Arrajj, David R.

David Arrajj is described as an "exceptional gaming practitioner" who is "very, very detail-oriented." He acts for an impressive range of clients including several leading resorts, hotels and casinos. He is adept at dealing with M&A within the gaming sector. - Chambers USA, 2019

David Arrajj has represented most of our exclusive gaming clients in connection with licensing, regulatory investigations, compliance matters, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other gaming-related issues. Before joining the firm, David was involved in the drafting of several pieces of gaming legislation in the Nevada legislative sessions of 1995,1997 and 1999. More recently, David was a principal drafter of gaming legislation in the 2011 Nevada Legislature relating to a new 5% licensing threshold for equity holders in private companies and credit for pre-paid fees and taxes. David was also one of the principal drafters of Nevada’s July 2000 regulations for gaming-related investments by institutional investors in non-public companies.

Prior to joining the firm, David served as corporate counsel for Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and Hilton Gaming Corp. He also served as vice president and general counsel of Bally’s Las Vegas, a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Special Counsel for Licensing and director of the License Division of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. These experiences in both the regulatory and industry spheres give David a well-rounded perspective on the myriad of gaming issues faced by today’s gaming resorts and manufacturers, as well as distributors of gaming equipment and investors in such businesses, and enable him to better serve our gaming clients in a wide variety of commercial and government relations matters.

Previous Experience

David Arrajj is described as an "exceptional gaming practitioner" who is "very, very detail-oriented." He acts for an impressive range of clients including several leading resorts, hotels and casinos. He is adept at dealing with M&A within the gaming sector. - Chambers USA, 2019

Representative Matters
  • Our national gaming team is advising one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups on all aspects of gaming and regulatory requirements to ensure a successful gaming licensing experience. Our firm was retained in part because of our experience in successfully representing UK-listed gaming companies with regard to their operations in the US and globally, as well as our strength of reputation for assisting major gaming companies in navigating the gaming regulatory process.

  • Represented Riviera Holdings Corporation in its sale of the real estate assets associated with the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

  • Served as gaming counsel in connection with the purchase by Red Rock Resorts, Inc. of the Palms Las Vegas hotel casino and the related acquisition financing.

  • Obtained the final regulatory approvals for Scientific Games Corporation to purchase Bally Technologies Inc.

  • Obtained the final regulatory approvals for Aristocrat Leisure Limited to purchase Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.

  • Represented Columbia Properties Laughlin and CP Laughlin Realty, LLC in connection with the sale of the real property and substantially all of the assets associated with the River Palms Resort Casino and a short-term leaseback of such real property and assets. Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. and Laughlin Hotel, LLC purchased the River Palms Resort Casino for a purchase price of $6,750,000.

  • Served as Nevada corporate and gaming counsel to Aristocrat Leisure Limited and its Nevada subsidiaries, including Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., as borrowers and/or as guarantors, under a new multicurrency credit facility and group guarantee.

  • Assisted Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas as Nevada corporate, real estate and gaming counsel in connection with a credit facility, including term loans and revolving loans, with Affinity Gaming, LLC (formerly Herbst Gaming, LLC), as borrower.

  • Served as Nevada counsel to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in connection with a $300 million senior secured first priority term loan facility to be used to renovate, remodel and develop the SLS Las Vegas.

  • Acted as Nevada gaming and corporate counsel to Fertitta Entertainment LLC and certain of its subsidiaries, and issued a legal opinion in connection with a secured revolving credit facility.

  • Assisted Landry's, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries as Nevada corporate and gaming counsel, and issued opinions to the agents and lenders, in connection with a new $1,200,000,000 term and revolving loan facility. Brownstein also assisted with the issue and sale of $425,000,000 of Landry's 9.375% Senior Notes due 2020.

  • Served as special Nevada counsel to Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries and issued a legal opinion in connection with the refinancing of the company's existing term and revolving credit facilities.

  • Served as Nevada corporate, real estate and gaming counsel to Wynn Las Vegas, LLC and its subsidiaries, in connection with the issuance and sale of $900,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the 5.375% first mortgage notes due 2022 by Wynn Las Vegas, LLC and Wynn Las Vegas Capital Corp. and the concurrent amendment of the Wynn Las Vegas credit facility to permit such issuance and sale.

  • Counsel to an international asset management firm in obtaining regulatory approval in 38 states for the company to beneficially hold shares in 10 publicly-traded gaming companies. These approvals, which included applications for certification as an institutional investor in casinos, gaming manufacturers, gaming distributors and gaming suppliers, enabled the company and its affiliates and subsidiaries to passively invest in publicly-traded gaming companies.

  • Represented Icahn Enterprises and Carl Icahn in obtaining regulatory approval in Nevada, New Jersey, Louisiana, Mississippi and Indiana to become the majority shareholder and controlling beneficial owner of Tropicana Entertainment Inc. These approvals, which included findings of suitability for 10 Icahn principals and 15 Icahn subsidiaries, enabled Tropicana Entertainment to emerge from bankruptcy.

News & Events
Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 1972, New York University School of Law
  • B.A., 1969, Tufts University
Admissions
  • Nevada, 1996
  • New Jersey, 1972
  • Florida, 1983
Recognition

Leaders in their Field in Gaming and Gambling, Chambers Global 2017

Top Rated Lawyer in Gaming, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, 2013

AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Las Vegas Gaming Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2013

Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2019

Chambers USA, 2011-2019

Super Lawyers, Mountain States, 2007-2019

Super Lawyers, Mountain States, Top 100 List, 2013

Legal Elite, Nevada Business Journal, 2009, 2013

2010 Lawdragon Top 3000

Membership

American Bar Association

State Bar of Nevada

The Florida Bar

New Jersey Bar

Clark County Bar Association

Former Board of Trustees, International Association of Gaming Advisors

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