A group of gambling industry experts has teamed up with global media and events firm SBC to launch a new consultancy service to help companies realise their potential.
SBC Advisory Partners has been set up to offer a pioneering consulting and transaction advisory service for the sports, betting & gaming industries. SBC Advisory Partners boasts an unrivalled network of contacts founded on the deep industry roots of its highly experienced partners and the reach of its global conferences and business media portfolio.
Founding SBC Advisory Partners are Greenlaw Limited’s Anton Kazubowski, Tonnucci & Partners Quirino Mancini and SBC CEO Rasmus Sojmark. They will be joined by Parma Calcio managing director Jaap Kalma, SBC chief operating officer David Knight and SBC managing director Andrew McCarron in offering expert advice for companies looking for guidance in the sector.
SBC Advisory Partners is unique in the industry since it represents a wider network of associate consultants that help the firm cover an unparalleled range of verticals, geographies, disciplines and opportunities.
Sojmark explained: “Over the years we have helped and advised a wide range of organisations looking for the right connection in the betting and igaming sectors. By teaming up with respected industry experts such as Quirino Mancini and Anton Kaszubowski, SBC Advisory Partners can provide a highly effective and tailored consultancy service and access to a global network of expertise.”
Kazubowski commented: “It’s not easy to find the right advice in what is still a very fast moving industry. By leveraging our considerable experience in making deals, alongside SBC’s extensive contact and information network, SBC Advisory Partners aims to make finding the right connection and expert advice much easier.”
Mancini added: “We are confident that SBC Advisory Partners can act as the catalyst for deals to be made and for new value to be created. In an industry where opportunities are ripe if you know where to look and who to ask, our new organisation will provide firms with a fast-track for their decision making.”
SBC Advisory Partners will underline its global outlook over the next month as it announces associates around the world. Visit www.sbcadvisory.com for more details.
About SBC Advisory Partners
Anton Kaszubowski, founder & managing director
Anton has been involved in the betting and gaming sector for over 20 years after moving from investment banking. Since then he has built a wealth of experience holding senior management positions for companies such as FUN Technologies Plc (he managed multiple rounds of fundraising and the $500m sale to Liberty Media), and Stanleybet International.
Anton has advised on strategy M&A, and market entry for companies such as IGT, William Hill, Novomatic, SIS, and VC / investor groups on betting and gaming projects. He also has direct entrepreneurial experience in esports, AI technology and live dealer gaming.
Rasmus Sojmark, founder & chairperson
Rasmus (Ras) has been involved in the betting and gaming industry for 20 years, and is known as one of the most distinguished networkers and business facilitators in the betting and gaming industries.
Ras started his career as commercial director of leading sports betting affiliate BetBrain.com, and founding team member of EveryMatrix. In 2009 he founded SBC and Oddslife.com (a B2B provider of prediction games) and has since founded Sport Global Group, and EsportsInsider.com.
Quirino Mancini, founder & business development director
For more than 20 years Quirino has been one of the leading Italian gaming law specialists. In 2016 he became the global head of gaming and gambling at Tonucci & Partners (www.tonucci.com), a Top-Ten Italian general practice firm.
Quirino is also co-founder and senior editor of www.gaminglaw.eu, a pan-European information and commentary portal aimed at the gaming industry, and executive vice-president and fellow member of the Leadership Committee of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
David Knight, COO
David has worked in strategy and business development for the media and technology industries for over 20 years and is currently the Group Chief Operating officer for the Sport Global group including SBC, Esports Insider, and affiliated company Oddslife.
David began his career with the Boston Consulting Group in Los Angeles, before working in strategy and business development for Disney and NBCUniversal, negotiating deals to drive the transition to digital distribution. Upon moving to London, David joined Arts Alliance Media as VP of business development and strategy. Throughout his career, David has worked on business strategy, as well as negotiating complex commercial arrangements, joint ventures and M&A.
Andrew McCarron, media & content director
Andrew has worked in the gambling industry since 1994, initially working for a Manchester bookmaker before starting to report on the industry in 1998. Andrew has covered most sectors of the industry having reported for Coinslot International, Euroslot Worldwide, Casino International, Park World, International Casino Review, Totally Gaming, Coinslot Review and Betting Business International (now iGaming Times).
In 2014 he joined Rasmus Sojmark at SBC as managing director and together built a global media and events business for the gambling industry, consisting of 10 media brands, five global conferences and 10 digital conferences.
Jaap Kalma, strategic adviser – sports & ponsorships
Jaap has been involved in the sports business industry for over a decade. Currently the managing director of Italian football club Parma Calcio 1913, Kalma was previously chief commercial officer at AC Milan for four years, responsible for all stadium and commercial revenues including sponsorship. Before that he worked at Ferrari, where he carried responsibility as a member of the management board for the global brand, both in sports cars and in Formula 1.
Jaap has a strong understanding of the gambling industry having served as Chief Commercial Officer at SBC for two years before joining Parma. He is also a non-executive director of Credito Valtellinese, an Italian bank.