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IMGL Masterclasses stand for high-level discussions and interchange among experts

To further the IMGL mission of promoting gaming law education, IMGL introduced the first IMGL Masterclass in 2014  at ICE in London in cooperation with Clarion. Since then, there has been tremendous success with the IMGL Masterclasses. In 2015 alone, the IMGL held seven IMGL Masterclasses at different major events all over the world: in London, Gibraltar, Amsterdam, at G2E Las Vegas, in Berlin, the Isle of Man, Malta, Sofia, and Tel Aviv.  Originally designed as free-to-attend events, the fee status of future IMGL Masterclasses will be dependent on the specific event the IMGL Masterclass joins.

Unlike the IMGL-organized Spring or Autumn Conferences, the IMGL Masterclass is a conference format offered by the IMGL at international gaming events, including trade shows and conferences organized by others. IMGL provides the content and the expertise of our esteemed members and invited panellists – who share their knowledge with participants of the conference, network with each other, and enter into discussions on how to shape the future of gaming law on an international scale.

The IMGL Masterclass panelists include gaming experts — regulators, attorneys, industry executives, and educators — providing guidance regarding evolving issues in the gaming industry that are of interest to legislators, regulators, and others in the industry. Effectively, the IMGL Masterclass provides a platform beyond the yearly IMGL conferences for bringing together leading experts of the industry, legal advisers, and regulators in our global network.

IMGL Masterclasses stand for high-level discussions and interchange among experts. They strive to present only the best quality speakers and moderators — and the most up-to-date and relevant content in the IMGL Masterclass panels.

Upcoming Masterclasses

March 20, 2017
IMGL Masterclass at VIGE Vienna International Gaming Expo

Vienna, Austria

March 23, 2017
IMGL Masterclass at KPMG eSummit


April 26 - 28, 2017
IMGL Masterclass at GiGse

San Diego

July 11 - 14, 2017
IMGL Masterclass at iGaming Super Show


September 10 - 12, 2017
IMGL 2017 Autumn Conference

Copenhagen, Denmark

October 31 - November 1, 2017
IMGL Masterclass at EiG

Berlin, Germany

November 21 - 22, 2017
IMGL Masterclass at EEGS

Sofia, Bulgaria


Past Masterclasses

IMGL Masterclass at ICE
February 8, 2017

London, UK
ExCeL, London
South Gallery room 21–22

There is no registration fee for the Masterclass sessions. They are free once you have registered for a badge to gain admittance to the ExCel building.

10.15 - 10.30   Opening Comments by Michael Zatezalo, IMGL President

10.30 - 11.45   IMGL Masterclass Panel I
Worldwide Developments:  Breaking development across the world including Australia, France, Germany, the Far East, and Canada
Regulators in both mature and emerging jurisdictions are faced with increasing challenges as the land based and Internet gaming markets continue to evolve and expand.  The interaction between regulators, legislative bodies, other government regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies has become increasingly complicated in very many jurisdictions while, at the same time, technological developments in the gaming industry at both the game level and the back-room level are constantly increasing.  The panel will discuss the critical issues facing land based and Internet gaming in a number of important jurisdictions and the impact of industry trends, social gaming and betting on e-sports on present and future regulatory trends across the globe.

Michael Lipton, Q.C., Dickinson Wright, PLLP, Toronto, Canada

Jamie Nettleton, Addisons Lawyers, Sydney, Australia
Jan Rehola, Lawyer, Czech Republic
Wulf Hambach, Partner, Hambach & Hambach, Munich, Germany
Hilary Stewart Jones, Consultant, DLA Piper UK LLP, London, U.K.
Diane Mullenex, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, London, U.K.

11.45 - 12.00   Break

12.00 - 13.15   IMGL Masterclass Panel II
Anti-Money Laundering:  Will gaming be regulated like banking?
In the United States FinCEN is requiring casino operators to comply with anti-money laundering (“AML”) compliance standards, which have long been required of more traditional financial institutions, necessitating the implementation of more detailed “Know Your Client” (“KYC”) rules.  In Europe, the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive brings a greater consistency of rules across the EU and implementation of Financial Action Task Force recommendations in the fight against money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing.  New rules have been made to make it easier to trace transfers of funds and these rules will have an on-going impact on gaming operators.  Side by side are on-going challenges for operators following the emergence of legalised on-line gambling in certain US States and greater requirements for consumer protection and new specific requirements for greater KYC due diligence.  This panel will discuss the impact of these new and on-going requirements on the gaming industry and how operators should effectively and efficiently address the new and on-going requirements.

Dr. Joerg Hofmann, Melchers Law, Heidelberg, Germany

Quirino Mancini, Partner, Tonucci & Partners, Rome, Italy
Jochen Biewer, Managing Director, Chevron Consultants, Obertshausen, Germany
Simon Planzer, Partner, Planzer Law, Zurich, Switzerland
Bob Stocker, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Michigan, U.S.
Corinne Valletta, Head of EU & International Affairs

13.15 - 13.30   Break

13.30 - 14.45   IMGL Masterclass Panel III
European/Global Gaming Effects of Brexit
The gaming industry is, as always, a fast-moving arena, with regulatory and legal changes and challenges, as well as new jurisdictions and new products.   This panel will address the new issues that are arising across the globe, especially the effects on global gaming as a result of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Tony Coles, Gordon Dadds, London, U.K.

Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority, Copenhagen, Denmark
Susan Breen, Partner, Mishcon de Reya, London, U.K.
Nyreen Llamas, Partner, Hassans International Law Firm, Gibraltar
Sean McGuiness, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

14.45 - 15.00   Break

15.00 - 16.15   IMGL Masterclass Panel IV
Effects of the Election on Gaming in the United States
With the tidal wave of change in the United States, this panel will address the effects of a new President with a gaming background, a Republican controlled government and the changes in state gaming that will result after the November 8 election.   The panel will expressly look at the future of on-line gaming, tribal gaming and sports betting as changes in the executive, legislative and judicial branches start to be felt.

J. Kelly Duncan, Jones Walker, Louisiana, U.S.

Marc Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C, Missouri, U.S.
Mike McBride, Chair, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma, U.S.
Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Florida, U.S.
John Maloney, Law Offices of John K. Maloney, California, U.S.

16.15 - 17.30   IMGL Closing Reception


IMGL Masterclass at NCLGS
January 6-8, 2017
Scottsdale, Arizona
Saturday, January 7

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Role of the Regulator
Rarely is the role of the regulator clearly defined by statute. Instead it is often left to the regulator itself to define whether it will advocate for the industry's growth and development or will instead act as a strict, and sometimes harsh, enforcer against the industry. This panel will discuss the ways in which industry can work with regulators and lawmakers to find a sweet spot that allows for increased revenues while protecting state interests.

IMGL Moderator:
Marc Ellinger, Member, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC, Jefferson City, MO

Tiffany Conklin, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission,  Sacramento, CA
John Barron, General Counsel, Ohio Gaming Commission, Columbus, OH
John Maloney, Principal, Law Offices of John K. Maloney, Sacramento, CA
Jed Nosal, Counsel, Brown Rudnick, LLC, Boston, MA
Marie Jones, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP, Philadephia, PA

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Tribal Gaming Legal Issues with States
An update and discussion of the currently pending cases involving the roles of the tribes and the states vis-à-vis gaming, including recent cases and new compacts from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Florida.

Stephen Hart, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Phoenix, AZ

Kerry Patterson, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Phoenix, AZ
Dennis Whittlesey, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Washington, DC
Joginder Dhillon, Senior Advisor for Tribal Negotiations, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Sacramento, CA
Jeremiah Ritchie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Susana Martinez, Albuquerque, NM


IMGL Masterclass at OFXG TLV & GO GAMING International Summit
December 8, 2016
Tel Aviv

IMGL Masterclass at Eastern European Gaming Summit
November 22, 2016 to November 23, 2016

IMGL Masterclass at Macau Gaming Show
November 15, 2016


IMGL Masterclass at Malta iGaming Seminar (MIGS)
November 7, 2016 to November 9, 2016
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IMGL Masterclass at IAGR Conference
October 31, 2016 to November 3, 2016
Sydney, Australia

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IMGL Masterclass at European Association for the Study of Gambling
September 14, 2016 to September 15, 2016
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IMGL Masterclass at KPMG - eGaming Summit 
September 8, 2016
Isle of Man

KPMG in Malta welcomed many of you to their first eGaming Summit in the Isle of Man

Highlights included:

·         The IMGL Masterclass examining the ‘Top 10 Risks for Gaming Operators’ (pages 20-28) placed Cyber Crime in 3rd place, though the audience poll on the day moved it up to 2nd, and recent examples of sophisticated DDOS activity being targeted at the eGaming industry may well have pushed it into the top spot. George Quigley, Cyber Security Partner for KPMG in the UK, featured on our panel of experts discussing the rapidly evolving risk picture for the industry and Dan Kniveton of KPMG in the Isle of Man and Gibraltar shared his recent experience in the cyber-security workshop later in the day.

·         Simon French’s insightful ‘Market View of the eGaming Sector’ raised a number of topics for discussion by a distinguished M&A panel moderated by David Zeffman, including the ‘Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ of the major deals to date.

·         The IMGL Masterclass on AML & Data Protection, moderated by Dr Joerg Hofmann, gave a very clear (if sobering) picture of the new reality in force, and the need to embrace it.

·         Fiona Palmer of Sky Betting and Gaming set out the background and progress on the project to introduce a National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme for the UK, of which Phase 1, supported by a KPMG project team led by Micky Swindale and Nathan Beaver, has recently concluded.

·         A fascinating view of new technologies, comparing the possible applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for gaming operators, by Errol Larson of Dervico.

KPMG is now are delighted to announce that their eGaming Summit report, sponsored by Continent 8 Technologies, is now available view or download.
Click here to view and download the report.


IMGL Masterclass at NCLGS Summer Meeting
July 31, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Boston Marriott Newton
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3 February, 2016
London, United Kingdom
Platinum Suite 4

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IMGL Masterclass - Tel Aviv
November 29, 2015
OFXGTV & AffiliaTV Conference
Tel Aviv, Israel


IMGL Masterclass Sofia
November 23–24, 2015
Eastern European Gaming Summit
Sophia, Bulgaria


November 17–19, 2015
MiGS – Malta iGaming Seminar
St. Julians, Malta


IMGL Masterclass - Gibraltar 
April 23, 2015
Sunborn Yacht Hotel


4 February, 2015
London, United Kingdom
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iGaming Summit

November 10 – 11, 2014
Douglas, Isle of Man
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5 February, 2014
London, United Kingdom
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IMGL Masterclass Las Vegas

Monday, September 28
at Global Gaming Expo (G2E)