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Hotels & Leisure Lawyers

As an owner, investor, lender or operator in the hotels and leisure sector, you encounter complex business issues that require expert solutions. In addition to managing real estate assets, your issues may include corporate, tax, financing, construction, environment, litigation and employment matters, often across borders. CMS UAE is at the forefront of this buoyant sector in the Middle East region and can connect you to sector specialists in globally.

CMS lawyers lead strategically in the sector, having completed more deals than any other law firm and being top ranked by all legal directories. We can advise you on M&A, financing, development & construction, leases, management and franchise agreements and tax structuring. In addition to our core client base of investors and lenders, we also advise operators, brand owners, administrators, construction companies and technology providers.

We can give you access to the latest information, ideas and opportunities. We can introduce you to other sector players, including operators, purchasers, vendors, construction firms, financiers and investors. Such contacts can prove invaluable to your business. If you are involved in a distressed situation, our real estate restructuring lawyers can help sell your hotel or leisure asset out of insolvency. In the event of a dispute, our industry experts can guide you through the litigation process, ensuring you the best outcome.

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Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith
Part­ner
Head of Real Estate
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Geoff Smith is a partner and head of the Real Estate Team in Dubai. He advises on all forms of real estate in the UAE and Middle East, with particular focus on large scale development and investment...
Nick Kramer
Nicholas Kramer
Part­ner
Head of Commercial Construction
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Nick is the Head of Commercial Construction at CMS (UAE) LLP. He has worked in Dubai since 2005. Nick specialises in the drafting and negotiation of construction related contracts, as well as...
Mohammed Majid
Mohammed Majid
Part­ner
Co-Head of Corporate UAE
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Mohammed Majid is a partner and Co-Leads the Corporate Team in CMS Dubai. Mohammed has been based in the Middle East since 2011, prior to which he spent the majority of his career as an M&A and...
Malek Takieddine
Malek Takieddine
Con­sult­ant
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Malek is an Arabic-qualified oil and gas lawyer. He is qualified under Civil law (i. e. as applicable in a number of Middle East jurisdictions including Iraq) and has obtained a masters degree in oil...
Mark Rocca
Mark Rocca
Co-Managing Partner, Dubai
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Mark has spent many years of his legal career advising on projects in the Middle East region, based in Riyadh and Dubai. He has acted for public and private sector clients on transformation/PPP...
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John O'Connor
Co-Managing Partner
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
John O'Connor is a partner and heads the CMS Dubai office. He also heads our Corporate and Commercial Practice in Dubai. His expertise covers all manner of corporate and commercial transactions,...