iG has confirmed as panelists a number of key experts qualified in domestic and international law, a successful poker operator who runs a legal business within the US, and a prominent Washington insider and consultant.
The update will cover a number of hot topics including developments on the UIEGA covered by Frank Catania, President of Catania Consulting Group. Mark Hichar, a Partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP will examine proposals outlining a network of intrastate regulated i-gaming industries.
Mark Mendel, Lead Council for Antigua in its WTO dispute with America, and also Partner at Mendel-Blumenfeld LLP, will cover the impact of international pressure and the WTO ruling in favour of Antigua, answering the question “what are the next steps for the US?”
Jason Kellerman, CEO and Co-Founder of PurePlay will also sit on the panel and provide information on what operators need to know, especially regarding alternative legal business models for i-gaming in the US. Given the huge interest that surrounded the presentation on this issue at NGG, Jason's input as the founder of a legal, USA-based enterprise that engages with the gaming population, should be very interesting.
Tony Coles, Partner at Jeffery Green Russell and Vice President of the International Masters of Gaming Law, will chair the panel while the speakers debate these key issues, plus others such as how the results of the US general election will impact i-gaming companies and how the gaming sector can prepare for different outcomes.
As Sue Schneider, formerly the American CEO and still Advisor to Clarion Gaming, puts it: “These are the major areas of interest on the US question at the moment, and EiG's four panelists and moderator are in an excellent position to discuss, highlight and clarify the key points of yet another year of wrangling in the US i-gaming landscape.”
EiG (www.eigexpo.com) will take place on the 23-25th September 2008 and over 1300 attendees are expected. The US Panel Update will take place on Wednesday 24th September at 10am.