Lorne S. Cantor

Lorne S. Cantor

Shareholder

Lorne S. Cantor is Co-Chair of the Miami Corporate Practice and Global Gaming Practice. Lorne focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and complex joint ventures. With particular experience advising on gaming industry transactions, he also represents clients in the transportation, hospitality and technology sectors.

Concentrations

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public and private securities offerings
  • Joint ventures
  • Securities Exchange Act reporting and compliance 
  • General corporate law advice

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented Hard Rock International and its joint venture partner in connection with the acquisition of the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City from affiliates of Carl Icahn. Represented Hard Rock International with its investment in Hard Rock Tristate AC, LLC, and the negotiation of management and branding agreements related to the operation of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Represented Amaya Inc. with its acquisition of Oldford Group Limited, the parent company of Rational Group Ltd, the world's largest poker business and owner and operator of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands, for $4.9 billion.
  • Represented Atkins North America, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, in its acquisition of Data Transfer Solutions LLC, a leader in asset management and geographic information systems within the North American market.
  • Represented Hard Rock International in connection with its investment in HR Ottawa, LP, and the negotiation of management and branding agreements related to the operation of the Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, which was selected as the winning bidder by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) to be the service provider for the Ottawa Area Gaming Bundle 1.  
  • Represented Amaya Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary Cadillac Jack Inc. to AGS, a designer and manufacturer of gaming products for the casino floor and a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management, for an aggregate purchase price of $382 million.
  • Represented Hard Rock International in an 18-year stadium naming rights agreement with the Miami Dolphins.
  • Represented Hard Rock International in its acquisition of casino and hotel-casino rights in the Western United States and in several key international markets from BREF HR, LLC.
  • Represented Amaya Inc. with its acquisition of Cadillac Jack, Inc., a leading supplier of products and technology for the global gaming market.
  • Represented Hard Rock International with its investment in Northfield Park Associates, LLC, and the negotiation of management and branding agreements related to the operation of the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Represented Hard Rock International on its investment in the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
  • Represented an international gaming and entertainment company ion its investment in the holder of a large-scale gaming concession in Eastern Europe, and the negotiation of management and branding agreements related to the operation of the gaming facilities.
  • Represented Grupo Taca Holdings in its joint venture with Synergy Aerospace Group (whose holdings include Avianca, SAM and Tampa airlines) to create one of the largest airline groups in Latin America.
  • Represented Bozel, S.A., a producer of calcium silicon, in the sale of its European and Brazilian subsidiaries to Japan Metals & Chemicals Co. Ltd. within its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented Institute for Medical Education & Research, a provider of continuing education for oncology professionals, with its sale to UnitedBioSource Corporation.
  • Represented Florida East Coast Industries with its acquisition of the Codina Group, one of the largest industrial developers in Florida.
  • Represented Capitalink, LC, a middle-market investment bank based in South Florida, on its merger with and into Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.
  • Represented EPIQ Systems, Inc. with its acquisition of the claims preference business of Gazes, LLC.
  • Represented the stockholders of Atlantic Truck Center, one of the leading heavy-duty and medium-duty truck dealers in the United States, in the sale of the business.
  • Represented EPIQ Systems, Inc. with its acquisition of Hilsoft Notifications Inc., a provider of legal notification services.
  • Represented Hull & Company, a wholesale insurance broker, with its sale to Brown & Brown, Inc.
  • Represented the Seminole Tribe of Florida in connection with its new $2.4 billion senior secured credit agreement consisting of a $500 million revolver due 2022, $200 million funded term loan A due 2022, $500 million delayed draw term loan A due 2022, and $1.2 billion funded term loan B due 2024, which is secured by a pledge of revenues generated by certain of the Seminole Tribe's gaming facilities.  
  • In connection with its acquisition of the Oldford Group Limited, represented Amaya Inc., as borrower, for senior secured credit facilities in the aggregate amount of $2.9 billion, and consisting of the following: a $1.75 billion seven-year first lien term loan, and a €200 million seven-year first lien term loan; a $100 million five-year first lien revolving credit facility; and an $800 million eight-year second lien term loan.
  • Represented Hard Rock International in a $640 million financing comprised of a Rule 144A offering of $350 million Senior Notes due 2021 and a $290 million Senior Secured Term Loan. The representation also included a related tender offer for $525 million outstanding Senior Secured Notes due 2014.
  • Represented the Seminole Tribe of Florida in multiple finance and securities transactions, including a $750 million senior secured credit facility, Rule 144A offering of $367 million Gaming Division Bonds due 2017, and Rule 144A offering of $459 million Special Obligation Bonds due 2020.
  • Represented The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians with its $410 million syndicated credit facility and the related tender offer of its outstanding senior indebtedness.
  • Represented Oppenheimer & Co. and JMP Securities, as underwriters, on the $28 million initial public offering on NASDAQ of Starlims Technologies, Ltd., a developer of software to manage processing, storage and analysis for laboratories.
  • Represented Mastec, Inc., an end-to-end telecommunications and energy infrastructure service provider, with its Rule 144A offering of $150 million senior notes due in 2017.
  • Represented Under the Canopy, Inc. with the sale of its Series A preferred stock to private investors.
  • Represented ThinkEquity Partners LLC and Punk, Ziegel & Company, as underwriters, for the $36 million secondary public offering of common stock of Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a publicly traded venture capital firm that makes initial investments exclusively in tiny technology, including nanotechnology, microsystems and micro electromechanical systems.
  • Represented I-Bankers Securities, as lead manager, with the $38 million initial public offering of Digital Music Group, Inc., a provider of digital music recording and distribution services such as past-hits, out-of-print, back catalog and independent label recordings to online music stores.
  • Represented World Fuel Services, Inc. with its $124 million follow-on offering of common stock.
  • Represented I-Bankers Securities, as lead manager, with the $60 million initial public offering of Community Bankers Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.
  • Represented BankUnited Financial Corporation with its $120 million Rule 144A offering of Senior Convertible Notes.
  • Represented BankUnited Financial Corporation i with its $64 million secondary public offering of Class A Common Stock.
  • Represented New China Homes Ltd. with its $10 million initial public offering on NASDAQ.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2014-2016
  • Finalist, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year – Corporate International Category," 2015
  • Team Member, Winning Team, "Cross Border Sector Deals – Technology, Media and Telecom Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion)" and "Cross Border Regional Deals – US-Europe Deal of the Year" for Amaya Inc.’s acquisition of Rational Group, owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, The M&A Advisor’s 7th Annual International M&A Awards, 2015
  • Selected, "40 Under 40," Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2009-2014
  • Team Member, Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of "America’s Best Corporate Law Firms," 13th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Up & Comer," 2011-2013
  • Selected, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate Finance Category," 2012
  • Listed, Florida Trend magazine, "Up and Comer," 2007
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Communities in Schools, Board of Directors, 2011

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1999
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, The University of Miami Law Review
    • The J. Donald and Agnes E. Shoecraft Law Scholarship
  • B.A., Political Science, Tufts University, 1996
Admissions
  • Florida