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Gaming & Gambling

Our dedicated Gaming & Gambling practice group combines outstanding legal know-how, deep insights into the country’s gambling industry and regulations, market-forward thinking, and enthusiasm and readiness to add value.

Our highly specialized team is adept at navigating the entire spectrum of licensing, compliance, enforcement, and interpretation of gaming legislation, as well as business operations and dealings with regulators.

The compliance process is deeply embedded in our thinking: our comprehensive approach is designed to meet all your needs and, thanks to compliance, provide you with a sense of confidence.

Our work is a reference in this market because we combine the skills and expertise of lawyers and consultants highly experienced in the gambling industry with capabilities across the business law spectrum that are instrumental in this market segment. From technology law to privacy, anti-money laundering, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate M&A, and dispute resolution, we have you covered. Our expertise has a particular regulatory edge, ensuring all angles and viewpoints are evaluated to reflect our strong commitment to highly specialized services.

Our work focuses on:

  • acting as appointed “authorized representative” in Romania for online foreign operators
  • assistance dealing with both consumer complaints as well as competitors’ complaints
  • AML compliance advice
  • day-to-day advice on regulatory, tax and corporate–commercial aspects related to gambling activities
  • dispute resolution and litigation
  • gaming transactional support to include corporate structuring, drafting, negotiation and management of sale-purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, assignment agreements, white label agreements etc. as well as due diligence work that precedes such
  • image rights agreements
  • privacy and personal data processing matters
  • regulatory advice and full assistance with licensing and authorization process
  • regulatory advice related to advertising lotteries and any other gaming/promotional activities
  • responsible gaming advice
  • sponsorship matters
  • standard terms and conditions and other consumer contracts
  • unfair contract terms and contractual enforceability

Integration, a distinctive trail of our services

Being active in the life of a highly regulated industry, we understand that gaming businesses emphasize being fully compliant with their regulatory obligations. We guide clients to design and set up efficient legal compliance structures and assist them with their implementation and maintenance.

We understand the effectiveness of a one-stop shop counsel, and we are acting as appointed authorized representatives in Romania for our clients who are online foreign operators. In this capacity, we liaise with Romanian institutions, such as the National Gambling Office, the AML, and tax and data protection authorities. We also represent our clients during the licensing and authorization process and the required technical and financial auditing procedures. When amicable settlement is no longer possible, we take our expertise in front of the court and put it into practice for the benefit of our clients.

To stay ahead of the game and amplify our skills and capabilities, we actively contribute to the initiatives of reputable international gambling professional associations and constantly team up with global law firms specialized in betting and gambling. For example, Ana-Maria Baciu, Managing Partner, is a General Member of IMGL and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.

Practicality and consistency across the table

Our team strongly believes in tailoring solutions to our clients’ unique needs, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. We value transparency and encourage open discussions and debates to ensure full disclosure of ideas. To support this, we frequently contribute to local and international though leadership to share our insights into the market and its legal framework and actively participate in legislative exercises. Our goal is to keep everything in perspective in this sector and provide our clients with the best possible solutions.

Who turns to us?

Successful gambling enterprises, such as online and land-based betting and gaming companies, gaming software and platform providers, and payment service providers, both domestic and international, media businesses, and professional services providers that serve the gambling industry, rely on us for extensive and consistent legal assistance and representation.