April 22, 2024 2 min read


Regis Dudena Becomes Leader of Brazil’s Prizes and Betting Secretariat

The seasoned expert brings invaluable experience to the country's new gambling authority, the Prizes and Betting Secretariat

Régis Dudena, a lawyer with an extensive background in the legal sector, was designated as the leader of the Prizes and Betting Secretariat (SPA), the newly established regulatory body in charge of gambling in Brazil. A confirmation about the latest appointment came from a publication in the country’s Official Gazette of the Union. The appointment marks a major step toward the regulation of gambling activities in Brazil.

Near the end of 2023, the country made a major step toward regulated sports betting after legalizing the activity. However, before launching legal betting and online gambling, Brazil needs to establish comprehensive rules for the sector. This is why predictions showed that the legal gambling market may be launched at some point in the second half of 2024.

As a seasoned veteran with extensive experience, a wide range of skills and a deep understanding of the country’s laws, Dudena has previously collaborated with the executive secretary of Brazil’s treasury, Dario Durigan. The duo worked together at the time when Dilma Rousseff was the country’s president.

Throughout his extensive experience, Dudena was a part of the National Association for Railway Carriers (ANTF). At the time, he held the strategic role of legal manager for the Group. As a proven expert within the legal field, SPA’s new leader brings solid experience to the newly created regulator.

The Country Continues to Work on Its Gambling Laws

Earlier this month, Brazil’s Ministry of Finance confirmed its intentions to complete the establishment of regulations and discussions about the framework for the country’s gambling sector by the end of July this year.

Targeting completion of its gambling laws by this summer, the Ministry of Finance said that it will use a phased approach for the policymaking process. Each of the four phases within the process addresses different challenges for the gambling sector.

Ultimately, the gambling sector in Brazil is expected to offer legal gambling entertainment, while protecting consumers from excessive spending and harm. Amid the ongoing regulatory policymaking, last week, the country implemented rules that effectively prohibited gambling incentives such as free bets and bonuses.


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