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John J. Ford

Currently President of IGL Group, Inc., a California-based consulting firm, John works with various domestic and foreign companies assisting senior management on a variety of gaming matters, involving legal, strategic and operational issues. John has worked extensively with both land-based and online gaming operators and brings a unique perspective to both sides of the industry.He regularly assists gaming software providers, online operators and investors in navigating through the complexities of online gaming. In addition to consultations in ongoing matters, he has, for example, managed the re-domiciliation of a publicly-traded software provider from the United States to the United Kingdom, assisted in the sale of online gaming properties, and assisted in the restructuring and relocation of a privately held online operator to multiple jurisdictions. Previously, he spent several years with Ladbroke Group, now Hilton Group PLC, in North America serving as North America’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors’ of the North American holding companies. In addition to a variety of land-based gaming matters, including compliance, acquisitions, joint-ventures, sales, licensing and regulatory matters, he was heavily involved in the structuring, launch and operation of the Ladbroke/YouBet venture which became the first U.S. based online horseracing betting operation.