GAMING

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Notable Gaming Matters

Acted for Las Vegas Sands to advise on permitted activities and permitted interaction with Vietnamese citizens, residents in connection with marketing, foreign exchange regulations, advertising and the like as they relate to offshore gaming.

Acted for MGM in the negotiation of its management agreement with Asian Coast Development Ltd to manage The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino.

Acted for Wynn Resorts Ltd over a period of several years to gather information on government policy vis-à-vis permitted location of casinos, gambling by Vietnamese citizens, timing, obtain, and analyze internal drafts of gambling laws.

Acted with Herbert Smith Freehills for an unnamed client to analyze legal perspectives and risks related to offshore promotion and marketing of the gaming business, travel arrangements, credit facilities, gaming-related financial issues, and regulatory and criminal rules.

Assisted The Star Entertainment Group to assess marketing and promotional issues as they apply both onshore and offshore.

Acted for Malaysian horse track operators in respect of their management of Phu Tho race track in HCM City, issues involving dog track in Vung Tau (including especially claims against dog food manufacturers for death of several racing dogs), and license for the first electronic gaming hotel in HCM City.

Represented CEO vis-à-vis Asian Coast Development Ltd (owner of The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino) in the voluntary, early termination of his employment contract.

Acted for Global Cash Access, Inc in issues involving the sale of electronic gaming machines in Vietnam.

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    Russin & Vecchi has a unique history in Vietnam. It had an office in Saigon from 1967 to 1975 and had a large commercial practice at that time. It returned to Vietnam, and in 1993 it was licensed as one of the first few foreign law firms permitted to practice in Vietnam, and it opened its current offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

    Clients include large multinationals with long experience in Vietnam. They include both Vietnamese and foreign owned firms. Some of our clients are introduced by international law firms, some are introduced by existing clients, and many learn of us by simple word of mouth or based on our experience or reputation in the market.

    There are several independent offices of Russin & Vecchi. They are in New York, USA; Taipei, Taiwan; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Bangkok, Thailand; Moscow, Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia. There is no shared governance.

    Heineken was the firm’s first client in 1993 and Russin & Vecchi worked with Heineken and the government with much good will involved all around, as the Government had little experience in such an investment, and all parties wanted to cooperate. The parties eventually agreed on a process that was acceptable to both Heineken and the Government. The brewery was one of Vietnam’s first foreign invested high-profile projects.

    There was an odd series of successful claims made by former Vietnamese contractors against the US Government for contractual work they did in Vietnam on US projects constructed during the war.