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WH Partners assigns its new officials to impact its 3 core sectors

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WH Partners, the Malta-based leading law firm in gaming & gambling, announced the assigning of its three new partners namely, Ramona Azzopardi, Joseph Borg, and Robert Zammit who will team up with its current partners Olga Finkel, Ruth Galea, and James Scicluna. Gaming and gambling, tax advisory, and blockchain technology will be the core practise areas of the firm which these promotions intend to impact and invigorate.

The co-founder and partner Dr Finkel said: “The internal promotion of three new partners reflects our growth strategy for 2018 and beyond. We are delighted by these internal appointments and wish each of our new partners every success.”

Whereas the Partner and Co-Founder Dr Scicluna said: “These promotions are the well-deserved result of the efforts made by this group of very talented lawyers across a range of legal disciplines. We are committed to providing exceptional service and rewarding those of our colleagues who go the extra mile for the firm and our valued clients.”

Ramona Azzopardi

Dr Azzopardi is a taxation lawyer and has helped develop WH Partners’ tax and private client practice, which she now heads. She joined WH Partners in 2014 as a Senior Associate after having worked for several years with another leading Maltese law firm. She is a council member of the Malta Institution of Taxation, a member of the Chamber of Advocates and the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners where she also serves as a committee member on the Taxation Sub-Committee. She holds an MA in financial services and an LL.D. from the University of Malta as well as a diploma in taxation from the Malta Institute of Taxation.

Joseph Borg

Joseph F. Borg has been a senior adviser with WH Partners since 2013 having formerly held senior positions at the Malta Gaming Authority and served as legal counsel at Vodafone Malta. He is a former trustee of the International Association of Gaming Regulators. Apart from being a core member of WH Partners’ gaming and gambling advisory team, he has spearheaded the firm’s blockchain and cryptocurrency advisory practice. He graduated with an LL.M. in information technology and tele­communi­cations law from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta.

Robert Zammit

Dr Zammit has worked, first with WH Law, and then with WH Partners in aggregate for over 10 years. He is the regulatory, licensing and litigation lawyer and practices in the gaming and transport industries. He arguably holds the record for the lawyer who has acted on most gambling licence applications in Malta. He also advises gambling operators on the exploitation of their intellectual property and is ranked by Legal 500 for his expertise in this area. He holds a Doctors of Law degree from the University of Malta.

Source: timesofmalta.com

 


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Russian Online Casinos Supply the Donbass Separatists

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Pro-Russian separatist groups of the Donbass War (Eastern Ukraine) receive material funds from illegal gambling business, states a recent article published in the Russian Sobesednik magazine. According to article, part of the illegal profits of the online casinos is used to finance the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

As reported by GC Alor analysts, the black turnover of these Russian online casinos is around 200 billion RUR (2,725,065,200.00 Euro). The Majority of these online casinos are registered in foreign administrations, like Azino777 being registered in Curacao.

As experts say, many online casinos are physically based in Ukraine, where the legislation is slightly more loyal than Russian. It is allowed, for example, to develop gaming software for third-party customers. Lucky Labs company, which is linked to the online casino “Vulcan”, operates in Ukraine as software developer.

According to the Security Service of Ukraine, which conducted searches at the office of the company lately, Lacky Labs also controls the websites of CasinoX and Joycasino. The company’s office is big. It is a 4-storey building designed for 150 people. There is also a basement area where there is a kitchen and a dining room, a gym.

Lucky Labs was founded by two Russians. Because of the sanctions imposed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, now they are not allowed to enter the country. However, Lucky Labs continues to exist. Now the company is registered by an Ukrainian citizen.

If some of the profits of illegal online casino go to pro-Russian patriotic purposes, it becomes clear why Roskomnadzor does not block their Internet addresses. The correspondent of “Sobesednik” managed to access the mentioned online casinos without any obstacles, using no VPN or “mirrors”.

 

Source: sobesednik.ru


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Play’n GO ‘Slots’ Into 1st Place!

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Company celebrates EGR victory with Slot Provider of the Year Award

 

June 22, 2018 – Play’n GO were honoured at the EGR B2B Awards on Wednesday (20thJune) as they took home the highly coveted Slot Provider of the Year Award, beating out some strong competition.

The awards, held in London’s prestigious Hurlingham Club, “celebrates and rewards the very best service suppliers in the online gaming industry” and Play’n GO were honoured to have been nominated in numerous categories including Innovation in Mobile and Best Multi-Channel Supplier.

Play’n GO were recognised for their remarkable offerings in the slot market over the past year including innovative games such as Viking Runecraft, Sweet Alchemy and Moon Princessas well as many other popular titles.

CEO Johan Törnqvist was delighted to pick up the win, and believes it is a reflection of the company’s hard work.

“It’s an honour to pick up such a sought-after award, especially with the level of competition in the category. As a company we work hard to put out the finest, most entertaining, offering to our partners in the market, and winning this award is a testament to that. We have consistently been recognised in the industry for the innovative products we release and it’s our job not to rest on our laurels, but to continue innovating”

 

About Play’n GO

Play’n GO is an award-winning supplier of high quality gaming content to many of the world’s leading casino brands.  Its genuine omni-channel solution can be tailored to suit the needs of individual online and land-based partners, regardless of geographical, regulatory, or market-specific requirements. Its games are developed in HTML5 to provide an enhanced user experience on all devices and operating systems. These are complemented by superior back-office administration tools which provide expansive reporting and marketing capabilities, ensuring operators are equipped to provide the ultimate gaming experience. The supplier’s extensive portfolio was recently recognised by the award of the IGA Slot Provider of the Year 2017 title. Play’n GO currently hold offices in Sweden, Malta, Hungary, and the UK. Please visit http://www.playngo.com for more details.


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Poland: Accepted Changes In Taxes, Including Gambling

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Poland’s lower house (Sejm) has voted down five Senate amendments to a comprehensive amendment to several tax bills, including gambling.

The adopted amendments may be applied retroactively, which is to the income earned from January 1 2018.
Gamblers will be treated in a uniform manner after the changes.

Adopted by the Sejm on May 10th of this year extensive amendment to the Personal Income Tax Act (PIT), the Corporate Income Tax Act (CIT) and the Act on flat-rate income tax on certain revenues earned by natural persons; that all winnings on machines will be exempt from PIT, the tax relief for creators will be extended to the next creative professions, the real estate income tax will be larger. This applies to provisions adopted last autumn and effective from January 1st 2018.

Unlike the regulations adopted in autumn, the amendment assumes for example, that participants of legal gambling will be treated in a uniform manner. Regardless of whether the games are organized by casino operators or a company performing a state monopoly in this area, which would be Totalizator Sportowy. In line with the provisions changed by the Sejm and approved by the Senate on Thursday, winnings in slot machine games, card games, dice games and cylindrical games – regardless of which legally operating entities organize them – will be exempt from personal income tax.

In the remaining scope, the rules of taxing winnings (in numerical games, cash lotteries, mutual bets, etc.) are to remain unchanged in relation to the provisions currently in force. Pursuant to the amendment of October 27th 2017, winnings in gambling are subject to a l0% PIT tax on winning if their one-time value of winning exceeds PLN 2,280 (528 Euro).


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