Christoph Engelmann

Christoph Engelmann advises national and international corporations on (media) regulatory matters.

New German gambling regulation 2021

Following an industry association hearing in February, the heads of the 16 German federal states adopted a draft State Treaty on the New Regulation of Gambling in Germany (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag 2021 – GlüStV 2021) at their conference on 12 March.

The new law will bring substantial changes to the German gambling regulation.

New sports betting licensing procedure starts in Germany

The 3rd amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag = GlüStV) entered into force on 1 January. This new law removes the cap for licences during the so-called experimental phase for sports betting, which runs until 30 June 2021.

The competent gambling licensing authority of Hesse, the Darmstadt Regional Council (Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt), has already published the minimum licensing requirements that need to be fulfilled to qualify for a licence.

In a notice of 2 January 2020, the authority informed that applications may be submitted by post or e-mail. The licence is granted on the condition that the applicant meets the minimum requirements. The licensing procedure is not subject to any deadlines and further information, including a list of FAQs, is available on the website of the authority.

2020: New sports betting licences in Germany

Beginning in January 2020, new remote and land-based sports betting licences will be granted in Germany. The competent gambling authority of Hesse has already published the minimum licensing requirements that need to be fulfilled to qualify for a licence. Sports betting operators who wish to receive a licence can prepare the necessary documents for the application now.

The attached newsletter gives an overview over the licensing procedure. We have also published an unofficial translation of the minimum licensing requirements and its annexes.

Key takeaways from Hesse’s informational meeting on sports betting licenses in Germany

On 13 August 2019 the competent gambling licensing authority of Hesse, the Darmstadt Regional Council, held an informational meeting on the upcoming 2020 sports betting licensing procedure in Germany. This was an opportunity for stakeholders in the sports betting industry in Germany to discuss questions about the recently published minimum licensing requirements directly with the authority. DLA Piper attended this meeting and here are our key takeaways:

Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany (2019)

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann have published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the second edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series. This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based …

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Renewal of online casino licences in Schleswig-Holstein

The governing coalition of Schleswig-Holstein has signed a draft law that is intended to renew the online casino licences that have recently expired. This draft law is one step further than the draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling that will only allow new sports betting licences but sticks to the ban on online casinos. …

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New sports betting licences in Germany

The draft of an amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling has been published. The amendment is intended to allow issuing new (online and offline) sports betting licences. This includes:

  • Extending the so-called experimental phase for sports betting from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021 with the possibility to extend up to 30 June 2024.
  • Removing the quota system for sports betting licences to allow issuing more than just 20 licences.
  • Entry into force on 1 January 2020 if all participating German states ratify the treaty until 31 December 2019.

New AML guidelines for gambling in Germany

The highest gambling supervisory authorities of the German states have recently published new guidelines on the interpretation and implementation of the German Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act. Gambling operators and intermediaries have been waiting for an update of the guidelines since the new AML Act that transposes the 4th AML Directive came into force in June …

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Getting The Deal Through – Gaming: Gambling regulation in Germany

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann published the chapter on gambling regulation in Germany in the first edition of Gaming in the Getting The Deal Through series. This chapter provides an overview of the laws and regulations that apply to gaming companies in Germany. Topics include: licensed and unlicensed gambling, licensing requirements for land-based and …

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Presentation on German AML Act at Gambling Symposium

Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann will give a presentation on the new German Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act at the 15th University of Hohenheim Gambling Symposium on 22 March 2018. Christoph Engelmann will speak about new regulatory AML requirements for online gambling operators. Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt will cover potential legal consequences due to the new …

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