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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


  • 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


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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Axel Dippmann
Axel Dippmann
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 well...
Angela Emmert
Dr. Angela Emmert
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 redundancies...
Sören Langner
Dr. Sören Langner, LL.M.
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 implementing...
Gerd Leutner
Dr. Gerd Leutner
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 mergers...
Thomas Link
Dr. Thomas Link
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 law...
Jens Moraht
Dr. Jens Moraht
Germany, Berlin
Finance partner Jens Moraht is an acquisition, real estate and project financing as well as syndicated loans specialist. He acts for banks and investors and alongside his transactional work, he regularly...
Andreas Otto
Dr. Andreas Otto
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public | Co-Head of the CMS Real Estate Group
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, investors...
Nicolai Ritter
Dr. Nicolai Ritter
Rechtsanwalt | Co-Head of the CMS Infrastructure & Projects Group
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 on...
Heinrich Schirmer
Heinrich Schirmer
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 developments...
Eckhard Schmid
Dr. Eckhard Schmid
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Munich
Eckhard Schmid has been a labour lawyer for over 30 years. On the law relating to board members, managing directors and executive employees he has been considered one of the top advisors in Germany for...