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Speakers 2019

Jeremy Kleiman

Jeremy Kleiman

Partner at the New Jersey law firm of Saiber LLC

Jeremy Kleiman focuses his practice on gaming, regulatory and business law, representing casino operators, gaming equipment suppliers, 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 gaming industry.

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.

Jeremy had previously been a member of the Firm and head of its Gaming Law Practice Group prior to his time at Coastal Development.  He advised financial institutions, gaming equipment manufacturers, lottery providers, and casino operators on all matters related to licensing, compliance and other regulatory matters.

Jeremy is a co-founder and director of iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA), an industry association seeking to grow jobs and expand online interactive entertainment business in the United States through advocacy and education.

Jeremy serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, is a past Chair of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is a frequent panelist at gaming industry conferences.

Dr. Alan Littler

Dr. Alan Littler

Gaming Lawyer at Kalff Katz & Franssen

The focus of Alan’s work is for remote gambling operators and adjacent activities, such as social gaming, in the Netherlands. He also advises those providing services to the sector, e.g. payment services providers, as well as covering developments in the lottery market.

Alan has a strong academic background in European law, holding an LL.M. (cum laude) in European Community Law from Leiden University, and moreover having been awarded his Ph.D. from Tilburg University for research on the regulation of gambling and EU law. His research was published under the title Member States versus the European Union: The Regulation of Gambling by Martinus Nijhoff in 2011.

In keeping with his academic background, Alan contributes to both academic conferences and publications, as well as industry outlets. He regularly contributes to publications such as European Gaming Lawyer, has authored the chapter about the Netherlands in Thomson Reuter’s Global Gaming Guide as well as penning the “Legal and Regulatory Update” for Gaming in Holland. He co-organised a one-day conference entitled Regulating Online Gambling in the EU – Recommendation 2014/478/EU on Player Protection – Where Do We Go From Here?, with the Centre for Commercial Legal Studies, Queen Mary University of London, hosted in Paris in November 2014. In addition to lecturing on the topic at QMUL, as of 2016, he convenes the module on the regulation of online gambling in QMUL’s LLM in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning. He was also part of the QMUL team which researched and compiled the 2019 Report Evaluation of regulatory tools for enforcing online gambling rules and channeling demand towards controlled offers for the European Commission.

Alan is an Extramural Fellow of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.

Georgi Dimitrov

Georgi Dimitrov

Legal Counsel / Compliance at EGT Interactive

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.

Vasilije Lekovic

Vasilije Lekovic

Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly

Vasilije is a payments expert with significant experience in business development, B2B sales and account management in fin-tech (payments), online gaming and gambling industries, as well as extensive language skills (fluent in English, Greek, Russian and Serbian).

Jaka Repanšek

Jaka Repanšek

Media and Gaming Expert

Jaka has worked for various TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment) companies since 1996. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on gaming, media and digital law in Slovenia. Jaka graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and 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 the USA. Jaka is an active member of IMGL (Slovenia) and a member of several other domestic and international organizations and is active also as a lecturer in various seminars and conferences.

Jan Řehola

Jan Řehola

Director at IFGR and Partner at PS Legal

Jan Řehola has over eight years of experience in the gambling field, both from the public and private sector.

He holds a Master’s of Law from Charles University in Prague.  Jan worked for four years for the Ministry of Finance – the 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 the drafting of new legislation, the issuing of gambling licenses and cooperation with other European regulators as a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Online Gambling.

After leaving the Ministry of Finance in 2014, Jan became a member of Petroš Sedláčková Legal and co-founder of the consultancy company BetOnSkill Consulting, a full-service international gaming consultancy.

Jan is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and its special section “Czech Chamber of Lottery Industries”.

More about the Institute for Gambling Regulation (IFGR)

The platform brings together the majority of legal gambling operators in the Czech Republic, testing laboratories and game systems and games manufacturers. It currently has 31 members, including 4 partner associations, through which other operators are members. The most important Czech operators and manufacturers such as Tipsport, Fortuna, E-gamming, Kajot, Apollo, as well as foreign manufacturers and testing laboratories such as Microgaming, GLI, and BMM are among its members today.

The primary objective of the IFGR is to participate in the conceptual development of gambling operation in the Czech Republic and to become a respected partner of a regulator and other public authorities that are active in the field of gambling for expert discussion during the creation of regulation. The Deputy Finance Minister, responsible for gambling regulation, took part in the IFGR’s founding meeting and endorsed this idea.

The main means of achieving this goal will be not only participation in planned regular meetings with a regulator’s representatives, but also the IFGR’s participation during the development of gambling legislation, interpretative statement, methodologies, standards, and preparation of analyses and studies on the assessment of impacts of gambling regulation.

IFGR has been given the status of a comment place of relevant ministries and authorities in the process of drafting new legislation in this field.

Any gambling operation license holder in the Czech Republic, a testing laboratory with authorization for expert assessment from the Ministry of Finance and game systems and games manufacturer can become a member.

The platform is divided into five sections according to its focus, namely Lotteries, Fixed-odds Betting, Technical and Live Game, Authorized Persons, and Game Systems Manufacturers.

The sections are headed by their managers, most of whom are former officials of a Czech regulator. The Director of the IFGR is Jan Řehola, former director of the Gambling Regulation Division, the managers of the sections are Václav Ulrich, former deputy head of the Licensing Procedure, and Petra Razím Ďurovičová, former head of the Administrative Procedure Department.

IFGR has an established website (www.iprh.cz). The advantage of membership is, among other things, the private part of the website, where members can find materials on the issues currently addressed, the Newsletter, summarizing information on the statements published by the Ministry of Finance and by the Customs Administration, FAQs, minutes of meetings and other material.

Members can also use the current very popular method of training, that is webinars, on topics currently addressed.

IFGR organizes quarterly meetings of the individual sections to discuss current gambling issues. In addition, they plan to organize an expert conference in June this year, where representatives of public authorities and experts in the field of gambling will speak

Luka Popović

Luka Popović

Partner at BDK Advokati

Luka is a partner in the leading regional law firm BDK Advokati (with offices in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina). He is a member of the Montenegrin Bar Association and was on the list of arbitrators of the Arbitration Board for the Resolution of Consumer Disputes at the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro.

Luka has been managing BDK Advokati’s Montenegrin operations since 2013. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s Montenegrin work, and maintains special industry focus on gaming and hospitality. Luka is the head of the firm’s gaming practice.

IFLR1000 recognizes Luka as a highly regarded lawyer, Legal 500 regards him as a leading individual in the legal market, and Chambers & Partners ranks him as a top-tier lawyer in Montenegro.

Gábor Helembai

Gábor Helembai

Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Budapest

Gábor is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial teams in the Budapest office of Bird & Bird. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, and slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters.

Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector.

Andrei Andronic

Andrei Andronic

Legal and Compliance Specialist at Playson

Warranted Lawyer, member of National Association of the Romanian Bars since 2009, holder of a Master degree in European Law, with a strong appetite for Compliance and Corporate Law.

Approved and PQ’ed by Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and holder of a Personal Management License granted by UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

Recognized compliance specialist upon completion of Global Financial Compliance developed by Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (UK) & Institute of Financial Services (Malta) and Maltese Financial Regulation developed by Institute of Financial Services (Malta) in collaboration with MFSA.

Former professional rugby player with international experience, currently involved in rugby as an amateur coach and player.

Dan Iliovici

Dan Iliovici

Vice President at Rombet

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.

Domenico Mazzola

Domenico Mazzola

Commercial Director at Altenar

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.

Domenico previously held the position of Head of Sales at iGamingPlatform.com, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve and maximise sales targets, solidifying the company’s reputation as a leading gaming solutions provider. Prior to this, Domenico worked as Account Manager at World Match Ltd, spearheading the company’s successful long and short-term sales strategies. Domenico’s professional background also includes over eight years working as a software developer, honing his technical expertise.

A highly recognised industry figure, Domenico’s in-depth experience in both the business and technical side of the gaming industry places him in the unique position of being able to advise clients on all aspects of their gambling operations, taking into account their wider business objectives.

Zlatan Omerspahić

Zlatan Omerspahić

Data Protection Officer at NSoft Company

Zlatan Omerspahić has a Ph.D. in Commercial law, Corporate governance, Contract law, Regulatory issues and is currently serving the role of Data Protection Officer at NSoft.

He has graduated the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica and has held several compliance-related roles at Sberbank and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank.

He is responsible, loyal, dedicated and eager to learn about innovative things.

Just recently, Zlatan has been shortlisted at the Global Regulatory Awards 2019 in the category: Data Protection Officer or Team of the year.

Tiago Aprigio

Tiago Aprigio

CEO at All-in Translations

Tiago Aprigio is the CEO at All-in Translations and feels motivated by exposing himself to different environments as well as constantly learning from different realities and people.

Worked in Sales, Marketing and Operations Management in distinct lines of business over the past 17 years. These industries include Aviation, Outsourcing of contact centers, back office and airline representation functions, Localization, iGaming, Marketing and Multimedia.

Tiago has a proven track of solid results in his functions and a soft spot for start up businesses. Questioning the “whats and hows” is vital for any business success.

Stav Zilbershtein

Stav Zilbershtein

Co-Founder & CEO at Hyperion Tech

An industry leader in development outsourcing for the blockchain and financial services sectors. A serial entrepreneur in the online industry for 11 years, Stav has founded several successful companies and brought his knowledge and expertise into the IT sourcing sector. Stav is a sought-after speaker and educator in the field with more than 500 hours of public speaking and deep experience in the online world.

Pieter Paepe

Pieter Paepe

Partner at Astrea Belgium

During his career as a university researcher (at the Brussels Free University), Pieter built up considerable expertise in the broad field of EU law. That expertise he now places at the service of their clients in a wide range of areas, from competition law to the application of internal market regulation. On the basis of his expertise in EU law, Pieter has focused as a lawyer on a number of sectors including games of chance, new technologies, media, telecommunications and sport. In these sectors he gives advice on commercial law, contractual and regulatory issues.

Ewa Lejman

Ewa Lejman

Head of Polish Desk at WH Partners

Ewa is heading the Polish Desk of WH Partners as part of the strategic partnership under the WH Partners brand with Izabella Żyglicka and Partners, a very well reputed full-service law firm in Poland and a member of Ally Law.

Ewa is a business lawyer with over 12 years of experience. She assists clients on matters related to gaming and gambling, contract law, M&A and IT service market law.

Ewa has gained extensive experience in the following fields:

  • Gaming and gambling – She handles Polish and foreign economic operators running their businesses on the market; the services provided are connected, in particular, with handling of the process of obtaining licences, establishment and registration of companies related with Polish entities, preparation of documents, such as policies, internal procedures, agreements, terms and conditions, as well as advisory services in cases regarding intellectual property, personal data protection and dealing with litigation;
  • IT and IP law – she handles day-to-day legal and tax services of Polish and foreign companies in this field, including start-ups;
  • International contracts law – she constantly advises and analyses contracts of foreign companies operating on the Polish market, particularly in terms of production, distribution of machines and sales of services involving the IoT;
  • Tax law – she effectively represents clients before tax authorities and administrative courts; she advises alternative investment funds (Alternative Investment Companies – ASI, Alternative Investment Management Companies – ZASI); she has authored publications in this field of law;
  • M&A – she performs multimillion M&A transactions.

Ewa Lejman is a laureate of the Rising Stars Lawyers – the Leaders of Tomorrow 2015 competition. She was ranked 4th in Poland.

Dr. Simon Planzer

Dr. Simon Planzer

Partner at PLANZER LAW

Dr. Simon Planzer is a partner at PLANZER LAW, a Zurich-based gaming law boutique.

PLANZER LAW’s team provides strategic, regulatory and legal advice to companies, regulators and other stakeholders across all areas of the gaming and entertainment industry.

The firm’s primary focus is on EU/EEA gaming law, compliance issues such as AML as well as Swiss gaming law and related commercial, corporate and financial matters.

Dr. Simon Planzer is General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. An alumnus of the College of Europe, he specialised early on in EU affairs and gaming law, working at the EFTA Court, the legal service of the EFTA Secretariat and as research fellow in European business law.

Dr. Simon Planzer is the author of the monograph (PhD) ‘Empirical Views on European Gambling Law and Addiction’(2014) and the book chapter ‘Gambling Law’ in The Handbook of EEA Law (2016), both published by Springer International Publishing. Simon also works as a Lecturer in Law at the University of St.Gallen where he teaches European Economic Law. He studied and did research i.a. at Harvard University, the College of Europe and the European University Institute.

Dr. Simon Planzer, founding partner of PLANZER LAW has recently received the recognition from Chambers & Partners and has been listed as a global gaming law expert. Clients and firms across many practice areas and geographies have trusted Chambers’ research for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Simon Planzer, founder of Planzer Law, is endorsed by interviewees (Chambers & Partners) as “absolutely excellent” and “the top Swiss lawyer” for gaming. He is actively involved in the shaping of gaming regulations in Switzerland, regularly interacting with the authorities, as well as providing regulatory advice to private clients. Based in Zürich, he is additionally active representing fantasy sports companies.

Andrius Gabnys

Andrius Gabnys

Attorney At Law - Gabnys Law Firm

Andrius Gabnys is an attorney-at-law and a managing partner at Gabnys Law Firm, a legal boutique based in Vilnius, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia. The Firm specializes in entertainment (gambling, media, arts) and technology (IT, cybersecurity) legal aspects. Andrius Gabnys has been working in the online gambling sector for over 10 years, and focuses on the multijurisdictional licensing, IP and related matters. He has an extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.

Alex Kornilov

Alex Kornilov

CEO & Founder - BETEGY

Alex Kornilov is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 18. In 2007 he won “Dragons Den” TV show and had his first steps for a big success in the tech industry. Since then he got involved in several “big data” projects. In particular, he took part in various research projects executed by The State Institute of Complex Technical-Economic Researches.

In 2012, he founded “BETEGY” which is the sports data analytics company. The team created an automated self-learning system which predicts outcomes of football games with high accuracy (betegy.com). The company also licenses the data and visualization systems to global sports betting and media companies like ESPN (USA), Turkcell (Turkey), Ringier Axel Springer (Eastern Europe), Wozhongla.com (China), Yahoo Sports (UK), Bwin (Russia) and others.

Dr. Robert Skalina

Dr. Robert Skalina

Senior Advisor at WH Partners

Dr. 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.