Congratulations to all the winners at the 2018 GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards

Thursday, April 19th 2018

The second annual GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards ceremony was a great success, attended by more than 300 industry professionals from across the globe to celebrate the achievements of their peers. 

The event was hosted by TV presenter and professional poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell, who entertained the audience with stories of her gambling experience and presented the awards to winners across the 15 categories. 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, including headline sponsor Novomatic, champagne sponsor Passport Technology and our charity partner GambleAware.

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists — it was an incredibly tough judging process and you should all be extremely proud of your achievements. 

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The 2018 Winners

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Judges' comments: A strong contender with notable successes and extensive M&A activity around the globe.

Highly Commended: Kingsley Napley
Judges' comments: Clearly demonstrated their impact in relation to a very high-profile and important case where legal arguments made by the firm were unanimously endorsed by the Supreme Court.
Highly Commended: Asensi Abogados
Judges' comments: Demonstrated that they were a very experienced and influential firm.

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year (North America)
Mark Hichar, Hinckley Allen
Judges' comments: Clearly demonstrated their thorough understanding of the gambling industry and focus on understanding client's challenges.

Chief Compliance Officer of the Year
Ian Ince, Playtech
Judges' comments: Particularly impressed by the emphasis on getting staff buy-in to compliance. They have a clear focus on leadership and change rather than just compliance with existing standards

Compliance Innovator or Innovation of the Year
Judges' comments: Demonstrated innovative improvements to the company's product and are focused on compliance.

Compliance Officer of the Year
Cherry Hosking, The Bingo Association
Judges' comments: Industry defining! 

Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award
The Iowa Lottery
Judges' comments: The Iowa Lottery has made a significant impact and has to receive commendation for the depth of investigation and commitment in bringing perpetrators to justice.

Compliance Payment Service or Solution Provider of the Year
Passport Technology Inc
Judges' comments: Impressive solution which focuses on responsible gambling, donations and managing problem gambling risk, along with faster payments and cheaper transactions.

Data Protection Officer of the Year
Deion Williams, Play'n GO
Judges' comments: Impressive list of achievements in an increasingly complex space from someone who had a standing start when he joined the company.
Anna Niewiadomska, Kindred Group
Judges' comments: Highly competent - in the role she has within her company, as well as for the external work she undertakes.

Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gambling in a Customer Facing Role
Jeanne David, The Stars Group
Judges' comments: One of the impressive aspects of this nomination is that not only did Jeanne initiate much of The Star Group's responsible gambling program, she did so at a time when there were few specific responsible gambling regulations or requirements, which says a lot about her commitment and vision.

Highly Commended: Dr. Monika Poeckh-Racek, Admiral Casinos & Entertainment AG

Judges' comments: Strong interaction with the responsible gambling community as well as strong internal influence
Highly Commended: Maris Bonello, Kindred Group
Judges' comments: Recognised as a leading proponent for responsible gambling and using data analysis to evaluate effectiveness. She lives and breathes her responsible gambling work and implements changes in the business.

Head of AML/MLRO of the Year (Land-based)
Nigel Harvey, Genting Casinos
Judges' comments: Has effected culture change, goes beyond what is legally required, been highly effective and motivational. Drives change and manages risk by getting corporate buy-in.

Head of Risk
Yan Grech, Player Safety Team, Kindred Group
Judges' comments: Kindred's comprehensive approach to responsible gambling is to be recognised, they are investing heavily in this area and are undertaking a unique and effective approach to help manage player safety.

In-House Counsel of the Year
Casinos Austria Compliance Team
Judges' comments: Very high standard nomination, backed-up by a highly complimentary independent audit report

Most Significant Contribution to Responsible Gambling Research
Maris Bonello, Kindred Group
Judges' comments: Well demonstrated how Kindred are undertaking significant research and very active in this field.

RegTech Provider of the Year
Judges' comments: An important product for the time. The integration with the retail sector and the testaments supporting the entry easily justify a winning entry. 

Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award
Phill Brear, Gibraltar Gambling Commission
Judges' comments: An impressive track record of dealing with enormous change in Gibraltar regulation.


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