Practice/Industry Group Overview
The attorneys in our gaming practice serve businesses, individuals, and governing bodies in the gaming industry worldwide. Whether the members of this group are working with a Fortune 1000 multinational, an ambitious start-up, or something in between, our team strives to be recognized as a trusted leader, handling high-stakes disputes, transactions, and regulatory issues throughout the United States and abroad.
Our clients comprise both private and public gaming-related interests, often licensed or contracted with domestic or foreign regulatory bodies. We advise:
– Internet and other providers of interactive wagering
– Casino owners
– Lenders to gaming facility developers
– Companies and individuals involved in gaming-related investigations and disputes
– Providers of information technology products and services, including gaming systems, gaming machines, gaming central systems, and gaming-related software and implementation, operation, and maintenance services
The members of the firm’s gaming practice often counsel clients about the structuring of joint ventures, government procurement processes, and corporate governance issues.
The firm’s attorneys practicing in the gaming industry have earned a top-tier reputation based on decades of proven experience. Here are a few examples of their representations worldwide:
– Advised a prominent provider of on-line lottery hardware, software, and services when it decided to compete for contracts in several states, regarding procurements by state lottery authorities in Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin.
– Helped a start-up company with its licensing of mobile interactive gaming software to casinos in Las Vegas.
– Served as primary counsel to a provider of federal and state government benefits via computerized networks (i.e., electronic benefits transfer) in proposals to the human services agencies in various state, local, and regional jurisdictions.
International Joint Ventures and Cross Border
– Testified before a subcommittee of the Russian Duma as part of a team advising on Russian federal lottery legislation.
– Counseled a Taiwanese joint venture, structuring and documenting its bid in a competitive procurement by a Taiwanese government entity seeking a lottery system and related services. Drafted and negotiated a processing facilities management agreement and related gaming equipment and gaming software license agreements.
– Handled similar engagements in South Africa, Germany, and Italy.
– Advised a company providing amusement game software in connection with its licensing of such software to European distributors for gaming purposes.
Mergers & Acquisitions
– Served as counsel for buyer in its 2008 acquisition of a slot machine manufacturer based in Germany.
– Served as counsel for a Canadian seller in a 2006 sale of Internet gaming subsidiaries and related assets and for a U.S. seller in a 2002 sale of a Lithuanian gaming subsidiary and related operations.
Our attorneys are frequently invited to speak and write on the latest gaming-related issues. Their recent publications and appearances include:
– “The Pending Federal Internet Gambling Bills are Inconsistent with Congress’ Historic Support of States’ Prerogative to Regulate Gambling within their Borders,” Public Gaming Magazine, Featured, January/February 2012.
– “State Sovereignty in the Regulation of Online Gaming,” Fall Forum of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Tampa, FL, Panelist, November 30, 2011.
– “Why Senators Kyl and Reid are Wrong About State-Authorized Intrastate Internet Gambling,” Public Gaming International, October/November 2011.