Wednesday October 22,2014 : IMPRESSIVE SPEAKERS AT THE NEXT I.O.M. GAMING SUMMIT
Gambling regulators from the UK, California, Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein and Isle of Man to debate cross-border regulation.
The next KPMG sponsored Isle of Man eGaming Summit will include an impressive lineup of expert speakers, and will feature a cross-order debate involving regulators from the UK, California, Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein and Isle of Man.
This fifth annual eGaming Summit features something of a departure from the usual structure, as it commences with a smaller, invitation-only International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Master Class on Monday 10th November.
This introductory programme will see moderator Joerg Hofmann, Senior Partner at Melchers and President of IMGL, Germany, join panelists Steve Brennan of the IOM Gambling Supervision Commission, Birgitte Sand of the Danish Gambling Authority, Guido Schluetz, of the Gambling Regulation and Supervision in Schleswig-Holstein, Commissioner of the California Gaming Control Commission, Richard Schuetz and Jenny Williams, Commissioner of the UK Gambling Commission, discuss the topic of cross-border cooperation by regulators.
The main Summit programme will commence on Tuesday 11th November at the Villa Marina and will incorporate two additional IMGL master-classes.
The day’s events will once again open with a welcome address by Chief Minister Allan Bell, which will provide an overview of the Isle of Man Government’s approach to supporting and growing the Island’s e-gaming sector.
Quirino Mancini, Partner at SCM Lawyers will then discuss the controversial image of gaming in the face of media and public opinion and what, if anything, the industry is doing to redress it. A sector-specific update will follow, during which the Department of Economic Development’s Director for e-business Peter Greenhill and Chief Executive of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission will address the challenges and opportunities facing today’s local sector.
Following the morning coffee break, Eric Benz and Ben Robinson of global cryptocurrency payment gateway, GoCoin will discuss the potential marriage of gaming operators and cryptocurrencies, after which KPMG’s Head of eGaming Archie Watt will join representatives from the sector’s leading payments providers to moderate a discussion entitled ‘Dodging the Brussels Bullets – Payment Processors’ Priorities’.
After a lunch break, the first of the day’s much anticipated IMGL Master-classes, tackling the implications of operating in part-regulated and non-regulated online gaming markets, will see Wulf Hambach, Partner at Hambach & Hambach, Germany, join panelists Susannah Fitzgerald, Q.C., Barrister at Lord Grabiner's Chambers, United Kingdom and Nick Nocton of Jeffrey Green Russell, United Kingdom.
Paul Leyland of Regulus Partners will then present ‘50 Shades of Grey: Point-of-consumption licensing and the future of the dot com model’. Bill Gantz of Dentons US LLP, Massachusetts, will then join in the final master-class, with a panel including Bill Mummery of Celton Manx, Hilary Stewart-Jones of DLA Piper and Ernest C. Matthews IV, President/General Counsel at ISI – Maritime/Islands to moderate a discussion on the US regulatory scheme and the emerging market issues.
Closing words will be provided will be provided by KPMG’s Director Responsible for eGaming, Russell Kelly.
For those unable to attend, a full report of the day’s events will be published due, once again, with the support of Continent 8 Technologies.