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Tuesday,  June 4  –  General Sessions
 9 a.m.  Welcome & Introduction to Keynote Speaker
The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Ballroom

 9:15 – 10 a.m.

Opening Keynote: A Fireside Chat with Eric H. Holder, Jr.,
82nd Attorney General of the United
States

Interviewed by Mark Dunn, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Aristocrat

Over the past several decades, the gaming industry has been both in harmony and at odds with the US Federal government because of conflicting legal opinions and proposed legislation impacting the gaming services provided by individual states. Most recently, the Department of Justice’s revised legal opinion on the Wire Act of 1961 sent shockwaves through the industry, leading multiple states to file suit against the federal government to protect state revenues generated by activities made “illegal” under the new opinion.

Serving as United States Attorney General from February 2009 until April 2015, Eric H. Holder, Jr. is a globally-recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement issues and oversaw the Department of Justice when it revised the Wire Act in 2011 making internet gaming legal and providing a sound framework for states to use to expand their gaming services and reduce illegal online wagering. During our opening Fireside Chat, Mr. Holder will explore the challenges that arise because of the US’s federal and state governmental framework, sharing his thoughts on the country’s current state of gaming laws and regulations beginning with the DOJ’s recent opinion and touching on the Senate’s proposed legislation on sports integrity, the growing legalization of marijuana and more. He’ll also share his thoughts into the current political landscape leading into the 2020 elections. A rare opportunity to hear first-hand the opinions of the third-longest serving Attorney General in US history who also served in various Senate-confirmed positions under Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan, this fireside chat is the one Summit session you should not miss.

Since leaving office, Mr. Holder has been a partner with Covington & Burling and advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns. Mr. Holder was also a partner at Covington prior to becoming the 82nd Attorney General of the United States.

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The uncertain future of online betting in the US
Since the US Department of Justice released a revised legal opinion on the Wire Act of 1961, reversing a 2011 decision that opened the door for legalized online gaming and led to New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and most recently Pennsylvania moving to offer online wagering, the US gaming industry is bracing itself for months of confusion as it waits to see how strictly the Justice Department will enforce this new opinion that raises numerous concerns about the legality of not just online gaming but also wide area progressive jackpots, multi-state lottery prizes, sports betting and more. New Hampshire has filed a suit asking a District Court judge to vacate the DOJ’s opinion to protect the millions it receives each year from online lottery sales, the attorney generals from New Jersey and Pennsylvania have urged acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker to overrule the opinion, and other imminent challenges are on the horizon. Featuring a wide range of individuals representing companies with varied interests in this legal and regulatory conundrum, this session will take a deep look into possible scenarios that could result from the DOJ’s opinion. 

Moderated by Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Center for Gaming Regulation, the panelists include:

  • AG Burnett, Shareholder, McDonald Carano
  • Greg Gemignani, Attorney, Dickinson Wright
  • Brian Kane, Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General, State of Idaho
  • Omer Sattar, Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Sightline
11:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m. 

US sports betting as a moving target: the regulatory view.
Much has been said about the opportunities sports betting expansion offers US operators, but what about the challenges it creates for regulators, especially with the ongoing threat of federal oversight? This distinguished roundtable of prominent US regulators will discuss the policy and legal challenges they are facing as they implement sports betting in markets where it’s previously not been available and discuss how they’re working together to protect game integrity, league interactions and more. 

Moderated by Mark Clayton, Shareholder & Co-Chair - Global Gaming Practice for Greenberg Traurig, the panelists include:

  • Rick Anthony, Deputy Executive Director, Ohio Casino Control Commission
  • Steve Bodmer, General Counsel, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board
  • Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
12:30 - 1 p.m.

Lunch followed by Breakout Sessions

1 – 2 p.m.

Breakout Session #1: Today, tomorrow and beyond:
a global snapshot of emerging markets and trends
Although Japan continues to receive a tremendous amount of attention as its integrated resort bidding process progresses, there are numerous other markets worth paying attention to in Asia and beyond. Vietnam and Cambodia continue to move toward more robust regulated gaming offerings, Brazil continues to pursue legislation legalizing casinos, and speculation about expanding casino offerings in India consistently emerge. Focusing on these markets and others that are expected to see significant movement in the near future, our panelists will take a high level look into why these markets are considered future gaming hot-spots, what regulatory frameworks are being considered, and what the speculated opportunities are across all gaming sectors.  

Moderated by John Stawyskyj, a Partner with Ashurst, the panelists include:

  • Maire Conneely, Attorney, A&L Goodbody (Ireland)
  • Susan O'Leary, CEO, Alderney eGambling (Emerging EMEA Markets)
  • Heminio (Mio) Ozaeta Jr, Romulo lawyers (Manila)
  • Pedro TrengrouseVice President, Special Commission on Sports, Lottery and Entertainment Law, Brazilian Bar Association (Brazil)
1 – 2  p.m.

Breakout Session #2: The highs and lows of marijuana legalization revisited
As more US states with gaming legalize marijuana, an increasing number of operators are facing related macro compliance issues due to the significant influx of cash they believe is coming from marijuana businesses, which raises source of funds and structuring issues. FinCEN has never revised its marijuana guidance since the administration withdrew the Cole opinion in January, so the situation is murky. The Nevada Gaming Commission, as a result of Gaming Policy Committee meetings earlier this year, has allowed casinos to engage in B2B relationships with the legal marijuana industry, including hosting trade shows assuming no product or paraphernalia is involved. And, with more states adopting legal marijuana, either medical or recreational, Nevada may be the case of first impression on these policies. If the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug and Nevada regulators don’t change their position on marijuana ownership/engagement because of the Foreign Gaming Act, there will continue to be friction between legal state policy and gaming operators, especially those with Nevada licenses. This panel will discuss these issues and more, as well as consider what the future might look like with the anticipated industry expansion in 2020 and the potential for a Federal prohibition repeal eventually.

Moderated by William Bogot, a Partner with Fox Rothschild, the panelists include:

  • Sean McGuinness, Partner, Butler Snow
  • William E. Moschella, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Dennis Neilander, Of Counsel, Kaempfer Crowell
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

The Expanding Mandate of Corporate Social Responsibility 
Long before the recent flurry of widely publicized harassment claims prompted many corporations to shuffle their boards and make them more inclusive of different genders and cultural viewpoints, savvy companies around the world implemented robust socially responsible initiatives that made them more accountable to their stakeholders and the public. But, with harassment, bias and other like claims continuing to emerge, it’s clear that companies need to do more to ensure they are fostering business environments that provide fair and equitable treatment across all facets of their operations. Using California’s recently enacted statute requiring all publicly listed companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019 as a starting point, this panel will explore how the global gaming industry has an opportunity to set a better example of effective socially responsible programs by moving beyond “minimum requirements” and pursuing equitable treatment in everything from executive compensation, ethnic and gender diversity and inclusion and more. The panelists will also share current research like McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace to highlight what leading companies are doing to “move the needle” and improve their diversity and inclusion programs.

Moderated by Ana Mendy, a Partner with McKinsey, the panelists include:

  • Kim Barker Lee, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, IGT
  • Shekinah Hoffman, PhD Researcher & Special Project Coordinator, UNLV International Gaming Institute
  • Lora Picini, Vice President of Equity, Strategic Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Caesars Entertainment
3:15 - 4 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote: A Fireside Chat with 
former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Interviewed by AG Burnett, Partner, McDonald Carano

During our afternoon fireside chat, former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett will lead Governor Sandoval through a candid conversation reflecting on his time as Governor, his perspectives on public service and the changes he saw in gaming during his tenure within Nevada, the United States and globally. 

Serving from 2011-2019, Brian Sandoval transformed Nevada with a wide range of accomplishments spanning economic development, veterans' issues, health care expansion, modernizing Nevada's public education system and more. As Governor, he reinstituted and chaired the Gaming Policy Committee which evaluated internet gaming, fantasy sports, esports and marijuana’s potential impact on gaming operations. With an impressive career that includes being elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1994, serving two terms on the Assembly Judiciary Committee which has exclusive jurisdiction over gaming bills, Governor Sandoval also was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1998 and became the Commission's youngest Chairman in state history the following year. He was thereafter elected Nevada Attorney General in 2002 and nominated in 2005 by then-President George W. Bush to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, a position he held until resigning to run for Governor in 2009. 

4 - 4:30 p.m. Networking Break

4:30 - 5:30 p.m

The Rising Tide of Increased Shareholder Engagement in Gaming 
In recent years, public and private companies alike have been faced with a myriad of unprecedented situations as stakeholders have become more vocal in sharing their thoughts on the issues that matter most to them or banding together to effect change. Impacting everything from corporate governance and merger and acquisition strategies to hostile takeovers, proactive shareholder engagement is no longer something that occurs in isolation: it’s something that every company must address and anticipate. This session will take a critical look at the shareholder engagement and activism currently happening within global gaming, discuss what the industry can be doing proactively to minimize the disruption and challenges it causes and discuss what lessons can be learned from the investment and advisory industries where companies like ISS, Glass Lewis and BlackRock are leading the way.

Moderated by Michael Aiello, Chairman, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the panelists include

  • Chris Cernich, Managing Partner, Strategic Governance Advisor
  • Adam Fliss, General Counsel, TPG
  • John McManus, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, MGM Resorts International
  • Keith Meister, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Corvex Management

 
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