Licensing & Regulatory

Our gaming team is fluent in the complex interaction between government regulations and gaming industry operations. We routinely guide casino and racetrack owners and operators, gaming industry lenders and casino executives through these regulatory webs.

Our team advises on both U.S. and international license applications, regulatory reviews and compliance matters. We also advocate for clients involved in contested enforcement actions and investigative requests before various agencies, including:

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • British Columbia Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
  • Casino Gaming Commission of Jamaica
  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  • United Kingdom Gambling Commission
  • Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission
  • Illinois Gaming Board
  • Nevada Gaming Commission
  • Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission

We handle additional gaming law matters, including:

  • Managing local planning and development applications before federal, state and municipal agencies
  • Assisting both non-US and foreign and domestic manufacturers and suppliers in attaining licensure in multiple U.S. jurisdictions
  • Helping publicly traded gaming companies determine their shareholders’ licensure requirements

Select Work:

  • Represented Hard Rock Café International USA, Inc. in obtaining its gaming license to open the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in the property formerly known as Trump Taj Mahal.

  • Represented Amaya Inc. in a $4.9 billion all-cash acquisition of the Oldford Group Limited, owner and operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. The recent transaction resulted in Amaya becoming the world’s largest publicly traded online gaming company and created a global platform for the company’s growth in the U.S. market.
  • Represented Ireland-based Paddy Power as New Jersey regulatory counsel in its recent multibillion-dollar merger with UK-based Betfair to create Paddy Power Betfair PLC, the world’s largest public online betting and gaming company.
  • Represented Empire Resorts, Inc. as regulatory counsel for the issuance of a gaming facility license to the proposed $1.2 billion Montreign Resort Casino in New York, one of only three casino projects issued gaming facility licenses that year by the New York State Gaming Commission.
  • Represented MGM Resorts International as Maryland regulatory counsel for the financing of MGM National Harbor, LLC, a new casino destination in Prince George's County, Maryland. This project was valued at $1.3 billion.