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Tekkorp Capital Announces Partnership with Circle Squared

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Tekkorp Capital, the betting and gaming industry M&A and advisory powerhouse, has announced a new partnership with Circle Squared.

As a recently launched consultancy, Circle Squared, created by a quartet of respected and experienced industry professionals, now receives the immediate validation of having been selected as Tekkorp’s exclusive partner for all areas of Technical Strategy, including due diligence.

Tekkorp hand-picked Circle Squared to tap into the decades of collective experience which the four-strong team brings across delivering large scale tech platforms and transformation

programs for the betting and gaming industry. Partners Clyde Harris, Graham Cassell, Mick d’Ancona and Peter Sherman have worked with, and for, some of the biggest names in the gaming and betting industry, including Ladbrokes, OpenBet, Paddy Power, Betfair, Flutter and Caesars Entertainment.

The Tekkorp team offers deep experience of M&A, JVs, strategic partnerships, disposals, carve-outs and fundraising, highlighted by $24bn of deal value completed in the digital gaming space. Its current and historical knowledge of the corporate strategies, personalities and M&A tactics of the buyer universe affords Tekkorp and its clients a unique vantage point from which to solve complex business issues across technology selection, product due diligence, contract negotiation, entry strategy and competition comparison.

Consequently, Circle Squared will benefit from Tekkorp’s global reach and unparalleled access to the marketplace, as well as working alongside its top tier executive team. Founded by Matt Davey, Tekkorp Capital was set up to advise and invest in public and private companies who innovate in the global digital gaming ecosystem, and has put together an enviable team of deal-makers and strategic advisers, such as the ex-head of corporate strategy and development at The Stars Group, Robin Chhabra, former CEO of William Hill Online, Crispin Nieboer, and former William Hill US Chief Financial Officer, Mark McMillan.

“Circle Squared have quickly demonstrated that their experience, coupled with a structured and common sense approach to gaming technology, makes them easy to work with and produces quality output. We look forward to continuing this fruitful collaboration across a diversity of deals and structures,” said Tekkorp Capital CEO, Robin Chhabra.

“Our consulting services across a broad range of areas already cover market-entry and growth strategy, product and technology diligence, target suitability analysis, media partnerships and vendor selection. Now the Circle Squared team will help sharpen up the technical end of these services for our clients.”

Mick d’Ancona, one of the founders of Circle Squared added: “The Circle Squared team are delighted to be partnering with the advisors at Tekkorp Capital. Tekkorp is the best in the business in their space, and we’re excited to be able to bring our insight and expertise to help support them in their advisory and deal-execution activities.

“Tekkorp is retained by some significant blue-chip global gaming companies to help them solve their most pressing strategic issues. And we’re looking forward to adding our combined nous and abilities to sharpen their already multifaceted due-diligence acumen. Whether it’s competition comparison, general suitability analysis, specific technical product testing, background operational insight, or contractual stress-testing, Circle Squared brings an array of capabilities to the table.”

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Press Box PR partners with racing royalty Francesca Cumani

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Award-winning co-host of ITV Racing signs with fast-growing London agency

On the eve of Royal Ascot, Press Box PR is delighted to announce that Francesca Cumani, the UK’s leading female racing presenter and one of the faces of ITV Sport, has joined the agency’s talent stable.

Over the next five days, the multi-lingual thoroughbred TV personality will be front and centre of the Flat racing season’s most extensive and glamorous festival coverage.

Francesca is equally well known in Australia as the co-host of the prestigious Melbourne Cup. She has been integral to ITV’s horse racing coverage for the past eight years and is an SJA Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year winner.

While horse racing is her first love, Francesca is keen to broaden her appeal and sees the Press Box team as the ideal partner to bolster her ambitions in the UK.

Press Box PR, a fast-growing creative and digital PR agency operating in sports, consumer, entertainment, and B2B markets, launched its talent management and publicity division two years ago, with Francesca joining the likes of former Royal butler Grant Harrold and 2023 Apprentice winner Marnie Swindells.

Cumani said: “I have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with my agent James Henderson who is based in Australia for the last 16 years and that will be ongoing but I am keen to explore opportunities closer to home and put the skills I have learnt to use both within the racing world and further afield. I am passionate about the great outdoors, animals, travel, food, fashion and culture.”

Lynn Carratt, Head of Talent at Press Box PR, added: “Our talent offering is unique in that, like the remainder of the agency, the team is made up of former journalists. We approach talent management and publicity from the perspective of maximising commercial value for our talent roster and brand clients by growing and sustaining earned media coverage. We’re delighted to be welcoming Francesca Cumani to the Press Box PR family and looking forward to many exciting plans ahead.”

The talent division is part of Press Box PR’s 40-strong London team, led by founder Alex Donohue, which also includes Jack Mansell (Head of Sport), Jack Watson (PR Week 30 Under 30) and Katie Storey (Head of Consumer).

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IN7.COM LTD 2024 Goals: Expands Indian Market and Fortifies Charitable Activities

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IN7.COM, a highly popular gaming and online sports platform, primarily caters to the Indian market and has expanded its services to Brazil.

Bolstered by rapid growth in the online sports and gaming sectors, IN7.COM LTD plans to enlarge its local service team to over 1000 professionals by the end of 2024. This expansion encompasses a spectrum of roles, including seasoned gaming specialists such as customer support, product managers, data scientists, analysts, as well as social media and digital marketing experts, and engineers.

The objective is clear: to elevate user experience and platform performance, ensuring seamless support and service delivery while crafting captivating, visually stunning, and technologically advanced gaming experiences.

Charitable Activities:

IN7.COM LTD owns a charitable department, actively engaging with communities in need by reinvesting a portion of its profits into societal welfare.

IN7.COM’s charitable activities encompass providing vital assistance to impoverished regions and caring for stray animals. Last week, employees of the department distributed heartwarming gifts to two children’s charity homes in Africa, containing essentials such as rice, beef, pencils, books, snacks, and toys.

The department head said, “IN7.COM also plans to establish a sports charity organization in the future, aiming to offer sustainable growth opportunities for outstanding individuals, groups, or organizations dedicated to sports development.”

 

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Gaming Innovation Group is contemplating a bond tap issue

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (“GiG”) has mandated ABG Sundal Collier and Pareto Securities as managers to arrange a series of fixed income investor meetings commencing on 17 June 2024. GiG is contemplating to issue subsequent bonds under GiG’s existing senior secured bond framework with ISINs NO0013024018 (the “EUR-tranche”) and NO0013095687 the (“SEK-tranche) in an expected amount of EUR 15 million equivalent. Subject to, inter alia, market conditions a capital markets transaction may follow.

For further information, please contact:
Tore Formo, Group CFO, [email protected], +47 91668678

 

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