Compliance sits at the very top of the agenda for Gauselmann AG with the international brand bringing together 29 executives for a two-day workshop: the highly qualified group included Merkur Casino UK’s Amanda Kiernan.
Amanda Kiernan, Head of Compliance at Merkur Casino UK, was one of 29 executives from the Gauselmann Group to participate in a two-day workshop which was held at Schloss Benkhausen in Germany. In addition to the UK the workshop featured Compliance Officers working in Serbia, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Mexico and Peru all of whom provided detailed accounts of the challenges they face in their jurisdictions.
“Meetings like this are always very useful,” Ludwig Beckmann, Chief Compliance Officer of Gauselmann AG stated. “Since we generally face similar challenges, we can also benefit from the experiences of others.” Topics on the agenda, included the introduction of a new, group-wide management system designed to facilitate and make international communication even more transparent. International reporting obligations were also discussed, with a particular focus on regulatory requirements and their development as well as issues such as risk registers and whistleblowing. It was agreed that the response to the increased requirements stipulated by legislators and regulators hinges on an effective exchange of information in addition to further optimised processes.
Reflecting on the annual event, Amanda Kiernan who has attended three Workshops since being in her role as Head of Compliance for Merkur Casino UK, said: “The purpose of these meetings is for all key Compliance representatives within the Gauselmann Group to meet up face-to-face, collaborate, share knowledge and best practice.
“I always learn something of value at these Workshops but one thing is apparent that whatever gambling sector we work within we all face similar challenges in our daily compliance roles and being given the opportunity to discuss them in such an open, relaxed forum is invaluable. I believe the commitment to running the annual Workshops demonstrates just how important the issue of compliance is to the Gauselmann Group. The Workshops encourage a joined-up approach across the Group: our Mission Statement is ‘Strong Compliance – Safe Future’, and it was created as a result of one of our previous Workshops where we collaborated to come up with a strong and unequivocal message for the business.”
Kiernan was one of five delegates to present to the group with her presentation covering AML Challenges in the landbased sector, money-laundering, incident reporting and the Business Risk Register.