As gaming gains in popularity, industry players vie for market position, legal challenges inevitably arise and regulatory oversight increases. From property development and M&A transactions to intellectual property, gaming litigation and compliance with gaming laws and regulations, Blakes is the gaming counsel of choice in Canada.
Clients come to Blakes because of our comprehensive, national gaming experience and ability to advise them on all aspects of their business. Our Hospitality & Leisure group includes gaming specialists who possess broad expertise and a reputation for excellence. Team members have been recognized as leading gaming lawyers in The Best Lawyers in Canada, and one of our partners has served as general counsel of the B.C. Lottery Corporation.
Blakes represents every type of industry participant, including domestic and international commercial casino operators, government gaming corporations, racetracks, Internet gaming companies, suppliers, underwriters and financiers. We also advise those who interact with the gaming industry, such as sports and media organizations. Beyond our legal skills, clients feel secure relying on our comprehensive understanding of the industry gained by representing major international gaming industry players since the inception of the gaming business in Canada.
Our gaming lawyers regularly structure and negotiate agreements for the financing, development and operation of casinos, hotels and entertainment centres, including intellectual property, services and supply contracts, utility agreements, marketing and advertising, privacy, and gaming legislation compliance. Clients frequently call upon us to negotiate operating and development agreements with provincial governments to assist with financing arrangements and to advise on construction and project development contracts. We also advise on corporate structuring, tax, operations and compliance matters, and represent foreign investors in their investments in Canada’s gaming industry.
Additionally, clients retain Blakes to represent them in negotiations with provincial governments, Crown corporations and regulatory agencies to conduct investigations for regulatory purposes and to represent them in disputes requiring litigation.
- Counselled Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Inc. and its related entities on its structure and operations.
- Served as Canadian counsel to Fortress and Centerbridge equity funds on their US$1.5-billion investment in Penn National Gaming, Inc.
- Served as Canadian counsel for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. on its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
- Represented Windsor Casino Limited on all aspects of its development of Caesars Windsor (formerly Casino Windsor), the first commercial casino in Canada. Blakes negotiated the operating and development agreements with the provincial government, negotiated and implemented financing arrangements, and advised on construction and project development contracts (Blakes acts as principal outside counsel to Windsor Casino Limited).
- Represented Penn National Gaming, Inc. on its acquisition of CHC Casinos Canada Limited, the operator of Casino Rama (Blakes acts as principal outside counsel to Penn).
- Advised Atlantic Lottery Corporation on product offerings.
- Acted on the acquisition of the Canadian properties of Caesars World by Park Place Entertainment from Starwood Resorts & Hotels including the Halifax and Sydney casinos and its interest in Windsor Casino Limited.
- Represented Paragon Gaming on casino projects under Alberta's new First Nations Gaming Policy.
- Acted for Orangeville Raceway Limited in its negotiation of a casino operating contract with British Columbia Lottery Corporation, the development of the casino and its sale to Great Canadian Casinos Ltd.
- Advised National Hockey League on gaming law matters.