Category Archive: Sports Regulatory

Update on the new AML Act in Germany

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The new German Anti Money Laundering (AML) Act entered into force on 26 June 2017 after it has been published in the Federal Law Gazette. The new AML Act brings three important changes for gambling companies: Extension of the scope from online to offline gambling and from licensed to unlicensed gambling Revised AML measures …

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E-Sport will finally be recognised as a sport in Poland

Rafał Burda and Wojciech Biegański On 14 March 2017, the Council of Ministers adopted a draft law amending the Act of 25 June 2010 on Sport (accessible here). The draft is currently subject to its first reading in parliament. The draft introduces an extension to the existing definition of sport, supplementing the solely physical activity …

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New AML Act for Germany – impact on gambling operators

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The financial committee of the Federal Parliament agreed on amendments to the new German Anti Money Laundering (AML) Act (Geldwäschegesetz, GwG) yesterday. The new law will bring important changes for gambling operators. While the scope of the new AML Act will be extended from online gambling to also …

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Sports betting does not require a German gambling license in North Rhine-Westphalia at the moment

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia (OVG NRW) ruled in a recent decision that sports betting intermediation by an EU-licensed provider does not require a(n additional) German gambling license in North Rhine-Westphalia at the moment. With this decision the court takes a very liberal stance. Yet, this …

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Casinos Given Green Light in Japan

On December 15th 2016, the National Diet officially opened Japan’s doors to Casino gambling by passing the ‘Integrated Resort Promotion Act’, which lays the groundwork for the legalization of Casinos in Japan. If the process continues smoothly, casinos will be operating in Japan after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Share this

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German Federal High Court: Clubs can pass on fines to rioting fans

A ruling handed down by the German Federal High Court in November determined for the first time that penalties imposed on a football club by the DFB based on a fan’s misbehavior can be passed on to the injuring party. Therefore, rioting fans could now be facing large claims for compensations. The fan’s liability is based on …

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Unlawful prohibition of sports betting in Germany

The Federal Administrative Court of Germany (BVerwG) ruled in a recent decision that if the state monopoly for sports betting persists an administrative prohibition of sports betting without a German sports betting concession would be unlawful. This decision ties in with a recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). There the ECJ ruled …

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New gambling law for Germany

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann A few days after the prime minister conference decided on the amendment of the State Treaty on Gambling Germany has informed the EU commission about the proposed legislative changes. The draft of the “Second State Treaty Amending the State Treaty on Gambling” provides for a few changes of …

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Valencian Football Clubs have to pay back more than EUR 30 million of state aid. Professional sport clubs should be aware of the European State aid rules!

On November 04 the European Commission published the full text of its Decision on incompatible State aid to Valencian football clubs (SA.36387, an appeal has been filed). The Commission concluded that public support measures in the form of loan guarantees by the regional government of Valencia in favour of the football clubs FC Valencia, Hercules …

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Prime minister conference: amendment of the German State Treaty on Gambling

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann Last week the German prime ministers reached an agreement on the amendment of the German State Treaty on Gambling (GlueStV). They decided to cancel the limitation of concessions for sports betting. With the 2012 GlueStV the German states wanted to allow up to 20 licenses for private sports …

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