16.02.2018
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Chambers Global – Gaming and Gambling Award for Dr Wulf Hambach in 2018

We proudly announce that our founding partner Dr Wulf Hambach was awarded again from Chambers Global in 2018: “Sources view founding partner and leader of Hambach & Hambach Law Firm’s gaming practice Wulf Hambach as ‘someone who, over the years, has accumulated strong experience and an ability to navigate the choppy waters of the German…

07.02.2018
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GamblingCompliance: German Legislator Sees Long-Awaited Progress On Gambling Regime

By David Altaner, published at gamblingcompliance.com An influential member of parliament is predicting that German online gambling legislation will be proposed this year and passed within 18 months, with the only question being whether it is “big reform or small reform”. Four German states — Schleswig-Holstein, Hesse, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia — are working seriously…

01.12.2017
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GamblingCompliance: Munich Court Rules German Lottery Monopolies Flout EU Law

By Joe Ewens A German court has found that the country’s numerous state lottery monopolies are operating in defiance of EU law, emboldening eager private lottery companies seeking to establish a foothold in the lucrative market. In a judgment announced late last week, the Administrative Court of Munich declared that the land-based lottery monopolies currently…

20.03.2017
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GamingIntelligence: Germany sets collision course with EC by ratifying new State Treaty

By GamingIntelligence, www.gamingintelligence.com The Minister-Presidents of Germany’s 16 federal states have ratified the country’s amended State Treaty on Gambling, setting up a showdown with the European Commission which has already criticised the legislation. The Minister-President Conference held on Thursday (March 16th) saw the heads of each state sign the amended Treaty, which removes a number of controversial provisions…

14.03.2017
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GamingIntelligence: German iGaming reforms thrown into disarray by new EC opinion

By Gaming Intelligence Proposed changes to the German State Treaty on Gambling have been criticised by the European Commission for continuing to breach European law. The incompatibility of the proposed changes, which were introduced to address earlier issues of incompatibility with EU law, are detailed in a document seen by Gaming Intelligence and come just…

13.03.2017
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GamblingCompliance: Germany’s Sports-Betting Plans Progress Despite EC Concerns

By Elisa Grabbe, published at www.gamblingcompliance.com The European Commission has blasted Germany’s new sports-betting licensing plans for potentially infringing EU law and limiting competition, but Germany is nevertheless expected to ink the changes in just a few days. With draft amendments having completed their standstill period at the commission last Friday, the prime ministers of…

02.03.2017
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GamblingCompliance: Germany Moves To Exclude Slots From AML Checks

By Elisa Grabbe, published at www.gamblingcompliance.com Slot halls, lotteries and on-course tote betting will be exempt from strict new anti-money laundering (AML) requirements, according to a bill published in Germany last week. The bill will transpose the European 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4th AMLD) into German law and has been published following a consultation with stakeholders…

01.08.2016
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GamingIntelligence: Latest German court ruling offers protection to online gamblers

Published on GamingIntelligence.com Germany’s controversial State Treaty on Gambling has suffered yet another blow after a court ruled that authorities may not prosecute players for gambling on unlicensed sites. Last week’s decision overturns the original ruling by the Munich Regional Criminal Court, which had said that Section 285 of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) could…

17.03.2016
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German media association chief calls for leadership from the federal government

Published by GamingIntelligence Germany’s Association for Telecommunications and Media (DVTM) has emerged as a major advocate of regulatory reform. CEO Renatus Zilles explains why he believes it is high time for the federal government to take charge of Germany’s gambling market. Years of stilted progress and legal battles seem to be finally culminating in a…