Dr. Jorge A. F. Godinho is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the master’s program in International Business Law, Faculty of Law, University of Macau. He first arrived in Macau in 1991. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence with a thesis on patrimonial strategies of crime control (financing of terrorism, money laundering, confiscation, asset freezing, and detection mechanisms) and a master’s in Law from the University of Macau, with a thesis on the crime of money laundering. He is a law graduate of the University of Lisbon (1989). Previously, he was a lawyer (currently non-practicing), was in government, and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Macau. Current academic interests include gaming law (casino games of chance), civil and commercial law, and criminal law. Jorge Godinho has published a number of books and academic publications in Portuguese, English, and French. He translated the Macau Commercial Code into English. He has been published by publishing houses and in journals based in Macau, Portugal, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Jorge has spoken at conferences in Macau, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Lake Tahoe, Maputo, Taipei, Barcelona, Nouméa, and Brussels. He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Howard Drabinsky has been a partner at the firm since 1987 and is a recognized leader in the corporate community, serving as an officer and director of several public and private companies.
McMillan LLP has a broad gaming law practice, of which Howard is Co-Chair, covering all segments of gaming and casino operations and currently acts as counsel to gaming companies and gaming supply and support companies in a wide range of matters.
Howard’s particular expertise is in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and regulatory matters. He works with publicly and privately owned clients in a wide range of industries, including information technology, entertainment, gaming, manufacturing, transportation, consumer products and financial services.
A particular strength of Howard’s transactional practice is the ability to facilitate cross-border business combinations, asset purchases and sales and distribution arrangements. He is well versed in all aspects of public and private transactional financing and his comprehensive guidance from start to finish in a deal can include everything from entity structure and governance to regulatory approvals.
Other significant clients include public and private companies, owner-managed businesses doing business in domestic and international markets throughout the world. Services include guidance on raising capital through debt and equity financing, entity formation, corporate governance, and structuring of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions within and across national borders.
Howard is also highly regarded for his counsel to boards of directors and senior management on commercial matters, including corporate governance, regulatory compliance and shareholder relations, including controversial shareholder litigation. Because he frequently deals with owner-managed businesses, he is familiar with the particular challenges attached to relationships among business partners and family members. In all aspects of his counsel to senior executives, Howard takes a long-view perspective that extends beyond the immediate transaction or controversy, as he works to ensure that the results reflect the company’s broad strategic objectives and business goals.
Because he counsels on the most sensitive financial and governance issues, Howard’s tact and discretion are appreciated by all of his clients. He is attuned to the differing perspectives of multinational participants at the bargaining table. Howard’s extensive service as a corporate officer and director gives him a unique perspective on the concerns and responsibilities of senior management, allowing him to work closely in partnership with them as a seasoned counselor, advisor and colleague.
McMillan is a leading business law firm serving public, private and not-for-profit clients across key industries in Canada, the United States and internationally. With recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors, we provide solutions-oriented legal advice through our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong. Our firm values – respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence – are at the heart of McMillan’s commitment to serve our clients, our local communities and the legal profession.
Tony is a partner in the Gaming Law group. He helps clients in the areas of gaming law, Internet gambling, sweepstakes and contests. In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, Chambers Global awarded him the coveted “star” rating – the highest honor given to an individual attorney in a specific practice area. In 2013, Chambers USA also awarded him the “star” rating.
Tony writes prolifically on the subject of gaming law. Most recently, he co-authored “The Law of Gambling and Regulated Gaming: Cases and Materials,” a 700+-page tome that is the most comprehensive resource available on gaming law. He has also published a series of educational booklets for his clients and other professionals in the industry.
Covering the entire gaming spectrum, Tony’s clients include casino owners, game manufacturers, developers, Internet gambling sites, and companies that run contests and sweepstakes. Tony provides legal counseling related to all types of games, encompassing online games, casual games and complex skill-based games.
J.D., William Pedrick Scholar
cum laude, Arizona State University – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 1981
B.A., summa cum laude, Cleveland State University, 1978
Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s gaming practice group is a national practice that supports casino operators, suppliers, state and local governments, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, tribal governments and others in addressing casino gaming law including Native American and riverboat casinos, racinos, interactive and mobile gaming, poker, and interstate horse racing.
The practice of gaming law is increasingly eclectic as legal gaming continues to proliferate across the United States and the world. Gaming trends have included riverboat casinos, Native American casinos, Internet gaming, and racinos. The gaming lawyers at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie have been at the forefront of all the major gaming trends for the past quarter century. The group represents numerous casino operators and Indian gaming groups, as well as gaming equipment suppliers, investors, investment banks and various companies doing business with the gaming industry. We closely monitor activity in this unique industry in order to provide our clients with appropriate and timely advice.
Each gaming jurisdiction has unique regulatory requirements. Our attorneys successfully navigate clients through the complex maze of gaming regulations by combining a full understanding of client needs, knowledge of the legislative branch, and extensive experience in gaming regulation. Through our networks of gaming contacts, we assist clients in maximizing their opportunities.
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