Joseph Cuschieri

Joseph Cuschieri, is the Executive Chairman of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). A Certified Public Accountant by profession, he is specialised in management accounting, finance, economic regulation and general management. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. Throughout his professional career, he held various senior executive positions within the private sector mainly in the construction, services, communications and hospitality sectors amongst others. Prior to joining the MGA, Joseph was Chief Commercial Officer at Vodafone, and a senior consultant with Ernst & Young. During his time at Vodafone, Joseph was involved in key regulatory projects both in Egypt and Turkey. Furthermore, he spent a period of eighteen months enrolled on the Vodafone Group’s global leadership development programme.

He has vast experience in economic regulation particularly in the electronic communications sector where he spent five years as Chief Operating Officer at the Malta Communications Authority. At the helm of the MGA, Joseph focused primarily on reforming the governance of the gaming sector, restructuring the MGA, strengthening its public outreach and stakeholder engagement as well as initiating a number of key consultations amongst other initiatives. He has also commissioned a number of technical studies all aimed at strengthening the MGA as a jurisdiction of choice and embarked on a major legislative project which shall overhaul the gaming regulatory framework in Malta and future proof it for the next decade

Joseph is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and is also a member of a number of gaming related associations namely, Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA). He is also a regular speaker at international and national conferences related to gaming, competition and regulatory issues. In February 2015, Joseph was awarded with The Gaming Intelligence Award after being listed as one of the Hot 50 2015 Backstage Heroes.

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Anton Cristina

Anton Cristina took over the CSL business in October 2008 and transformed it from a traditional box shifter to a Services Business, which is today the leading IT Outsourcing provider in Malta. The company was a loss making garage company which employed 9 people and over the past six years it tripled its head count, turns over $10million a year and acquired a new client base of 100 + companies in the Gaming and Financial Services sectors.

Anton has been in the IT Industry for the past 15 years. He left Malta early 90’s after finishing University as the conditions of the Maltese economy at the time lacked opportunity since Public Sector dominated the economic climate. Anton went to America to further his education at New Hampshire University on the East Coast, just about 60km outside of Boston. He was fascinated with the American Corporations and their attitude towards being leaders, pioneers and strive to be the best of the best at what they do. An attitude whereby people push the envelope and endorse creativity as important ingredients in their work, whilst comparing this to the conservative, controlling & closed culture experienced in Malta back in the 90’s. At that time Anton couldn’t see himself ever going back on his home turf, as his interest at that point was to understand what shaped the culture of the American corporations and at the same time try to understand why he felt so much at home in America.

The answer to his question was simple – “NO FEAR”, as it is fear that holds human beings back from doing what they could do by letting go. It is fear that kills creativity and doesn’t allow human beings to endorse change as an opportunity and not a threat. At that point his professor at University saw Anton’s increasing interest in Technology and led him to gain an academical view of Big Technology companies, like IBM. Anton could see how technology was already changing and impacting the way we did business in the 90’s and it’s fast paced advancements and achievements. He saw his future in the Technology Business and focused on getting a job with IBM which he achieved. He then moved back to Europe and went to Sweden in the late 90’s, after which he progressed to Ireland, during the times of the Celtic Tiger.

He moved around within the IBM corporation and gained exposure through the Strategic Outsourcing division of IBM Global Services. Anton saw large enterprise companies that were dominating and shaping the global economy through the eyes of Big Blue. When the recession kicked in 2008 due to a very troubled Financial Services Industry, Anton saw an opportunity back on his home ground and decided it was time to go back Home. Malta had just been granted EU accession in 2004 and needed to transition to a knowledge based economy. The Maltese government showed a strong political will and determination to diversify the economic fabric of the country, and clearly knew that the vision for the country could only be achieved through Privatisation & Investment in Science & Technology plus a legislative framework that supports it. Anton is today well established as a leader and successful entrepreneur in the Maltese market, who strives to make a difference through Technology.

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Trevor De Giorgio

Dr Trevor De Giorgio is the managing director at Greentube Malta and also occupies the role of Head of International Legal Compliance with Greentube Austria. Prior to this he occupied the position of International Compliance Manager for Greentube. In his current role Trevor focusses on international regulatory and public affairs for Greentube. Trevor also looks into the different markets / jurisdictions which exist in the online gaming sector and following an in depth analysis pushes forward the projects associated with obtaining a license in a particular market and subsequently ensure full compliance, together with the compliance team, within such markets.

Before joining Greentube, Trevor worked within the Lotteries and Gaming Authority’s Legal department paying particular attention to EU Affairs and Developments. In this role Trevor drafted the LGA’s position on a number of European Issues as well as attending European Council meetings in Brussels. Prior to this Trevor was employed as a Parliamentary Assistant to Dr. Simon Busuttil MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels followed by a year long experience at Ganado Sammut Advocates.

Trevor was conferred with an MA in European Law and at the University of La Sapienza (Rome). Earlier, he was awarded an LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending his thesis entitled, The Constitutional Implications of a Hung Parliament’. In November 2003, Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and European Studies.

Trevor was also a Local Councilor in his locality, Balzan.

Specialties: European Union Law, Gambling Law, Regulatory and Compliance Affairs

Santiago Asensi

Santiago Asensi is the Managing Partner of ASENSI and is an expert attorney in Gaming & Gambling Law. In 2003, Santiago is appointed General Counsel of Euro Gaming (acquired by NetPlay TV Plc). In 2006, Santiago founded ASENSI ABOGADOS, a boutique firm specialized in Gaming & Gambling Law.

Currently, Asensi represents most of the major operators and gaming services providers before the Spanish gaming authorities and is deeply involved in all the regulatory development carried out for this industry. Asensi provides legal advice to a large number of bookmakers, poker, casino, bingo and skill games operators (online and terrestrial), software providers, slot suppliers with interests located in Spain, Europe and Latin America as well as to gaming jurisdictions.

Asensi is General Member for Spain of the IMGL, member of IAGA and one of the European co-partner law firms of the portal Gaminglaw.eu.

Santiago is included in the Global Gaming & Gambling section of the independent and leading publication Chambers Global. Asensi has been awarded this prestigious inclusion within “Band 1” from 2009 to 2013, being mentioned as “a pioneer” in his field, “an obvious go-to guy for gaming advice”  “has built a strong reputation over a number of years” and in the edition 2014, Santiago has been ranked as “Star Individual “He is able to make complex matters seem really quite simple.”

He is co-author of the Gaming Law Book (Editions 2012 / 2014) published by Thomson Reuters and of the Spanish Gambling Market Report for MECN (Editions 2007 / 2011). Frequent writer of articles about the Spanish gaming industry, he is also a regular speaker at the major International conferences on the Gaming sector. Likewise, he is the co-editor of the magazine “La Ley del Juego” published by IMGL.

Santiago speaks English and Spanish.

Lina Sennevall

Lina joined GamblingCompliance in 2012, and has since then specialised in reporting on European and African gambling markets. She has earned a reputation as one of the best reporters in the sector, and has spoken at a number of events in London. She graduated with a first class degree in journalism from Kingston University in 2012.

Lina will be a guest speaker at SiGMA15.

Martin Britton

Martin Britton is the Managing Director of GLI Europe B.V., GLI Italy B.V., GLI South Africa and the GLI Test Labs España. In his current position he oversees the entire operation for GLI Europe with a key focus to customer satisfaction and service to regulators.

Mr. Britton has over 17 years of experience in the gaming industry. His success from Technical Director to Commercial Director for TCS/John Huxley demonstrated his talents as he increased the growth of the business, designed products, worked with legislators and implemented agreements with customers, suppliers as well as with distributors. He later became the Commercial and Technical Director of VIP Gaming developing gaming products and then the Chief Operating Officer of Cyberview Technology.

Mr. Britton received his education at the University of the West of England in electrical engineering and telecommunications. He furthered his studies at Soundwell Technical Institute of Industrial Managers and Brunel Technical College.

Nicholas Aquilina

Nicholas Aquilina is an Associate at Brandl & Talos Attorneys at Law in Vienna, Austria. Having studied law at the University of Vienna and graduated in 2013, he specializes in international gaming, gambling and entertainment law, European Union law, Social Gaming, Payment, E-Commerce and consumer protection.Nicholas provides regulatory, commercial, general corporate and transactional legal advice to various leading international online and land-based gaming companies on a regular basis, including one of Brandl & Talos’ key gaming clients, bwin.party digital entertainment plc, which Nicholas has assisted in numerous licensing procedures across Europe and the US.This includes regular advice and representation of clients at European associations, before European Union institutions and in cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Nicholas also advises various online and e-commerce companies, particularly international online payment service providers.

Since joining Brandl & Talos in 2009, Nicholas has frequently contributed to numerous Austrian and international legal journals. He is regularly invited to speak at various international conferences in his specialist areas, including IMGL, IAGR, GREF, the iGaming Forum, DMX – Austria’s largest online marketing expo and conference, and IIR – Austria’s leading annual gambling conference.He contributed to a book on current legal questions regarding the commercial use of internet applications (“AktuelleRechtsfragen der Internetnutzung”, Facultas, Vienna 2011)and also contributed to the first volume published in Austria on the legal aspects of Bitcoin (“Bitcoin”, Edition Jan Sramek, Vienna 2014). Nicholas is the co-author of the internationally highly respected volume on legal and commercial aspects of social gaming, including an overview of legal provisions applicable to social games under national and supranational law, covering in more detail seven European jurisdictions, including Germany, the UK and Malta (“Social Gaming in Europe”,LexisNexis, Vienna 2013).

Steve Donoughue

Steve Donoughue has been a management consultant specialising in the business strategy and politics of the gambling industry for the last twenty years. Becoming KPMG’s gambling consultant after working at the University of Salford’s Centre for the Study of Gambling, Steve has been a freelance consultant for the majority of his career, working around the world on both online and bricks and mortar projects.

He has advised most of the major operators and suppliers, governments, trade associations and regulators over this period. Most recently Steve has advised the government of the Turks & Caicos Islands on overhauling their gambling laws and the Dutch Finance Ministry on Casinos Holland. Steve has spoken at, chaired and designed a multitude of gambling conferences over the years and has published many articles, mostly on UK gambling politics.

Steve is the Secretariat of the UK Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group, a part-time PhD student at the University of Westminster where he is researching the history of the Gambling Act 2005 and in 2011/12, Steve was Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee inquiry into gambling.

Further details about Steve can be found at his website www.gamblingconsultant.co.uk

Relive the highlights from our last show and stay tuned for this year’s SiGMA. Watch out for what we’re branding as the ‘iGaming Village’ this year.

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Chris Bonett

Dr Chris Bonett is a Maltese sports lawyer, currently serving as Vice President and Head of the Legal and Football Governance Department of the Malta Football Association.
Set up the Malta FA legal department in 2010, which department incorporates the player registration and TMS unit, the club licensing unit and the disciplinary unit.
Currently a member of the UEFA Control Ethics and Disciplinary Boday and a UEFA match delegate.
Regularly assists the Parliamentary Secretariat for Research and Innovation, Youth and Sport, and is in charge of the reform on the Commercialisation of Sports Facilities. Is also contributing on the drafting of the new National Sports Policy and represents the Government of Malta on the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS).
A sports litigator, having successfully assisted numerous Maltese football clubs in front of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Specialised in the field of anti-maniupulation of sports competitions, he has obtained the degree of Master of Law in Sports Law at the De Montfort University of Leicester, United Kingdom, after authoring and defending a dissertation entitled ‘FIXing the Beautiful Game: A critical analysis on the legal, regulatory and investigative mechanisms to combat match-fixing in football’.
A member of the British Association for Sports and the Law (BASL) and lectures third-year Bachelor of Law degree students at the University of Malta in the study-unit entitled ‘International and EU Sports Law’.
Specialisations: Sports Employment Law, Media Rights and Intellectual Property, Sports Regulatory and Sports Integrity.

Corinne Gatt

Corinne Gatt obtained her Masters Degree in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London in 2010 after graduating Doctor of Laws in 2009.  Corinne has been working with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority since 2011, forming part of the legal department. She has been heavily involved in the regulation of online gaming and the drafting of legislation to ensure transparency within the Maltese sector and to safeguard players’ interest within a solid regulatory framework.   Corinne has been instrumental in a number of legal and regulatory initiatives including the recent setting up of the Responsible Gaming Foundation.

In February 2014, Corinne was appointed as the MGA’s EU & External Affairs Manager. In this capacity, Corinne oversees all EU and international arising matters and is the liaison between the MGA, the EU and other international institutions as well as foreign jurisdictions.