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Casino operations have grown in complexity and scope since 1990, and gaming law has become one of Bennett Jones' most unique niche practices. Our lawyers are well versed in dealing with gaming legislation and regulations at all levels, such as helping clients obtain licenses from gaming regulators for casino operations and computerized gaming devices, handling all aspects of gaming project development and construction, and assisting with the management of clients' gaming-related operations.

With first-hand knowledge stemming originally from our board work with two of Ontario's major commercial casino operators, we are familiar with the complex, highly regulated gaming environment. We have advised on applications for casino operator registrations and licenses, registrations by officers, directors, shareholders and other related parties as gaming and/or non-gaming related suppliers, and we have developed corporate structures, tax structures and company organizations of shareholder structures and ancillary agreements. From a project finance and development perspective, our work includes financial structuring of casinos (including Canada's largest casino development, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort), including negotiating and settling loan agreements and related documentation, real estate law pertaining to construction, development, zoning and land use issues, and negotiating the necessary operating, management and ancillary agreements. We also have extensive experience in structuring and financing gaming operations by First Nations and on First Nations lands, such as Casino Rama.

We also advise operators in connection with compliance with and enforcement of applicable laws pertaining to gaming, casinos and casino operators, and provide ongoing counsel on the day-to-day operations of commercial or charitable casinos. We counsel suppliers in the gaming industry, advising gaming systems and software developers on protection, enforcement and commercialization of intellectual property, and are experienced in e-commerce and on-line gaming regulatory matters and the growing area of Internet gaming.

Select Experience

  • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, in connection with its acquisition of the Playtime group of companies for an undisclosed amount.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., as Monitor of Poseidon Concepts Corp. in its cross-border Companies Creditors' Arrangement Act (”CCAA”) proceedings, including in its Court sanctioned role of taking proceedings against Poseidon's directors and auditors to recover additional funds for the estate.
  • Expedia, Inc. in a national class action for breach of contract, including a successful post-certification motion for summary judgment. Magill v. Expedia, Inc., 2014 ONSC 1634

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