his year’s KPMG Gibraltar eSummit will be held at the Sunborn Hotel on Thursday 9 May and will focus on the opportunities ahead for Gibraltar’s successful eGaming and technology sectors. The eSummit is likely to attract nearly 300 delegates, bringing together key players and service providers to discuss Gibraltar’s potential in the global marketplace in a fast-changing commercial and regulatory environment.
Themed around “A new era for gaming in Gibraltar”, the event will stimulate debate on trendy industry topics and provide a platform for key operators, regulators and thought leaders to share their knowledge.
Confirmed speakers, after the welcome address by Albert Isola, Gibraltar’s Minister for Financial Services and Gaming, include Wes Himes, Remote Gambling Association; Tom Grogan, Mishcon de Reya; Stephen Little, Goldman Sachs; Vaughan Lewis, Stars/Skybet; Mark Essex, KPMG in the UK. The ninth Gibraltar KPMG eSummit will build on the success of last year’s event, which was attended by over 250 delegates, and focused on the challenges faced in the market climate including Brexit, evolving regulatory landscapes, consumer protection and industry outlooks.
A spokesperson for KPMG said: "After the traditional welcome by the Hon. Albert Isola, the eSummit will begin with an address from Wes Himes, who was recently appointed Interim CEO of the Remote Gambling Association. Delegates will be keen to hear about Mr. Himes’ initial views of the sector and whether this change at the top signposts a new direction for the RGA following their merger with the Association of British Bookmakers.”
The first panel, titled “Responsible Gambling the Gibraltar Way”, will include addresses by Professor Catherine Bachleda (University of Gibraltar), Andrea Lazenby (Lottoland), Sarah Hanratty (Senet), Lee Willows (YGAM), Paul Foster (GVC), Lyndsay Wright (William Hill), and Ian Ince (Playtech). The second panel, “M&A activity in the Gambling & Betting Sector”, will be moderated by Little, from Goldman Sachs, and the panellists will be Vaughan Lewis (Stars / Skybet), Steven Caetano (ISOLAS), Nigel Hinchliffe (KPMG), Susan Breen (Mishcon), and David McLeish (Wiggin).
Mark Essex, from KPMG, will deliver a keynote address titled “Brexit & Gibraltar”. Andrew Lyman (Government of Gibraltar), Peter Isola (ISOLAS) and Peter Montegriffo QC (Hassans) will discuss “Fireside Chat: Future Licensing & Legislation in Gibraltar.” Start-up and taxations masterclasses will be taking place parallel to the core activities.
Commenting on the event, Micky Swindale, KPMG Director for the eSummit programmes, stated: “The eSummits have gained a solid reputation for discussing the things that matter, and for looking ahead at the opportunities and threats to those working in the sector. We are fortunate to have the support of so many key players and subject experts who gladly give their time to provide their own insights and experience to help shape the future of the industry."
Will Hawkley, KPMG’s Global Head of Leisure and Hospitality, said: “The eGaming sector in Gibraltar stands on the verge of a new era, and the pace of regulatory and technological change remains fast moving. While some parts of the future will depend on circumstances outside the jurisdiction’s control, such as Brexit, there is much to be done by Gibraltar-based operators to identify opportunities and create resilient businesses that have strong and clear benefits to their customers.”