedings. Participates in procedures for the license to organize mutual bets.

Has extensive expertise in transactions covering the participation in the biggest transactions on the Polish market. Gained qualifications working for leading international law firms. Provided advisory services to one of the biggest UK real estate funds in the process of assets sale (including real estate and shopping centers). Conducted transactions of banks merges, sale of shares of a mobile telephony operator, and sale of a cinema network. Acquired practice in current corporate service, law of contracts, and real estate law. Read more…

Speaking in: Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland (panel discussion)

Gábor Helembai (Bird & Bird)

Gábor is an experienced specialist in corporate, commercial and real estate matters, and has an in-depth understanding of the gambling sector
As a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in our Budapest office, Gábor advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries.
Gábor provides regulatory advice and support to clients with (international) restructuring, insolvency and winding-up cases. He also assists clients (including foreign corporations, the Hungarian businesses of multinational companies and medium to large Hungarian companies) on general corporate housekeeping matters, and provides legal assistance to the operation of business associations’ different commercial and real estate matters.
He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters. Read more…

Speaking in: Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland (panel discussion)

Štefan Švec (Playtech)

Štefan Švec is an industry professional with over 10 years experience in the retail and online gaming space. Focusing on Central and Eastern European countries, he has co-created several successful projects as Doxxbet and CardCasino and consulted to local market leaders as Synot or Slovmatic. Started as an operator of Poker cardroom in Slovakia and went from Online product manager, Head of products to Head of Sales, Consultant and Managing Director. A year ago he has joined Playtech, the world biggest supplier of gaming products and services, where he leads the sales efforts in Eastern and Central Europe included CIS. He is mostly responsible to develop new Tier1 opportunities, to establish new business prospects and investments possibilities across the region. Read more…

Speaking in: Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland (panel discussion)

Alexanda Henderson (Anti-Money Laundering Global Solutions Ltd)

Alex specialises in preventing money laundering in its varying forms and has a very unique insight that is hard to find.

Alex Henderson is currently a leading consultant for gambling operators across Europe. Having most recently worked as the head of AML in one of the UKs leading casinos and delivered training and consultancy to a huge number of gambling operators Alex has a wealth of experience. Alex has worked for the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of the AML expert witness team and has been involved in multiple high end money laundering investigations. As well as having worked for several years as part of the NCA’s AML expert witness team, Alex spent much of his NCA career working as part of the covert operations unit (Undercover operations) portraying many different roles.

This unique insight into the mind of a criminal allows financial institutions to see the vulnerabilities and risks from a new angle. Alex advises a large number of organisations with regards to their AML and Social Responsibility compliance programmes and has lectured extensively in the UK and across Europe. Read more…

Speaking in: Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML, Licensing Procedures in the European Union (panel discussion)

Jaka Repansek (Republis)

LL.B, MBA, Founder and Managing Partner of RePublis d.o.o.

Jaka has worked for various TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment) companies since 1996. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on gaming and media law in Slovenia. After graduating from Greenwood High School (Springfield, Missouri, USA) in 1992, Jaka graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

He gained his graduate degree from Cambridge University in England and Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Diploma in European Community Law) and completed two-year MBA graduate studies at the University of Kansas in USA. Jaka is an active member of IMGL (Slovenia) and a member of several other domestic and international organizations and is active also as lecturer in various seminars and conferences. Read more…

Speaking in: IMGL MasterClass™ – US Market – Gold Rush or Opposite for European Operations (panel discussion)

Jan Rehola (PS Legal)

Jan Řehola has over 7 years of experiences in gambling field, both from the public and private sector. He is a master of Law from the Charles University in Prague.

Jan has been working for 4 years for the Ministry of Finance – Czech Gambling regulator, firstly as a Head of the Legal Unit and later as a Director of Gambling Department. In his work for the Czech Gambling regulator Jan was responsible for all gambling policy issues, including drafting of new legislation, issuing of gambling licences and cooperation with other European regulators as a member of European Commission Expert Group on Online Gambling.

Due to his background, he is well versed in all aspects of gambling operations.

PS Legal is Prague based law firm specialized in providing legal services to all sectors of the gaming industry. PS Legal has rich experience in gambling field and provide professional and high quality legal and compliance consultancy to key players on Czech gambling market. Read more…

Speaking in: Focus on Central Europe – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland (panel discussion)

Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg is currently a Senior Advisor to WH Partners and mainly provides advice to the Gaming, ICT, Real Estate and Financial Services industries.

Before joining WH Partners, Joseph was the Chief Regulatory Officer at the Malta Gaming Authority (formerly the Lotteries and Gaming Authority, Malta). He was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012. Joseph first joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director, Legal and Enforcement and occupied this post for almost four years. Prior to that, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years. Read more…

Will moderate: Innovation Talks – Evolution of technology vs Gambling Regulators (panel discussion)

Joakim Renman

Commercial Director at Scout Gaming Group. 10+ years hands-on experience going from B2C Poker to B2B casino and betting.  Been focused primarily on Commercial, Product and Regulatory development. Natural positive outlook on the future, technology and in particular passionate about understanding market movements.

 

About Scout Gaming Group
Scout Gaming Group is a licensed and regulated developer, operator and provider of Fantasy Sports & Pooled Betting. The company offers a flexible and customizable network-based Fantasy Sports solution with support for most sports and leagues through an in-house StatCenter which also provides real-time information to players. The Group has approximately 60 staff and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with development and operations in Bergen, Norway and Lviv, Ukraine. Sales, marketing, support and product management is handled from the office in Malta. Read more…

Speaking in: Innovation Talks – Evolution of technology vs Gambling Regulators (panel discussion)

Tomas Draksas

Tomas Draksas is the Co-founder of Edgeless, Professional Poker Player & Gambler.
In 2008 – 2013, online poker was on the rise and a lot of new players were jumping into the game. At that time, Tomas decided to study the math of probability and poker. Later on, his direction changed to investing, cryptocurrency and digital marketing. He is the CEO of a conversion rate design company (Convi Design) which provides solutions to start-ups in the field of conversion rates and sales funnels. Additionally, he is investing into other start-ups. Right now Tomas is a Co-founder of Edgeless.io first fully transparent decentralised Ethereum casino.. Read more…

Speaking in: Innovation Talks – Evolution of technology vs Gambling Regulators (panel discussion)