Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Gaming & Licensing Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Renowned for its representation of international gaming organisations involved in land-based and online operations. Frequently acts on matters relating to platform development, acquisitions and investment transactions. Leveraging the firm's premier disputes capabilities, the group is also well resourced to handle contentious and regulatory compliance matters. With further expertise in licensing and intellectual property issues, the team has a strong track record advising premier US casino and resort operators.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm's contributions to the industry and value its "institutional structural knowledge."

One client enthused: "Their core strength is their intimate knowledge of both the regulations and the regulators," adding: "I won't use any other firm for Canadian gaming issues."

Work highlights Acted for The Stars Group on its USD15 billion all-share combination with Flutter Entertainment.

Notable practitioners

Bryson Stokes is praised for his "tremendous gaming insight" and his "innate ability to build consensus." One source said: "He is a leader in the area." He has experience advising clients on both transactional agreements and regulatory issues in the space.

A mainstay of the Canadian gaming space, John Tuzyk continues to act as a key relationship partner to a suite of casino operators and online platforms. He is renowned for his wealth of experience in relation to regulatory and corporate compliance and for his role in the modernisation of Ontario's gaming sector.