International law firm Bird & Bird is moving its Budapest premises to a new office in the Hungarian capital’s Víziváros district on the Buda side, bringing the entire Hungarian operation under one roof for the first time since the appointment of a large and highly respected team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, headed by partners David Dederick and Konrád Siegler. The new combined Bird & Bird team in Hungary, co-headed by Peter Knight and David Dederick, will move into the third floor of the modern Víziváros Office Center on 25th June.
Víziváros Office Center is located at the corner of Csalogány utca and Kapás utca, just a short distance from Budapest’s Castle District, in the top-end office and retail area around Mammut Center – one of the largest shopping malls in the capital. The new Bird & Bird office space is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, reflecting its vision to be the number one law firm in the world for organisations impacted by technology and digitisation, and is in a building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, exemplifying the firm’s commitment to minimize the impact of its business on the environment.
David Dederick, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Budapest office and Co-Head of Bird & Bird Hungary, says:
“Our new premises and its design reflects the wider firm, which has a huge footprint across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. It is a truly Bird & Bird space that our clients in technology, M&A, corporate and other practice areas will feel comfortable in. It also reflects our deep relationships within the local and regional real estate community that have enabled us to source such a perfect venue.”
Peter Knight, Partner and Co-Head of Bird & Bird Hungary, says:
“The integration of our new combined Bird & Bird team under one roof establishes a powerful position in the Hungarian market and enhances our existing service in the Central European Region. This is a timely development as we celebrate ten years of presence in Central Europe.”
Konrád Siegler, Partner of Bird & Bird Budapest office, adds:
“This marks a new phase for Bird & Bird in Hungary, as we completely combine businesses which have been present in the market for more than 20 years. The complementary strengths of the teams and synergies between their areas of work will be further enhanced, enabling us to fully service our clients from a single common platform.”
Lorant Varga, MRICS, Managing Director at CBRE Hungary, Bird & Bird’s commercial real estate advisor in the move, added:
“We are proud to have been able to provide Bird & Bird with such an excellent office, which truly reflects their commitment to cutting-edge technology and high-quality service, as well as a pivotal location to address Hungary’s business community.”
Source: Press Releases Published on European Gaming Media Network
A welcoming climate for gambling: Slotegrator’s overview of Georgia
The gambling industry in Georgia has been steadily developing for quite a long time, aided by fair legislation and a stable demand for gaming and entertainment services. Recognizing the essential role the industry plays in the country’s economy, Georgia’s government is working hard to implement transparency by developing new regulations — which are also meant to bring the gambling business to a new level.
Slotegrator, one of iGaming’s leading developers, keeps a close eye on the legislative aspects of the industry, providing its clients with up-to-date information and guiding them towards the most promising opportunities. In its new article, the company examines the critical components of Georgia’s gambling market, focusing on the legislation and regulations — both currently existing and those that will soon come into effect — that govern the iGaming landscape.
Georgia turned out to be one of the first countries in Europe to recognize the economic importance of the gambling industry. While many countries sought to inhibit the sector — by banning online casinos, for example — in Georgia, license holders never hit any speed bumps, continuing to smoothly operate their land-based and online businesses.
Operators will undoubtedly wonder how to get a gaming license in Georgia. The process is simple enough; applicants send all the necessary documents via an electronic system, and within a couple of weeks, they will receive a response from the regulatory body. Moreover, there are also expedited ways of obtaining a license, among which is the possibility of getting permission to organize gambling activities the day after submitting an application.
As for the taxation system in Georgia, it varies from state to state, depending on location, tourist zones, types of gaming business, and other factors.
The biggest current trend in the online space is increased player activity. As a result, the Georgian government has developed a number of new regulations aimed at streamlining gambling industry regulations to eliminate legislative contradictions and loopholes.
Read more about the new iGaming regulations in Georgia on the Slotegrator website and stay up to date with the most current events!
Slotegrator’s overview of gambling in Uzbekistan
Online casino and sportsbook provider Slotegrator is one of the leading aggregators in the Eastern European and CIS gambling markets — and rightfully so: the company keeps a close eye on the evolution of iGaming in each country and provides you all the latest information. Slotegrator’s new article shines the spotlight on the gambling landscape of Uzbekistan.
In November 2019, the government of Uzbekistan published a decree on sports activities that also revealed officials’ intention to legalize the sports betting sector of the gambling industry, which was banned in 1991 (with one exception — state lotteries).
The potential legalization of sportsbook businesses looked like a serious and meaningful step forward on the government’s part, and was supposed to open some new doors to the highly promising market for sponsors and investors. It was also seen as a natural stimulus to help Uzbekistan’s sports industry — particularly football — make a giant leap forward.
In addition to the initiative to develop sports betting, there is a project to create a special gambling zone in the city of Muynak. The logic behind the idea is to popularize Uzbekistan as a tourism destination and attract more international investments into the country’s economy. Meanwhile, the planned construction of an entertainment area should include a sports track as well as a shopping mall.
The year 2020 has been set to carry out all the necessary campaigns to lay the groundwork for taking the next steps and eliminating any possible legal contradictions and loopholes.
Read Slotegrator’s new article on Uzbekistan’s gambling initiatives to find out more about the current status of the project.
Slotegrator has added Real Dealer Studios to its network
Online casino software provider and aggregator Slotegrator has partnered with Real Dealer Studios, a developer of unique cinematic casino games. Real Dealer offers not just high-quality gaming, but a Hollywood-style experience.
Games from Real Dealer are the world’s first casino content made from cinema-quality video clips of presenters and gameplay, with professional actors and moviemakers collaborating with experienced developers to deliver an amazing degree of realism. Private tables and beautiful, energetic croupiers give players a real luxury experience. Real Dealer offers error-free, high-quality video streaming and sound, and a resume play option in case of any interruption. It is possible to integrate games as a stand-alone product without linking to a studio. Most importantly, this absolutely unique concept has never been seen before.
This is how Jose’ Micallef, Sales Manager at Real Dealer Studios, comments on the partnership: “We are excited to be able to count such a highly respected platform as Slotegrator among our partners. Like us, they are a customer-centric company, which is an important value in our industry. Slotegrator will be instrumental in the distribution of the Real Dealer games portfolio within their markets. At Real Dealer Studios, we are constantly looking for such partners, and this marks another step forward in widening the reach of our innovative games.” Slotegrator is also excited, and is making big plans for future collaboration.
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