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Albert Agustinoy

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Name: Albert Agustinoy
Date registered: April 16, 2013

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  1. SPAIN: Finally the market is re-opened — October 31, 2014
  2. Spain: New technical resolutions — October 10, 2014
  3. Webinar on the New Spanish Gambling Market — September 11, 2014
  4. New step for Spanish Market re-opening — August 1, 2014
  5. Spain: the decrees on slots and exchange betting are approved — July 30, 2014

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SPAIN: Finally the market is re-opened

By Andrea Batalla and Jorge Monclús, DLA Piper Spain.

Today has been published in the Spanish Official Gazette the resolution launching the call for tender for obtaining new general licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain.

This means that within the next 30 working days, interested parties can apply for obtaining new general licenses. Consequently, the deadline for submitting the corresponding applications will be December 9, 2014 at 13.00 CET.

Moreover, the ministerial orders regulating slots and exchange betting have also entered into force by means of this publication and therefore, the applications can from now on be filed. It is important to highlight that the application of singular licenses is no subject to any time restrictions, meaning that licensed operators/applicants can submit singular licenses applications at any time from tomorrow.

Spain: New technical resolutions

The opening of the Spanish market is getting closer. Today new technical resolutions have been published at the Spanish Official Gazette. In particular, the resolutions are the followings:

  • Resolution developing the technical specifications to be fulfil by the technical systems (available -in Spanish- here).
  • Resolution establishing the template for the definitive certification reports and developing the procedure for substantial changes (available -in Spanish- here); and
  • Resolution establishing the templates for the preliminary certification reports and for the certification report about the internal control system (available -in Spanish- here).

The next step should be the publication of the new call for tender, which should happen in the following days or weeks. We will keep you updated on this.

Webinar on the New Spanish Gambling Market

The Spanish gambling market is about to live two very relevant developments: its re-opening for new entrants as well as the introduction of new and long-time-awaited games. Spain is one of the most relevant markets for online gambling operators in Europe, which should be growing significantly in the next future due to these new features.

DLA Piper Spain is delighted to invite you to a 1 hour webinar, focusing on the most relevant issues anyone present or interested in the Spanish market must know regarding these important developments.

The webinar will take place on September 24, 2014, from 3.00 to 4.00pm GMT.

The session will be presented in English by members of our Gambling Group and chaired by Albert Agustinoy.

We hope you can join us.

Click here if you would like to attend this session

New step for Spanish Market re-opening

By Jorge Monclús and Paula González de Castejón

Following the publication the Spanish Official Gazette of the decrees regulating online slots and exchange betting, a new step has been taken by publishing in the Spanish authorities’ website relevant information about the new call for tender.

In particular, it has been published the draft version of the new call for tender for general and singular licenses as well as technical drafts documents, that will be applicable.

The Spanish version of these drafts are available at: http://www.ordenacionjuego.es/es/apertura-mercado-juego

By means of the publication of these drafts, the Spanish authorities gives the interested parties until September 10th to file comments on these draft resolutions. Once comments are received, a final version will be approved. Its publication in the Spanish Official Gazette will finally open the Spanish market.

Spain: the decrees on slots and exchange betting are approved

By Paula González de Castejón and Jorge Monclús, DLA Piper Spain

Today the Spanish authorities have finally published in the Spanish Official Gazette the decrees regulating online slots and exchange betting.

Those decrees are available (in Spanish) herein:

Both decrees will not enter into force until a new tender re-opening the market has been officially called by the Spanish authorizes. This means that the possibility for applying for the singular licenses for slots by already licensed operators will not exist until the said tender is officially launched by the Spanish authorities.

It is important to notice that both decrees finally approved are aligned with the draft decrees published on March 2014 (which were analyzed in our previous entry).

Some of the modifications included in the final versions of the decrees were proposed by the operators during the process of public comments opened by the Spanish authorities. In addition, some other amendments have been introduced by the Spanish authorities in order to increase the protection of players and to improve responsible gambling measures.

Spain: Opening of the tender for the BCN World gambling resort

By Albert Agustinoy and Elisa Lorenzo, DLA Piper Spain

On June, 13, 2014 the regional gambling authorities of Catalonia (“Direcció General de Tributs i Joc“) officialy adopted the (long-time awaited) call for tender for launching the so-called BCN World gambling resort. Under the said call, gambling operators are invited to apply for an authorization to develop and operate a number of casinos in Salou (in Southern Catalonia).

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Spain: New AML regulations have been approved

By Bartolomé Martín (DLA Piper Spain)

Yesterday the Spanish Official National Gazette published a new regulation developing the Spanish AML legislation (Royal Decree 304/2014, of 5 May 2014, approving the regulation developing Law 10/2010, of 28 April 2010, on prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing). This new regulation develops and clarifies many issues connected with AML matters affecting all regulated entities and, therefore, gambling operators.

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Spain: The authorities disclose more information on the new licensing process

By Albert Agustinoy (DLA Piper Spain)

As mentioned in a previous post, today the DGOJ has held a meeting with the licensed operators in order to inform them on its next major regulatory developments. Namely, such developments are: (i) the status and likely timings for approval connected with the draft decrees on slots and betting exchange; and (ii) the procedural steps that will be taken in order to articulate the re-opening of the market.

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Spain: More clarity on new games and the re-opening of the market should be coming soon…

By Albert Agustinoy (DLA Piper Spain)

The Spanish regulator has confirmed today that it will be holding a public meeting early next week (namely, on April 29) in order to provide more information on the process of approval of the regulations that will introduce slots and betting exchange  as well as on the process of re-opening of the market for new licensed operators.

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Spain: The draft decrees on slots and exchange betting have been notified to the European Commission

By Albert Agustinoy (DLA Piper Spain)

Pursuant to the information posted in the European Commission’s website, yesterday the Spanish authorities did notify the draft decrees on slots and exchange betting to Brussels. Such a notification is made in order to fulfill the obligations deriving from Directive 98/34. Said Directive sets forth a procedure which imposes an obligation upon the Member States to notify to the Commission and to each other all the draft technical regulations concerning products and Information Society Services before they are adopted in national law. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: the draft decrees on slots and exchange betting are published

The Spanish authorities have finally published the draft decrees regulations online slots and exchange betting. This publication launches a public-consultation phase that will last until March 27 and during which any interested party is going to be entitled to file comments on these two draft regulations.

This publication does also confirm that the Spanish regulator will be re-opening the market for new entrants, which in the near future are going to be entitled to apply for the licenses allowing them to start operating in Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: Re-opening of the market and regulation of slots and exchange betting

By Albert Agustinoy, DLA Piper Spain

Today the Spanish media have leaked the draft decrees that the regulator has prepared in order to approve the operation of exchange betting and slot games. This appears to be the ultimate confirmation of the process of approval of these games moving forward, something that is very good news for the industry in a market that has been struggling in the last months. Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: Approval of a simplified system for the fulfillment of regulatory duties by the gambling industry

By Albert Agustinoy, DLA Piper Spain

The Spanish Parliament has approved this week the so-called Market Unity Act (Ley de Unidad de Mercado, which can be consulted here). This piece of legislation is aimed at simplfying the difficulties of providing services or manufacturing or distributing goods connected with regulated activities in Spain (including gambling activities). Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey: The authorities launch a tender for the privatization of the lotteries

By Burak Ozdagistanli, from YükselKarkınKüçük Attorney Partnership

The Turkish authorities have published today an announcement regarding the privatization of their lottery services (Official Gazette w. no. 28833).

According to the announcement, a tender will be made and a license for providing lottery services in Turkey will be granted to the chosen operator.

Pursuant to the terms of the announcement, the bidders are required to apply for preliminary qualification before 30 January 2013. Afterwards, bidders are going to be required to sign a standard Non-Disclosure agreement to be provided by the Directorate of Privatization and submit $5,000 to obtain the tender documents as of 26 November 2013.

The bidders are also required to submit a temporary bond (bank guarantee) of $10,000,000 before participating in the tender. The last day to submit the bids is 13 February 2013, 16.00 (GMT+2).

 

Spain: Approval of new regulations for betting and bingo

By Albert Agustinoy, DLA Piper Spain

The Spanish Official Gazette has published today a Decision from the Spanish Gambling Authority (namely Decision no. HAP/1998/2013, available in Spanish here) amending the regulations that apply to betting and bingo. Read the rest of this entry »

EU: Commission starts analyzing new possible approaches of taxing the digital economy

By: Miguel Baz and Rodrigo Gastalver from DLA Piper Spain

The European Commission considers that the current taxation system was conceived in a pre-computing age so that it must be adapted in order for the digital sector to “play fair and pay fair“.

For this purpose, it has created a High Level Export Group on Taxation for the Digital Economy to analyze the best ways of taxing the digital economy in the EU, ways which will be in turn put in practice.

We anticipate that within the framework of the analysis to be produced current tax issues such as the virtual permanent establishments or the royalties upon software licenses will come up.

At the same time, the EU will continue with its cooperation with the OECD to reach to a coherent and complementary approach to digital taxation at the EU and international level.

The press note issued by the European Commission on this development is available here.

Spain: First Steps for Coordinating Measures against Match Fixing

By: Albert Agustinoy and Elisa Lorenzo, DLA Piper Spain

The Spanish General Directorate of Gaming Affairs (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego – “DGOJ”) has recently held a first meeting with the some of the main licensed online sport bookmakers aimed at establishing a specific plan in order to fight against match fixing practices in Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

Portugal: Announcement of Online Gambling Market Legalization

By Nuno Azevedo, from ABBC & Associados  

On 3 October 2013, and as a result of the country´s evaluation meeting with Troika, the Portuguese Government announced that it will legalize the online gambling market, in order to increase tax revenues.

During the next three months the Government will create a new working group to discuss the online gambling market in Portugal and European Union. The study to be prepared by the group will propose regulatory measures in order to open the online gambling market in Portugal.

The terms and the extent in which this process and the legalization process shall take place have not yet been disclosed.

Spain: The lone smoker solution

Very high expectations have arisen in Spain since two major gambling and entertainment projects were announced some months ago. Indeed, Las Vegas Sands has confirmed in several occasions its ambitious project for developing a large casino, resort and convention centres project in the region of Madrid. Following a similar path, a number of local and international investors have also announced their commitment for launching the so-called Barcelona World Project, another real estate, gambling and entertainment project to be located near to the touristic area of Tarragona, in the of Mediterranean coast.    Read the rest of this entry »

Spain: Authorities approve the first Strategic Plan on Responsible Gaming

The Spanish Gaming Authorities, in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Responsible Gaming (CAJR), have approved the so called Spanish strategy on responsible gaming. A Spanish version of this document is available here. Read the rest of this entry »

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