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Upper Tribunal Decision in Samarkand and Proteus

The long-awaited Upper Tribunal Decision in the Samarkand and Proteus case has been published. The case relates to statutory sale and leaseback partnerships with partners claiming losses under the film acquisition relief...more

AML Compliance Developments in the Gaming Industry

Executives of regulated entities often lament that fulfilling compliance obligations interferes with their ability to operate their business. However, an extensive (and extended) regulator investigation with the potential for...more

Ontario’s 2015 Budget Makes Changes to Cultural Tax Credits

The Ontario government released its 2015 Budget on April 23, 2015 – and it makes some significant changes to Ontario’s cultural tax credit regime, including the elimination of the sound recording tax credit. (Please note that...more

Balancing the Budget …and Balancing Copyright

The Government of Canada’s Budget Plan for 2015 proposes various measures within the expected areas of tax relief, job creation and economic growth measures.  It also includes a very unexpected proposal to extend the...more

EU: new AML rules approved by the Council of Europe

On 20 April 2015, the Council of Europe adopted its position at the first reading on new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. This is the part of the final stages of the passage of what will...more

GB: Gambling Commission issues warning over “scam” binary options providers

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to consumers, designed to minimise the risk deriving from a current regulatory hiatus affecting binary options. ...more

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

Recent months have been eventful for exempt organizations and their advisors. While fundamental tax reform remains a possibility, with a number of proposals on the table that would significantly change the rules for exempt...more

Italy: Casino and Sportsbetting push for the growth

The data just published on the Italian online gaming market shows positive figures for casino and sportsbetting while poker has been declining with a slight recovery at the end of the year....more

President Obama’s 2016 budget poised to address infrastructure needs

Released in February, the 2016 budget set forth by the Obama administration takes a focused stance towards the country’s growing infrastructure requirements. The 2016 budget features tax-exempt bond proposals seen in the...more

Phoenix Project: Atlantic City Can Rise From The Ashes

Most of the news from the Atlantic City Boardwalk over the last couple of years has not been promising. Several of the massive casino resort properties there have closed and/or slipped into bankruptcy, and the resale or...more

Status Updates - March 2015 #2

Out with the inbox? The overwhelming popularity of workplace-specific platforms that facilitate coworker communication—commonly referred to as “enterprise social media”—is undeniable. But are these platforms poised to someday...more

Dutch judge: Binary options institution should get license

The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (‘AFM’) wrongly refused to provide a license to a Dutch institution that provides binary option services. This is the outcome of a preliminary judgement earlier this week by...more

California Legislature Proposes Virtual Currency License

On February 27, 2015, California Assembly member Matt Dababneh (D – Encino) introduced AB 1326, which would require virtual currency businesses to be licensed by the Department of Business Oversight (DBO). To get licensed,...more

Charities and Gambling

Most gambling is illegal in Virginia. Seeking creative means to raise money for laudable purposes, legitimate Virginia charities sometimes venture into dangerous waters in the belief that their philanthropic goals insulate...more

FinCEN Fines Atlantic City Casino $10 Million for AML Deficiencies

Earlier this month, an Atlantic City-based casino was fined $10 million for violating the BSA – more specifically, for failing to (i) create and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) establish an effective...more

Trump Taj Mahal Fined Record $10 Million for Inadequate AML Program

As disclosed recently in a bankruptcy court filing, on January 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) imposed a $10 million civil money penalty pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) on Trump Taj...more

Case By Case

Bait-and-Switch Credit Card Offer - In a variation on the typical “bait-and-switch” scheme, a bank made a promotional offer of a “no annual fee” credit card, then changed the terms mid-year to require such a fee. A...more

AUSTRALIA: ASIC rules risk management facilities to be used by sporting organisations are financial products

On 28 January 2015, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) rejected a relief application by the issuer of ’risk management facilities’ used by sporting clubs and retailers. The application for Australian...more

FinCEN Addresses Illegal Sports Betting

FinCEN issued an alert indicating that certain organizations and individuals have been circumventing various laws related to sports betting, including by permitting "third-party betting" and reminding the industry about the...more

UK: Data Protection - Information Tribunal rule on FOIA exemptions concerning the Tate Gallery and BP

The First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) has considered whether the Tate Gallery was exempt from disclosing information concerning sponsorship and meeting minutes to BP under sections 41(1) and 43(2) of the Freedom of...more

The Current State of Online Lottery Sales and the Outlook for 2015

As states continue to search for ways to generate additional revenue, several states have explored the possibility of selling lottery tickets online. Online lottery ticket sales represent an untapped market for state...more

Attacking the Money-Laundering Problem in Mexico

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mexican officials have estimated the amount of laundered money in the Mexican economy at $50 billion annually—three percent of the legitimate Mexican economy. The CIA World Fact Book...more

Investment Trends in the Gaming Industry

Over the past decade, the gaming industry has evolved into one of the hottest sectors of mobile internet services. VentureBeat recently reported that in the trailing twelve months of Q3 2014, gaming accounted for $18 billion...more

A Report on the Future of Atlantic City (In the Words of "Atlantic City")

How do you regild a city that’s lost its luster? Last month, the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment released a report attempting to answer that question for Atlantic City. ...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 28, DBRS released its general corporate methodology. On November 28, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the gaming industry. On November 26, DBRS released its methodology for rating Canadian...more

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