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Hotels & Leisure

The hospitality industry throughout the Middle East has undergone an exciting and eventful journey over the last decade, experiencing huge growth and an increased sophistication of the industry.

Key Contacts

  • Tara Marlow, Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure view profile

We provide a turnkey service incorporating disciplines within our firm dedicated to the hospitality industry.  These services cover all aspects of hotel acquisition, development and redevelopment, licensing, financing, operation and disposal. Our services are provided by experienced lawyers from the appropriate practice areas, including Real Estate, Construction, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, IP, Banking and Arbitration/Litigation.   Our Hospitality practice includes lawyers who have invaluable experience from their previous roles as in-house legal counsel for hotel developers and asset managers, and operates on a regional basis across all our offices within the GCC.

Our expertise ranges from site/property acquisition, corporate structuring and incorporation, long-term strategy planning, joint venture and partnership arrangements, project and operational licensing, project finance, equity and debt financing/refinancing, hotel development and construction, hotel operator appointment (including negotiation of hotel management agreements), day to day operational matters, employment related advice, property refurbishment/renovation, dispute resolution, intellectual property protection and disposal options.

Our approach to providing advice to our clients is not just limited to legal advice.  Due to our experience and standing within the GCC community, we are well placed to help our clients to achieve their goals by capitalising on the strong relationships and reputation we have throughout the wider business community.  We are able to make introductions to financiers, investors, operators, government entities and licensing bodies, industry consultants, asset managers or building contractors as may be required.

Given the current economic climate, hotel owners may be considering restructuring their financial arrangements.  Lenders with exposure to hotel assets may also be considering health checks on their own portfolios of security. we are able to assist, In these areas, whether working alone or in association with industry analysts and experts.  We will consider and advise on existing financial, corporate and asset ownership structures, general operation and performance and identification of risk areas, we will provide advice where restructuring or renegotiation may be beneficial and can provide valuable input into formation and execution of remodeling strategies as may be required.