Behnam Dayanim


Paul Hastings LLP
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D.C. 20005

Tel: +1 202 551 1700
Fax: +1 202 551 1705


Behnam Dayanim is a partner in the Paul Hastings Washington, D.C. office, where he chairs the firm’s Advertising and Promotions practice and co-chairs its Privacy and Data Security practice. Mr. Dayanim counsels clients on regulatory compliance, handles internal and regulatory investigations and is an experienced litigator. He also works extensively in transactional matters, negotiating payment processing, IT licensing and outsourcing agreements.

Mr. Dayanim’s practice concentrates on six substantive areas: gambling and gaming; trade controls; privacy and data protection; advertising and marketing; electronic signatures and payments regulation; and information technology licensing and outsourcing. He has advised some of the world’s largest internet gambling companies and has extensive experience in export regulation of high technology and other products, including encryption; technology transfer and “deemed export” controls; U.S. embargoes, anti-boycott regulations and sanctions; International Traffic in Arms Regulations (defense articles and services) counseling and compliance; and International money transfers and money-laundering issues. Mr. Dayanim has been invited to speak on topics throughout the United States, Europe, and South America and is regularly interviewed or cited by national mainstream and industry publications.

The gaming and gambling industries are experiencing explosive expansion in the U.S. and around the world. Our lawyers have extensive experience advising gaming and gambling clients in both the traditional and remote gaming arenas on complex disputes and transactions, as well as critical legislative and regulatory developments that may impact their business.

Internet and mobile gaming and gambling

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments in the internet gambling space, negotiating groundbreaking non-prosecution agreements with the U.S. government on behalf of the then-largest internet gambling operator and a leading payment processor. We have represented internet gambling clients in novel litigation and transactional matters, helping to create law and precedent that have profoundly impacted the industry.

We also advise clients on social gaming, including in the emerging area of social casino gaming, helping them navigate the legal issues such games present. More broadly, our team counsels internet gaming companies on legislative and regulatory developments, and our lawyers are recognized as leaders in the field.

Our clients include internet gambling operators, social gaming companies, traditional gambling companies interested in exploring the internet space, and service providers such as payment processors, marketing affiliates, software providers, and others.

Traditional Gambling Properties

In addition, lawyers in our Hospitality and Leisure practice have a long history of representing participants in the traditional casino resort industry, helping them to develop resort properties and comply with a range of regulatory requirements.

Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune Global 500 companies. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., we have the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service wherever our clients’ needs take us.

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Behnam Dayanim of Paul Hastings LLP’s Washington, DC office impresses many clients, who report that he is “one of the top lawyers. He’s efficient and extremely helpful on the business side.”
Chambers Global, 2014