Invitation to the GREF Conference 2019

“Exploring the boundaries between gambling and financial regulation” 

Dates: 21-23 May 2019

Location: Amathus Beach Hotel – Limassol – Cyprus 

The GREF Board has the pleasure of inviting you to attend GREF Conference 2019, to be held at the Amathus Beach Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus.

This year’s conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of GREF and we are looking forward to something special to celebrate this milestone. 


In order to register for the GREF 2019 conference in Cyprus, please complete this registration form (link).

You only register for the conference with GREF, and you should separately book the hotel accommodation. The conference cost per delegate is EUR 420 for GREF members and EUR 520 for non-members.

Draft Agenda GREF Conference 2019

DAY 1 – Tuesday 21 May 2019
12:15-13:30Lunch (Amathus)
14:00-14:30Opening remarks by GREF Chair Claire Pinson +

Welcome address: Mr. Savvas Perdios, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Cyprus 

14:30-15:30 Session 1: Alternative Payment Options

Introduction: presentation of current state of play on payment methods authorized in GREF jurisdictions, both land-based and online

–          Kieran O‘Keeffe, Secretary General, EUROMAT

–          Industry Speaker – tbc

–          Speaker on Open Banking – tbc

15:30-16:00Networking & refreshment break
16:00-17:30GREF Working Groups

(GREF Members only)

-eGambling and Technical Issues


-Responsible Gambling and Addiction

17:30-18:30Overrun time/Time to freshen up
18:30-20:00GREF 30th Anniversary Cocktail dinner

(Amathus, Lighthouse Bar & Lounge)

DAY 2 – Wednesday 22 May 2019
09:00-09:05Opening remarks by GREF Chair Claire Pinson
09:05-9:45Keynote address: Tony Sio, Head of Marketplace Regulatory Technology, NASDAQ
09:45-10:45Session 2: Parallels to be drawn between gambling-like financial products and gambling products

Presentation of products presenting gambling and financial characteristics, restrictions on contracts for difference by the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) and by national financial regulators, etc.

–          One representative of the British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – tbc

–          One gambling regulator regulating gambling-like financial products – tbc

–          One representative from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) – tbc

10:45-11:15Networking & refreshment break
11:15-12:15Session 3: Gambling payment blocking options by banks from a responsible gambling point of view: pro and cons

 –          Dr. Jane Rigbye, Director of Education, GambleAware

–          Jack Symons, Chief executive, Gamban

–          Stuart McFadden, Head of Financial Difficulties, Monzo        Bank

–          Dr. Michael Auer, Consultant, Neccton

12:15-12:45GREF Conference photograph
12:45-14:00Lunch (Amathus)
14:15-15:15Session 4: Payment blocking or Payment disruption? 

State of play at the European level, focus on Norway, assessment of how financial regulation can supplement gambling regulation to block/disrupt payments.

–          Prof. Dr Julia Hörnle, Queen Mary University, London

–          Silje Sægrov Amble, Senior adviser, Norwegian Gaming Authority

15:15-15:45Networking & refreshment break
15:45-16:45Session 5: Virtual currencies and gambling regulation: the Maltese case  

Presentation about virtual currencies, presentation from the Maltese Financial Services Authority (MFSA) about their regulatory regime covering virtual financial assets and related services and service providers (ICOS, Security Tokens), presentation by the Maltese Gaming Authority (MGA) of its Sandbox Framework for the acceptance of Virtual Financial Assets and the use of Distributed Ledger Technology within the gaming Industry and its interactions with the financial regulatory regime, together with the auditing requirements imposed by the Maltese Digital Innovation Authority.

–          Gerd Sapiano, Senior Analyst, Securities and Market Supervision, Maltese Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

–          Carl Brincat, Chief Legal Officer, MGA

16:45-16:50Closing remarks by GREF Chair Claire Pinson
16:50-17:30Overrun time/Time to freshen up
17:30-18:00Transfer to dinner location
18:00-22:00Drinks and Dinner offered by the Cyprus Casino Supervision Commission

(Carob Mills area, dinner at Karatello Restaurant) 

22:00Transfer back to Amathus
DAY 3 – Thursday 23 May 2019
09:00-09:05Opening remarks by GREF Chair Claire Pinson
09:05-10:00GREF Working Groups plenary feedback
10:00-10:15Presentation IAGR – tbc
10:15-10:45Networking & refreshment break
10:45-12:45GREF Business Meeting and final remarks by GREF Chair Claire Pinson

(GREF Members only)

12:45-14:00Lunch (Amathus)


Accommodation (cut-off date 22 April 2019) 

You can reserve your hotel room in the Amathus Beach Hotel, or you can choose one neighbouring hotel, the Four Seasons, just a couple of minutes stroll away along the beach promenade. GREF has negotiated preferential rates but hotel availability is limited during this popular season, so the earlier you book the better. In any case, the rooms will be blocked until 22 April 2019, which is the cut-off date to receiving bookings.

Amathus hotel rooms at discounted GREF2019 prices start at EUR 184.50 per night, and Four Seasons rooms start at EUR 202.50 per night.

To book the Amathus, please use this link

Amathus Beach Hotel, 75 Amathountos Avenue, 4532 Limassol, Cyprus,

T: (+357 – 25) 832000

To book the Four Seasons, please use this link

Four Seasons Cyprus Hotel, 67-69 Amathountos Avenue, Agios Tychonas Community, Agios Tychon, Limassol, 3313

T: (+357- 25) 858000

Alternative hotel

Mediterranean Beach Hotel, Amathus Avenue, Limassol, Limassol (Lemesos)

T: (+357-25) 559999