HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 27Issue 8IMGL HOSTS 2021 VIRTUAL SPRING CONFERENCE MARCH 8-12

International Masters of Gaming Law ("IMGL") is hosting its 2021 Spring Conference virtually on March 8-12, 2021. The conference was moved from Athens, Greece, to a virtual format due to COVID-19 health concerns. Each conference day will have two sessions, featuring different topics and thoughts from industry leaders.

The sessions will feature the following:

Monday, March 8

Session 1: Brick and Mortar Gaming in a Post-COVID World

Moderator: Sean McGuinness - Attorney, Butler Snow


  • Michael Lipton - Senior Partner, Dickinson Wright
  • Andrew Cotton - Director of Betting and Gaming, Ince Gordon Dadds LLP
  • Daron Dorsey - SVP, General Counsel & Group Compliance Officer, Ainsworth Game Technology
  • Ellen Whittemore - EVP, Wynn Resorts

Session 2: Sports Betting Updates

Moderator: Marie Jones - Attorney, Fox Rothschild


  • David Waddell - President, Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.
  • Eric Frank - EDF Compliance, LLC
  • R. Douglas Sherman - Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Gina Smith - Deputy Director of Gaming Compliance, Virginia Lottery

Tuesday, March 9

Session 3: Tribal Sports Betting and Compact Provisions

Moderator: Steve Light - Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy, University of North Dakota


  • Kathryn Rand - Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Kevin Quigley - Indian Affairs & Gaming Business Counsel, Foley & Quigley PLC
  • Niki Metzgar-Schall - Corporate Counsel, Sportradar
  • Heidi McNeill Staudenmaier - Partner, Snell & Wilmer

Session 4: Igaming/Lottery in North America

Moderator: Robert Fontaine - Deputy General Counsel for Gaming, Virginia Lottery


  • Rob Wesley - Director of Digital, Virginia Lottery
  • Riva Richard - General Counsel, Pollard Banknote
  • Scott Bowen - Vice President of Government Relations, NeoPollard Interactive LLC

Wednesday, March 10

Session 5: Australasia 2021: Way Forward Post COVID

Moderator: Andrew W. Scott - Vice Chairman and CEO, Inside Asian Gaming


  • Jamie Nettleton - Partner, Addisons
  • Kok Keng Lau - Head of Intellectual Property/Sports and Gaming, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Marie Antonette B. Quiogue - Partner, Romulo Law Offices
  • Hitoshi Ishihara - Partner, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Session 6: Rise of E-Sports in Australasia - Focus on the Current State of the Industry

Moderator: Alex Norman - Counsel, Bird & Bird


  • Ranjana Adhikari - Co-Head of the Media Entertainment & Gaming Practice Groups, Nishith Desai Associates
  • Sean Zhang - CEO and Cofounder, Talon Esports
  • Michael Patent - Founder, Culture Group
  • Joseph Wadakethalakal - Corporate Development, IR, and Strategic Partnerships, Mobile Premier League

Thursday, March 11

Session 7: UK - Review of the Gambling Act 2005: A Sign of Things to Come for the Global Gaming Industry?

Moderator: Stephen Ketteley, Partner, Wiggin LLP


  • Tamsin Blow - Partner, CMS Law
  • John Hagan - Managing Partner, Harris Hagan
  • Ian Ince - Head of Regulation and Compliance, Playtech
  • Simon Bernholt - Chief Regulatory & Legal Officer, Flutter UK & Ireland

Session 8: Mergers/Acquisitions and the Competition Angle

Moderator: Diane Mullenex - Partner, Pinsent Masons


  • Adam Rivers - Director, KPMG LLP
  • Hussein Chahine - Founder & CEO, Stratasphere
  • David McLeish - Partner, Wiggin LLP

Friday, March 12

Session 9: The Impact of the Ongoing Global Pandemic in Regard to the EU/UK Regulated Markets

Moderator: Quirino Mancini - Partner, Tonucci & Partners


  • Ekaterina Hartmann - Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, European Gaming and Betting Association
  • James Scicluna - Co-Managing Partner, WH Partners
  • Marco Castaldo - CEO of Microgame SpA and Director of ASTRO for Online Gaming and Betting
  • Niki Stephens - Partner, Mishcon de Reya

Session 10: Emerging Markets in the Netherlands, Germany and Others Gradually Legalizing Online Gambling

Moderator: Frank Tolboom - Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen


  • Justin Franssen - Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen
  • Matthias Spitz - Senior Partner, MELCHERS Law Firm
  • Frieder Backu - Partner, Witzel Erb Backu & Partner Rechtsanwälte
  • Peter-Paul de Goeij - Managing Director, NOGA

To read more about each session and to view the conference schedule in full, please click here. To register for the IMGL 2021 Spring Conference, please click here.


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