Mark Hichar

USA - Massachusetts

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder
28 State Street
MA 02109

Tel: 401-457-5316
Fax: 401-274-2000


Mark advises companies providing information technology and transaction processing products and services, with particular knowledge and experience with operators of casinos, Internet gaming websites, and providers of gaming systems, software and/or services – for example, slot machines, gaming central systems, gaming-related software and implementation, operation and maintenance services. Mark’s clients usually are licensed by or contract with domestic or foreign government gaming regulatory bodies. Mark also advises in connection with casino licensing applications, the structuring of gaming-related joint ventures, government procurement processes, and other licensing and corporate governance issues.

Mark’s clients include Fortune 1000 companies with locations throughout the world, start-up enterprises and individuals. He has structured joint ventures to do business in China, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan, and he has advised and documented cross-border transactions involving companies in several other foreign jurisdictions.

The attorneys in our gaming practice serve businesses, individuals, and governing bodies in the gaming industry worldwide. Whether the members of this group are working with a Fortune 1000 multinational, an ambitious start-up, or something in between, our team strives to be recognized as a trusted leader, handling high-stakes disputes, transactions, and regulatory issues throughout the United States and abroad.

Our clients comprise both private and public gaming-related interests, often licensed or contracted with domestic or foreign regulatory bodies.

High-stakes Experience

The firm’s attorneys practicing in the gaming industry have earned a top-tier reputation based on decades of proven experience. Here are a few examples of their representations worldwide:

  • United States
    • Advised a prominent provider of on-line lottery hardware, software, and services when it decided to compete for contracts in several states, regarding procurements by state lottery authorities in Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin.
    • Helped a start-up company with its licensing of mobile interactive gaming software to casinos in Las Vegas.
      Served as primary counsel to a provider of federal and state government benefits via computerized networks (i.e., electronic benefits transfer) in proposals to the human services agencies in various state, local, and regional jurisdictions.
  • International Joint Ventures and Cross Border
    • Testified before a subcommittee of the Russian Duma as part of a team advising on Russian federal lottery legislation.
    • Counseled a Taiwanese joint venture, structuring and documenting its bid in a competitive procurement by a Taiwanese government entity seeking a lottery system and related services. Drafted and negotiated a processing facilities management agreement and related gaming equipment and gaming software license agreements.
    • Handled similar engagements in South Africa, Germany, and Italy.
    • Advised a company providing amusement game software in connection with its licensing of such software to European distributors for gaming purposes.
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