2019 and 2020 – Where are we, how have we got here and where are we likely to be going…and does anyone really know? Reflection and futureology from the industry's most respected analyst and commentator.

C-Suite Panel Discussion: The Slow Death of the Regulated Market? Does the example of the British and now the Swedish and Dutch regulator mean that the cost of working in EU regulated markets is too high for all but a few operators? Can new entrants even afford the compliance liability in these markets? Why has the politics turned against the industry in Europe so badly and what can we do across Europe to turn the tide of punitive regulation, social disapproval and advertising bans? Can we survive further ad bans in Spain and elsewhere? How?

Business is moving so quickly, technology even faster, and the potential for disruption is vast. Leaders can’t simply ‘keep up’ – rather they must steer their organisations and teams into the unknown. In today’s environment of rapid technology, constant disruption, globalisation and connectivity, organisations are altering dramatically, new businesses are emerging, and success relies on being able to adapt quickly. This places new demands on leaders across all industry sectors including the iGaming Industry. Leading the way we did when environments and organisations were more stable, where we could distinguish between change and ‘business as usual’, simply won’t work anymore. New technologies create an environment where new ways to conduct business are emerging much faster; where our business models are changing. This feeds into the expectations of customers. Leaders are constantly facing volatility and ambiguity. As they continually adapt strategies, pivot their product or service offerings, grow or shrink their workforces, adapt to new regulation or quickly react to shifts in customer demands – they need to adjust the way that they lead. Leaders need to think about their role as one of creating organisations that are adaptive and can deal with emergent issues.

Weathering the Storm: Regulatory Best Practice as a Prophylactic across Europe. Is it time for operators to name and shame worst practice in the industry for everyone's benefit? Can we survive if the regulatory yardstick is always the lowest standard? What common standards in social responsibility, AML and customer care do we need to offer up to the politicians and society?

Weathering the Storm: Putting our own House in Order with "Do's and Don'ts" for Advertising and Sponsorship across Europe. The politicians will tell us that the thing that upsets them most if the volume, shrillness, frequency, saturation and appeal to the young. What should be the golden rules for the industry going forward?

Challenges and Opportunities – Holland and Germany. The State Treaty; the chance of the other Lander following Schleswig-Holstein in unilateral licensing; the attacks on payment processing; the chance of gaming regulation; should administrative fines be honoured and paid and will betting licences require all the other verticals to be switched off?

The online Gaming sector participants entered within the scope of the AML Directives at the same time that significantly more importance was given to the risk-based approach. Risk assessment, both at the business level and at the customer level, are key to understanding and mitigating appropriately AML/CFT Risk. Whilst this should allow compliance to become more meaningful to the business, gaming operators are, at best, not sufficiently leveraging on this opportunity. At worse, they are getting it wrong leading to a heightened exposure to regulatory breaches. During this interactive session, we will address this aspect of AML/CFT regulation, including the perceived opportunities in, the challenges of and some practical considerations in applying these requirements.

Challenges and Opportunities – Spain and LatAm. Buenos Aires province has issued licences; Brazil may follow suit and defines poker as a 'skill game'. The political atmosphere in Spain is worsening and Basque TV channels have removed advertising voluntarily.

Gaming groups for the first time have the opportunity of consolidating their results for taxation on corporate income as well as having all intra-group transactions ignored for VAT purposes. A panel consisting of KPMG’s Tax specialists in Gaming will provide you with insight into the why, how and when.

Synopsis:
Staying ahead of the game in this constantly changing regulatory environment is the cornerstone of solid financial reporting. During this brief session the panel will seek to touch upon three main areas of particular relevance to gaming entities specifically delving into asset or business acquisitions, employee benefits in particular share-based compensation and the specific considerations relating to leases.

Acquisitions have become very common in this sector. During the session, the panel will delve into the “Definition of a Business” that has been recently released by the IASB and some other best practices that participants should consider when acquiring a business.

Equity ownership rights compensation schemes are becoming increasingly common in the iGaming sphere. The panel will this also explore the application of the accounting and valuation requirements of Share-based payment transactions.

Many businesses operating in the iGaming space Lease out a variety of assets ranging from office space to computer equipment. The new accounting standard on leases offers a variety of options to choose from and most of the choices that operators will have to make on transition involve a trade-off between cost and comparability. The judgements, options and expedients are amongst the aspects that the panel will discuss.

Challenges and Opportunities – Africa. The population of Nigeria looks set to surpass that of the USA and the Continent is seeing am emerging middle class with leisure time and leisure spend.

Challenges and Opportunities – Scandinavia. The Stockholm Syndrome. Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway present a pattern of very different markets and opportunities.

2019 and 2020 – Where are we, how have we got here and where are we likely to be going…and does anyone really know? Reflection and futureology from the industry's most respected analyst and commentator.

C-Suite Panel Discussion: The Slow Death of the Regulated Market? Does the example of the British and now the Swedish and Dutch regulator mean that the cost of working in EU regulated markets is too high for all but a few operators? Can new entrants even afford the compliance liability in these markets? Why has the politics turned against the industry in Europe so badly and what can we do across Europe to turn the tide of punitive regulation, social disapproval and advertising bans? Can we survive further ad bans in Spain and elsewhere? How?

Weathering the Storm: Regulatory Best Practice as a Prophylactic across Europe. Is it time for operators to name and shame worst practice in the industry for everyone's benefit? Can we survive if the regulatory yardstick is always the lowest standard? What common standards in social responsibility, AML and customer care do we need to offer up to the politicians and society?

Weathering the Storm: Putting our own House in Order with "Do's and Don'ts" for Advertising and Sponsorship across Europe. The politicians will tell us that the thing that upsets them most if the volume, shrillness, frequency, saturation and appeal to the young. What should be the golden rules for the industry going forward?

Challenges and Opportunities – Holland and Germany. The State Treaty; the chance of the other Lander following Schleswig-Holstein in unilateral licensing; the attacks on payment processing; the chance of gaming regulation; should administrative fines be honoured and paid and will betting licences require all the other verticals to be switched off?

Challenges and Opportunities – Spain and LatAm. Buenos Aires province has issued licences; Brazil may follow suit and defines poker as a 'skill game'. The political atmosphere in Spain is worsening and Basque TV channels have removed advertising voluntarily.

Challenges and Opportunities – Africa. The population of Nigeria looks set to surpass that of the USA and the Continent is seeing am emerging middle class with leisure time and leisure spend.

Challenges and Opportunities – Scandinavia. The Stockholm Syndrome. Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway present a pattern of very different markets and opportunities.

Business is moving so quickly, technology even faster, and the potential for disruption is vast. Leaders can’t simply ‘keep up’ – rather they must steer their organisations and teams into the unknown. In today’s environment of rapid technology, constant disruption, globalisation and connectivity, organisations are altering dramatically, new businesses are emerging, and success relies on being able to adapt quickly. This places new demands on leaders across all industry sectors including the iGaming Industry. Leading the way we did when environments and organisations were more stable, where we could distinguish between change and ‘business as usual’, simply won’t work anymore. New technologies create an environment where new ways to conduct business are emerging much faster; where our business models are changing. This feeds into the expectations of customers. Leaders are constantly facing volatility and ambiguity. As they continually adapt strategies, pivot their product or service offerings, grow or shrink their workforces, adapt to new regulation or quickly react to shifts in customer demands – they need to adjust the way that they lead. Leaders need to think about their role as one of creating organisations that are adaptive and can deal with emergent issues.

The online Gaming sector participants entered within the scope of the AML Directives at the same time that significantly more importance was given to the risk-based approach. Risk assessment, both at the business level and at the customer level, are key to understanding and mitigating appropriately AML/CFT Risk. Whilst this should allow compliance to become more meaningful to the business, gaming operators are, at best, not sufficiently leveraging on this opportunity. At worse, they are getting it wrong leading to a heightened exposure to regulatory breaches. During this interactive session, we will address this aspect of AML/CFT regulation, including the perceived opportunities in, the challenges of and some practical considerations in applying these requirements.

Gaming groups for the first time have the opportunity of consolidating their results for taxation on corporate income as well as having all intra-group transactions ignored for VAT purposes. A panel consisting of KPMG’s Tax specialists in Gaming will provide you with insight into the why, how and when.

Synopsis:
Staying ahead of the game in this constantly changing regulatory environment is the cornerstone of solid financial reporting. During this brief session the panel will seek to touch upon three main areas of particular relevance to gaming entities specifically delving into asset or business acquisitions, employee benefits in particular share-based compensation and the specific considerations relating to leases.

Acquisitions have become very common in this sector. During the session, the panel will delve into the “Definition of a Business” that has been recently released by the IASB and some other best practices that participants should consider when acquiring a business.

Equity ownership rights compensation schemes are becoming increasingly common in the iGaming sphere. The panel will this also explore the application of the accounting and valuation requirements of Share-based payment transactions.

Many businesses operating in the iGaming space Lease out a variety of assets ranging from office space to computer equipment. The new accounting standard on leases offers a variety of options to choose from and most of the choices that operators will have to make on transition involve a trade-off between cost and comparability. The judgements, options and expedients are amongst the aspects that the panel will discuss.