A team of Pillsbury lawyers led by Corporate partners Christian Salaman and Drew Simon-Rooke represented client Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) in its definitive agreements with International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT). In the deal, IGT will separate its Global Gaming and PlayDigital businesses by way of a taxable spin-off to IGT shareholders and then immediately combine such businesses with Everi. The deal values the combined businesses at approximately $6.2 billion on an enterprise value basis.

The combination creates a comprehensive global gaming and fintech enterprise. After closing, Everi will change its name to International Game Technology, Inc. and will trade on the NYSE under the ticker IGT. Everi’s Executive Chairman Michael Rumbolz will serve as chairman of the board of directors and certain leadership figures from both sides will continue as directors and officers of the company.

Pillsbury is among the “Top 20” of the world’s leading M&A advisors as recognized by Bloomberg, FactSet and Refinitiv. With a keen industry focus that helps it understand its clients’ concerns and proactively resolve its issues, Pillsbury has represented Everi on M&A for more than a decade, including its transformative $1.2 billion acquisition of Multimedia Games in 2014 and most of its tuck-in acquisitions since then. Multiple Pillsbury attorneys worked together to advise Everi on this deal and will continue to do so through closing.

Known for his M&A skills and deep experience in both Technology and Leisure & Hospitality, Corporate partner Christian Salaman stated: “To be trusted by the company over all these years is satisfying. But to be called upon to assemble a team on a deal of this nature, to be a true counselor and to do so on the most important matter imaginable to its board, management and stockholders, is why I became a M&A lawyer 25 years ago.”

Added Corporate partner Drew Simon-Rooke: “We have an amazing team here at Pillsbury.  From multiple subject matter areas to multiple attorneys working from offices spread across the globe, it was exciting to lead a team on a deal of this sophistication and complexity. And it is gratifying to work with the excellent team at Everi.”

To read the joint press release by Everi and IGT, click here.

In addition to Salaman and Simon-Rooke, the Pillsbury deal team included Corporate partners Nick Burgess and Alexandra Calcado, special counsel Danielle de Zorzi, counsel Brandon Eckford and Christian Holbrook, senior associate Jeong Choi and associates Jon Schreiber, Kristin Garr, Kate Chan, Daniela Guerra and Grace Lee; Intellectual Property partners David Jakopin and Steven Farmer, special counsel Paul Thomas, counsel Scott Morton and associate Mark Booth; Global Sourcing & Technology Transactions partner Mario Dottori and associates Gabby Torres and Gabby Regard; Real Estate partner William Waller, senior associate Brittany Griffith and associate David Wright; Executive Compensation & Benefits partners Laura McDaniels and Colleen Lamarre and associates Jennifer Wong and Jad Gabriel Elchahal; Tax partners Julie Divola and Nora Burke; Finance partners Joseph Fastiggi and Philip Tendler and senior associate Daniel Welch; Securities Litigation & Enforcement partner Bruce Ericson; International Trade partner Matthew Rabinowitz and senior associate Zachary Rozen; Employment Law special counsel Andrea Milano; Capital Markets partner Davina Kaile, Litigation partner Alex Lathrop, attorney Evan Storm and counsel Michael Andres Warley, Antitrust & Competition partner Michael Sibarium; Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy senior counsel Catherine Meyer and Regulatory associates Arielle Heffez and Iris Karaman.