The global hospitality landscape is shifting - and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is moving with it. Wherever you are in the life cycle of your hospitality project, our number 1 ranked Hospitality and Leisure team works together with you to build value in this increasingly complex world.

Our attorneys understand the industry inside and out, partnering with our clients on the full lifecycle of a matter, including on investment and development, funds, REITs, borrowing or lending, mergers and acquisitions, management agreements, franchising, operations, employment and labor, health and safety, licensing, tax, intellectual property and litigation. This sector approach allows us to foresee potential issues at an early stage, and protect you from risk.

We represent owners, operators, investors, franchisors and lenders in nearly every part of the hospitality sector, including the development of mixed-use projects and related infrastructure, hotels, resorts, casinos, serviced apartments, branded residences, restaurants, spas, golf courses, ski resorts (and many more) meaning whatever asset your next project involves, our team will be ready to assist.

The geographic reach of our team complemented by our significant depth of experience allows us to comprehensively assist you, no matter your legal need or location. Our offices throughout the US, Europe, Middle East, Russia and Asia give us access to key established and emerging markets, and provide us with international insights hard to find elsewhere. In particular, we are adept at handling cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, which often involve multiple legal systems, cultures, conventions and languages.

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Key Facts & Figures

  • Our team has been ranked by the leading UK legal directories (Chambers and Legal 500) for the last 15 years.

Awards

  • Winner of the Asia Legal Business – Hong Kong Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2018

Representative Experience

ADVISING ON LONDON’S FIRST PAN PACIFIC HOTEL 
Location: London, UK 
Advising UOL Group Limited on the construction and real estate aspects relating to its acquisition of Heron Plaza, now known as 150 Bishopsgate in a deal worth over $300 million. The 42 storey tower, based in the heart of the City of London, will include a luxury Pan Pacific hotel which we are advising on the hotel management agreement for. We are also currently advising on the individual sales of luxury branded residences that are also part of the property.  

REPRESENTED CLIENT ON SAN FRANCISCO LANDMARK HOTEL ACQUISITION  
Location: San Francisco, U.S.  
Represented Grace International Consortia, Inc., on the acquisition of The Huntington Hotel, a landmark hotel located on top of Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. We negotiated with the client's lender for 60% of the acquisition price and managed an overseas venture to ensure the documents signed in Singapore passed through the U.S. consulate in accordance with the Hague Convention, in order to fund the purchase and closing. In addition, we navigated through two union contracts, 15 licenses and permits, and a separate liquor license. 

ADVISING ON A SUPER LUXURY LONDON HOTEL DEVELOPMENT  
Location: London, UK 
Advising an Asian developer and hotel operator on the legal aspects of procurement, design and construction of a mixed-use £600 million development in a core location in London comprising a luxury hotel and apartments. 

ADVISING ON ONE OF THE LARGEST CASINO COMPLEXES IN THE U.S.  
Location: Oklahoma, U.S.  
Advised a private equity fund on a joint venture for the development of a 400-room hotel in Oklahoma, near the Texas border, and expansion of an adjacent gaming facility operated by a federal Indian tribe, which together is one of the largest casino complexes in the U.S. 

ADVISING INNOVATIVE EUROPEAN HOTELS CONCEPT ON MANCHESTER ACQUISITON  
Location: Manchester, UK 
Advising innovative client, Qbic Hotels, on the purchase of an office block in Manchester which will be converted into a quirky 215-room hotel. Qbic is a disruptive European urban hotel concept with ambitious growth plans. The scheme will have a developed value of £100 million. 

REPRESENTATION IN ALLERTON HOTEL ACQUISITION 
Location: Chicago, Illinois, U.S. 
Represented Warwick International Hotels, a global luxury hotelier, as buyer in connection with the acquisition and loan assumption related to the 1920s-era landmark Allerton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois for $84.5 million.  

ADVISING HOTEL MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS AND FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS 
Location: Global 
We have a multi-jurisdictional team which is dedicated to advising on hotel management agreements, franchise agreements and other hotel operational agreements, such as technical and transitional services agreements and key money agreements. We are one of few true experts in this area and we are able to advise clients on projects in multiple jurisdictions, ranging from Zanzibar to Russia. 

ADVISING ON £1.5 BILLION COMPANY RESTRUCTURE 
Location: UK 
Advising on the £1.5 billion restructuring of a company who own and operate a portfolio of 16 luxury UK hotels. The portfolio of hotels will now be put up for sale, which we are also advising on.   

ADVISING ON WAGE AND HOUR MATTERS 
Location: U.S.  
We represent numerous hospitality clients as defendants in wage and hour class actions alleging violations of wage and hour laws and breaches of contract. Additionally, we represent one of the largest hotel owners and operators in the world on all of their DFEH/EEOC charges in the state of California.  

REPRESENTED HONG KONG PRIVATE EQUITY FUND ON A HOTEL RESORT IN NISEKO 
Location: Niseko, Japan 
Advised a Hong Kong based private equity fund on a conversion project for a hotel resort in Niseko, Japan. This upscale segment, select service hotel will be one of the few internationally branded hotels in Niseko.  

ADVISING ON THE ACQUISITION OF TWO SUBSTANTIAL LEISURE PORTFOLIOS  
Location: UK  
Advised long term client, Secure Income REIT plc on the acquisition of two substantial portfolios of leisure and hotel assets, at a total cost of £436 million. The deal was completed in line with a challenging timetable, in order to achieve competitive advantage for our client. 

PROVIDING GLOBAL CLIENT WITH EMPLOYMENT AND LITIGATION SERVICES 
Location: U.S.  
Providing employment counselling and litigation services throughout the United States for one of the largest hotel owners and operators in the world. 

ADVISING ON TWO MAJOR HOTELS IN THE ICONIC QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK 
Location: London, UK 
Advising Equity Bridge Ventures Asset Management on the financing and development of two major hotels in East London, one of which will be an Accor Adagio aparthotel and the other will be part of Hilton’s CURIO Collection. The development sites will include a public bar, restaurant spaces and a sky bar with views across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

ADVISING ON WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY 
Location: U.S. 
We represent numerous hospitality clients in website accessibility issues including defence of class action lawsuits. 

ADVISING ON THE PURCHASE OF A HISTORIC LONDON PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB  
Location: London, UK 
Advising Queensway and Clearbell Capital on the £80.6 million acquisition of the exclusive London private members bar, The Sloane Club from Caledonia Investments. 

ADVISING CLIENT ON SALE OF WORLD-LEADING TRAVEL GROUP 
Location: San Francisco, U.S.  
Advising John Paul Group, a major global player in the concierge market offering premium customer and employee loyalty services, on the sale to France-based AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, for approximately $150 million. 

ADVISING ON TWO MAJOR HOTELS AS PART OF MEGA PROJECT IN TAIPEI 
Location: Taipei 
Advising on negotiations with an international hotel operator for the hotel management agreements in relation to two new hotels being developed as part of a mega tower in Taipei.  

REPRESENTED INVESTOR ON ACQUISITION OF LUXURY BOUTIQUE RESORTS AND VILLAS 
Location: U.S.  
Advised Peak Venture Partners, LLC (via Peak Hotels & Resorts Group Ltd., an investor in the luxury hospitality industry), on the acquisition of Silverlink Resorts Ltd. (owner of Singapore-based Amanresorts, a collection of luxury boutique resorts and villas situated throughout the world) from DLF Global Hospitality Limited, India's largest real estate company, for approximately $358 million. 

ADVISING ON CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM 
Location: U.S. 
Representation of an international hotel owner and operator in a massive fraud action related to a customer loyalty program. 

ADVISING ON THE FIRST SINGAPORE-LISTED, MYANMAR-FOCUSED TOURISM COMPANY 
Location: Singapore 
Advising a Group of Vendors including YOMA Strategic Holdings Ltd and First Myanmar Investment Company Limited on a reorganization, spin-off and listing of the vendors tourism-related assets under the Memories Group on the Singapore stock exchange. The Memories Group is only the sixth company with sole operations in Myanmar to be listed on a major overseas exchange and the transaction created the first Singapore-listed, Myanmar-focused tourism company.