Insight: Long-lasting benefits of Juegos Miami

Insight: Long-lasting benefits of Juegos Miami

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Cristina Romero led two sessions at Juegos Miami

Juegos Miami attendees are feeling the benefits of the network created by the first staging of the Latin American gaming industry event.

That’s the view of Cristina Romero, a partner at law firm Loyra Abogados, who took part in two of the panel sessions during the learning programme at the event. While the debates and presentations that took place at the picturesque Biltmore Hotel were invaluable for attendees, Romero said the chance to showcase Loyra’s expertise to the Latin American and global industry has created great new opportunities.

After an enjoyable and productive few days in Florida, Romero added that the location played a key role in the event’s success.

Benefit from exposure

“We work a lot with both regulators and operators and also with all sorts of suppliers and stake holders in the Latin American gaming industry, so we will definitely benefit from the exposure at an event of this level and of the fantastic networking,” said Romero, whose Madrid-headquartered company is a specialist in gaming law and has an extensive network of offices across Europe and Latin America.

“The location was unbeatable and the event was generally well organised on the networking side and well attended. I think that for a first ‘edition’ of an event it was a total success, as people are still speaking about it.”

The Juegos Miami learning programme included sessions devoted to a host of hot topics, from omni-channel to regulation and discussions devoted to particular markets. Figures such as Marcelo D'Amato, President, Chile Casino Association (ACCJ), gave keynote speeches, while Imaculada Garcia, of SELAE, and Mariela Huenchumilla, of casino group Dreams, and executives from Camelot, Paddy Power and European gambling authorities were among those that took part in debates.

Romero led two of the sessions, interviewing Codere chief information officer Felipe Ludeña in a discussion on business models, and moderating a discussion on the regulation of UK online gaming.

“I really liked the first one, which was an interview to a top executive of an international gaming company and was conducted as a very dynamic Q&A,” she said. “The second one was on best practices in regulation, which was also highly interesting, as the speakers were very well chosen.

“The sessions on Brazil and Mexico were really interesting, as those are the two main markets on which I am focusing now.”

Hopes for the future

Romero is one of those already calling on organiser Clarion Events, the operator behind ICE Totally Gaming, to make Juegos Miami an annual event. She said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the whole team, and I hope that the event becomes a yearly date.”

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