Wednesday, May 16  –  Combating Financial Crime and Risk Workshop
 10 a.m. 

Keynote Speaker
Connie Chu, 
Director, Macau Special Administrative Region Financial Intelligence Office (GIF)

The Legal and Institutional Framework Surrounding
Anti-Money Laundering Initiatives & Combating the Financing of Terrorism
As the competent authority responsible for overseeing anti-money laundering initiatives as well as those designed to combat the financing of terrorism in Macao, the Financial Intelligence Office (GIF) functions within a complex legal and institutional framework. As the GIF's top representative, Director Chu will share her extensive experience and insight into the risks posed by money laundering and terrorist financing and discuss  some common typologies related to financial crime that have been observed from suspicious transaction reporting requirements.  

 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Various Faces of Risk
AML is always at the forefront of risks facing the gaming industry, but what other forms of financial and other risks are of critical consideration in the rapidly evolving global gaming market? How do operators and regulators protect themselves from the threats posed by cross-border transactions and the constant efforts some individuals make to subvert the related AML restrictions and safeguards? What other external and internal threats are operators facing regarding their overall security given the fallout from the 2017 Manila and Las Vegas, and what can the industry do to more proactively prepare for such incomprehensible threats? This session  will take a critical look at the wide range of threats facing global gaming and set the stage for the day’s in depth discussions on financial crime and other areas of risk facing operators, suppliers and regulators. Moderated by Mark Clayton, a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Greenberg Traurig Global Gaming Practice, the panelists are:

  • Karl Bennison, Chief – Enforcement Division, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Christopher Grippa, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Benjamin Floyd, Senior Vice President & Corporate AML Officer, Caesars Entertainment
  • Katie Maddison, Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, Melco Resorts & Entertainment

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Latest Regulatory Developments on AML and
Counter-Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment: A Roundtable Discussion
Around the globe, regulated gaming jurisdictions must constantly evaluate how to protect the industry from the threats posed by money laundering and counter-terrorist financing and implement best practices designed to limit their exposure and impact. Led by an impressive group of financial crime and risk experts, this roundtable discussion will provide a thought-provoking look into preventative measures currently in use around the world and the challenges faced by individual jurisdictions during implementation of new measures. The roundtable will also consider how regulators both enforce the various standards and requirements set forth by the financial crime regulating bodies and evaluate their effectiveness in preventing financial crime. Given the growing requirements and expectations surrounding preventing financial crime, this is a must-attend session for anyone involved in identifying and preventing financial crime. Moderated by Manhim Yu, a Partner with Ernst & Young Hong Kong, the panelists are: 

  • Bob Boyle, Senior Manager  - Assurance Services & Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young
  • Steve Mok, Macau ACAMS Deputy Director and Senior Manager of Compliance, Melco
  • Alan H. Linning, Partner, Mayer Brown JSM
12:30 – 2 p.m. Combined Networking Lunch

 2 – 3 p.m.

Fraud and FCPA: Constant Challenges and Modern Solutions
Although anti-money laundering issues are generally at the forefront of the financial crime threats considered within global gaming, what other fraud and foreign corrupt practice threats must global operators, manufacturers and regulators contend with? How do the industry’s diverse segments work together to identify threats posed by the expansion of gaming across multiple jurisdictions and the ongoing adoption of new technologies and ways to play? What types of new technologies exist to help operators do a more thorough job of identifying their patrons, monitoring transactions and operate across borders without opening themselves up to greater threats from fraud or financial crime? An insightful look into what’s happening globally with respect to fraud and foreign corrupt practices act advancements, this panel will also evaluate what are the best practices that should be implemented to combat these threats. Moderated by Jessica Maier, LLM, an Attorney with  Melchers in Germany, the  panelists are:

  • Hui Xu, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Christopher Grippa, Partner, Ernst & Young 
3 – 4 p.m.

Cyber Security and Network Analysis:
New Era Tools for a New Era of Financial Crimes

With large-scale data breaches becoming more and more common in today’s high-tech environment, gaming operators, equipment providers, regulators and customers are increasingly having to confront a wide range of cybersecurity and data protection issues. Framed within the context of the growing use of high-tech gaming devices and the wealth of data they provide to operators, this session will explore the threats posed by gaming’s increasing reliance on technology and player / transaction data while evaluating new tools that help identify risks, threats and susceptibility to financial crime. The panelists will also consider gaming’s vulnerability to cyberattacks and insider threats as well as their combined security risks. Moderated by Richard Leather, the Chief Content Officer for Gambling Compliance, the panelists are:

  • Robert Cantwell, Partner, Lathrop Gage
  • Dmitri Hubbard, Senior Legal Advisor on Asian cybersecurity, data privacy, eDiscovery, forensics & RegTech, Blue Dragon Asia Ltd & Hong Kong Securities Institute

4 – 4:30 p.m. Networking Break

4:30 – 5 :30 p.m.

Data Analytics and Big Data Analysis in the
Prevention, Detection and Investigation of Financial Crime

In recent years as the proliferation of technology has expanded through gaming, operators, regulators and other industry stakeholders have been more proactive in following the lead of financial institutions in adopting and implementing robust data analytics tools that advance their defensive capabilities when combatting emerging risks. With so much ongoing innovation in tools and technologies that can assist gaming operators with preventing and detecting financial crime, what leading industry approaches to processing structured and unstructured data are currently being used or evaluated? This session will discuss numerous advancements in data analytics including Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for patron credit and player’s card profiles with respect to KYC controls, near-real time transaction and gaming activity monitoring, predictive modeling, machine learning models and artificial intelligence (AI), and will feature case studies on the successful use of analytics and data in fighting financial crime. Moderated by Jack Jia, a Partner with Ernst & Young in Hong Kong, the panelists are:

  • José Filipe Salreta, Lawyer, Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados (Lektou)



Monday General  Sessions    –    Tuesday General Sessions   

Wednesday Financial Crime & Risk Workshop    –    Wednesday Responsible Gaming Forum