Ashley Averill

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Name: Ashley Averill
Date registered: January 18, 2013

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  1. All-in@EiG — October 21, 2014
  2. Norway: Gaming monopoly may be repealed — October 9, 2014
  3. Singapore: Draft Bill To Criminalise Online Gambling — September 22, 2014
  4. GB: Gambling Commission publishes final set of responses to licensing conditions consultation — April 30, 2014
  5. GB: Gambling Protections and Controls document published — April 30, 2014

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  2. UK: Pre-scrutiny report on draft Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill published — 1 comment

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All-in@EiG

To coincide with the 13th European iGaming Congress and Expo, the DLA Piper Gaming Team has once again collaborated to provide you with updates and analysis of topical legal and regulatory issues across the globe.

Please click here to view the PDF

Norway: Gaming monopoly may be repealed

The Norwegian Government has recently appointed a committee which shall report on the consequences if the Norwegian lotteries and gaming monopoly were to be repealed. The committee shall amongst others consider whether if one were to introduce a license arrangement for gaming companies to operate lotteries and money gaming in Norway, would lead to increased gambling addiction in Norway. An important part of the work will consist of charting the present arrangements in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the UK. It is desirable to look at experience gained in these countries and consider positive and negative consequences of the schemes that these countries have chosen.

The aim of the work is to arrive at an arrangement whereby that gambling on the Internet which is already directed at Norwegian citizens can be brought into regulated forms.

If a license scheme is introduced, foreign gambling companies will also be able to apply for a license in Norway.

Singapore: Draft Bill To Criminalise Online Gambling

By Lauren Silk

The Remote Gambling Act 2014 was introduced to Singapore Parliament for first reading on 8 September 2014. This Act adds to Singapore’s already stringent anti-gambling laws by criminalising online gambling.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore said that “the bill will prohibit all forms of remote gambling activities unless exempted”.  The only exemptions  are to government backed entities such as Singapore Pools and the Turf Club, which will be able to offer online products, subject to the discretion of the Ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Commission publishes final set of responses to licensing conditions consultation

Following last year’s consultation, the Gambling Commission has published the the final two documents which set out the responses to the consultation and the Commission’s consequential position. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Protections and Controls document published

On 30 April 2014, the Government published its Gambling Protections and Controls document which details the statutory measures it intends to take in relation to a number of gambling related issues. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Commission updates FAQs and provides more clarity over grey markets issue

Today (8 April), the Gambling Commission published an updated version of its FAQs, providing updated guidance to the industry in relation to a variety of questions that both we, and the industry generally, have been asking. One key aspect that is addressed is the Commission’s requirements in relation to “grey markets”. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: POC Bill passed at Third Reading

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill was passed by the House of Lords today in the Third Reading and returned to the House of Commons with one amendment.

Two amendments were debated. The first extends the liability to pay the Horse Racing Levy to all bookmakers that hold a British remote operating licence (even those based outside Great Britain), and was agreed. The second, which was withdrawn, sought to prevent advertising in Britain until “the Secretary of State has reported to Parliament on the outcome of any reviews into advertising of gambling in Britain that they have commissioned in the six months before the day on which this Act is passed.”

The transcript from the debate can be read here.

The Bill is now one step closer to Royal Assent.

Netherlands: text of the Dutch online gambling bill published earlier than expected

On Wednesday (5 March), the 171 page-long text of the proposed Dutch Remote Gambling Act has been notified to the European Commission. This is a sign that the Dutch government is speeding up the process, since the text of the bill was expected after submission to the House of Representatives. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Voluntary agreement reached to block payments but no statutory control

In the House of Lords debate yesterday (4 March 2014), the issue of payment blocking as a measure to enforce against unlicensed operators post-implementation of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill was once again discussed. The proposed amendment (set out in full below), which would have provided the Gambling Commission with statutory powers to oblige “credit institutions” and “financial institutions” to block payments to unlicensed operators was narrowly defeated.

However, Baroness Howe of Idlicote (who suggested the amendment together with Lord Stevenson) confirmed that a letter had been sent from Lord Garnier to other Lords which stated that “the Gambling Commission has reached agreement with a number of major payment systems organisations to work together to block financial transactions with unlicensed operators“.   Read the rest of this entry »

Lithuania: The latest Member State to propose new online gambling regulations

Gambling Law No IX-325 currently regulates gambling in the Republic of Lithuania. However, it fails to take account of which entities are permitted to provide gambling services and through which means of communication. In a move to protect the incumbent local operators and remove any ambiguity as to the interpretation of the Gambling Law, the Lithuania government has submitted a draft law to the European Commission in accordance with Directive 98/34/EC.

The draft law provides that licences shall be available to both public and private limited companies established in Lithuania providing the share capital of any applicant is at least 4 million litas (circa. £1 million).  The draft law also sets out enforcement measures to be taken against illegal operators as well as software and technical requirements. Once the three month standstill period is over, the Gaming Control Authority must then approve the regulations before licences will become available.

It will be interesting to see how the Commission responds to the draft law given it  made an official request for information from Lithuania for having national legislation which restricts the supply of gambling services.

The draft law (in Lithuanian) can be accessed here.

The blueprint for iGaming regulation – The perfect regime

Much has been written and discussed about the effectiveness of the regulations that govern iGaming country markets, with concerns pointing to the costs and barriers facing operators serving into multiple jurisdictions in the absence of common ‘European-wide’ legislation. However, by examining the components of today’s regulated markets and drawing out the best qualities from each, are we able to piece together a blueprint for the perfect iGaming regime? Stephen Ketteley and Ash Averill of DLA Piper assess the current European frameworks in operation in the pursuit of finding the perfect regime.

Read The Blueprint for iGaming Regulation – The Perfect Regime which appear in the November/December edition of iGaming Business.

All-in November

Overview of the top gambling regulatory developments in November. Read the rest of this entry »

Poland: Proposals to allow monopoly to offer online games

Pursuant to the Gambling Law dated 19 November 2009 (“Law”), the Polish government grants monopoly rights over number games, cash lotteries and telebingo. However, the Law does not specifically refer to the internet and the organisation of any such number games or lotteries is always subject to the approval of the Minister of Public Finances

On 12 November 2013, the Polish government submitted a notification to the European Commission in order to amend the Law, specifically allowing for the monopoly to provide the permitted games on the internet via a website approved by the Ministry. Coupled with this, the Polish government also proposes to protect players against the negative effects of gambling by requiring the monopoly to introduce a policy of responsible gambling.

In the grounds for submitting the amendment, the Polish government noted that its objectives were to create a “controlled the development of legitimate games with available distribution network…while maintaining control over the activities of a body pursuing an monopoly.

To access the European Commission notification please click here.

Sports and betting conference – 14 November

40% discount available for the 2013 Sporting and Betting conference in London

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All-In@EiG

To coincide with the 12th European iGaming Congress and Expo, the DLA Piper Gaming Team has once again collaborated to provide you with updates and analysis of topical legal and regulatory issues across the globe.

This year’s publication includes articles from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the U.S..

Please click here to read the e-magazine or click here to view the PDF

UK: Consultation on streamlining the licence application process

Following on the Gambling Commission’s publication of its LCCP and customer funds consultations, on 26 September a third consultation was published, which seeks the industry’s views on the changes proposed to operational licence application procedure in anticipation of the point of consumption regime being implemented in early 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

All-in September

Overview of the top gambling regulatory developments in September. Read the rest of this entry »

All-in August

Top gambling regulatory developments in August. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: Government publishes responses to POC tax consultation

In the 2012 Budget, the UK government announced its intention to tax remote gambling on a point of consumption basis. A consultation ran from 5 April 2012 until 28 June 2012 whereby operators, suppliers and other interested parties were invited to provide comments and responses. Today (16 August 2013), the responses to the consultation were published. Read the rest of this entry »

Greece: Government sells its stake in OPAP

On 12 August the Greek government put pen to paper to complete the sale of its 33% controlling stake in the gambling monopoly OPAP for €652 million to Emma Delta, an equity fund led by Czech billionaire Jiri Smejc. Read the rest of this entry »

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