Morten Ronde

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

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)

Georgi Dimitrov

Georgi Dimitrov is a legal counsel at EGT Interactive Ltd., with a focus on legal, regulatory and technical compliance matters related to the iGaming industry. He specializes in international gambling regulation and provides guidance on licensing and certification frameworks, policy drafting, and compliance processes. His line of work involves communication with focal stakeholders in the business such as testing labs, regulators and operators. He has background in company structuring, M&A, business and corporate development and extensive expertise in competition law. As a lawyer he has advised the Bulgarian operations of large-scale corporate clients, and public authorities.Read more…

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

Dr. Robert Skalina

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

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)

Dan Iliovici

Dan Iliovici is Vice President of ROMBET – Romanian Gambling Organizers’ Association, one of the most important association of the industry.

With a rich experience in the gambling industry, former President of the Romanian gambling regulator – The National Gambling Office, Dan Iliovici is one of the personalities who contributed the most to industry’s professionalization. Along the years, he was involved in the Romanian market transformation into a consolidated and transparent industry, with a strong focus on responsible gambling. Read more…

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

Dr. Joerg Hofmann

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

Bartosz Andruszaniec

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

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

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)

Ray Wilson

Ray specialises in assisting regulated sector businesses prevent money laundering and financial crime in its varying forms and has a very unique insight that is hard to find.

Ray worked for various Law Enforcement Agencies for over a decade and has been involved in multiple high end money laundering investigations. As well as having worked for several years as part of the United Kingdom’s Financial Intelligence Unit as a Financial Investigator, Ray spent much of his career working as part of the covert operations unit portraying many different roles, including the role of a high end money launderer. Read more…

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

Jaka Repansek

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

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)

Dr. Joseph F. 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. Read more…

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

Bahar Alaeddini

Bahar Alaeddini is a Partner at Harris Hagan and specialises in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law. She advises major B2C and B2B operators, start-up operators, investors and financial institutions. Bahar advises clients on licence applications, investor due diligence, compliance issues, Gambling Commission requirements and investigations, voluntary settlements and Panel reviews.

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

Jack Symons

Jack is the founder and CEO of gamban®. Formed as a result of his own experience with problem gambling and his dissatisfaction with existing self-exclusion options, Jack brought the most affordable, effective and lightweight gambling-blocking software to the market. The aim is help individuals stop gambling and organisations (businesses, operators and education institutions) improve sustainability. Read more…

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

Joe Ewens

Joe Ewens is the Managing Editor of GamblingCompliance, where he oversees the company’s daily output of news and analysis on the global gambling market and its constantly shifting regulatory challenges.

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Will moderate: Focus on Eastern Europe – Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus (panel discussion)

Andrew Cochrane

Andrew Cochrane has nearly two decades’ experience in the retail gaming, igaming and sports betting sectors, proven expertise in managing top-tier omnichannel operators in regulated markets, and a track record of dealing with key customers across a number of industries. He is currently leading SBTech’s ongoing international expansion, spearheading the group’s entry into the US market. Read more…

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

Francesco Baranca

Francesco Baranca (Chairman of Committee on Ethics and Fair Play of Football Federation of Ukraine)

Secretary General, FederBet (Austria & Belgium)Francesco Baranca is an expert in detecting fixed matches, who has revealed hundreds of matches featuring unfair players and teams over the years of his work.

Francesco is an Italian national who is the Secretary General of FederBet, an anti match-fixing organization based in Brussels. Read more…

Speaking in: Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML and Match-fixing (panel discussion)

Adriaan Brink

Adriaan Brink has been a pioneer in the online gaming industry, starting the world’s first real money gambling site in 1995. His career has touched on all aspects of gambling, including lottery, casino, mah-jong, sports betting and also payment processing . Now CEO and founder of BetterBetting, he leads a blockchain concept which takes advantage of the distributed technologies offered by crypto currencies to introduce a true peer-to-peer crypto currency for betting – the BETR token. Read more…

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

Cosmina Simion

Cosmina Simion co-heads the Gaming and Consumer Protection & Advertising practices of NNDKP, a preeminent business law firm in Romania. In addition to the gambling industry, her practice focuses on IP/IT, media & entertainment and online industries, having acquired a strong expertise in these fields in her 19 years of professional activity. In the gaming field, her experience encompasses the full range of regulatory and operational gaming aspects, assisting betting and gaming operators, software & platform suppliers, financial services providers, auditors & certifiers, industry relevant associations or marketing affiliates.  Read more…

 

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

Mihnea Paul Popescu-Grisogono (Founder at Casino Life & Business Magazine) - E-mail: mihnea.popescu@topengineering.ro

Founder and the President of Casino Life & Business Magazine, the first and the most popular gambling magazine in Romania.
The magazine was two times nominated as “The Best Offline Gambling Magazine” in the world at the International Gaming Awards in London, UK and its Facebook profile has more than 12000 fans. Casino Life & Business Magazine is a media partner to the most important gaming trade fairs in the world including ICE – London, UK or G2E – Las Vegas, USA. Read more…

 

Will moderate: Innovation Talks – Use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (panel discussion)

Sebastian Meitz

Sebastian Meitz, co-founder and Managing Partner at Gaming 5.0, inspires gaming companies to get their head around the fourth industrial revolution.

Buzzwords like “crypto”, “blockchain” and “AI” are being thrown around, but what, if any, is their impact on the gaming industry? While focusing on emerging technologies, Sebastian convinces organizations not to lose sight of the most critical part of their business – customers, their behavior, and expectations. With over 12 years of professional experience in leadership roles, mostly within gaming and management consulting, Sebastian works hand in hand with C-level executives and their teams on growth strategies, innovation efforts, and business processes helping their companies strive.

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Speaking in: Innovation Talks – Use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in gambling (panel discussion)

Domenico Mazzola

Domenico Mazzola is Commercial Director of Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider based in Malta. Altenar works collaboratively with licensed operators, combining proven stability with a flexible and personalised service to offer clients the highest quality online sportsbook solutions.

With a strong background in sales strategy and software development combined with rich experience working across international and European markets, Domenico is an expert in developing successful commercial strategies and establishing and maintaining long-term business relationships. Read more…

 

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

Nikos Roumnakis

Nikos Roumnakis is a highly motivated, C level executive with extensive domestic and global experience in online gaming, casino and VLTs market. Moreover, he specializes in gambling law, compliance, e-commerce, product/brand marketing and development and he has been involved in nationally regulated gaming markets acquiring valuable hands-on experience in regulatory compliance for on-line sports betting, gaming and lottery. Read more…

 

Speaking in: Horus Session – Responsible Gambling, AML and Match-fixing (panel discussion)

Jens Bader

Jens Bader – Co-Founder, MuchBetter/MIR Limited

Jens has a rich management background with more than 20 years of experience in the Online and Mobile Payments industry. A seasoned commercial leader, Jens recently co-founded MIR Limited, an FCA-licensed FINTECH group that develops and operates second-generation electronic money services servicing on- and offline merchants. At MIR he designs and oversees the commercial strategy of the Group. Previously he was Chief Commercial Officer of Secure Trading Group, a leading European Payment Service Provider and Card Acquirer. Read more…

 

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

Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay

Online gaming executive with 5+ years’ experience in delivering innovative betting products powered by UltraPlay. Contributing to UltraPlay’s firm positioning on the global gaming market as the leading eSports betting platform and data provider. Read more…

 

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

Kirill Laptev

Kirill Laptev is a Senior Associate and the Head of Communications, Media & Technology (CMT) Sector Group at Sorainen in Belarus. Sorainen is a top-tier Baltic and Belarus law form being recognised as European Law Firm of the Year by The Lawyer in 2016. Read more…

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

Michiel van der Burgh

Michiel van der Burgh is Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region at Acapture and Payvision with over 10 years of experience in the payments industry. In his role, Michiel contributes to the group’s business development strategy and oversees its implementation for the different verticals such as gambling. In the past five years, Michiel focused on the gambling industry, accruing the fundamental knowledge that enables him to truly understand merchants’ needs and regulatory challenges. And so, together with his team, they deliver customized solutions for merchants to grow their business globally. They support gambling operators to offer players a seamless payments experience, ultimately aiming to increase their revenue. Read more…

Speaking in: Innovation Talks – Use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in gambling and payments (panel discussion)