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KPMG Gibraltar eSummit

KPMG Gibraltar eSummit

KPMG Gibraltar eSummit

A new era for gaming in Gibraltar

In a fast-changing UK, European and global environment for the gambling and betting sector, Gibraltar continues to carve out a successful path.

The 2019 Gibraltar eSummit took place on 9 May bringing together key players and service providers to discuss Gibraltar’s potential in the global marketplace in a fast-changing commercial and regulatory environment.

The ninth Gibraltar KPMG eSummit built on the success of events prior. It was attended by over 300 delegates and has now firmly established itself as a highlight in the eGaming calendar - an event ‘not to be missed’ by any professional involved in the industry.

Catch up on the full agenda and speaker line-up below and download a selection of the speaker presentations for further insights:

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Agenda

Time Main Room Hassans' masterclass room
09:00 Registration  
09:30 KPMG Welcome
Micky Swindale, KPMG
 
09:35 Conference Opening
The Hon. Albert Isola, Government of Gibraltar
 
09:50 Future of the Sector
Wes Himes, Remote Gambling Association
 
10:10 Panel: Responsible Gambling the Gibraltar Way
Moderator: Adam Rivers, KPMG
Panellists: Professor Catherine Bachleda (University of Gibraltar), Andrea Lazenby (Lottoland), Sarah Hanratty (Senet), Lee Willows (YGAM), Paul Foster (GVC), Lyndsay Wright (William Hill), Ian Ince (Playtech)

Start-up Masterclass
Moderator: Emma Lejeune, ISOLAS
Panellists: Anthony Provasoli (Hassans), Nick Cowan (GSX), Michael Carlton, Ashley Lang (Lottomart)
11:00

Coffee

Sponsored by Kompli-Global

 
11:30 Markets Update
Stephen Little, Goldman Sachs
Taxation Masterclass
Moderator: Darren Anton, KPMG
Panellists: Kenneth Bonavia (Hassans), Grahame Jackson (Hassans)
11:45 Panel: M&A activity in the Gambling & Betting Sector
Moderator: Stephen Little, Goldman Sachs
Panellists: Vaughan Lewis (Stars / Skybet), Steven Caetano (ISOLAS), Nigel Hinchliffe (KPMG), Susan Breen (Mishcon), David McLeish (Wiggin)
 
12:30 Lunch
Sponsored by ISOLAS
 
13:30 B2B Panel
Moderator: Simon Bernholt, Wiggin
Panellists: James Elliott (NetEnt), Trevor De Giorgio (Greentube), Justin Cosnett (Continent 8), Neill Whyte (Microgaming)
Regulatory Masterclass
Moderator: Andrew Montegriffo, Hassans
Panellists: Stephen Ketteley (Wiggin), Andrew Cotton (Ince Gordon Dadds), Richard Williams (Keystone Law), Tamsin Blow (CMS)
14:10 Brexit & Gibraltar
Mark Essex, KPMG
 
14:30 Fireside Chat: Future Licensing & Legislation in Gibraltar
Andrew Lyman (Government of Gibraltar), Peter Isola (ISOLAS), Peter Montegriffo QC (Hassans)
 
15:00

Coffee

Sponsored by Wiggin

 
15:30 Emerging Technologies: Creating an Environment for Innovation & Investment
Tom Grogan, Mishcon
 
15:50 Insights into Propensity to Gamble
James Bentley & Seamus McGowan, KPMG
 
16:10 Evolution of eGaming: The Operator's View
Moderator: Jon Tricker, KPMG
Panellists: Juergen Reutter (MoPlay), Neil Banbury (Kindred), Phil Walker (William Hill), Irina Cornides (Jackpot Joy)
 
16:55 KPMG Thank You
Will Hawkley, KPMG
 
17:00 Drinks
Sponsored by Gibtelecom
 
     

With thanks to our sponsors

With thanks to our sponsors

About our sponsors

Continent 8 Technologies

Continent 8 Technologies provides highly reliable co-location, managed services and network solutions for today’s online business-critical service platforms. Our customers benefit from our continued investment in advanced data centres, high quality networks and online technologies. 

Continent 8 delivers its services over a private redundant highly secure global backbone, and offers services in over 40 connected locations across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Continent 8 provides a truly global service capability to its clients, regardless of geography.

Our services enable organisations to rapidly deploy to market and implement business critical back office or public frontend systems, across the globe.

Continent 8 is ideally positioned to provide local expertise in the provision of hosting services in both highly regulated and technically challenging geographic locations around the world. We have developed reliable and secure solutions for organisations in multiple industry verticals.

Available Services:

  • Hosting, Co-Location and Disaster Recovery
  • Network Management, Monitoring and Provisioning
  • DDoS Detection & Mitigation
  • IP Transit and Tier 1 Peering
  • Global MPLS Connectivity 
  • Public & Private Cloud Services
  • Global Cloud Connectivity

Providing complex reliable and innovative services to customers in highly regulated markets for over 20 years, Continent 8 can deliver fully managed and integrated solutions and services to meet your organisation’s needs now and into the future.

Gibraltar Finance

Gibraltar is a fully self-governing and self-financing British Overseas Territory and is part of the mainland of Europe. It is an internationally compliant onshore financial services centre. This includes all EU measures on financial supervision and regulation, direct taxation and the fight against money laundering. Gibraltar has a diverse and prosperous economy and enjoys an excellent global reputation for its online gaming industry and offers excellent port and tourism propositions. Gibraltar is leading the way in providing a regulatory framework for firms that employ distributed ledger technology to store or transfer value belonging to others. A very competitive tax regime our corporation tax rate is 10% and we have a progressive personal income tax system with a maximum rate of 25%. VAT is not payable in Gibraltar.

Gibtelecom

Gibtelecom is the leading mobile and fixed line communications services company in Gibraltar. Through its extensive communications networks, Gibtelecom provides a range of voice, data and enterprise services (including data centre and cloud services via its’ wholly owned subsidiary, Rockolo) to many of the world’s top e-gaming businesses, as well as to the financial services, shipping and tourist industries based on the Rock. Gibtelecom networks stretch half-way around the world and connect, largely through its ownership of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) submarine cable system, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, where the company has several points of presence including London, Madrid, Marseilles and Singapore. Gibtelecom has been certified as a ‘Recognised for Excellence’ business by, The European Foundation for Quality Management.

Hassans International Law Firm

Hassans was founded in 1939, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and is the largest firm in Gibraltar. It is an internationally recognised law firm which offers an old world approach to client service combined with a new world approach to business and technology. 

The partners at Hassans are trusted advisers to clients both locally and overseas who seek legal guidance in a fast-moving, multi-jurisdictional world. Though rooted in Gibraltar, the firm has an international clientele in key jurisdictions around the world, including the US, the UK, Israel and Europe (in particular Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal), with many assignments involving cross-border advice and major multinationals, banks and building societies.

Over the last 15 years, Gibraltar has grown rapidly to become a first-class, internationally renowned hub for the online gambling industry. Peter Montegriffo QC and his team at Hassans have advised many of the industry’s top players such as William Hill, Bet365, 888 and GVC providing a full range of advice include general commercial, setting up operations in Gibraltar and on IPOs on the London Stock Exchange. The team was also heavily involved in assisting the Gibraltar Government and industry in reviewing the current gambling legislation and identifying areas for reform.

HooYu

HooYu is a leading provider of age and identity verification, KYC and Enhanced Due Diligence services to help gaming operators to maximise customer onboarding and meet customer age verification and responsible gambling requirements. Gaming operators use HooYu Identify to verify customer age and identity and to maximise customer KYC success rates and use HooYu Investigate to investigate potential problem gambling issues of affordability and source of funds as well as investigations into collusion and fraud.

HooYu Investigate is a ground-breaking web-based investigation platform that instead of displaying results in traditional list format, shows results in a graph database. Investigators can view negative financial indicators such as CCJs and links to social housing occupancy. Investigators can discover ownership and the value of property owned to help with affordability calculations. HooYu Investigate enables financial investigators to quickly build a visual graph of the person they are investigating, showing links between people, addresses, property ownership, businesses and email address and phone numbers.

At HooYu, we are specialists not just in KYC technology but we also work consultatively with our clients to help them craft their customer digital journey. HooYu Identify is the only identity confirmation solution to sequentially combine traditional database checks with additional identity technologies such as ID document validation, geolocation, proof of address matching, digital footprint analysis, PEPs & Sanctions checks and identity confidence scoring.

Kompli-Global

Kompli-Global’s mission is enable its clients to mitigate fraud and Money laundering by alerting them to suspicious activities of individuals and corporate entities.

Fraudsters don’t wear balaclavas, Money launderers don’t fail KYC checks. Being the victim of financial crime is now optional. Talk to Kompli-Global if you want to opt out.

ISOLAS

ISOLAS LLP - Gibraltar's longest established law firm and a leader in online gaming/gambling legal services.

ISOLAS was established in 1892, making it the longest established firm in Gibraltar, currently celebrating its 125th anniversary. Since then, and given our more than 125 years in the local legal profession, ISOLAS is today proud to be considered one of the leading law firms in Gibraltar. ISOLAS is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the market by all the major international directories, and is a Band A leading law firm as assessed by Chambers and Partners.

ISOLAS has a dedicated team of professionals with broad and in-depth experience with licensing, transactions, regulation and legal issues facing remote gaming operators and their suppliers involved in gaming (including social or casual gaming), gambling, betting, lotteries (both remote and land-based) and e-commerce business. Our tea, headed up by Peter Isola also includes Steven Caetano, who is himself described as ‘a leader in the gaming sphere’ by Chambers & Partners. The Legal 500 highlights that “some of ISOLAS’ key clients are licensed online gambling operators/ B2B suppliers: Nektan, Gala/Coral Eurobet, GTECH, Bally Tech/Shuffle Masters, Odobo and Novomatic. Steven has recently acted for Playtech and Novomatic in separate high profile acquisitions of locally based gaming/ e-commerce businesses. The practice is led by the experienced Peter Isola, who was actively involved in developing gaming law in Gibraltar for nearly 20 years and supported by Steven Caetano”.

Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm with an international footprint, with over 400 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and business owners. 

Based in London with offices in New York, Mishcon de Reya services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work we undertake is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex.

The firm has a dedicated Betting & Gaming Group of lawyers, recognised experts within the gambling sector with significant experience advising operators on M&A, regulatory and compliance, AML, cyber security, data protection, trade mark and brand protection, sponsorship, affiliate marketing, sports law, dispute resolution, IP and reputation management. The group also provides specialist advice on eSports, crypto-currencies, blockchain and AI. 

Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working. We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say ‘It’s business. But it’s personal’.

Microgaming

Microgaming developed the first true online casino software in 1994 and the first mobile casino software in 2004. Providing 800+ global gaming brands with access to the industry’s leading portfolio of cross-platform games, including branded blockbusters such as Game of Thrones™, Jurassic World™ and Playboy™ Gold, Microgaming is home to award-winning Casino, Bingo, Poker, Live Dealer, Land-based and Sportsbook products. Its progressive jackpot network is the largest in the world, having paid out more than €1 billion to date. A leading supporter of player protection and responsible gaming, the company gives plenty back through its CSR initiative, Microgaming PlayItForward.

Sunborn Gibraltar

This is Sunborn Gibraltar. An exclusive, purpose-built floating hotel offering a unique luxury experience in one of Europe’s most dynamic locations. The world’s first luxury super yacht hotel. Sunborn Gibraltar adds something special to the mix – the opportunity to experience unrivalled hotel luxury with exceptional guest accommodation, the finest cuisine, and top-notch business and leisure facilities right in the heart of the celebrated Ocean Village marina development.

Sunborn Gibraltar’s beautifully designed interiors provide all the quality and comfort of a top hotel. The yacht’s versatile conference facilities provide 675m² of space with flexible configuration options and a combined capacity of up to 600 people. Five-star provision extends to the hotel’s on-board restaurants and bars and banqueting areas. Much care has gone into the development of beautifully designed spaces where guests can enjoy fine food, exceptional service and amazing views from an exclusive vantage point. Sunborn’s Infinity Spa provides a gloriously tranquil escape from the world outside, offering guests the opportunity to be thoroughly pampered in a first-class private sanctuary. Relax on the sundeck, take a dip in the pool or treat yourself to a gorgeously indulgent Elemis treatment.

Wiggin

Wiggin is a law firm focusing exclusively on digital industries. We advise clients on the financing, exploitation and protection of their creative and commercial assets in these sectors, in particular the offer to consumers of digital content in all forms – entertainment, gambling, e-commerce and advertising.

Alongside its specialist commercial expertise, the firm provides a full legal service across corporate, tax, finance, litigation, employment and property. Wiggin’s clients range from leading businesses in broadcast entertainment, film, online and mobile gaming and betting, music, sport and publishing as well as service providers and early stage entrepreneurs.

We represent many of the largest and most successful gambling businesses in the industry as well as the media businesses, brand owners, payment processors and service suppliers that are today integrated with the gambling industry.

With thanks to our media partners

With thanks to our media partners

About our media partners

Gambling Compliance

GamblingCompliance is the leading provider of independent legal, regulatory and business intelligence to the global gambling industry.

Trusted by leading names all over the world, we power more informed understanding and effective decision making.

Our independent analysis of legal and policy developments provides the comprehensive coverage gaming industry professionals need to understand what regulatory changes mean for your business opportunities.

Based in London, Washington, D.C. and Taipei, GamblingCompliance’s team of in-house analysts and journalists boast an unrivalled network of contacts among policymakers, lobbyists and legal experts, as well as a wealth of experience to analyse regulatory change as it affects all sectors of the gambling industry. Find out more at gamblingcompliance.com

Gambling Insider

Gambling Insider is the go-to resource for both the land-based and digital gaming industries. Famed for the quality of its editorial, the magazine is read by key decision makers and C-level executives around the world. Gambling Insider is available in print, online and on tablet. For more details about Gambling Insider, GI Friday and Trafficology, visit GamblingInsider.com

iGaming Business

iGaming Business has been the leading specialist iGaming publisher and information provider to the iGaming sector through magazines, events, websites and intelligence for over 12 years. With over 16,000 operators, vendors and affiliates regularly reading their information off-line and 75,000 online, iGaming Business is leading publisher in the sector.