The tender procedure of the WestSpiel Group, which ended in mid-July, has now been officially completed: All competent antitrust authorities haveapproved the sale. WestSpiel can be acquired by the East-Westphalian Gauselmann Group on 1 September 2021.
The purchase agreement between NRW.BANK and the Gauselmann Group for the acquisition of the casinos in NRW was signed on 20 July. Following antitrust approval, the official acquisition will now take place on 1 September 2021. The casinos in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) will thus become the latest member of the Gauselmann Group. The family-owned company can thus expand its casino portfolio to include the locations of Aachen, Bad Oeynhausen, Dortmund-Hohensyburg and Duisburg and additionally has the option to open two more venues in NRW.
Image: Paul Gauselmann, company founder and Chairman of the Management Board, Gauselmann Group.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the new employees to our company. We will align the casinos in NRW even more successfully”, says company founder and Chairman of the Management Board Paul Gauselmann. We intensively used the time between the signing of the purchase agreement and the final approval by the antitrust authorities to prepare for the integration of the casinos into the corporate group. Besides technical and organisational aspects, a particular emphasis was placed on personally introducing the management to colleagues in the casino locations as well as in the headquarters in Duisburg. We will further intensify this dialogue in the coming weeks and have planned welcome events for all new colleagues in our training centre at Schloss Benkhausen”, says David Schnabel, Managing Director of Merkur Spielbanken.