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CEEGC 2016 Budapest Speaker profile: Nadya Hambach



Nadya Hambach is a specialized gaming lawyer in Bulgaria and advises for more than a decade gaming companies doing business in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Her expertise covers also Corporate and Commercial Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, IP Law, Competition Law, which helps her using an in-depth knowledge of many relevant legal aspects of the gaming business and combines it with commercial understanding of its specifics.

As a Member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Association of the manufacturers and operators in the gaming industry (BTAMOGI) (position she holds until 2012), she participates actively in the consultation process for adopting the new gaming regulation in Bulgaria and represents the Bulgarian gaming industry in the EXCOM and Legal Committee of EUROMAT (European Gaming and Amusement Federation). Since June 2012 she is Head of Gaming and Entertainment Law practice Group at Velchev&Co Law Offices, boutique law firm specialized in new technology law (telecommunications, banking, media, IT, Entertainment Law). Since October 2012 she is a General member of IMGL. Nadya Hambach is a recognised speaker at the most prominent international gaming forums and publishes regularly in key industry editions worldwide.

Nadya Hambach holds two L.LM degrees – one from Sofia University (2004) and one from the University of London UCL (2011), specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law with a focus on IP on the Internet, European Competition Law and International Trade law.

She is registered with Sofia BAR and Munich BAR as an European Lawyer.

She is fluent in Bulgarian, English, Russian and German.

Nadya will be among the key speaker of “Focus on recent developments in Eastern Europe” panel which will give start of the full day seminar type conference, from 10:00 AM on the 20th of September in Budapest.

We have recently interviewed her in our EEGReport Magazine, to get a fresh overview of the Eastern European markets. Below you will find a short preview of the interview, which you can read in full by accessing the online version of the magazine here.

EEGaming(Zoltan Tundik): I think you are the right person to address these question, since you have experience in both judicial systems. We know Eastern European countries follow a different system in terms of common law and civil law. Do you think that among the norms, some of the human rights have been lost with all the blacklisting and banning of operators that are not licensed?

Nadya Hambach: Well, Eastern Europe like the rest of the western European countries (except UK) has definitely other judicial system than the common law judicial system. Nevertheless the differences between the judicial systems, does not per se mean that one of them protects rights better than the other. When we talk about blacklisting and banning unlicensed gambling activities,  we could not stay apart from the fact that gambling is a sensible business activity. Exactly for that reason it has been excluded from the common internal market principals in the EU and its individual regulation by each of the member states has been tolerated. Hence blacklisting and restrictions for unlicensed in each particular jurisdiction operators are justifiable measures in Europe. How long this will be the status quo and whether and when there will be a gambling regulation on the European level is looking into the crystal ball question.

EEGaming(Zoltan Tundik): According to the European Union’s directive on electronic communications, member states cannot abusively block or limit Internet access. The fundamental problem is that blocking websites through the Internet provider is a measure of censorship of online content. Do you feel that countries that are blacklisting the un-licensed operators are doing the right thing?

Nadya Hambach: When it comes to the e-commerce Directive (2000/31/EU), it excludes explicitly gambling from its application scope (Preamble, point 16 and Art. 1, Para. 5, lit. d). Again, the legal situation in Europe concerning gambling is far away from being harmonised. Just the opposite – member states are aiming its non-harmonisation and are not ready to give up their sovereign in the name of a common European gambling regulation. Not only there is no dedicated European directive regulating gambling, but there are just few Directives applicable to gambling –Information in the field of technical standards Directive (Notification directive), Fourth AML Directive , two Data protection Directives, Directive about unfair terms in consumer contracts and Directive about granting concession.

Getting aside from the pure legal situation, a very important question remains whether blacklist is in reality an effective measure to stop unlicensed operations? I think we all know the answer of that question.

EEGaming(Zoltan Tundik): In regards to the recent changes to Bulgaria’s online gambling laws have made the market increasingly attractive to both foreign and local operators. But how is the competitive landscape shaping up?

Nadya Hambach: As the liberalization of the Romanian market is still not completed and based on temporarily decisions, Bulgaria remains the best regulated and most attractive eastern European gambling market. Increasing number of the licensed operators (especially international ones) is reducing the market share of the illegal operations and makes the market more transparent, reliable and naturally – more attractive.

Be sure to save the date and secure your ticket to the CEEGC 2016 Budapest, which will be held on the 20th of September 2016 at the Hilton Westend City Budapest Hotel in order to hear the fresh and recent information Nadya Hambach is going to discuss.

The conference provides an efficient way of meeting new and prospect clients in the special networking session and sit down lunch.  

Special reports and exclusive updates will be given by the top 20 speakers of the industry and the event is limited to 150 delegates to maximize the engagement among the peers.  

The tickets can be purchased at an Early Bird rate of €200 by the end of July. 

More details on the conference and its schedule can be found on the official website of the event:

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +40 735 559 234 of by mail on


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PostEvent – CEEGC2016 PowerPoint presentations part 1



Thursday, September 29  2016, Budapest – The organizers would like to thank each delegate for honoring them with their presence once again and promised they have published all the presentations that are available.

In their recent post you will find the Power Point presentations of the following speakers and panels:

Hot topics of the online gaming industry in the Balkans – Moderated by Rita Gyaraki(GamblingCompliance)

Mirjana Acimovic – President @ the first Serbian representative association of gaming industry JAKTA

Presentation of the online gaming market in Serbia. For further details, Ms. Mirjana Acimovic can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Stjepko Čordaš – CEO @ NSoft

Presentation of the online gaming market in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For further details, Mr. Stjepko Čordaš can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Odeta Nestor – President @ The National Office for Gambling in Romania

Presentation of the online gaming market in Romania – Updated legislation – Results. For further details, Ms. Odeta Nestoro can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Hot topics of the online gaming industry in Central Europe – Moderated by Gabor Helembai (Bird&Bird Law Office) – Panel was cancelled due to the unplanned break

Gabor Helembai – Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team @ Knight Bird & Bird

Presentation of the online gaming market in Hungary – The future of the Hungarian online gambling market. For further details, Mr. Gabor Helembai can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

PowerPoint Presentation will be available shortly.

Jaka Repansek – Partner @ RePublis Slovenia

Presentation of the online gaming market in Slovenia – The online gambling industry of Slovenia and its opportunities. For further details, Mr. Jaka Repansek can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

PowerPoint Presentation will be available shortly.

Mirjana Acimovic – President @ the first Serbian representative association of gaming industry JAKTA

Presentation of the online gaming market in Croatia. For further details, Ms. Mirjana Acimovic can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

The SEO Arms Race – Artificial Intelligence competing with Artificial Intelligence – Presented by Paul Reilly (MediaSkunkWorks)

Paul Reilly – founder and CEO @ Media Skunk Works

For further details, Mr. Paul Reilly can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Upcoming Event Announcements – Moderated by Zoltan Tundik (EEGaming) – Panel was cancelled due to the unplanned break

Eman Pulis – Founder and CEO @ SiGMA, the Summit of iGaming in Malta

Invitation to SiGMA2016 and results of 2015 – For further details, Mr. Eman Pulis can be contacted on the following e-mail address:


Ian Larcombe – Head of B2B Media Sales @ iGaming Business

Upcoming events by iGaming Business Events. For further details, Mr. Ian Larcombe can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Hot topics of the online gambling markets in Europe part 1 – Trends, vision and results – Moderated by Paul Davis(Counting House)

Ivan Kondilenko – CEO @ Casexe Limited

The effects of Bitcoin in the online gambling market. For further details, Mr. Ivan Kondilenko can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Tom Light – Vice President of Business Development @ SBTech

The impact/results of In-Play betting on Euro 2016 and the importance of being present in emerging markets. For further details, Mr. Tom Light can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Paul Davis – Managing Director @ Counting House (IOM) Ltd.

The effects of the Brexit on the online gambling industry in Europe. For further details, Mr. Paul Davis can be contacted on the following e-mail address:


Hot topics of the online gambling markets in Europe part 2 – Tech and rising niches  – Moderated by Paul Davis(Counting House)

Tal Itzhak Ron – Advocate and Notary @ Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. Law Firm

Forex and Binary Options companies in the EU. For further details, Mr. Tal Itzhak Ron can be contacted on the following e-mail address:


Valéry Bollier – CEO @ OulalaGames Ltd

Daily Fantasy Sports in Europe. For further details, Mr. Valéry Bollier can be contacted on the following e-mail address:

Stuart Trigwell – UK Sales Director @ Global Bet, Virtual Sports

Virtual Sports, what next? For further details, Mr. Stuart Trigwell can be contacted on the following e-mail address:


The presentations can be viewed on the following link:

We hope to see you all next year as well in a two day conference which will gather +40 speakers and +250 delegates.

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SBTech Wins Best Sports Betting Provider CEEG Award



September 21st, 2016 | SBTech, the leading global provider of Sports Betting and iGaming platforms, has won the award for  Best Sports Betting Provider at the first edition of the Central and Eastern Europe Gaming Conference, held in Budapest on September 20th.

In addition to this success, SBTech client NetBet took home the award for Best Online Sports Betting Operator. SBTech supports NetBet’s operations with a fully managed sportsbook, and their award therefore represents further confirmation of SBTech’s success in providing sports betting platforms and services.

Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the award for Best Betting Provider. The Central and Eastern European markets are vital in terms of realising our vision of providing software and services in every regulated market. The majority of our people are based in Sofia, Kiev and Plovdiv, and this award is testament to their talent, professionalism and deep knowledge of Eastern European markets. I’m certain that the CEEGC is going to become a key event in the global gaming industry calendar in the years ahead and I’m proud that we have been recognised for our achievements at the very first event.”

NetBet, powered by SBTech’s technology, has already achieved a position of dominance in the Romanian market and is growing rapidly in other CEE territories.

Alexandre Mangaud, CMO of NetBet said: “Our evolving relationship with SBTech is central to our strategy for growth. The company’s approach to everything from R&D to regulatory compliance is defined by inventiveness, flexibility and thoroughness. It was our very great pleasure to be awarded alongside our providers and I hope that these successes will be the first of many at the CEEG Awards.”

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About SBTech:

SBTech is the industry-leading provider of Sports Betting solutions and services in regulated markets. The company’s complete Omni-channel offering includes an innovative, dynamic and customisable suite of fully managed solutions, specifically designed for top gaming operators, existing bookmakers and land-based networks. SBTech’s expertise in live betting has also been recognised at the2016 eGR Awards, winning the accolade of Best In-Play Betting Software.




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CASEXE wins two awards at CEEGC 2016!



CASEXE is proud to tell you that it has won two awards as part of the first ever Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference, which took place on September 20 in Budapest. At the event, CASEXE has been determined the best in “Casino Product Quality” and “Service/Price ratio” nominations, represented in the “Best online casino software provider” category.

We’ve also taken second place in the “Product support” and the third place in “Open business relations” categories.

As part of the CEEGC 2016 conference, Ivan Kondilenko, CEO at CASEXE, has made a presentation in the “Hot topics on the European gambling markets” section relating the issues of Bitcoin and online gambling interaction. Event guests had a chance to find out whether this “perfect couple” is really so great and what to expect from such trend.

Ivan Kondilenko enjoyed the theme event, saying that CEEGC 2016 has managed to gather interested gambling market players, including the leading providers, developers, owners of casinos and betting venues, in addition to representatives of regulation authorities from Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine etc.

400x400_ceegc-2016_22sept16-300x300 CASEXE wins two awards at CEEGC 2016!“For us, it’s a great honour to win two awards in such significant category as “Best online casino software provider”. We are the only company to win in several nominations,” said the expert. Ivan also mentioned that CASEXE has been a Bronze Sponsor at CEEGC 2016 and thanked everyone who participated in the online voting process.

CASEXE expresses many thanks to all gambling industry experts who highly appreciated the provider’s operations. “We’ll keep on moving towards the set direction focused on high quality of software, as well as providing of the best service for gambling operators,” reported the company representatives.

By the way, CEEGC 2016 has been memorable for one incident that led to a 4 hour break. According to Ivan Kondilenko, it has become an icebreaker possibility to get to know all iGaming segment representatives, thus the conference participants discussed all the questions in store.



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