Minters scoops casino deal

Australian firm Minter Ellison and US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison emerged as the winner of the hotly contested battle to operate Singapore’s first casino after client Las Vegas Sands was selected as the successful bidder.

Las Vegas Sands beat three other bidding groups to win the right to build and operate the country’s first-ever casino, which will be built in Marina Bay.

Las Vegas Sands’ selection over the other bidders – MGM Mirage and CapitaLand, Harrah’s Entertainment and Keppel Land, and Genting International and Star Cruises – was announced by the Singapore Government last month.

Minter Ellison has a longstanding relationship with the company, dating back to Las Vegas Sands’ first venture into Asia in 2002, when it was awarded a concession in Macau.

Minter Ellison’s team advising on the deal was led by partners Fred Kinmouth and Carolyn Reynolds, while Paul Weiss’s team was led by partners Harris Freidus and John Kennedy.

Singapore firm Harry Elias Partners also advised on local law matters
Paul Weiss also has a longstanding relationship with Las Vegas Sands. It recently advised on the company’s $2.5bn (£1.33bn) senior secured credit facility to fund further developments in Macau.