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Hotels & Leisure


Whether you are an owner, investor, lender or operator in the hotels and leisure sector, you are faced with uniquely complex business issues that require practical and innovative solutions. You can depend on over 100 specialists in 39 countries for advice on M&A, financing, development & construction, leases, management and franchise agreements, operational issues and tax structuring worldwide. CMS lawyers lead strategically in the sector, providing eight of the ten largest hotel chains in Europe with expert advice.

In addition to our core client base of investors, funds 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, with a view to ensuring the best outcome.

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July 2018
Find­ing the bal­ance: hu­man touch versus high tech
Ho­tels and res­taur­ants are in­creas­ingly ex­pec­ted to de­liv­er a new and dif­fer­ent ex­per­i­ence; one that leaves a last­ing memory, dis­tin­guishes them from their com­pet­it­ors and em­braces not just tech­no­logy...


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1 July 2020
Sign­ing with e-sig­na­ture in CEE
Di­git­al­isa­tion af­fects all as­pects of a busi­ness’s op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing con­tracts, in­tern­al doc­u­ment­a­tion and em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ships. The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has cre­ated the need for con­tact­less and...
26 March 2020
Out­look un­cer­tain for hotel in­vest­ment in CEE des­pite un­pre­ced­en­ted boom...
In the last five years (2015-2019) CEE has ex­per­i­enced EUR 4.2 bil­lion worth of trans­ac­tions – nearly half of the total hotel trans­ac­tion volume (EUR 9.4 bil­lion) achieved by the re­gion in the last...
13 February 2018
The rise of the new lux­ury eco­nomy
Travel has al­ways played host to dra­mat­ic and of­ten dis­rupt­ive changes. At CMS’s an­nu­al tech­no­logy con­fer­ence, In­nov­ate to Sur­vive, onefinestay’s CEO, Javi­er Ce­dillo-Es­pin de­livered a key­note, sum­mar­ised...
Five-Star ad­vice
Run­ning ho­tels and leis­ure fa­cil­it­ies as well as pur­chas­ing or selling such as­sets can raise a host of com­plex leg­al ques­tions. Truly sound ad­vice in this field not only needs to cov­er is­sues of real...
CMS spon­sors IHIF for eighth year run­ning in Ber­lin
The CMS Hotel Group ranks num­ber one in Europe and will once again, for the eighth year in a row, be the proud spon­sor of the In­ter­na­tion­al Hotel In­vest­ment For­um 2009 (IHIF) on 9th – 11th March in...