Gaming and casino operations around the world have grown in complexity and scope. Our lawyers are well versed in dealing with gaming and casino operations, legislation and regulations at all levels, making gaming and casino law one of Bennett Jones' most unique niche practices.
With first-hand knowledge stemming from our board work with 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. We have developed corporate, tax and company organizations of shareholder structures and ancillary agreements. From a project finance and development perspective, our work has involved 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 necessary operating and management agreements.
Our team helps clients obtain licenses from gaming regulators for casino operations and computerized gaming devices, handling all aspects of gaming project development, construction and government relations, related gaming technology and transactions, the commercial transactions to push government regulated gaming to the home, computer and mobile devices, and transactions associated with the management and governance of gaming-related operations. We also advise operators on 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 and 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.