International Gaming Summit Conference Program Committee
The Conference Program Committee
plans and coordinates the IAGA International Gaming Conference program, recruits as speakers key gaming industry leaders and regulators from around the world, and ensures that each year's topics address cutting edge and current issues involving all facets of the gaming industry and the regulation of gaming.

          BAHAR ALAEDDINI is a Partner at Harris Hagan in the UK and specialises in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law. She advises many of the world’s largest land-based and online gambling businesses (B2C and B2B operators) as well as many start-ups, investors and leading international law firms. Bahar has extensive gambling legal, regulatory and licensing experience advising on legal classification, licence applications, investor due diligence, change of corporate control applications, complex group restructuring and specialist regulatory matters relating to mergers and acquisitions. She also advises on regulatory compliance assessments and investigations and licence reviews.

          KARIN ASHFORD is the Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at Penn National Gaming and advises and counsels the company in a variety of substantive areas of law. She sits on the company’s cyber committee advising on various cyber-related issues such as data privacy, GDPR and similar statutes, cyber coverage, ransomware, website compliance, and social gaming. She began her career as a litigator at Cravath Swaine & Moore and then Stevens & Lee.

          GREG BROWER  is Wynn Resorts' Chief Compliance Officer. He was formerly a Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Shareholder focusing on litigation, government investigations and regulatory and cybersecurity matters. His federal government experience includes service as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada, as FBI Deputy General Counsel and as US Government Publishing Office Inspector General. He was also a Nevada Legislature member, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a Gaming Policy Committee member.


JEFF CANTANZARO is a Principal - Legal Business Solutions, with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) LLP. He previously was a Managing Director in the Solutions Practice Group of Major, Lindsey & Africa. He is a subject-matter expert in contract management and compliance related issues focused on technology, consulting, strategy, planning, processes and implementing best practices for all stages of the contract lifecycle. Jeff provides clients with solutions that optimize and streamline the contracting processes to enhance risk oversight, maximize revenue and reduce cost (with an emphasis on supporting the gaming industry).


AMY ELDER is a shareholder with Baker Donelson and focuses on Mississippi and Louisiana gaming, representing all types of clients including casinos, manufacturers, distributors, lenders, lessees, landlords, shareholders, officers, directors and key employees. She helps her clients address regulatory issues and transactional matters, assisting with development, licensing, financing, registration, findings of suitability, transfers of ownership, operation, training, compliance, permits, patron disputes, investigations, disciplinary proceedings and more. 


BILL GANTZ, a Partner with Duane Morris, is a versatile lead trial lawyer with nationwide experience representing gaming, technology, and manufacturing in intellectual property and commercial litigation, including patent infringement, trade secret, consumer class action and appeals. Bill has been advising the igaming industry since 2002 on regulatory, licensing and commercial matters in the United States. He is a well-known speaker and authority on gaming law in the US. He regularly provides counsel on intellectual property and regulatory compliance matters to start-ups and digital entertainment businesses offering igaming, social gaming, pay-to-play or "freemium" games, fantasy sports, esports, sports betting, skill games, sweepstakes, retail product promotions and lottery tickets. Bill is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island and numerous federal district courts and courts of appeal nationwide. 


MARK HICHAR is a Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig focuses his practice on the gaming industry, and brings to each project over 25 years of experience working for gaming operators, system suppliers, game developers, and gaming licensees. Mark has worked as both inside and outside counsel to gaming companies, and understands the need to provide clear, practical, and actionable advice. Mark has particularly deep experience working with operators of casinos and lottery systems, and entities licensed by or contracted with domestic or foreign government gaming regulatory bodies. Working with clients of all sizes, Mark has advised and documented a variety of cross-border transactions and lottery privatizations, and has structured joint ventures to do business in countries including China, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and Taiwan.


JESSICA MAIER heads Government Affairs at Play’n GO. In her role, she works closely with regulators and legislators, cultivating and maintaining meaningful and sustainable partnerships and leading the process to develop, grow and sustain a formal posture for the company’s public policy initiatives. Before joining Play’n GO, Jessica was Chief Risk Officer, Head of Legal and Compliance at Push Gaming, and prior to that a partner at a German law firm specialising in gaming law, where she offered risk assessment strategy as well as regulatory development and licensing advice to numerous B2B and B2C clients. Jessica is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and Global Gaming Women (GGW).


SEAN MCGUINNESS is a Partner with Butler Snow and on the firm’s Gaming Industry Team. His practice focuses  on commercial gaming matters in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Mississippi and on tribal gaming matters. Prior to joining the firm, Sean practiced gaming law for 15 years at a law firm in Reno, Las Vegas and Denver. Sean was Vice President and General Counsel for The Resort at Summerlin and had a private gaming law practice in Mississippi (1994-1997) and served as Compliance Director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission (1992-1993).