The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit of Malta is organising an AML/CFT Conference for the Gaming Sector. The event is targeted at gaming operators, including land-based ones, who are considered as subject persons.

During this conference, speakers from the main authorities responsible to prevent the gaming sector from being abused for money laundering and funding of terrorism purposes will be providing information on several areas of interest to the sector including:

  • The main areas of risks to which the gaming sector is exposed to.
  • The importance of market entry requirements and key functions.
  • Insights into the main AML/CFT weaknesses present in the gaming sector.
  • Developments at European level.
  • Forthcoming initiatives at the national level of interest to the gaming sector.

Conference agenda:

Registration08:00 – 08:45
Introductory Remarks
Kenneth Farrugia – Chairman (FIAU)
08:45 – 09:00
Risk Assessing the Gaming Sector – Main ML/TF Risks within the
Land-Based and Remote Gaming Sectors

Jonathan Phyall – Head Legal Affairs (FIAU)
09:00 – 09:40
The First Line of Defence – MGA Licensing & MLRO Key Function

Taeko Watanabe – Authorisations’ Manager (MGA)
Rachel Bezzina – AML Manager (MGA)
09:40 – 10:20
Coffee Break10:20 – 10:40
The FIAU’s Remote Gaming Thematic Review – Key Findings
Michael Gatt – Senior Associate (FIAU)
Wendy Hughes – Senior Associate (FIAU)
10:40 – 11:20
Ensuring Compliance – Notes from the Enforcement Section for
the Gaming Sector

Stephanie Camilleri – Associate (FIAU)
Christabel Coleiro – Associate (FIAU)
11:20 – 12:00
The AML/CFT Supervisory Role of the MGA
Rachel Bezzina – AML Manager (MGA)
12:00 – 12:20
Question Time12:20 – 12:50
Lunch12:50 – 14:30
Reporting Trends within the Gaming Sector – Statistical Updates
and Main Issues

Luke Baldacchino – Senior Intelligence Analyst (FIAU)
14:30 – 15:10
Gaming & the AML Package – What News?
Jonathan Phyall – Head Legal Affairs (FIAU)
15:10 – 15:40
Coffee Break15:40 – 16:00
Revising the Implementing Procedures – What to Expect
Jonathan Phyall – Head Legal Affairs (FIAU)
16:00 – 16:20
Questions16:20 – 16:50
Closing Remarks16:50 – 17:00
FIAU AML/CFT 2023 Gaming Sector Conference agenda

The FIAU confirmed that certificates of attendance will be sent out to attendees, while registration opened on 6th September. At the time of writing, 17 places are still up for grabs.

The conference is taking place at The Xara Lodge in Rabat, against a €100 fee.

Interested persons may register for the session by clicking here.

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