Our cross-firm hotels team provides the full range of legal services required by clients across the hotel sector, from luxury high-end resorts, hotel chains, owners, managers, franchisors and franchisees to businesses supporting the hotel industry.
We have a detailed appreciation of the dynamics of the hotel industry and an understanding of the corporate, commercial, tax, real estate, planning and construction issues that affect businesses in the sector. This enables us to support clients in undertaking a wide range of sophisticated and complex transactions both in the UK and internationally.
We advise on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, financings, developments and other transactions undertaken by our clients, including transaction structuring.
We also help with commercial activities in the sector including management agreements, franchising, operational leases, promotional matters and fractional entitlement, both for existing businesses or new sites.
Our capital markets specialists have experience of public market fundraisings for many businesses, including hotels.
Represents a broad array of clients, including significant hotel chains, luxury resorts, leisure facilities and restaurant groups. “Thorough and accessible… all the necessary specialists”.
The team is known for its expertise in corporate, commercial and real estate matters, with an emphasis on development. Acts for a range of clients, including hotel chains, restaurants, unbranded boutique hotels, pub companies, operators, financiers and developers. Acted on Splendid Hotel Group’s sales of the InterContinental Hotel Westminster development and the Hilton Bankside development site in Southwark. Advised Isle de France on a management agreement with the Oetker Collection, and on Oetker Collection’s acquisition of an equity stake through share purchase and subscriptions.
In the hotel and leisure sector, the firm advises a diverse client base including Akkeron, Esporta, Odeon and Starbucks. Clients highlight the team’s “knowledge of the relevant law, efficiency, practicality, common sense and reliability”. Stephen Lewis specialises in hotel and leisure sector work which has previously seem him advise on hotel acquisitions and casino related matters. Sources say that Anthony Vaughan is “commercial and intelligent with a good client touch”.
This group offers a variety of real estate services, covering hotels, leisure, urban regeneration, investment funds and litigation. Its hotels practice remains active, recently representing Splendid Hotel Group in relation to its £75m refinancing with Bank of China. On the investment side, the group advised the purchasers of two tranches of debt from Credit Suisse, a complex cross-border transaction involving the UK, Germany, Gibraltar and Switzerland. “They know how to pull out all the stops and are on the ball and thorough”.