Japan-based Sansei Technologies has acquired Dutch roller coaster manufacturer Vekoma, taking over 100 percent of the company’s voting shares. By making Vekoma a fully controlled subsidiary along with S&S Worldwide, Inc., a U.S. based subsidiary, Sansei will greatly expand its amusement ride product lineup and realize a global production and sales network in Japan, the U.S. and Europe with the aim to become the number one amusement ride manufacturer in the world.
Vekoma, headquartered in Vlodrop, in the Netherlands, is a roller coaster and attraction manufacturer with more than 300 coasters operating today, including the Python in De Efteling and the Boomerang coaster model. The company works closely with Disney, developing coasters such as Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom and TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland.
Sansei Technologies designs, builds and maintains amusement park attractions, entertainment stage installations and elevators across the globe (but primarily in Japan). Those amusement park attractions include roller coasters, water rides and dark rides.
The joint Rotterdam/Amsterdam based NautaDutilh team was led by Ruud Smits and Jacqueline Clement and worked in close cooperation with Paul Hastings Tokyo.
The deal team furthermore consisted of Wijnand Bossenbroek, Roderick Hanrath, Arief Roelse, Jeanine Evertse, Lisette Simons, Vincent Dogan, Nico Blom, Nina Kielman, Saskia Bijl de Vroe, Joyce Trebus, Tanja Schasfoort and Stephan Huis in het Veld.
The DD team consisted of Michael Oldenburger, Joost Kooren, Esmée Salomons, Gwenn Korteweg, Pamela Buhrman, Annet Vis, Samantha Gernat, Pieter de Jong, Daniel Kuiper, Fleur Folmer, Marlous Schrijvers, Jeroen Boelens, Elgar Weijtmans, Barbara Nijs, Arnout Koeman, Mirjam von Meijenfeldt, Ymke Francois, Jolize Lautenbach, Anne Viruly, Jorieke van Strijen, Robert de Vries, Simone Honig, Tara Veenendaal, Sanne Schoone and Else Bavinck. The DD was coordinated by Amy Hays and Laura Brummelhuis-Luijten.
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