Entain Case Illustrates Online Gaming Growing Along With Enforcement

Online gaming company Entain recently became the subject of the first deferred prosecution agreement to ever be brought by the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It includes £10 million payable to the CPS and HM Revenue & Customs, and a charitable donation of £20 million. The ruling is significant in many ways, not least because of the size of the penalty. It marks the end of a 2019 investigation into the former GVC Holdings, outlining a four-year payment plan and crediting the company with making significant improvements in its “management and approach.” Entain’s case serves as a guidepost for where future pitfalls and penalties could arise. This article offers insights from Calli Law, Duane Morris and Hogan Lovells. See “Red Flags and Multiple Acquisitions Yield a $4‑Million SEC Penalty for PokerStars Owner” (Jun. 21, 2023).

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