Thursday, May 30  –  General Sessions
 8 a.m.  Ethics Session #2: 

Ethical Considerations for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs
In recent months, corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) programs have received growing media and public scrutiny as related executive decisions have been challenged, litigation has been raised and widely publicized criticisms of DE&I initiatives have attempted to undermine the value of DE&I initiatives. This panel will explore recent caselaw impacting DE&I, examine how Codes of Conduct, Anti-Harassment and other workplace policies interface with the business objectives of DE&I programs, including their focus on organizational culture and employee sense of belonging, discuss best practices when there are perceived inconsistencies between the objectives of inclusive organizational cultures, existing codes of conduct and other workplace policies.

Moderated by Kim M. Barker, Chief Legal Officer for Bally's, the panelists include:

  • Brian Blake, IGT
  • Dionysia Johnson-Massie, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC
 9 – 9:45 a.m.

Financial Crime Federal Experts Fireside Chat
Featuring key U.S. Federal government experts on Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) issues, our fireside chat will discuss compliance and enforcement trends for casinos. 

Moderated by Stephanie Brooker, a Partner with Gibson Dunn, the participants include:

  • Tara M. La Morte, Chief, Illicit Finance & Money Laundering Unit, Asset Forfeiture Coordinator, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
  • Kevin Mosley, Department of Justice, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Deputy Chief
  • Richard Weber, Partner, Winston & Strawn
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

The Growing Impact of Fraud 
Fraud is a growing area of concern throughout global gaming, as new and relatively new technologies such as AI that enhance the customer experience also increase the industry’s susceptibility to threats including deep fakes, cyber breaches and more. And, with critical enforcement and investigation issues increasing, understanding the intersection between existing fraud and AML compliance processes with external fraud and account compromise has never been more important. This panel will feature an impressive lineup of fraud and financial crime compliance experts who will discuss current fraud threats, explore how often the same technologies that increase fraud and cyber risk also provide the best solutions for detection, and question how much has really changed. Are we simply looking at old wine in new bottles, or has there been a paradigm shift in fraud and its impact on the industry?

Moderated by Barak Cohen, a Partner with Perkins Coie, the panelists include: 

  • Greg Brower, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Brian Castelli, Partner -Financial Crimes Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC
  • Elizabeth Cronan, Vice President – Government Relations
    (Gaming), Geocomply
  • Michael Malarkey, Managing Director, Grant Thornton
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Addressing and Responding to Gambling Prohibitionists
In the UK there has been an emergence of a strong prohibitionist movement under the guise of public health (with gambling positioned as the 'new tobacco'). This has involved a UK government department calling for - amongst other things - bans on all advertising and marketing, bans on the sale of beer and wine in casinos, bingo clubs and at racecourses, annual tax increases above the rate of inflation (i.e. to extinction) and even 'plain packaging' for all gambling products. As similar stories unfold from other international markets, this panel will consider whether the emerging threat to gambling as a legal pastime in the UK and other international markets should be examined closely and consider what we should be doing proactively to prevent these and similar movements from taking hold. 

Moderated by Dan Waugh, a Partner with Regulus Partners, the panelists include:

  • Paul Burns, President & CEO, Canadian Gaming Association
  • Michael Dugher, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Betting & Gaming Council
  • Alfredo Lazcano, Partner, Lazcano Samano
  • Steve Ketteley, Partner, Wiggin
  • David Whyte, Partner, Harris Hagan
11:45 a.m. 


12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Gaming from a Global Perspective 
Looking beyond North America, the global gambling landscape continues to shape-shift, with existing markets constantly adapting to changing market conditions and new opportunities continuing to emerge. Featuring representatives from Latin America, Canada, Asia and the EU, this lively discussion will explore everything from the pending Irish gaming legislation, PAGCOR’s transition to a ‘regulator only’ in the Philippines, changes happening within Australia and more. 

Moderated by Edward Winkofsky, a Shareholder and Chair of the Global Gaming Group for Greenberg Traurig, the panelists include:

  • Wil Byrne, CEO, Wilton Capital
  • Jaime Rivera, Member, Saiber
  • Jessica Maier, Director of EGARA (Executive Gaming and Risk Advisory)
  • Anthony Pearl, Chief Legal Officer, Crown Resorts
  • Alon Segev, Partner, Segev LLP
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

New Frontiers in Gaming Technology
The global gambling industry is constantly being reshaped by technological advancements that are quickly adopted by less-regulated markets to improve the customer experience, enhance performance and drive profitability. With experts representing key technology providers balanced by the legal experts who are essential to getting these technologies licensed and approved, this panel will address everything from new advancements in cashless payments and the use of digital currencies, the convergence of prevention and detection processes, platforms and technology functions across the patron lifecycle to address a variety of compliance topics such as fraud, AML, RG and state regulatory requirements, and more. The panelists will also look AI and its potential relevance to gaming, discussing how the industry can appreciate its benefits while managing its risks and regulatory considerations.

Moderated by Ian Hughes, Chief Commercial Officer for GLI, the panelists include:

  • Josh Chapman, Chief Financial Officer, Aeropay
  • Jason Clairmont, Principal Account Manager–Betting and Gaming, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Aleksander J. Goranin, Partner, Duane Morris
  • Tom Mace, Senior Vice President - Regulatory Services, SportRadar
  • Barrie VanBrackle, Partner, Latham Watkins
2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

 3 - 4 p.m.

Gaming Not Regulated as Gambling:
U.S. Regulatory and Litigation Update for 2024 and Beyond

This panel will explore and interpret the continuing growth of unregulated digital games, the evolution of regulatory activity, and expansion of consumer litigation including Gambling Loss Recovery Act, “private attorney general claims,” False Advertising, False Claim Act Claims and securities litigation against this industry sector to date. Topics in our free-flowing discussion and debate will include:

  • Freemium + sweepstakes gaming
  • Skill games and DFS 
  • NFT-based gaming, securities investigations and litigation
  • Status of Apple/Google/Facebook Social Casino Multi-District Litigation
  • Impact of decisions under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
  • Gray market “skill” games

Moderated by Bill Gantz, a Partner with Duane Morris, the panelists include: 

  • Behnam Dayanim, Partner & Global Head, Digital Commerce
    and Gaming, Orrick
  • Cyrus Pitre, Chief Enforcement Counsel, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Eric Weiss, President – North America, IC360
 4 – 5 p.m. Ensuring Industry Sustainability through Robust 

Responsible Gaming Measures
As the gambling options available to players increase, the importance of robust responsible gaming programs also grows. This panel will begin by reviewing the current state of responsible gambling best practices around the world, looking at trends and advancements utilizing technology. Next, they will look specifically at RG trends in North America, exploring how different jurisdictions are funding responsible gaming efforts and treatment programs for gambling addiction. Finally, the panel will pivot to explore RG considerations in the college and university athletics context, discussing the impact of gambling on student athletes, the continued illegal gambling options, and other related issues.

Moderated by Christopher B. Hebert, Director – Gaming Division, Louisiana Office of the Attorney General, the panelists include:

  • Sue Dawson, Deputy General Counsel, Light & Wonder
  • Ross Ferguson, Head of AML and Player Protection, Genting UK
  • Dan Reaser, Director, Fennemore Craig
  • Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

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