United States: Fox Helps To Bring Pro Hockey To Las Vegas
Last Updated: July 6 2016

Mark Levinson and JR Lanis of Fox Rothschild LLP's Los Angeles office assisted The Foley Group in its successful effort to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas, the first major sports franchise in the city's history.

On June 22, the National Hockey League announced that its Board of Governors unanimously awarded an expansion franchise – the league's 31st team – to Black Knights Sports & Entertainment, LLC, an entity controlled by Bill Foley, Chairman of Fidelity National Financial and its affiliated entities. The team will play its inaugural season in 2017-18 at the brand new T-Mobile Arena, located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Foley, along with the Maloof family, launched the campaign to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas nearly two years ago. In February, Black Knight kicked off a drive to secure 10,000 season ticket deposits and ultimately accepted more than 14,000 season ticket deposits and commitments. It also sold all luxury suites and all seats in the lower level center ice club and upper bowl.

The as-yet-unnamed team has launched a website at www.VegasIsHockey.com.

Levinson, Co-chair of Fox Rothschild's Financial Services Industry Practice Group, and Lanis are seasoned corporate and securities attorneys who represent and guide clients in a wide range of strategic corporate, securities, real estate and financing transactions, including municipal finance. Levinson also serves as Co-chair of the firm's Israel Practice Group.

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