Belgium: Gaming Commission accuses Brussels casino of illegal structure

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper Brussels) report on a complaint filed by the Belgian Gaming Commission against Brussel’s only land-based casino.

Today, Belgian printed media reports that the Belgian Gaming Commission has filed a complaint against the “Grand Casino Brussels” (formerly known as the “Viage”), one of the nine Belgian licensed bricks-and-mortar casinos. The Commission confirmed that it has handed over an investigative file to the Belgian Prosecution Services.

According to the Gaming Commission, Brussels’ land-based casino has been restructured, leading to a new company exploiting the casino (and its license). This construction infringes Belgian gaming laws, the Commission has stated in the media, as licenses are attributed to operators intuitu personae, hence cannot be transferred to another company without the necessary approvals.

A Commission representative stated that this restructuring project has allegedly been pursued in order to comply with the Commission’s solvability ratios.

For more information, please contact patrick.van.eecke@dlapiper.com or antoon.dierick@dlapiper.com