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Hotels & Leisure

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 43 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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Bars and Pubs
CMS’ leading Hospitality and Leisure Team provides domestic and international support to some of the world’s fastest growing bar and pub b
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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 expe
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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 person
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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, grou
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CMS’ leading Hospitality and Leisure Team provide domestic and international support to some of the world’s fastest growing restaurant bus
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The leisure industry is an exciting place to be. With longstanding clients operating in travel and leisure generally, our team operates at the heart o
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...
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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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Case Summary and Analysis: Joan Parker-Grennan v Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
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Gambling Commission evaluates Online Games Design changes
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