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    Members of the casino and gaming industry regularly face legal challenges and opportunities, ‎including navigating the regulatory and permitting process; developing new projects; negotiating ‎complex transactions; addressing labor and employment concerns; protecting, enforcing and ‎defending intellectual property; managing tax and real estate issues; handling potential litigation or ‎disputes with affiliated businesses or patrons; engaging in the legislative process in state ‎legislatures and Congress; and interacting with state and federal regulators. Locke Lord’s gaming ‎attorneys and lobbyists have represented casinos and gaming organizations, resorts and gaming ‎vendors, development companies, management firms and financiers.‎

    Representative Experience:

    • Represent gaming companies as federal lobbyists on issues pending before the federal ‎government with respect to gaming and tribal land-to-trust.‎
    • Represented one of the largest privately-owned casino operations in the United States in its ‎chapter 11 restructuring of approximately $2.7 billion in liabilities before the United States ‎Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company and its non-debtor affiliates ‎operate 11 casinos in five states with approximately 540,000 square feet of gaming space ‎and more than 8,300 hotel rooms, and employ more than 11,000 individuals.‎
    • Advised client with respect to tribal land-in-trust process, including an analysis of a tribe’s ‎eligibility under the Indian Reorganization Act.‎
    • Represented gaming equipment manufacturer before the Massachusetts legislature during ‎the drafting of Massachusetts gaming law.‎
    • Litigated before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) in the field of ‎video games.‎
    • Represented the controlling shareholders of Isle of Capri Casinos, a publicly traded gaming ‎company, in conjunction with multiple casino and hotel development projects and in ‎obtaining gaming licenses in Mississippi, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Missouri, ‎Florida, and Nevada.‎
    • Represented the City of Chicago in connection with tribal gaming pact and related matters ‎involving land based gaming operations.‎
    • In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, provided counsel for the Official Unsecured ‎Creditors Committee In Re Premier Entertainment (Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi). Worked ‎with the Debtor to confirm a plan to pay unsecured creditors a 100% recovery plus interest ‎on allowed claims over objection of the majority senior secured noteholders (under ‎‎$300,000 in Unsecured Creditors counsel fees).‎
    • Assisted the acquirer in purchasing Louisiana Gaming Management out of bankruptcy.‎
    • Advised client in connection with the grant of a concession by the Macau Government for ‎operating casinos in Macau, China.‎
    • Advised client on Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act, including as to bidding process ‎for commercial gaming license.‎
    • Represented JPMorgan’s $7 billion mortgage and mezzanine financing of TPG/Apollo’s ‎acquisition of Harrah’s in 2008, Bank of America’s $460 million financing of Florida East ‎Coast Industries in 2009, and JPMorgan’s $2 billion mortgage financing of ‎Centerbridge/Paulson/Blackstone’s purchase of the assets of Extended Stay Hotels in ‎‎2010.‎
    • Conducted a Sarbanes-Oxley investigation for a nationwide retailer and has assisted in ‎acquiring gaming licenses for members of a private equity fund in their acquisition of ‎nationwide casino chain.‎
    • Represented manufacturer of casino and gaming equipment in copyright infringement ‎litigation.‎
    • Represented an investment partnership in obtaining zoning approvals for, and selling, a ‎casino site in Las Vegas, Nevada.‎
    • Advised Landing International Holdings Limited in relation to its £137 million acquisition ‎of Les Ambassadeurs Casino.‎
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