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, 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).

Adam Daniel

Adam Daniel is the Managing Director of games developer Playson. His remit is to introduce Playson products into the market place, build initial commercial relationships, setup operational processes and work with our ownership to define our operational strategy…and have some fun with a great team of people along the way.

Before his role at Playson Adam spent one year consulting to multiple iGaming technology firms and five years as Operations Director / Compliance Director at Amaya Gaming. Adam worked alongside Amaya’s executive team on multiple projects worldwide and several of the high profile acquisitions for which Amaya has become known in the industry.

Adam Daniel will be sharing his thoughts on a very interesting topic in the Gamification conference at SiGMA2015.

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

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.

Are you an operator looking for top affiliates? Are you a top affiliate looking for a nice treat with like-minded affiliates playing at the same level?

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.

Alexia Smilovic

Alexia Smilovic is the Regulated Markets Product Owner at Net Entertainment and she will bring a wealth of experience to the regulatory conference at SiGMA 2015.

Stewart Townsend

Sales and Business Development professional with over 15 years experience and a proven ability to develop strategic alliances, build new sales channels and lead business transformation. A skilled people manager, manager of alliances, and developer of new market opportunities.

Being a dynamic self-starter, with a “can do” approach to work: energetic, enthusiastic, hardworking and a quick learner. My approach to business is that of a solution provider for both internal and external customers, ensuring both parties are satisfied.

Having spent my career working at large corporates and startups I have a deep understanding of the complications in building partnerships for cloud services, increasing MRR through a channel and advising internally organisations who have just achieved their first Series A or moved to hyper growth stage.

Maayan M. Dana

Maayan M. Dana, a seasoned e-commerce lawyer and entrepreneur has been involved in the online commerce industries for years. Prior to pursuing her legal career with Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., she has been with “Tadmor Levy (then Professor Yuval Levy & Co.) – one of Israel’s largest law firms, where she dealt with Israel’s largest payment institutions.

As a leading gaming attorney in Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm, she is handling complex corporate matters, affiliate partnership programs, websites terms and conditions, and ongoing legal support for B2B platforms. Ms. Dana has been advising in recent years many of the leading operators and affiliates in the gaming, forex and binary options industries and shall discuss some of the topics which affiliates and operators need to be aware of.

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.

Are you an operator looking for top affiliates? Are you a top affiliate looking for a nice treat with like-minded affiliates playing at the same level?

Greame Newman

Graeme Newman  is the Chief Innovation Officer at CFC Underwriting, a specialist lines underwriting agency based in the UK and backed by a number of Lloyd’s syndicates. The company distributes its products through brokers in 20 countries around the world including America, Australia, Canada, and the UK.

For the past 15 years, Graeme immersed himself in the world of technology. From his early career as a consultant for Deloitte working on pioneering internet security projects with the UK Ministry of Defence to his most recent role at CFC working on insurance products for new technology and emerging risks.

At CFC Underwriting, Graeme has been heavily involved in the development of a variety of new insurance products designed to protect companies against the growing number of exposures they face as the use of the internet and technology in business increases. In particular he has focused on the creation of our new cyber product aimed at large corporate customers, which includes innovative new areas such as system failures (from all non-physical perils) and technology supply chain failure.

Graeme is also an avid online poker player.

Specialties: Social media, Technology professional liability insurance, Cyber and privacy liability insurance, Marketing and business development

Founder of JohnSlots talks at SiGMA

Erik Bergman, CEO of Catena Media will participate in the CEO panel speech about the bright future of affiliate marketing. Catena Media has grown from 3 employees in 2012 to 22 employees in 2014 and aim to keep the same high pace.

“We are reinvesting all our profits in the business and we are constantly looking for other affiliates that might be interesting options for mergers or acquisitions”, describes Erik. In May 2013 the site JohnSlots was founded. Already within its first year it became among the biggest online casino guides in Scandinavia and since then it has kept growing. In early 2014 the twin site of JohnSlots was launched, MrBet with the aim to duplicate the same journey,

“The key to success has been great content, and a lot of it. We have reviewed over 600 games in four different languages that all can be demo played on our sites. We have great relationships with over 75 gaming operators that help us contribute great offers to our visitors. These have been two of the main factors to the rapid growth of our company”, Erik explains further.

If you would like to see Erik discuss the future of affiliates you should attend SiGMA, the summit of igaming in Malta, between October 30th and November 2nd.