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NEWS 18 December 2017
Novomatic’s acquisition of AGT finally gets the go-ahead
By Caroline Watson
After two years of patiently waiting, Novomatic AG’s acquisition of Ainsworth Game Technology is finally set to conclude at the beginning of 2018, on the 5 January.

At the end of last week, Novomatic’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Harald Neumann confirmed the deal was set to be finalised after all the required regulatory approvals had been received.

The press release Novomatic posted, stated: “The approval involved intense scrutiny from multiple gaming boards, including in Australia, South America and the United States.

“Novomatic is now one of the few internationally active companies to have passed strict compliance checks from these international authorities.”

Back in 2016, Len Ainsworth, Founder of AGT, penned a deal with Novomatic to sell off his majority stake in the company.

Ainsworth agreed to sell 172.1 million ordinary shares to the Austria-based gaming technology company, for an estimated AUS$70m.

Neumann stated that the acquisition was intended to help the company increase its market share in the US to approximately 10% over the following five years.
RELATED TAGS: Industry | Mergers & Acquisitions | Legal & Regulatory | Casino
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IN-DEPTH 10 December 2018
Tackling the issue of UK self-exclusion

Harrison Sayers asks three industry executives about self-exclusion in UK gambling. Jack Symons, founder of Gamban, tells us why he saw it necessary to create his own self-exclusion software. Tracy Damestani, Chief Executive, National Casino Forum, explains how SENSE has long looked after those looking to avoid land-based casinos. Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP, gives an update into the effectiveness of the UK’s National Online Self Exclusion Scheme.

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