The Aird & Berlis LLP Gaming Group is a highly-experienced, multi-disciplinary team that provides specialized and sophisticated service to clients in the gaming industry. We advise clients across Canada and internationally on regulatory compliance and licensing, as well as all corporate matters.
A&B has played a major role in the growth and development of Ontario’s gaming industry since its inception. We advise industry leaders in all types of gaming, from pure gambling to hospitality and entertainment. Our expertise in areas such as technology, regulatory compliance, commercial contracting, licensing, real estate, tax, corporate structuring and litigation enables us to provide clients with comprehensive legal service.
Building on exceptional experience in traditional gaming matters, A&B’s lawyers frequently advise on novel gaming platforms and models. In recent years, we have led the way on the expansion into online and off-shore gaming, social gaming, skill-based gaming, e-sports and fantasy sports. We have developed novel regulatory and commercial approaches to accommodate emerging technologies and the increased connection between the gaming, hospitality and entertainment sectors.
Clients trust our knowledge of the legal, regulatory and enforcement positions, and they rely on us to analyze and take advantage of any possible differences between them. We provide practical advice, with a focus on identifying and mitigating risk, so that our clients can achieve their objectives and carry on business within their chosen risk profile.
Through strong relationships with the regulatory and enforcement authorities, we are able to navigate the intricacies of interpretation applicable to gaming legislation. This allows us to maximize legal compliance while reducing taxes payable and increasing operational efficiencies.
Further, we have key contacts at private industry operators, service providers and policy creators, both across Canada and internationally, keeping us informed of all industry developments and trends.
A&B’s lawyers frequently write and speak on gaming law topics, and are active in gaming industry groups and associations.
We take the time to partner with each of our clients in order to learn their business and to provide the most efficient, effective and cost-sensitive counsel available.
Because of the diversity of experience within our Gaming Group, we are able to work with gaming licensees, doing business in Ontario, Canada or internationally, to address all of their regulatory, corporate, finance, taxation and litigation needs.
Our Gaming Group has expertise in handling all types of gaming-related matters, including:
- Business ownership and operations structuring, often on a multi-jurisdictional basis, and optimizing them from a legal, tax and operational perspective
- Negotiating buyouts and mergers of gaming facilities and operators
- Gaming and licensing process and related approval processes
- Legal and policy structures of various gaming enterprises
- Government procurement processes and bids
- Protection and enforcement of intellectual property in gaming systems and software
- Online gaming regulatory matters and Internet gaming opportunities, both foreign and domestic
- Requirements of the Ontario Gaming Control Act, 1992 and regulations, the Criminal Code, the Competition Act and other pertinent legislation, regulation, polies and guidelines
- Mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and other corporate transactions affecting Ontario casinos or other gaming licensees
- Obtaining liquor, gaming and all other licenses and permits required for gaming operations
- Legal policy developments
- Foreign gaming interests considering entering the industry in Ontario
- Gaming regulations outside of Ontario
- Encryption and security issues
- Data and information protection policies, procedures, contracts and audits
- Reorganizations under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code
- Corporate transactions and financing matters
- Board and special committee advisory work