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Greenberg Traurig Attorneys to Present on Legalized Gambling in Japan at the 3rd Annual Japan Gaming Congress

TOKYO – May 7, 2018 – Greenberg Traurig’s Michael J. Bonner, Koji Ishikawa, and Martha A. Sabol, will speak at the third annual Japan Gaming Congress, May 10-11, at the Conrad Tokyo. Greenberg Traurig is a sponsor of the two-day forum, which gathers business and industry leaders to discuss developments in Japan’s integrated resort (IR) and casino industry.

On Thursday, May 10, Ishikawa will participate on the panel, “Creating opportunities for local community and business.” The panel will discuss the effect of IRs on local business and industry, including its role in job creation. Ishikawa, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Tokyo office, focuses his practice on corporate finance and capital markets matters. He also has experience handling cross-border transactions and advising clients in the technology sector. He is currently a visiting scholar at University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ William S. Boyd School of Law, where he is researching e-sports and e-sports betting.

On Friday, May 11, Bonner will participate as a panelist in a session titled, “Selecting, financing and building the right location – Metropolitan vs. Regional.” The panel will explore key considerations associated with IR projects, including location, capital requirements, return on investment, financing, and deal structure. Bonner, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office, concentrates his practice on corporation finance, corporate governance, business transactions, securities, and gaming.

Also on Friday, Sabol will moderate a panel exploring the next phase of IR development in Japan. The panel will discuss licensing and regulatory rules, as well as Japan’s pending IR Implementation Bill, which proposes to regulate legalized gambling. Sabol, who co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Gaming Practice as well as the firm’s Women's Initiative, 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.

“We are proud and excited to participate in the Japan Gaming Congress,” Bonner, Ishikawa, and Sabol said in a joint statement. “With Japan entering a new era of integrated resort development, it is vital for industry players to understand the regulatory intricacies and legal considerations associated with the development and operation of integrated, world class destination hotel, entertainment, convention, and casino resorts.”

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 (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.