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.
- 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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