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Marijuana Money Challenges Nevada Casinos’ Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

Kate Lowenhar-Fisher (Member, Las Vegas), Jacob Frenkel (Member, Washington D.C.), Leighton Koehler (Of Counsel, Las Vegas) and Seth Waxman (Member, Washington D.C.) have co-authored a Global Gaming & Licensing Guide for Chambers and Partners titled ‘Marijuana Money Challenges Nevada Casinos’ Anti-Money Laundering Compliance.’  The guide discusses how the anti-money laundering (AML) statutes and rules, regulations and compliance requirements for casinos are evolving to deal with the growing state-legal marijuana industry and the importance of having a comprehensive risk-based compliance plan. About the Authors: Kate Lowenhar-Fisher is a member partner in the Las Vegas office. She is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. Kate has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, nightclubs, restaurants, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council. Kate may be reached at 702-550-4459. Jacob Frenkel is a member partner in our Washington, D.C. office. Clients hire Jacob because his aggressive, tenacious, creative and proactive strategies often put the other side on its heels, and because he gets successful results in investigations and litigation. Jacob...

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U.S. Gaming Trends 2017 – Sports Wagering in the Sessions Era

Jennifer Gaynor (Member, Las Vegas), Greg Gemignani (Member, Las Vegas), Kate Lowenhar-Fisher (Member, Las Vegas) and Jeff Silver (Of Counsel, Las Vegas) have co-authored a Global Gaming, Gambling & Licensing Guide for Chambers and Partners titled ‘US Gaming Trends 2017 – Sports Wagering in the Sessions Era.’ The guide discusses the evolution of sports wagering regulation and recent actions and industry efforts to reassess the current regime of state and federal sports wagering prohibitions. Please click here to read the US Gaming Trends 2017 – Sports Wagering in the Sessions Era Guide.   About the authors: Kate Lowenhar-Fisher is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, parimutuel products, liquor licensing, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council. Kate may be contacted at 702-550-4459. Greg Gemignani’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property law, gaming law, technology law, internet law, online gaming law, and online promotions law. He has represented many clients ranging from the largest casino companies to start-up internet ventures. Greg is a...

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Gaming & Hospitality Legal News Volume 10 Number 9, SPECIAL STATEMENT – October 2, 2017

By: Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Jennifer Gaynor, Greg Gemignani and Jeff Silver October 2, 2017 SPECIAL STATEMENT On behalf of Dickinson Wright’s Las Vegas office and our gaming team, a few thoughts on the tragic events of October 1. Today, we are all still reeling from the events of last night and are coming to terms with the devastating losses in our community. But we retain hope for our city, our nation, and the gaming industry in Nevada. It is our understanding that the gaming industry conference, G2E, is still scheduled to open today in Las Vegas, and our casino resorts have lifted the security restrictions that were in place when they went on lockdown following Sunday night’s shooting tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip. As a community, we mourn the victims and honor their memories. We will never forget what has happened here. And we will all be forever marked with the memory and knowledge of the horrors that are all too real. Although we are an international tourist destination, Las Vegas is an incredibly small village, and we will band together to get through these dark days. We are touched by the outpouring of support we have received, and want to let all know that our Las Vegas-based Dickinson Wright team is all safely accounted for. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Jennifer Gaynor,...

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Greg Gemignani Co-Authors Cover Article in Communique’s May Edition

Greg Gemignani (Member, Las Vegas) co-authored the cover article, “Professional Sports and Wagering in Las Vegas,” for the May 2017 edition of Communiqué, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association. The article discusses the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and addresses how the presence of professional sports teams in Las Vegas will impact regulated sports wagering in Nevada, the only state in the U.S. that offers full-scale wagering on sporting events. Greg may be reached in our Las Vegas Office at...

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SPORTS WAGERING IN YOUR STATE

By:  Greg Gemignani, Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Jennifer Gaynor, and Jeff Silver “Sports gambling is going to be legal. We might as well embrace it and become part of the solution, rather than fight it. It’s in everyone’s best interests for it to be above-board.” 1 Two significant impediments exist to the expansion of sports wagering. The first is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). PASPA prohibits tribes or states from authorizing sports wagering,  and it prohibits anyone from relying on state law from offering any form of wagering on the outcome of games or the performance of athletes. PASPA contains a grandfathering exemption for states that conducted or regulated sports wagering before its enactment, which applies to four states (note only Nevada had broad-based, regulated sports wagering prior to enactment). PASPA, while not a criminal gambling statute, permits the U.S. Department of Justice or any impacted sports league to seek an injunction against states and those operating pursuant to state law. In order for sports wagering to expand beyond the four exempted states without the risk of being forced to stop by courts, PASPA would need to be amended or repealed. Click here to read the entire article. Greg Gemignani, Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, and Jennifer Gaynor are Members in Dickinson Wright’s Las Vegas office, and Jeff Silver is Of Counsel in the Las Vegas office.  Jennifer Gaynor can be reached...

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