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International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner today announced the appointment of new Partner Koh Tien Gui to boost its Asia Real Estate and Hospitality & Leisure Practice. Tien Gui is expected to join the firm’s Singapore office in July.

A respected hospitality lawyer, Tien Gui will serve hospitality and leisure clients across Asia. He specialises in M&A and JVs typically involving the hotel sector. He also regularly advises on hotel management agreements, branded residences, vacation clubs and timeshare products, which are growing hospitality and leisure lines of work in the region. Tien Gui additionally has experience overseeing hotel-related disputes.

Tien Gui has more than a decade of experience working with clients across Asia, and most recently led the charge in growing the hospitality practice at a transnational law firm headquartered in Singapore.

Tien Gui’s hire is part of the firm’s strategy of real estate growth in Asia, spearheaded by Andrew MacGeoch, who joined the firm last year in Hong Kong as head of the Asia Real Estate and Infrastructure Practice and global head of the Hospitality & Leisure Group. Tien Gui is the second real estate lateral hire in Asia in 2018, following the appointment of Corporate Partner Mark Stevens to build the firm’s Real Estate Private Equity and M&A Practice in the region.

“We’re pleased to welcome a lawyer of Tien Gui’s calibre and recognised experience in the hotel sector,” MacGeoch said. “We look forward to him joining and working with clients and prospects across Asia. Tien Gui’s arrival expands our wider real estate capability in Asia, and particularly influences how strong we are in the hospitality sector. This is a fast-growing sector in the region, and one where clients are facing new and ever more complicated challenges. Our strategy is to continue investing in growing sectors, where clients need our support.”

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