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Standard General notifies Sportech shareholders of rejected £54m bid  

New York hedge fund Standard General LLP has revealed that it has had a series of cash offers rejected by LSE-listed wagering and racing systems provider Sportech Plc.  The hedge fund said that its ‘latest cash offer’ of 28.5 pence per share, offering Sportech investors a 58% premium on the firm’s October LSE closing price of 18 pence per share, …

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Activists move on William Hill’s strong US prospects

New York ‘activist hedge fund’ HG Vora Capital has acquired a 5.1% stake in William Hill Plc for a reported £115 million, reigniting speculation over the FTSE250 betting group’s future options. The investment fund, led by former Goldman Sachs VP Parag Vora, holds a successful track record in gambling having previously held a 5% shareholding in Caesars Entertainment, prior to …

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Growth hungry Paysafe appoints Izzy Dawood as Group CFO

Paysafe Group has confirmed the inbound appointment of Ismail ‘Izzy’ Dawood as new Group CFO, who will join the firm’s executive leadership team on 28 September, replacing outgoing incumbent Peter Smith. A 25-year financial services executive, Dawood joins Paysafe from North American credit score software and systems provider Branch International where he formerly served as CFO from 2019 to 2020. …

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Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling

Jason Ader has stated that his company SpringOwl, an ‘independent sponsor and buyout firm’, is tracking all developments of a disrupted global gambling landscape as ‘the pandemic has opened the market’. Speaking to SBC, Ader stated that he is neither undeterred by talk of ‘doom-and-gloom’ nor swayed by easy rhetoric related to ‘business accelerations’. Instead, Ader recognises that global gambling …

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IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale

IGT Group has sanctioned a ‘tender offer’ to ‘purchase for cash’ an aggregate sum of $300 million, representing 6.25% of its corporate senior secured debt notes, due for repayment in 2022. The New York-listed gambling technology and lottery systems supplier has undertaken its debt sale subject to terms and conditions set forth in its ‘offer to purchase’ summary published on …

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IGT moves to restructure board responsibilities

The board of IGT Plc has moved to strengthen its corporate governance structures, confirming three separate committee appointments that will be sanctioned following the firm’s annual general meeting (AGM). The New York-listed gambling technology group confirmed that Professor Alberto Dessy, a company independent director since 2015, will take a seat on the firm’s Audit Committee. The appointment sees Dessy ,a …

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IGT restructures credit facilities to counter COVID-19 headwinds

New York-listed International Game Technology Plc (IGT) has moved to amend its revolving credit facilities agreement and further terms on its loan facility arrangement, helping the firm navigate ongoing COVID-19 headwinds. The amendments modify the agreements in a number of ways. Firstly, the requirement to maintain a maximum ratio of total net debt to EBITDA and a minimum ratio of EBITDA …

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Mike Ciavarella: No Tweaking… A rebuilt Newgioco is the real deal for US Wagering

Newgioco Group Chairman and CEO Michele (Mike) Ciavarella has led an eight-year project to launch the Italian legacy outfit in the US, seeking to be the best-prepared technology incumbent tackling the world’s biggest and most diverse sports market. Speaking to SBC, Ciavarella details that technology stakeholders will face a rude awakening if they simply ‘copy-paste’ European strategies to US market …

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IGT names Max Chiara as inbound Group CFO

IGT has concluded its four-month executive search after confirming the appointment of  Massimiliano ‘Max’ Chiara as its new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective from 6 April 2020. Max Chiara will replace long-term CFO Alberto Fornaro, who ended his nine-year tenure leading IGT’s financial units last December, joining South Korean e-commerce retailer Coupang Group.  Updating investors, IGT has stated that …

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IGT appoints ‘trusted hand’ Fabio Celadon as M&A lead

The governance of New York listed gambling technology group IGT Plc has confirmed the promotion of Fabio Celadon to the position of Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. An IGT executive since 2006, Celadon takes charge of IGT corporate development strategy having formerly served as Senior Vice President of Gaming Portfolio (2017-2019). Celadon’s executive tenure at IGT has also …

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