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Compliance Briefing at SIGMA 2018

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29 November 2018 at SIGMA Malta

An exclusive 1-day event reviewing 4 key topics in gaming compliance: GDPR; Gaming Law; Responsible Gaming; Corporate Social Responsibility

Join iGaming Academy live at SIGMA Malta for an illuminating overview of the compliance landscape in 2018. Featuring expert speakers from a broad range of industry and professional backgrounds, this 1-day event will provide participants with a comprehensive insight into new and upcoming compliance requirements.

Compliance Briefing includes four sessions, each led by specialist speakers:

  • SESSION 1: GDPR – How does it affect you and your organization?
    Sharon Xuereb & Terence Cassar, Camilleri Preziosi
  • SESSION 2: MGA Gaming Law  – New Gaming Act under the Lens
    Malcolm Falzon, Camilleri Preziosi
  • SESSION 3: Responsible Gaming  – Red flags and preventative measures for problem gambling
    Maris Bonello, Kindred
  • SESSION 4: Corporate Social Responsibility – Are you a good corporate citizen?
    Roberta Lepre, WEAVE Consulting: CSR Specialists
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SESSION 1: GDPR
How does it affect you and your organization?

Sharon Xuereb, Camilleri Preziosi

Data is a key component to achieving a competitive edge in the gaming and betting industry. This means that with the onset of the GDPR, operators and suppliers had important decisions to take on how to handle personal data, which decisions affect the very core of their business.

This session will cover:

  1. Key changes that were brought about by the GDPR;
  2. Select issues affecting the gaming and betting industry; and
  3. Steps necessary to achieve and maintain compliance.

SESSION 2: MGA Gaming Law
New Gaming Act under the Lens

Malcolm Falzon, Camilleri Preziosi

Malta’s new gaming law, spearheaded by a comprehensive primary act, the Gaming Act, represents a significant step towards future-proofing Malta as a jurisdiction of excellence for gaming and betting services.

This Gaming Law session will delve into the main differences between the original and new regimes, and cover:

  1. the new horizontal regulatory approach adopted by the MGA, particularly with respect to licensing and recognition notice procedures;
  2. the newly introduced certification of material gaming supplies;
  3. the replacement of license fees with compliance contributions together with the shift to a point of consumption model with respect to gaming tax;
  4. the division of the Key Official role into a number of key function positions;
  5. the use of DLTs and the acceptance of cryptocurrencies in gaming and betting operations;
  6. the possibility of appealing MGA decisions; and
  7. other significant changes brought about by the new Gaming Act.

SESSION 3: Responsible Gaming
A competitive edge or just damage control?

Maris Bonello, Kindred

Due to regulatory pressures, responsible gambling is becoming more popular. Nonetheless, this topic is still seen as a burden to some operators or just something they have to do in order to comply with stringent regulations or protect a brand against negative media. During this session, responsible gambling innovation will be presented and how this can actually be beneficial for the operator from both a PR and financial perspective. This session will be presenting the operational transition from a reactive to proactive responsible gambling approach, but also how empirical research can better shape this approach.


SESSION 4: Corporate Social Responsibility
Are you a good corporate citizen?

Roberta Lepre, WEAVE Consulting: CSR Specialists

What is CSR and Why does it matter?

We will start with an understanding of the term Corporate Social Responsibility, how it evolved, what it entails and how it contributes to sustainable development.  We will then look into the value of CSR initiatives – the ROI for both business and society at large.

The 7 Core Pillars of CSR

We will look at the 7 Core Pillars of CSR as outlined in the ISO 26000: 2010 Guidelines on Social Responsibility : Organisational Governance; Labour Practices; Human Rights; Fair Operating Practices; Consumer Issues and Community Involvement and Development

Taking Action – Assessment, Planning and Implementation

We will discuss practical measures that a company can adopt to implement CSR in a strategic manner – starting from a CSR Assessment, which will then feed into the development of a CSR Strategic Plan and the Implementation of that Plan.

Reporting and Stakeholder Engagement

We will identify ways through which a company can engage the various stakeholders into its CSR activities in order to maximise impact; and how to develop a CSR report to communicate its efforts to stakeholders and be accountable for its commitments.


Speaker Profiles

Sharon Xuereb, Camilleri Preziosi

Sharon’s main practice areas are Media and Communications Law, laws on Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Privacy Law. She also forms part of the firm’s litigation team. Sharon retains interests in Cyberspace Law, Computer Law, Electronic Commerce, and the regulation of Online Gaming and Betting. In fact, she concentrated on these areas in her postgraduate studies at Queen Mary, University of London. In partial fulfilment of her LL.M. there, Sharon submitted a thesis on the regulation of online gaming and betting entitled “Legal Protection of State Monopolies over Online Gaming: A critical appraisal of the implications of recent ECJ decisions on EU Remote Gaming”. Sharon graduated as Doctor of Laws at the University of Malta in December 2009 after submitting her thesis entitled “Evolving Legal Frameworks: Defamation in Cyberspace”.

Sharon is a regular speaker at Intellectual Property and ICT conferences. She leads various training courses on the new General Data Protection Regulation. Sharon is also a lecturer at Middlesex University where she teaches an E-Commerce and Information Technology Law module to Master students reading for an MSc in Business Information Systems and Data Science.

Sharon has a keen interest in the legal implications of disruptive technologies, such as crypto currencies, blockchain, quantum technologies, AI and crowd funding.

Malcolm Falzon, Camilleri Preziosi

Malcolm Falzon is the partner within Camilleri Preziosi’s Corporate & Finance practice group responsible for its gaming practice. His areas of specialisation also comprise corporate and M&A, capital markets, securitisation, insurance and pensions. He regularly advises local and international operators on legal, regulatory, operational and licensing matters as well as related corporate, commercial and dispute resolution issues. Malcolm also leads Camilleri Preziosi’s Blockchain Taskforce, which was set up in order to study the technology and its potential application to the industry sectors serviced by the firm. He regularly acts as an examiner at the University of Malta and lecturer at the Malta Stock Exchange Institute, and is a speaker at seminars and conferences relating to his areas of expertise. Following his traineeship at the firm and return from postgraduate studies at University College, London, Malcolm returned to the firm as an associate in 2005, and was admitted to partnership in 2013.

Maris Bonello, Kindred

Maris Bonello currently occupies the role of Head of Player Sustainability Research and Integrity Team at Kindred.  She started as a Risk and Fraud Analyst with Unibet and after receiving her MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Leicester, took on the role of Responsible Gaming Manager.  She has a Diploma in Gambling Addiction Counselling and Psychology and is now reading for her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Mark Griffiths, focusing primarily on the analysis of the early signs of online problem gambling, responsible gaming tools and responsible gaming promotion.

Whilst recapitulating research for her role, she has started an innovative detection tool with Unibet, known as PS-EDS (Player Safety – Early Detection System).  This has shown an impressive advantage in the company both from a commercial perspective and also internally addressing Corporate Social Responsibility. This same PS-EDS has won the EGr Innovation of the Year award in 2014. Unibet has also won RG awards including the IGA Socially Responsible Operator award and the EGR Nordics Socially Responsible Operator award.

Roberta Lepre, WEAVE Consulting: CSR Specialists

Graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2003, Roberta has acquired substantial experience in the social sector in Malta, having served on public bodies as well as in the non-profit sector.  Her skills and expertise include legal drafting, policy development, and project drafting and implementation.  She has served on the Guardian for Future Generations, the Platform for Human Rights Organisations in Malta, the Commission on Domestic Violence, Victim Support Malta and the Malta Psychology Professions Board.  She has participated in various conferences both in Malta and overseas, and is a regular contributor to the media.

Roberta is currently Managing Consultant at Weave Consulting – engaging the business community to adopt sustainable practices to have a more positive impact on society and the environment and to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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