WORLD REGULATORY BRIEFING (WRB) >>
WRB Chair: Marc Ellinger, Principal, Ellinger & Associates
9:30 - 9:50 The Big Questions
Keynote address by the Gambling Commission.
Andrew Rhodes, Chief Executive, Gambling Commission
9:50 - 10:30 Shared Experience: Regulator panel: A year in review
Examining the shift to online, self-regulation, ESG and player protection, targeting by offshore companies, new technology including AI and cryptocurrency. Evaluation of the use and efficacy of sanctions, advertising restrictions and perceptions of gambling in the media.
Moderator: Marc Ellinger, Principal, Ellinger & Associates
Rene Jansen, Executive Chairman, KS
Isabelle Falque Pierrotin, Chairwoman, ANJ
Mikel Arana, Director-General, DGOJ
10:30 - 11:00 MORNING BREAK
11:00 - 11:40 Shared Experience: Data not dogma: Appreciation of evidence in regulatory development
- Safer gambling regulation should be driven by data rather than fixed principles. Politically motivated restrictions can hurt channelisation and consumer protection.
- How can operators gather and share data to make the impact of restrictions clearer?
- What have we learned and how to apply it – looking at Sweden and Germany.
- What would a more evidence-based regulatory environment look like?
Moderator: Steve Myers, Managing Director, Praxis Consulting and Advisory
Adriana Minovic, Head of Data Privacy and Compliance Governance, Betsson Group
Mike Kenward, Development Director, Gamcare
Margaret Carren, Associate Professor in Law and Associate Dean, City University of London
Nick Hill, Sales Director, nChain
11:40 - 12:20 Shared Experience: Chasing channelisation: The role of regulation
Regulation can both improve and harm channelisation. While regulation plays a vital role in protecting players from harm, player protection is rendered useless if bettors choose instead to play with non-regulated operators.
- How can we make it more obvious when a player is on a legitimate site?
- What are the biggest issues faced by operators when competing with the black market?
- How can regulators work with operators to ease these concerns?
Moderator: David Henwood, Director, H2 Gambling Capital
Birgitte Sand, CEO, Birgitte Sand & Associates
Lolita Sumskaite, Head of Unit, Ministry of Finance, Lithuania
Mathias Dahms, President, DSWV
Bill Pascrell, Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group
Morten Rønde, Chief Executive, Danish Online Gambling Association
12:20 - 13:35 LUNCH BREAK
13:35 - 14:15 Shared Experience: New markets panel
Operators and suppliers are always looking to new markets becoming regulated. The US and Canada, two of the biggest examples, both present a huge opportunity. But they are being regulated on a state-by-state basis, and it is not always clear exactly which products are allowed in each state, and what the future holds for regulation. This panel will focus specifically on those yet-to-be regulated regions that are most likely to next open their markets.
Moderator: Quirino Mancini, Partner, Tonucci & Partners
Corinne Valletta, General Counsel, Betsson Group
Yaron Halewy, VP Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, 888 Holdings
Karen Sierra-Hughes, Vice President of Latin America & Caribbean, Gaming Laboratories International
Paul Burns, CEO, Canadian Gaming Association
Joseph Watkins, Director, Gaming North America, Worldpay
14:15 - 14:55 Shared Experience: Political focus: Reputation of gambling in the media
- What do operators need to do to win over politicians, the media and the general public?
- How can they show this?
- Comparisons with other industries.
Moderator: Marc Dunbar, Shareholder, Dean Mead
Keith Pickard, President, NCLGS
David Williams, Head of Public Affairs, Rank Group
Brigid Simmonds, Chairman, Betting and Gaming Council
Richard Schuetz, CEO, Schuetz LLC
14:55 - 15:25 AFTERNOON BREAK
15:25 - 16:05 Shared Experience: Know the score: Global trends in marketing and advertising regulation
- Restrictions on advertising across Europe.
- How do you advertise the fact that you are regulated from an operator’s point of view?
- Does the industry only have itself to blame for its regulatory restrictions bearing in mind how aggressive and irresponsible it was before?
- Is greater collaboration between operators and regulators allowing for safe and sensible gambling advertising?
- How will this trend develop and evolve?
Moderator: Cosmina Simion, Managing Partner, Simion & Baciu
Christel Fiorina, Director of Markets, Compliance and Player Protection, ANJ
Andy Taylor, Senior Regulatory Policy Executive, Committee of Advertising Practice
Tudor Manda, Self-regulatory Development Officer, European Advertising Standards Alliance
16:05 - 16:45 Shared Experience: The transition from underground to above ground
Newly regulated markets, including the Netherlands, Germany and some US states, have experienced challenges transitioning to a regulated market. This session will look at the important questions, including:
- How should you communicate changes to your market?
- What can be learned from the Netherlands’ cooling-off period?
- What does a regulator need to ensure it can enforce effectively from the moment the market opens?
- How to encourage compliance from operators.
Moderator: Justin Franssen, Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen
Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director, Netherlands Online Gambling Association
Pontus Lindwall, CEO, Betsson
Paris Smith, CEO, Pinnacle
Jessica Maier, Head of Government Affairs, Play'n GO
16:45 - 17:00 CLOSING REMARKS