A Cambodian court has prevented Star Vegas’s former Thai partners from terminating a casino’s 50-year land lease.
In a disclosure to the Australian Stock Exchange, Donaco International announced that the Bantaey Meanchey Court of First Instance has issued an injunction order stopping Star Vegas’ casino landlord, Lee Hoe Property Co. Ltd., from ending the lease.
Lee Hoe Property is owned by Thai shareholders Somboon Sukcharoenkraisri, Techatut Sukcharoenkraisri and Bhuvasith Chaiarunrojh. Donaco earlier sought the court’s intervention after the lessor threatened to terminate the lease on what Donacao claimed were contrived and spurious grounds.
“This complements the previous injunction granted in Donaco’s favor, to prevent the vendors from engaging in illegal competition in the Poipet area, in breach of the sale agreements for the Star Vegas,” Donaco said in a statement.
The trio have already expressed their intention to appeal the decision of the Cambodian court, according to the Australia-listed firm.
Donaco began operating Star Paradise in September 2016 and entered into an agreement with the Thai vendors for Donaco to oversee an adjacent property called Star Paradise, which the Australia-listed firm acquired in July 2015 from the same Thai business partner.
In its deal to acquire Star Vegas, Donaco said the parties agreed that the Star Paradise gaming venue could not operate without Donaco’s consent. Donaco claimed that the Thai vendors breached their non-competition clause agreement by continuing to conduct gaming operations at Star Paradise following the demise of their arrangement.
Donaco scored a major legal victory against the Thai vendors in December after the Cambodian court issued an interim injunction to close Star Paradise.
Last week, an Australian court extended the freeze order on some 148 million Donaco shares held by several Thai vendors for five more months as they are now part of a legal claim.
The casino is seeking to claim US$190 million in damages from the three shareholders.