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Whether you’re an owner, investor, lender or operator in the hotels and leisure sector, you have complex business needs that call for expert solutions. As well as managing real estate assets, you may face corporate, tax, financing, construction, environment, litigation and employment issues, often across borders. With over 300 experts in 42 countries, our International practice 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.

CMS lawyers lead strategically in the sector, advising the top investors, funds and lenders in the market. We consistently advise on more transactions in this sector in Europe than any other law firm. This means you get access to the latest information, ideas and opportunities. . 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.

Being so immersed in the sector, means that we can also introduce you to other sector players, including operators, purchasers, vendors, construction firms, financiers and investors - as well as developed hoteliers looking for growth in new and undeveloped markets. Such contacts can prove invaluable to your business.

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    Esports & Games

    Our lawyers are at the forefront of the Esports and Games revolution.

    Esports and Games sit at the intersection of many of our core areas of expertise, including sports, media, advertising, technology, video games and gambling. We understand the intricacies of the industries and are able not only to provide legal solutions but also a customised strategy tailored to your objectives.

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    The gambling industry is constantly in a state of change. While regulatory liberalisation is creating new opportunities in some jurisdictions, tightening legislation is closing down avenues in others. Our deep knowledge of the sector allows us to advise our clients on how to recognise, protect and optimise their opportunities within this shifting landscape.

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    The CMS Leisure practice has tremendous experience acting on the sell and buy side of gym operators and private equity investors in the gym and personal fitness sector. We also have deep experience working alongside franchise based gym businesses, whether acting for the franchisor or helping franchisees to grow.

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    Whether you are an operator, investor, developer, asset manager or lender, our hotels team has an intimate understanding of the operating models, group and tax structures and the real estate considerations within the hotel sector.

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    The leisure industry is an exciting place to be. With longstanding clients operating in the pubs, bars and restaurants, health and fitness, gaming, sport and museum sectors, our leisure team operates at the heart of the industry.

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    CMS’ leading Hospitality and Leisure Team provide domestic and international support to some of the world’s fastest growing restaurant businesses and concepts. Our full service offering provides a seamless service to up-and-coming as well as global and sophisticated hospitality business.

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    Sports law is a complex maze, from acquiring and exploiting media and content rights, sponsorship, branding and endorsements contracts, over licensing and merchandising, management agreements and team contracts, to venue use agreements, ticketing, catering and hospitality. The industry also faces a complex array of regulatory, socio-political and legal challenges, including a renewed focus on fairness, transparency and anti-bribery and corruption.

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    High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Ho­tels & Leis­ure in the UK
    Taiwanese hos­pit­al­ity firm Sun­rider In­ter­na­tion­al on the high pro­file GBP 185m pur­chase of the St Er­min’s Hotel in West­min­ster from An­gelo, Gor­don & Co.Deer­brook Group on The GBP 150m ac­quis­i­tion of Ace Shored­itch, Lon­don Hotel from Star­wood Cap­it­al.
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    July 2018
    Find­ing the bal­ance: hu­man touch versus high tech
    560340ht­tps://me­dia.cmsleg­al.com/me­dia/em­bed?key=4c23d8f91dcbac6d106faa16ce87d782&unique_key=4e1357a6d52589721a54cfb30baac4a0&auto­play=false&auto­light­soff=false&loop=false&clean1al­wayseznode://499614Ho­tels and res­taur­ants are in­creas­ingly ex­pec­ted to


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    26 March 2020
    Out­look un­cer­tain for hotel in­vest­ment in CEE des­pite un­pre­ced­en­ted boom...
    The second an­nu­al re­port by Cush­man & Wake­field and in­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS ex­plores the un­der­ly­ing in­vest­ment trends across CEE6 coun­tries and looks at the vari­ous in­nov­a­tions that have shaped the hotel in­dustry in re­cent years. Down­load the re­port h
    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...
    5 March 2020
    Nov­el coronavir­us and the hotel sec­tor
    Glob­al tour­ism and hotel rev­en­ues are cur­rently be­ing severely af­fected as a res­ult of the out­break of the nov­el coronavir­us (Cov­id-19) in late 2019.
    09 March 2017
    Busi­ness rates: Gov­ern­ment re­sponse on Check, Chal­lenge, Ap­peal con­sulta­tion...
    On 8 March, the gov­ern­ment made two an­nounce­ments which will af­fect the busi­ness rates re­gime go­ing for­ward: DCLG pub­lished its re­sponse to the con­sulta­tion on im­ple­ment­a­tion of the Check, Chal­lenge,...
    9 February 2020
    Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters - Spring 2020
    06 March 2017
    Hotel mar­ket re­sponds to trav­el­ler de­mands
    Icon­ic hotel names are dis­ap­pear­ing from Ed­in­burgh’s city centre, mak­ing way for more glob­ally re­cog­nised brands. Pos­sibly the most not­able change oc­curred in 2011 when the Cale­do­ni­an Hotel was re­named...
    5 November 2019
    Scot­tish Tour­ist Tax: Solu­tion or Set­back?
    The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has opened con­sulta­tion on its pro­posed tran­si­ent vis­it­or levy, or “tour­ist tax”, un­til 2 Decem­ber 2019. Al­though Scot­land has em­braced its status as a centre for tour­ism, this pro­posed tax may ease con­cerns over the in­creas­ing str
    03 March 2017
    Busi­ness rates: fi­nally some good news for a rate pay­er
    The UK Su­preme Court has is­sued its de­cision in the ap­peal in New­bi­gin (VO) v S J & J Monk, which is likely to have a sig­ni­fic­ant pos­it­ive ef­fect on rates li­ab­il­it­ies for own­ers and de­velopers of prop­erty...
    Spring/Summer 2019
    Hos­pit­al­ity Mat­ters - Spring/Sum­mer 2019
    Cur­rent top­ics in the hotel in­dustry
    11 August 2016
    Su­preme Court guid­ance on busi­ness rates for multi-let build­ings
    The Su­preme Court has now is­sued guid­ance on how multi-let build­ings will be val­ued for the pur­poses of busi­ness rates. His­tor­ic­ally there has been some con­fu­sion as to how to treat the valu­ation of dif­fer­ent...
    February 2019
    High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Gyms
    Ho­tels & Leis­ure
    02 August 2016
    Break­ing up just got a lot harder to do
    A break right con­di­tion­al on giv­ing up va­cant pos­ses­sion has al­ways been a cause for con­cern; what is va­cant pos­ses­sion can be dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain. Last week’s case of River­side Park Lim­ited v NHS...