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Hotels & Leisure Lawyers

What others say about us

"The cross-departmental hotels team receives consistent praise from clients."
 (Legal 500)

"The firm offers a dedicated hotels practice, fielding lawyers with prodigious industry knowledge and experience across a swathe of disciplines."
 (Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession)

Real estate

  • Operator agreements, especially leases, tenancy agreements and management agreements
  • New hotel developments, including construction law issues
  • Advice on renovating existing hotel complexes
  • Sale of hotel sites
  • Structuring sale-and-leaseback and sale-and-manage-back agreements

Corporate law

  • Structuring investment in hotel companies
  • Acquisition, including review with regard to competition issues, restructuring and establishment of companies

Financing

  • Tailored financing agreements
  • Creation of liens and collateralisation of other assets plus cross-collateralisation

Tax law

  • Optimisation of deal structures, e.g. to save property transfer tax or benefit from investment subsidies

Employment law

  • Transaction-related issues, restructuring and personnel measures
  • Collective employment law, company pension schemes

Distribution and trademark law

  • Franchise and licensing agreements
  • Rebranding

Focus

CMS is one of the few top law firms with its own workgroup for the hotel industry. The CMS hotels group brings together partners and associates from the Corporate, Real Estate, Construction, Employment, Tax and Finance practices. We also involve colleagues from other areas of law if required to provide you with legal advice from a single source. We offer pragmatic solutions and a high degree of efficiency thanks to the ongoing commitment of our partners on behalf of their clients, combined with interdisciplinary teams tailored to customer needs.

In more than 15 years of advising the hotel industry, we have amassed a wealth of in-depth specialist expertise. Our partners have long been familiar with the major investors and operators in the market, some of them on a personal level. We advise owners, project developers, operators, purchasers and financing banks on all legal issues relevant to the hotel sector. An extensive track record is testimony to our accumulated expertise. This industry knowledge and experience is our key strength.

At European level, the CMS hotels group works extremely efficiently and successfully with other CMS law firms. If necessary, we include these foreign legal system experts in the team. The hotels group has seamlessly cooperated across national borders on a large number of international transactions. A central contact person coordinates team members across the various firms. The CMS hotels group is a leader in the European hotel industry and its roster of clients includes eight of the ten largest hotels groups in Europe.

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Andreas Otto
Dr. Andreas Otto
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public | Global Co-Head of Real Estate & Construction Group, CMS
Germany, Berlin
Andreas Otto’s practice covers all aspects of commercial real estate law. With special hotel and leisure as well as retail sector expertise, he advises German and international property owners, i...
Angela Emmert
Dr. Angela Emmert
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Angela Emmert is a widely experienced labor and employment lawyer, advising German and international clients on restructurings and business unit spin-offs, flexible staff deployment, mass...
Axel Dippmann
Axel Dippmann
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Axel Dippmann has long-standing experience as a finance lawyer, working both on the lender and borrower side. He specialises in high-volume syndicated loans for corporates, acquisition financing as...
Johanna Hofmann
Johanna Hofmann, Immobilienökonom (IREBS)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Frankfurt
Johanna Hofmann specialises in commercial real estate. She is focused on real estate transactions (commercial and residential properties), asset management, project developments as well as private...
Heinrich Schirmer
Heinrich Schirmer
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Heinrich Schirmer advises on national and international real estate transactions and assists clients in the commercial and residential real estate sector with their asset management, project...
Nicolai Ritter
Dr. Nicolai Ritter
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Nicolai Ritter specialises in project developments. His real estate law practice focuses on construction law and the law governing the work of architects and engineers. Nicolai mainly concentrates...
Thomas Link
Dr. Thomas Link
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Tax Adviser
Germany, Frankfurt
Thomas Link is a tax law expert who works out of our Frankfurt office. He heads the international CMS transactional tax practice and advises German and international companies on all aspects of tax...
Gerd Leutner
Dr. Gerd Leutner
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Gerd Leutner advises German and international companies on structuring their business activities in Germany with a focus on M&A, restructuring of groups of companies, change of legal form and...
Eckhard Schmid
Dr. Eckhard Schmid
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Munich
Eckhard Schmid advises and represents German and often US companies on all aspects of employment and labor law, in particular in the context of corporate restructurings. He focuses on advising...
Sören Langner
Dr. Sören Langner, LL.M.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Berlin
Soeren Langner advises his clients on all aspects of labor and employment law, including social security law and special aspects of healthcare law. He has extensive experience in preparing and...