Blakes has one of Canada’s leading gaming practices and has been at the forefront of gaming law since its inception in Canada. Our expertise ranges across all forms of gaming and gaming operations and includes a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in casino development, existing and emerging online gaming operations, M&A transactions, intellectual property and IT, gaming regulatory (including compliance with gaming laws), player loyalty programs and gaming litigation. Blakes is the gaming counsel of choice in Canada and is a member of the Canadian Gaming Association.
We represent every type of industry participant, including domestic and international commercial casino operators, government gaming corporations, race tracks, Internet gaming companies, suppliers, and financiers. We also advise those who interact with the gaming industry such as sports and media organizations. Beyond our legal skills, we have a unique understanding of the industry, having represented major international gaming industry players for over 20 years, since the inception of the gaming business in Canada.
Matters on which we advise include:
Structuring and negotiating agreements for the financing, development and operation of casinos, hotels and entertainment centres.
Advising on casino development, operation and compliance, including intellectual property, services and supply contracts, utility agreements, marketing and advertising, privacy and gaming legislation compliance.
Advising bidders into Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's various Casino and Lottery modernization (i.e., privatization) processes.
Advising casino companies and their shareholders on tax and corporate structures.
Negotiations with provincial governments, Crown corporations and regulatory agencies.
Representation of casino operators in litigation.
Assisting industry participants with gaming registrations.
Advising Internet gaming operators.
Advising in respect of online Fantasy Sports matters.
Advising underwriters and financial institutions as to financings of gaming companies.
Conducting investigations for regulatory purposes.