Toronto-listed gaming software provider Amaya Gaming Group has appointed Marlon Goldstein as the company’s executive vice president of corporate development and general counsel.

Goldstein will head up Amaya’s legal team when he joins the company on Friday January 24th, serving as a consultant in the meantime.

He has already represented Amaya in the company's two recent acquisitions, including the $25m purchase of lottery and casino games manufacturer Diamond Game in June last year and the $177m acquisition of gaming device supplier Cadillac Jack in 2012. He also helped to secure a $110m senior secured credit facility to finance that deal.

Amaya Gaming chief executive David Baazov commented that he was extremely excited to have hired Goldstein.

“With his strong background in gaming, governance, finance and M&A, Marlon has the experience and expertise to oversee our legal team and help us achieve our corporate objectives,” Baazov said.

Goldstein was previously a principal shareholder in the corporate and securities practice of law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and securities offering.

Goldstein also served as co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s gaming practice, working with financial institutions funding gambling businesses, land-based operators, technology suppliers and Indian Tribes involved in the sector, as well as iGaming companies.

In the past, he represented hospitality and gaming operator Hard Rock International, worked on the sale of Maine’s Oxford Casino to Churchill Downs, as well as handling cases for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Shares in Amaya Gaming Group Inc (Co. Data) (TSX:AYA) closed at $7.73 per share in Toronto following the announcement Friday.