The hotel sector is growing, broadening and becoming more elaborate. Rebranding and redevelopment of hotels and hotel complexes are continuing apace in many of the world’s major cities. The growth is being driven by a combination of investor appetite, consumer demand and a diversification of the sector, which has seen the emergence of different brands serving different segments of the market.

All those involved in the hotel sector – owners, operators, investors, lenders, buyers and sellers – need to be able to count on well informed, assured legal advice that enables them to conduct their business efficiently, cost-effectively and proactively.

We are one of a handful of firms with a combination of in-depth knowledge on management and franchise arrangements as well as a multi-disciplinary and international capability to provide strategic advice to our hotel sector clients on their most complex, bespoke and commercially critical deals. We have advised clients on hotels transactions in the UK (including some of London’s most luxurious hotels), Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

We understand the complexities of the hotel sector, drawing on our extensive experience of deals from development of high-end hotels, resorts and branded residences and portfolio acquisitions to boutique and niche operations. Our lawyers have developed some of the market’s groundbreaking legal structures that set the benchmark for transactions around the globe. We have particular expertise in hotel management agreements (including sale and leaseback or sale and “manage-back” agreements) that are often at the core of successful hotel operations.

We act for the full range of clients involved in the most prestigious hotels, including sovereign wealth funds, lenders, investors, asset managers, hotel groups and operators.

Our track record includes:
  • Hotel management and franchise agreements, including licensing arrangements and technical and pre-opening services agreements
  • Branded Residences agreements
  • M&A
  • Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Construction and Development
  • Planning
  • Environmental
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Restructuring
  • Dispute Resolution

Significant hotel transactions include advising:
  • Katara Hospitality on the acquisition of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London
  • a consortium member on its investment in a €6.4 billion global portfolio of approximately 900 hotels
  • a Middle Eastern investor on the acquisition of a five-star London hotel for £280m
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotels on the management agreement arrangements for a new boutique hotel and branded residences at Hanover Square, London W1
  • Cerberus on its acquisition of 18 full-service hotels for £221m from the LRG group