Spain Braces For Market Cull As Restrictive Decree Nears

  • Royal decree, pandemic fallout will make life hard for existing operators
  • Experts warn market exit or mergers likely for most of the 80+ licensees
  • New regulator Arana expected to mirror the tough line of ruling party

Spain’s impending royal decree and the after-effects of the coronavirus pandemic will see operators flee the market amid a storm of M&A activity, experts have said.

In the coming months, Spain is expected to ratify a royal decree that will outlaw around 80 percent of gambling adverts on TV, radio and social media.

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