LAWFUEL – Legal Announcements – New York, NY (November 27, 2007) – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm advised Dubai World, one of the world’s largest privately-held real estate developers in the signing of a definitive agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture in the Las Vegas CityCenter development project. The transaction closed on November 15, 2007.
MGM Mirage contributed the CityCenter assets which the parties had mutually valued at $5.4 billion, and received 50 percent of the equity in CityCenter. Pursuant to the terms of the joint venture agreement, Dubai World contributed approximately $2.96 billion for 50 percent of the equity in CityCenter. Following the close of the joint venture transaction, MGM Mirage received a cash distribution from the joint venture of approximately $2.47 billion. The joint venture retained approximately $490 million to fund near-term construction costs. The joint venture will obtain project specific financing to fund remaining project costs.
The joint venture, CityCenter Holdings LLC, is owned equally by MGM Mirage and Dubai World. CityCenter Holdings LLC will own 100 percent of CityCenter, a mixed-use luxury residential and resort complex currently being developed by MGM Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Mirage will continue to serve as developer of CityCenter and upon completion, the joint venture will pay MGM Mirage a management fee to operate CityCenter’s resort casino as well as the development’s retail activities and the Vdara condo-hotel tower.
Rick Kirkbride, Phil Feder, Carl Sanchez and Rob Carlson led the various teams working on the transaction.
About Dubai World: Dubai World is a major investment holding company that invests, manages and supervises a portfolio of businesses. With more than 50,000 employees in over 100 cities around the globe, Dubai World has developed 80,000 luxury residential villas and apartments and approximately three million square feet of retail space.
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