Weil advised MGM Resorts International in its formation of a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (“BREIT”) that valued the real estate of Bellagio at $4.25 billion, which represented a purchase price multiple of 17.3x rent. In the landmark transaction for the gaming and entertainment industry, the joint venture acquired Bellagio real estate and leased it back to a subsidiary of MGM Resorts for an initial annual rent of $245 million. MGM Resorts received a 5% equity interest in the joint venture and cash of approximately $4.2 billion. The transaction closed November 18, 2019.
The Weil team that advised MGM Resorts was led by Mergers & Acquisitions partner Michael Aiello and included Mergers & Acquisitions partner Sachin Kohli and Mergers & Acquisitions associate Aileen Kim. The team also included Real Estate partners Michael Bond, Nellie Camerik and David Herman; Co-Chair of Tax Joe Pari and Tax partner Mark Schwed; Executive Compensation & Benefits partner Paul Wessel; Technology & IP transactions partner Charan Sandhu; Employment Litigation partner Gary Friedman; Real Estate associates Yelena Nersesyan, Jannelle Seales, Sam Limmer, Cynthia Resnick, Joseph Sadon and Daniel Soso; Tax associates Adam Arikat and Mor Agam; Technology & IP transactions associates Catherine Kim and Maryann Thompson (Not Yet Admitted in New York); and Employment Litigation associate Thomas McCarthy.