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Casino Forfeiture a Reminder that FinCEN’s Regulatory Oversight May Involve DOJ and Criminal Penalty

The civil money penalty was surprising for two reasons: first, that FinCEN would investigate and fine a casino unfamiliar even to analysts who cover the gaming industry, on an island chain few knew existed; and second, for...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

Foreign Corrupt Practice Act Update

Recent criminal indictments of FIFA officials should remind businesses to review their obligations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Those who violate the FCPA can face civil and criminal penalties, including...more

Like a Rolling Stone and Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

Today we celebrate one of the seminal achievements in rock and roll for it was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1965 that Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone. Columbia Records executives initially rejected the...more

FIFA and INTERPOL, together again- U.S. charges FIFA officials and obtains Red Notices against them

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that FIFA has been dealing with a scandal lately: the U.S. government has charged multiple individuals with ties to FIFA with expansive criminal violations, and...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part III – Corruption and US Companies

Today, I continue my four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. In Part I, I wrote that only the US government had the wherewithal, tools and will to do so. Yesterday, I focused on corruption...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part II – Corruption Changes the Truth of the Game

Today, I continue my (now) four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. (I know I wrote that it would be a three-part series but as usual I got carried away when I started writing.) Yesterday, I...more

FinCrimes Update - May 2015 Summary, Volume 2, Issue 5

FINCEN NAMES JAMES EL-HINDI AS NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR - On May 21, FinCEN announced Jamal El-Hindi as its new Deputy Director. Since January 2015, El-Hindi has been serving as the agency’s acting Deputy Director, and...more

Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends Hit FIFA

Insights on the anti-corruption trends that contributed to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) scandal, and six essential characteristics of organizations whose cultures help prevent bribery and...more

UK: Secondary ticketing market to become more transparent

The UK Government has agreed to an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which will make the secondary ticketing market more transparent and help to protect secondary ticket buyers against fraud....more

Michael Garcia Now Just Taunting FIFA

And I say that in the most complimentary way. If you haven’t been following this story, here’s a quick recap: FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively. This raised eyebrows, as they say. ...more

AUSTRALIA: Hitting Corruption for Six

The cricket world is in a fierce battle against the increasing use of technology in illegal bookmaking. In order to protect their interests ahead of the World Cup starting in February 2015, the International Cricket Council...more

Justin Bieber Does It Again – Time For Anti Bribery Training To Save The Day

Tsk tsk tsk. Just when I thought I was only going to mention him in one blog post this year, I now have the opportunity to write another. Someone has to do it! Justin Bieber is back in the spotlight and this time it isn’t...more

Lessons Learned from the Beautiful Game: Compliance, FIFA and the World Cup

The 2014 World Cup is over and in the books. It was a great tournament for probably everyone across the globe but the host nation of Brazil. While there are many lessons to be learned from this event, the lead up to and...more

Restored to the Notice Paper

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was first elected to the Senate on the back of an anti-poker machine campaign, has accused the Coalition Government of being captive to vested interests in the pokies industry. Senator...more

Bill C-290: From Favorite to Underdog

Canadians can place legal, provincially regulated sports bets through lottery terminals found in popular locations such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls. According to the Canadian Gambling Digest, in...more

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 22 - Bill C-290: From Favorite To Underdog

Canadians can place legal, provincially regulated sports bets through lottery terminals found in popular locations such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls. According to the Canadian Gambling Digest, in...more

Spain: First Steps for Coordinating Measures against Match Fixing

The Spanish General Directorate of Gaming Affairs (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego – “DGOJ”) has recently held a first meeting with the some of the main licensed online sport bookmakers aimed at establishing a...more

12 year ban for snooker match-fixing

On 25 September 2013 the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) suspended snooker player Stephen Lee for 12 years after he was found guilty of match fixing. Lee was also ordered to pay a contribution...more

Belgium: Gaming Commission accuses Brussels casino of illegal structure

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (DLA Piper Brussels) report on a complaint filed by the Belgian Gaming Commission against Brussel’s only land-based casino. Today, Belgian printed media reports that the Belgian...more

Europe: EU Court of Justice takes stand against prohibitions on cross-border betting and gaming activities

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on the latest ruling of the European Court of Justice in respect of Italian gaming an betting regulations....more

Gaming Legal News - July 17, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 15

In This Issue: ENFORCEABILITY OF IGAMING DEBTS IN ONTARIO: As previously reported in Gaming Legal News, in October 2010 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) ruled in the case of Bérubé v....more

New Penalties for Match-Fixers, Unruly Fans and Scalpers at Victorian Sporting Events

The Victorian Government recently amended the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) so that people will now face up to 10 years imprisonment for engaging in conduct which leads, or could lead, to corruption of the betting outcome of a...more

Let the Games Begin: Legal Online Poker Starts Up in Nevada

April 30 was an historic day for online poker players in the United States. Just a bit more than two years after the indictment and civil cases that were termed “Black Friday” shut down the industry, Ultimate Poker became the...more

Minefield for the Unwary: Cautiously Optimistic Outlook on Online Gaming Expansion in the United States

Gaming operations in the United States have traditionally been supply-side driven. Sheldon Andelson, CEO and Chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., recently analogized the industry to the movie Field of Dreams: If you build it,...more

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