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Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Speak at Japan Gaming Congress

Tokyo – April 27, 2017 – Shareholders Martha A. Sabol, Michael J. Bonner, and Koji Ishikawa with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP are speaking at the Japan Gaming Congress taking place May 10 – 11, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan.

Sabol, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Gaming Practice will moderate the panel, “IR regulation – Which model is most appropriate for Japan?” Wednesday, May 10. Panelists will discuss topics such as the most appropriate Integrated Resort (IR) model for Japan to follow, and what will the tax model and licensing process look like.

“With the passing of the IR bill earlier this year, this conference will provide relevant information and foster dialogue regarding the next phase of IR development in Japan,” said Sabol, who focuses her practice on gaming regulatory and business law, representing national and international casino owners, operators, and suppliers in the areas of regulatory compliance, acquisition, licensure, internal investigation matters, and corporate counseling.

Bonner, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig and co-managing shareholder of the Las Vegas office, is speaking Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He will be on a panel titled, “Financing IR projects – Best practice in grouping funds.” Panelists will discuss IR financing and how syndicated loans and equity finance will likely be used in IR project development.

“I look forward to an interesting discussion regarding IR financing and the exciting emerging opportunities for Japan,” said Bonner, who focuses his practice in the areas of corporation finance, corporate governance, business transactions, securities, and gaming.

Ishikawa, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig and managing shareholder of the Tokyo office, is speaking Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He will be on a panel titled, “Opportunities for local prefectures and Japanese firms from various sectors.” Panelists will discuss IR and the main opportunities for Japanese companies that wish to enter the market.

“I look forward to an interesting discussion on the IR industry and the opportunities available for Japanese companies to tap into,” said Ishikawa, who focuses his practice on corporate finance and capital market matters.

According to the conference website, the Japan Gaming Congress is a two-day educational forum that will offer a clear, practical insight and understanding into the casino legislation in Japan. With a relatively short time to go before the first licenses are issued, now is the time to fully understand the potential complex nature of IR Casinos in one of the potential superpowers in Asia. With an estimated $40bn market at stake the potential to be one of the major players has all the global gaming groups vying for a position in the lucrative market. Greenberg Traurig is a sponsor of the Japan Gaming Congress.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Global Gaming Group

Greenberg Traurig’s Global Gaming Group focuses not only on casino operations, but also addresses lotteries, pari-mutuel wagering, charitable gaming, tribal gaming, and internet gaming, where permitted by law. Members of the group have varied backgrounds and are located throughout the firm’s offices, allowing them to assist gaming clients in this highly regulated industry across multiple U.S. jurisdictions and internationally. The group’s focus includes the representation of casino owners, operators and executives, gaming manufacturers and suppliers, private equity firms, and investment banks on gaming related matters.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.