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In 2020, Araksi Sargsyan took her first steps in the online gaming segment as a Customer Service Representative at BetConstruct. She was quickly promoted to Account Manager, where she was in charge of developing B2B projects around the world. Subsequently, she left B2B to develop a B2C project in Kazakhstan. Then she worked as Business Development Manager for Latin America at Digitain. With an active and entrepreneurial spirit and a visionary approach, Araksi is now the Head of Business Development at DS Virtual Gaming, a leading brand in the virtual betting domain.
Morten Ronde has 20 years of experience from working in the gambling industry.
His background is in gambling regulation. He started his career in the Danish State Lottery and worked later 12 years as legal counsel for the Danish Gambling Authority. During his time as a regulator, he drafted the Danish online gambling reform that allowed for open licensing of betting and online casino operators in Denmark. The Danish gambling model is still considered one of the best gambling regimes in the world and has inspired many countries to adopt similar regulations.
Morten received the ”European Regulator of the Year Award” in 2020 from the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Since 2020 Morten has been working in the private sector of the gambling industry and has been advising clients in all sectors of the industry on regulatory affairs issues.
Morten acts as CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA), a trade association for online gambling operators in Denmark and as Director of Education and Association Development of the International Masters of Gaming (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law network.
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15 years of international experience in the B2C gambling/gaming in Baltics and CIS countries. Now is a Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe for the Baltics’ biggest online gaming operator Enlabs.
Sören Meius has been working for the Estonian Ministry of Finance for 15 years, drafting laws and regulations and being in charge of the policy development in the gambling and AML/CFT areas.
While she was the leading lawyer responsible for the drafting and implementation of Estonian Gambling Act (2008), her current role is more focussed on the AML/CFT issues, having drafted also the Estonian Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act (both 2007 and 2020 versions) and chairing the EU council working group that concluded the agreement on AMLD 5 during Estonian Presidency of the EU in 2020.
Vytautas Karalevicius oversees business development and client experience side of Bankera. After graduating in business finance at Durham University and finance at Cambridge University, Vytautas co-founded SpectroCoin – an all in one solution for cryptocurrencies. SpectroCoin today has more than 1,000,000 registered users. Now, Bankera is his and his business partners’ step towards more traditional financial services.
As an entrepreneur, he aims to help people and SMEs to deal with payments online. As the trend of economic activity moving online is clear, he aims his businesses to offer frictionless cutting-edge solutions for all financial needs arising from this shift.
He sees a gap between academia and applied finance and tries to eliminate this gap by being active in both areas. Therefore, he is continuing his academic career as a researcher of blockchain technology’s applications.
Vytautas breathes and lives Bankera as sees it as a platform to deliver real financial innovations and shake the industry in the long term.
Lolita Šumskaitė is working for the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and was responsible for designing the national gambling policy in Lithuania through legislation for more than 19 years. She was the main author of the first Law on Gambling, which was adopted in 2001. Lolita is a member of the EC Expert Group of Gambling Services.
Since 2020, her responsibilities also include insurance – designing insurance policy through legislation and her main responsibility is to implement EU regulation into national legislation.
Starting 2020, she is responsible for anti-money laundering acts – following and participating in the negotiations in the EU Council on the text of Anti Money Laundering Directive, preparing LT positions. Lolita was Chair of the EU Council’s Working Party discussing the fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive during LT Presidency of the EC.
Since 1993, Mrs.Birne has worked as Director of Securities department and Financial Market Policy department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia.
With the establishing of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection in 1998, Mrs.Birne starts her career as Director of Inspection.
Mrs.Birne has been graduated from the University of Latvia, Finance and trade faculty – Master’s Degree in Economics and in 2001 she earned the Master’s degree in Social science.
Signe Birne has an in-depth understanding of organizational practice and theory as well as experience within the regulation of the Latvian gaming market – land-based and online, illegal online gambling and payment blocking.
Signe Birne is very active with her country point of view on developments of gaming business all around Europe since 2001 till 2009 she held a position as a member of the Executive Board of GREF, Gaming Regulators European Forum, and 2009 – 2020 she was a Chairman of the Executive Board of GREF.
Since 2020 Mrs.Birne participated as the Latvian representative in the European Commission’s Expert Group on Gambling Services, which provides the Commission with advice and expertise in relation to the preparation of policy initiatives and facilitates the exchange of regulatory experience and good practices between EU and the EEA Member States.
Dr. Joerg Hofmann
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”) and group leader of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group of Melchers Law Firm. He has been practicing gaming law since the mid-90s and Melchers’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of the gaming industry. A highly recognized expert in the field, Joerg has been consistently ranked as a leading individual and expert in gaming law by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global and Best Lawyers for many years.
Dr. Simon Planzer
Dr. Simon Planzer is a partner at PLANZER LAW, a Zurich-based gaming law boutique.
PLANZER LAW’s team provides strategic, regulatory and legal advice to companies, regulators and other stakeholders across all areas of the gaming and entertainment industry.
The firm’s primary focus is on EU/EEA gaming law, compliance issues such as AML as well as Swiss gaming law and related commercial, corporate and financial matters.
Dr. Simon Planzer is General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. An alumnus of the College of Europe, he specialised early on in EU affairs and gaming law, working at the EFTA Court, the legal service of the EFTA Secretariat and as research fellow in European business law.
Dr. Simon Planzer is the author of the monograph (PhD) ‘Empirical Views on European Gambling Law and Addiction’(2020) and the book chapter ‘Gambling Law’ in The Handbook of EEA Law (2020), both published by Springer International Publishing. Simon also works as a Lecturer in Law at the University of St.Gallen where he teaches European Economic Law. He studied and did research i.a. at Harvard University, the College of Europe and the European University Institute.
Dr. Simon Planzer, founding partner of PLANZER LAW has recently received the recognition from Chambers & Partners and has been listed as a global gaming law expert. Clients and firms across many practice areas and geographies have trusted Chambers’ research for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Simon Planzer, founder of Planzer Law, is endorsed by interviewees (Chambers & Partners) as “absolutely excellent” and “the top Swiss lawyer” for gaming. He is actively involved in the shaping of gaming regulations in Switzerland, regularly interacting with the authorities, as well as providing regulatory advice to private clients. Based in Zürich, he is additionally active representing fantasy sports companies.
Zlatan Omerspahić has a Ph.D. in Commercial law, Corporate governance, Contract law, Regulatory issues and is currently serving the role of Data Protection Officer at NSoft.
He has graduated the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica and has held several compliance-related roles at Sberbank and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank.
He is responsible, loyal, dedicated and eager to learn about innovative things.
Just recently, Zlatan has been shortlisted at the Global Regulatory Awards 2020 in the category: Data Protection Officer or Team of the year.
Francesco Baranca is an expert in detecting fixed matches, who has revealed hundreds of matches featuring unfair players and teams over the years of his work.
Francesco is an Italian national who is the Secretary-General of FederBet, an anti-match-fixing organization based in Brussels.
He was head of the legal department of Stanleybet Malta Ltd. from 2001 to 2006, GoldBet Sportwetten GmbH from 2006 to 2009, and SKS365 GmbH from 2009 to 2020.
He has a Masters Degree in Law from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan.
He speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.
Francesco has been newly elected as Chairman of the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play of the Football Federation of Ukraine
Jaka has worked for various TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media, Entertainment) companies since 1996. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on gaming, media and digital law in Slovenia. Jaka graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and gained his graduate degree from Cambridge University in England and Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Diploma in European Community Law) and completed two-year MBA graduate studies at the University of Kansas in the USA. Jaka is an active member of IMGL (Slovenia) and a member of several other domestic and international organizations and is active also as a lecturer in various seminars and conferences.
Andrius Gabnys is an attorney-at-law and a managing partner at Gabnys Law Firm, a legal boutique based in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Tallinn, Estonia. The Firm specializes in entertainment (gambling, media, arts) and technology (IT, cybersecurity) legal aspects. Andrius Gabnys has been working in the online gambling sector for over 10 years and focuses on the multijurisdictional licensing, IP and related matters. He has extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.
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Mare Balticum Gaming Summit 2020
VIRTUAL EDITION OF LEADING GAMING SUMMIT IN EUROPE
MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit’s agenda addressed the concerns of the gambling industry in 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic in a virtual space.
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We are all virtual citizens now and adapting to virtual conferences.
We are in this together and the only way out is to adapt, innovate and continue to quality discussions and networking.
About This Event
The virtual edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is a special edition where the focus is not one region. We are bringing important subjects to the virtual table that are designed to create opinion forming and spark innovative discussions among industry experts.
Provisional Agenda 2020
A panel discussion which is joined by all 3 Baltic regulators (Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian)
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