MGM Resorts Appoints Real Estate and Banking Veterans to Lead MGM Growth Properties

  • MGM Resorts International
  • 01.14.16
MGM Resorts International has announced the selection of James C. Stewart as chief executive officer and Andy H. Chien as chief financial officer of MGM Growth Properties LLC.

Stewart was previously a managing director and head of the Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group at Greenhill & Co. and Chien was previously a managing director of real estate, gaming, lodging and leisure at Greenhill & Co.

Stewart and Chien will be responsible for leading the formation of MGP and its initial public offering, and they will be instrumental in building a bench of leadership that positions MGP for success. Both executives will be located in Las Vegas, Nev.

"James and Andy are well known and highly regarded investment banking leaders, and they bring to MGP more than 40 years of collective advisory and financial experience that we believe is critical to establishing a solid foundation for MGP," said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "In addition to his transaction experience, James has a deep background in corporate strategy and institutional leadership, both as a founder of Greenhill's Los Angeles office and previously as co-head of UBS Investment Bank's Los Angeles office. Andy also has a proven record of identifying and executing on complex financial strategies with regard to mergers and acquisitions, capital planning and financing, and other corporate finance activities. As we continue our path toward the creation of MGP, the knowledge and expertise that James and Andy bring will be invaluable in positioning MGP as a leading real estate investment trust."

"MGM Resorts is one of the world's most recognizable names and I am excited for the opportunity to become a part of this iconic brand as CEO of MGP," said Stewart. "This is an important time in the real estate industry, especially in gaming and leisure, where there is significant potential for growth and value creation. I look forward to harnessing all of the industry knowledge and financial expertise I have gained over my career to build and lead MGP forward as a premier REIT, with a strong operating partner in MGM Resorts."

"I am pleased to join MGP to help establish and support the REIT's business and financial foundation," said Chien. "REIT strategies are deeply based in financial analysis and focused on driving growth through prudent transactions, balance sheet management and portfolio optimization. I look forward to partnering with James and MGM Resorts in working toward a successful launch of MGP."
On Oct. 29, 2015, MGM Resorts announced that it will create a controlled real estate investment trust to which MGM Resorts will contribute ten premier real estate properties (the "Properties"), including more than 24,000 hotel rooms and more than 2.3 million square feet of convention and meeting space. The Properties will include:

  • Seven large-scale Las Vegas resorts and entertainment properties: Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur and The Park.
  • Three regional casino resort properties: MGM Grand Detroit in Michigan and Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica, both of which are located in Mississippi.

James C. Stewart has more than 25 years of investment banking experience focused on real estate, gaming and lodging transactions. In addition to his prior role at Greenhill & Co., Stewart was also a founder of the firm's Los Angeles office. Prior to Greenhill & Co., Stewart was a managing director at UBS Investment Bank, head of its Gaming & Leisure Group and co-head of the Los Angeles office. Prior to UBS, he was at Morgan Stanley, most recently serving as a managing director, where he also focused on real estate, gaming and leisure. He began his career at Salomon Brothers Inc.

Stewart earned his Master of Business Administration with distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was named an Amos Tuck Scholar, and his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

Andy H. Chien has more than a decade of investment banking experience in real estate, gaming, lodging and leisure, and has executed more than $50 billion of strategic transactions. Chien has significant expertise in strategic, financial and operational analysis across debt, equity and mergers and acquisitions for REITs and gaming, lodging and leisure companies. Prior to Greenhill & Co., Chien was a director at UBS Investment Bank in Los Angeles, focused on real estate, gaming, lodging and leisure. His previous experience also includes various roles at Citigroup/Salomon Brothers, Commerce One and Intel Corporation.

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