We combine the strengths of pre-eminent hospitality and leisure experts with experienced lawyers. Our global group blends legal and business acumen to provide innovative advice to support your strategic objectives.
Our approachable, multi-disciplinary team is committed to providing comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of the hospitality and leisure industry. You can expect a one-stop-shop service and keen insights gained through our long history in this fast-paced sector.
Why choose us
We have genuine global capabilities within the hospitality sector. You will benefit from our:
With colleagues on the ground in Europe and the MENA region, North America and Asia-Pacific, our global team is ready to respond to your requirements anywhere in the world.
Deep sector expertise
Our aim is to provide legal services that work alongside and support you and your legal and commercial teams. We appoint the best player for the job to match the scope and complexity of the matter in hand.
Our experienced team supports hospitality and leisure developers, investors and operators across the whole spectrum of transactional and operational legal issues.
Transactional, acquisition and development
We have experience in all facets of the acquisition, finance and development of hospitality and leisure properties. This includes corporate transactions, real estate transactions, construction and development agreements, including planning and regulatory compliance.
Structuring and finance
We identify the optimal ownership and financing structures for your projects and portfolios and help you implement these. We also advise on and implement the most advantageous domestic and international tax strategies for each structure. Our expertise includes the areas of equity investments, ground leases, joint ventures, construction financing, securitized financing, syndication financing, mezzanine financing and governmental financing.
Our team can provide you with tailored advice in areas such as debt and security restructuring; fixed charge property receivership; sales and purchases of insolvent businesses; and licensed trade insolvency.
Public and private financing
We assist hospitality & leisure clients with highly charged issues specific to public finance such as structuring project financing involving governmental funds, obtaining and maximizing the impact of public funds, procurement regulations, leveraging private investment and reducing borrowing costs.
Drawing on our global expertise and offices, we can help you structure and close the most complex of international transactions. Clients turn to us for advice on international and domestic tax issues; corporate law; environmental and energy law; international negotiations; working with regulators; and structuring payment of management, incentive, license and centralized services fees to legitimately minimize local taxation.
Our commercial team is able to deliver a full-range of multi-jurisdictional services, including: advice in relation to the drafting and negotiation of management agreements, sponsorship, advertising, e-commerce and IT services agreements, as well as data protection and compliance, especially in relation to customer relationship management systems. We provide expert practical advice in relation to intellectual property matters including all aspects of brand protection from brand creation through to registration, promotion, exploitation and enforcement.
Franchising and management agreements
We provide practical and commercial advice to both franchisor and franchisee, on all the structural and transactional aspects of franchise operations. We also provide assistance to clients in the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of management and service agreements.
Our alcohol, entertainment and food licensing team offer commercially-focused advice and extensive experience in the sector. We act for a number of hotel groups in relation to licensing matters and regularly advise on the licensing requirements for the sale of alcohol, late night food sales and regulated entertainment, appear at contested hearings for license applications or reviews and advise in relation to enforcement matters such as underage sales of alcohol.
Environmental, Safety & Health
We have a dedicated environmental, safety and health team, who specialise in advice on asbestos, carbon reduction, contaminated land, land remediation and all aspects of health and safety, offering incident support to clients on a 24/7 basis.
We have experience in advising on various aspects of food law including labelling, food safety, menu requirements and hygiene.
Our dispute resolution team offers fast, authoritative and practical advice. Our team is well placed to offer early, cost-effective advice in all areas including specialist travel/ guest litigation.
Employment & pensions
We have a long history of advising clients in the hospitality and leisure sector. The vast majority of our clients have multi-sited operations, and frequently call upon our international network of employment and pension law experts.