GMB - Tell us about your work at the Arakaki Law Firm and the Direct Committee applied in Hospitality and Tourism at OAB-SP. What is your function and what causes have you defended?
In the Law Commission applied to Hospitality and Tourism of OAB / SP, we work to identify legal issues related to the sector, discuss its controversial aspects and elaborate opinions (unanimous or otherwise) on the subject. We assisted the Board of the OAB / SP in the manifestation of laws and bills, as well as in proposing judicial measures related to the sector. We prepared opinions on draft laws in progress, as well as drafts of new bills related to the sector. We have already discussed in the Commission: accessibility in hotel rooms, ECAD, partial illegality of electric hotel taxation, Digital Law in hotels, among other topics. There
How did the idea of OAB to organize the 1st Congress of Applied Hotel and Tourism Law arise and how important is to discuss the issue of legalization of casinos?
The idea of organizing the First Congress of Law Applied to Hospitality and Tourism of the OAB / SP came from a conversation held by Dr. Maria José de Souza Arakaki (Vice-President of the Commission) and myself, and we obtained the approval of the members of the commission and of the Board of Directors of OAB / SP for its execution. I believe that the importance of dealing with the legalization of casinos under a juridical aspect is essential for society, given the need to demystify the bills that deal with the subject in order to transform the texts that are processed in the National Congress into information easily understood by the public. Many people have a position for or against the legalization of gaming, but without understanding the whole
What is your expectation for the panel on Legalization of Casinos, where you will discuss the topic with two more colleagues?
Firstly, I would like to inform that the panel has been reformulated, so that I will be a panelist along with Elenice Zaparoli, who is the National Events Director of the São Paulo Convention and Visitors Bureau. I am very excited about the panel, I believe it will be the opportunity to discuss the issue with interested lawyers and hoteliers and anticipate possible issues before the law is enacted.
Based on your experience and studies, what is the main contribution that casinos can give to Brazil with its legalization? What model for casino exploration could work better in the country?
In my perspective, there is no doubt that the casinos will
Besides casinos, what is your position regarding the legalization of all segments of gaming in Brazil? Have you followed the process of drafting bills in Congress? Do you think there will be a law later this year?
In general, I am in favor of
From the legal point of view, after the approval of the gaming law, by what legal steps will the country have to go through to provide certainty and ensure that investors actually come to participate in the gaming industry in Brazil? How soon should this process be finalized?
After the enactment of a law allowing the activity in Brazil, it will be necessary to regulate them by the Executive Branch, that is, to issue a decree that describes the minutiae of games exploration, such as criteria for accreditation, control, supervision, selection, collection of tributes, mode of control of the players, among others. Subsequently, and after all the related bodies create their internal procedures, the bidding procedure will be initiated to select the companies that will be able to explore the business. The time for all these procedures to be finalized will depend very much on political will, that is,
More broadly, what is your perspective on the gaming market in Brazil? Do you think that soon there will be a new economic activity generating
My perspective is that the legalization of games of chance will bring good results to the country. The texts of the draft laws are mature for approval and Brazil needs this change to improve the collection of taxes, generate jobs and encourage Brazilian tourism. In addition to the residents of the country, this legalization will attract more foreign tourists, which is excellent for our economy and will contribute to the spread of Brazil in the world.
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