Company / Jones Walker LLP Web address / AGEM Membership level / Associate

Description / Jones Walker's gaming practice, the largest in the southeastern United States, provides full-spectrum legal counsel to clients on gaming law. We represent all

participants in the industry, including casinos, tribes, product manufacturers and suppliers, pari-mutuels, sports wagering companies, lottery vendors, sweepstakes and charities. We also represent other parties — such as investors, lenders and vendors — that have gaming-related interests. Since the advent of legalised gaming in our region, the attorneys of

Jones Walker have played important roles in the development of many of the laws and regulatory policies that govern the gaming industry in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. Members of the team are listed in Chambers Global Guide,

Chambers USA, Te Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and other leading publications. Two of our gaming team partners have served as Presidents of the International

Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors, respectively.

Louisiana / Even though, sports betting was not passed during Louisiana’s 2019 legislative session, Kelly Duncan continues to be a resource to Louisiana lawmakers as sports wagering will continue to be a topic of much discussion in Louisiana. Contact: J. Kelly Duncan Tel: 504.582.8218


Mississippi / Tommy Shepherd has been featured across the state providing the latest information on sports wagering in Mississippi, the newest change to the Mississippi gaming

industry that recently occurred after a decision was rendered last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact: Tomas B. Shepherd III Tel: 601.949.4711


The AGEM Index increased by 27.33 points in September 2019 points to 500.69 points, a 5.8 percent jump from August 2019. The growth was driven largely by an 18.6 per cent increase in the stock price of IGT, which increased from $11.98 to $14.21. The stock was responsible for 8.14 points of the AGEM Index's monthly gain. Konami Corp. experienced an 8.4 per cent stock price gain from ¥4,815 to ¥5,220, which led to an index contribution of 6.50 points. Overall, most AGEM Index companies reported increases in stock price during the month, with 10 trending positively and three moving negatively. The major stock indices performed well as the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 experienced growth of 2.0 per cent and 1.7 per cent, respectively.

AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems, lotteries and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world. Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its member organisations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business environment.


MEMBERSHIP NEWS AGEM Key Board of Directors Actions

l AGEM members had an in-person presentation at the October Board of Directors meeting by Bo Bernhard, Executive Director of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV. He highlighted that an announcement for the new Executive Director at the International Center for Gaming Regulation was imminent, which will fill the spot vacated by Andre Wilsenach last December. He also updated the group on developments at the UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park that will see tenants such as Intel, Microsoft, LG, Adobe and Cox start to move in as early as November. He said the American Gaming Association (AGA) is considering taking space in the park and AGEM should do the same in the future. He encouraged gaming technology suppliers across the board to consider tenancy and said UNLV’s Gaming Innovation Program will also be a located at the park and continue to provide a pipeline of new games and other patented ideas to the gaming industry as a whole.

l AGEM members were also updated at the Board meeting on new developments related to the organisation’s interaction with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It was noted the Technology Division has been more responsive to consistency and speed-to-market issues of late and that improvements to the New Innovation Beta (NIB) program are being considered. Te GCB has also reached out to AGEM for input on potential updates to the “assume responsibility” language in current regulations. AGEM also provided a statement to the GCB that it was opposed to minors being able to participate in charitable lotteries and other activities within Regulation 4A that is being debated by both the GCB and the Nevada Gaming Commission.

l Te AGEM Board approved an expenditure to provide an amicus brief in support of the New Hampshire Lottery’s court case challenging the Department of Justice’s interpretation of the Wire Act that could dramatically impact the gaming industry at all levels throughout the US if the DOJ’s position wins out. Press reports citing legal experts say the case is likely to ultimately be decided by the US Supreme Court.

l AGEM members have been updated on pending important meetings with a delegation from the Japanese government as well as both operator trade organisations from Mexico. It was noted at the Board meeting that press reports claiming Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has outlawed any future casinos in the country were inaccurate and that enough approved licenses exist to potentially double the number of casinos from the current 353 to more than 700.

Events and Activities l Te long-running Executive Development Program (EDP) is set for November 9-17 in

Lake Tahoe, Nevada. AGEM is a supporter through the awarding of the annual Gender Diversity Scholarship, along with the European Casino Association and Clarion Gaming. Tis year’s winner is Dolly Sananes Bascou, Head of Marketing and Communications, Gaming Operations, at Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer.

l Te AGEM-sponsored Eastern Europe Gaming Summit is set for November 19-20 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

l AGEM will host a fundraising event for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on November 18 at IGT in Las Vegas.

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