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Isle of Man eGaming Summit 2019

The Summit took place at COMIS Mount Murray on 3 October 2019 and once again offered a lively and thought-leading programme.

The Summit took place at COMIS Mount Murray on 3 October 2019.

Still Raising Standards Together, 10 years on

Our 2019 summit saw us celebrate the 10th birthday of the series that started in the Isle of Man on 23 November 2010 – you can take a look back at the report from that summit here. We started out with the aim of working with the industry to air and address challenges, celebrate successes and encourage collaboration. With regulators and industry leaders clear on the need for better collaboration and communication in order to improve consumer experience and perception of the sector, our theme of ‘Raising Standards Together’ continues to be central as we finalise our programme below for 3 October.

With the UKGC’s publication in April of their National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, and increased engagement from the US and other rapidly evolving markets - with governments, regulators and operators looking at both the potential benefits and harms of their emerging sectors - then the need to put the consumer enjoyment and safety at the heart of the industry is clearer than ever. We are bringing together a distinguished and diverse mix of speakers and panellists to explore how best to address that need.

We also looked back to our first summit, and bringing together some of the key figures in Isle of Man Gaming to tell the story of the last 10 years, as well as asking all of those in attendance to look ahead to the next 10 and predict what they might bring.


Download the 2019 KPMG Isle of Man eGaming Summit Report now

Event information

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2019 Programme:

Time Speaker Topic


Wake-up breakfast

Kindly sponsored by Keystone Law

Kindly Sponsored by Manx Telecom

09:00 Micky Swindale (KPMG) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
09:05 Hon Howard Quayle MHK, Chief Minister Welcome Address
09:15 Simon French (Bixteth Partners) 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly': 10 Years of M&A in the Gambling & Betting Sector

Moderator: Kristan King (KPMG)

Panellists: Simon French (Bixteth), Susan Breen (Mishcon de Reya) & David McLeish (Wiggin)

Panel Session: Continuing Consolidation - M&A Activity & Trends
10:20 Garth Kimber (Xela Holdings) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
10:30 Coffee Kindly sponsored by Wiggin
11:00 David Black (Continent 8 Technologies) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
11:10 Dan Waugh (Regulus Partners) The Road to Perdition
11:30 Lyndsay Wright (William Hill) Addressing public concerns: one company’s perspective?

Moderator: Adam Rivers (KPMG)

Panellists: Sarah Hanratty (Senet), Lyndsay Wright (William Hill), Elaine McCormack (KPMG), Fiona Palmer (GamStop), Dan Waugh (Regulus Partners) & Lee Willows (YGAM)

Panel Session: Collaboration to Protect Our Customers              
12:50 Bill Mummery (Celton Manx) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
13:00 Lunch Kindly sponsored by Boston Link
Warwick Bartlett (GBGC) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
14:10 Lydia Barbara (DfE: Digital Chair) Technology for Good

Moderator: Richard Williams (Keystone)

Panellists:  Beth French (Wiggin), Ty Smith (Ableton PG), Rebekah Jackson (GBG), Hazel Dawson (Keystone) & Jeremie Kanter (SBTech)

Panel Session: Regulation & Enforcement
15:10 John Coleman (Microgaming) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
15:20 Coffee Kindly sponsored by Wiggin
15:50 Lyle Wraxall (DfE: Digital CEO) The IOM Gaming Story: 2010 to 2020
16:00 Wes Himes (RGA) The Next 10 Years

Moderator: Russell Kelly (KPMG)

Panellists:  John Coleman (Microgaming), Magnus Grinneback (Mayfly Entertainment), Wes Himes (RGA) & Lyndsay Wright (William Hill)

Panel Session: The Industry View 
17:00 Hon Laurence Skelly, MHK, Minister for Enterprise Closing Words           
17:15 Drinks Kindly sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
egaming summit sponsors 2019


Boston Link

Finding the right people, with the right skills, for the right roles. With offices in the Isle of Man, Malta and the United Kingdom, our team connects employers to an international talent pool, attracting, and headhunting talent from across Europe and further afield. Enjoy the professionalism of our experienced group of consultants, the prompt and personal service of a locally based team, and the understanding that comes from our specialist market knowledge. Boston Link helps clients realise their full potential and promotes candidates’ talents and careers, making the most of every opportunity. The advice and guidance offered to candidates is honest, reliable, and based on first-hand knowledge of the niche markets in which Boston Link operates. It includes CV and social media profile preparation, tailored searches, bespoke interview coaching, negotiation, and aftercare.


Capital International Group

Capital International was founded in 1996 with the aim to bring technology and service excellence to the stockbroking and investment sectors in the Isle of Man. Over 23 years later the company is now part of a substantial group with an international presence, over 140 employees and holds over $4bn in assets under administration.

The Group offers a full suite of financial solutions including an investment platform, investment management solutions and treasury services, which include cash management, payments and forex solutions. The eGaming industry has made use of the Group’s treasury services over a number of years.

In August 2019 one of the Group’s subsidiaries, CIB Limited, was awarded a provisional banking licence which all being well will open in the summer of 2020 and become the Isle of Man’s first new corporate bank in over 30 years. As a licenced bank, we will be able to greatly increase the core banking, transaction and foreign exchange services offered to our clients. This class of licence allows service only to qualifying corporate clients and high net worth individuals with liquid assets over £500,000. It is not a retail bank and will only serve non-retail clients including fiduciaries, professional services firms, HNWIs and eCommerce businesses. The digital banking platform will provide the client with a modern, responsive online service backed by a local executive team experienced in all aspects of banking and the sectors that it will serve.


Continent 8

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.


Digital Isle of Man

Digital Isle of Man is responsible for the thriving Digital sector in the Isle of Man, spanning the Island’s international eGaming industry, successful digital economy, innovative emerging technology enterprises, and digital media sector. Digital Isle of Man works with Government, private industry and key associations to create the right environment for enterprises to flourish.


Keystone Law

Keystone Law is a top 100, full service AIM listed law firm that is disrupting the legal profession by using technology to transform how legal services are delivered. As the only legal services group that is licensed to provide both English and Isle of Man legal advice, Keystone is an increasingly popular choice for multi-jurisdictional e-gaming operators and games and platform providers.

Keystone’s 300+ partner level lawyers include dedicated experts in e-gaming, cryptocurrency, payment processing, intellectual property, anti-money laundering and tax-efficient corporate structuring as well as traditional corporate and commercial advisors. By enabling its lawyers to operate within an innovative, client-led structure, Keystone’s ability to advise its e-gaming clients is unrivalled in scope and quality.


Kompli-Global is an established on-boarding and due diligence service provider.

We combine proprietary, real-time AI and natural language processing technology with an international network of highly trained human financial crime analysts operating in 67 countries across 161 regions.

Source of Wealth and social responsibility intelligence helps mitigate against personal and corporate prosecution to protect your brand’s reputation and make compliance a cost effective reality.


Locate Isle of Man

Locate Isle of Man forms part of the Isle of Man’s Department for Enterprise and promotes the Isle of Man as a special place to work, live and do business. Alongside this, Locate also supports individuals and businesses throughout and after their relocation journey, providing valuable introductions and comprehensive, confidential advice.

Locate Isle of Man welcome enquiries from individuals and businesses who are considering a relocation or investment into the Island.

Further information can be found at or by emailing


Manx FX Limited

Established in 2014, on Island, Manx FX Limited are foreign exchange specialists who put service at the heart of everything we do and always put the customer at the centre of our organisation.  At Manx FX , we want to help companies and individuals manage their currency requirements and future exposures by not only offering, through our partners, access to the most competitive FX rates but also access to online payment facilities which supports both foreign exchange deals and payments from one simple login. We understand that local businesses and individuals’ value being able to speak to someone they know and trust before committing to large FX trades.  We have professionally qualified people who spend time looking at the factors affecting the market and with decades of experience will welcome the opportunity to help you make informed decisions regarding your currency exposures.  Opening an account with us couldn’t be easier, once we know which our solutions bests fits with your requirements, we can have an account open for your very quickly.  We have a member of the team dedicated to the on-boarding process who will take you through the simple applications steps.  What sets us apart is how we work with our partners to open your account quickly and efficiently as possible. You’ll have our direct contact details to guide you through any queries you may have.


Manx Telecom

Manx Telecom provides a world class telecommunications and IT infrastructure which helps set the Isle of Man apart from other jurisdictions. We offer the Island’s only purpose-built twin Tier 3 designed data centres with 100% up time, ISO 2700, disaster recovery facilities and fully managed services. These are complemented by our 10 Gbps off-Island network and £25 million on-Island Next Generation Network - the first in Europe that converges mobile, fixed and broadband services to a resilient IP network.

Our customers include the world’s largest poker sites including PokerStars, sportsbooks, e-Money providers, online payment providers, software developers, e-Music platforms and leading high street financial institutions. When it comes to complete hosting, communications and managed services, Manx Telecom is the only Isle of Man provider of its kind.



Microgaming developed the first true online casino in 1994. It has been breaking records, breaking new ground and breaking its back in pursuit of original gaming ever since. Developer of thousands of unique, genre-defining casino, mobile, poker, bingo, land-based and multiplayer games, and a pioneer in virtual and wearable gaming, the software giant hosts the world’s largest progressive jackpot network. Its products include Live Dealer, Sportsbook, Business Solutions and Quickfire. Microgaming is an award winner. A millionaire maker. The father of player protection and responsible gaming. And through Microgaming PlayItForward, it is a pillar of its local community on the Isle of Man.


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’.


The Stars Group

The Stars Group is a global leader in the online and mobile gaming and interactive entertainment industries, entertaining millions of customers across its online real- and play-money poker, gaming and betting product offerings.

We offer these products directly or indirectly under several ultimately owned or licensed gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including, among others, PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, FOX Bet, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker, and Oddschecker, as well as live poker tour and events brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK.

We provide gaming experiences designed to make our platforms the favourite iGaming destinations for customers everywhere by providing technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. As game designers and regulatory champions, we want to lead the industry by putting our players first, working with local and global government regulators to establish safe and licensed environments that benefit jurisdictions and reward responsible operators.

The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 21 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas.



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.


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, our independent analysis of legal and policy developments helps power more informed understanding and effective decision making. Find out more at


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


iGaming Business

iGaming Business has been involved in the iGaming sector for over 16 years. We specialise in publishing and providing high-level information to the iGaming sector through magazines, events, websites and intelligence reports. With over 16,000 affiliates, operators and vendors regularly reading our information offline and 100,000 online we are the biggest publishing company within the sector.

Our digital magazine is available to read for free online at


COMIS Hotel & Golf Resort 

Relax in style and comfort

Our rooms allow you to relax and enjoy the ambiance of our modern hotel set in the picturesque Mount Murray countryside. These tastefully decorated rooms have king size double beds or twin beds with en-suite bathrooms featuring separate showers and baths. 

Room amenities include:

  • 43” Flat screen digital TV
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary toiletries by ESPA
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Mini fridge
  • Hair Dryer and Desk
  • Iron & ironing board on request
  • Separate shower and bath
  • Fully accessible rooms available on request
  • Free Airport shuttle

Room rate for summit delegates: £89 Bed & Breakfast

To book your accommodation please contact the hotel directly on:

Tel:                      + 44 01624 661111



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