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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 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 businesses an
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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,
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Gambling
The gambling industry is constantly in a state of change. While regulatory liberalisation is creating new opportunities in some jurisdictions, tighten
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Gyms
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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Hotels
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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Restaurants
CMS’ leading Hospitality and Leisure Team provide domestic and international support to some of the world’s fastest growing restaurant businesses and
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Sport
Sports law is a complex maze, from acquiring and exploiting media and content rights, sponsorship, branding and endorsements contracts, over licensing
Holiday
Travel
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 of...
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02/07/2018
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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17/06/2022
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Ho­tels
Ac­cor - On the dis­pos­al of 16 Möven­pick ho­tels in Ger­many, Switzer­land and the Neth­er­lands, on in­creas­ing the share­hold­ing in 25hours Ho­tels and on the man­age­ment agree­ments for a port­fo­lio of six ho­tels...
17/06/2022
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Bars and Pubs
En­ter­prise Inns - Vari­ous man­aged in­vest­ments and the ac­quis­i­tion and dis­pos­al of pub es­tates in­clud­ing the dis­pos­al of 370 com­mer­cial prop­er­ties for £348m on which NRR was a bid­der.Ne­wRiver RE­IT - £222.3m...
17/06/2022
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Gyms 2022
Gym high­lights Gym­box - A sig­ni­fic­ant amount of port­fo­lio and fin­an­cing leg­al ser­vices over the years.Graph­ite - In­vest­ment in up­mar­ket gym group The Third Space and the sale of The Third Space to En­core...
17/06/2022
High­lights of our re­cent ex­per­i­ence in Res­taur­ants in the UK
D&D Lon­don - MBO backed by LDC and on the ac­quis­i­tions of the busi­ness and as­sets of the bar and res­taur­ant in Madis­on at One New Change.Fat Duck Group - Vari­ous cor­por­ate ad­vis­ory mat­ters.Tor­tilla Mex­ic­an...
31/08/2022
Ker­nel 2022
The CMS Scot­land Food & Drink team is de­lighted to share de­tails of Ker­nel, our we­bin­ar series.  The ses­sions are de­signed to sup­port you on cur­rent leg­al is­sues af­fect­ing the Scot­tish food and drink...
24/05/2022
CMS sup­ports Tor­tilla on ac­quis­i­tion of Chil­ango
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised long-term res­taur­ant cli­ent Tor­tilla Mex­ic­an Grill Plc (Tor­tilla), on the ac­quis­i­tion of all the is­sued shares of Chil­ango Lim­ited (Chil­ango) for a total of £2.75m...
08/06/2022
All wrapped up!
CMS Scot­land and Food & Drink Fed­er­a­tion Scot­land are host­ing a we­bin­ar on 8th June look­ing at the key prac­tic­al is­sues and op­por­tun­it­ies fa­cing busi­nesses arising from changes to plastics, pack­aging...
02/09/2021
CMS ad­vises Ne­wRiver on sale of Hawthorn Leis­ure to Ad­mir­al Tav­erns
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Ne­wRiver RE­IT plc (Ne­wRiver), a Lon­don Stock Ex­change-lis­ted real es­tate in­vest­ment trust, on its sale of the en­tire is­sued share cap­it­al of Hawthorn Leis­ure RE­IT...
07/07/2021
COV­ID-19 travel re­stric­tions for non-EU cit­izens in the United King­dom
1.  Does the UK al­low vac­cine pass­ports? At the mo­ment, the UK does not ac­cept vac­cin­a­tion pass­ports as an al­tern­at­ive to quar­ant­ine. However, there is some in­dic­a­tion that this ap­proach may change...
16/06/2021
CMS Hos­pit­al­ity Bites­ize series: The chan­ging face of rent­al mod­els
Cov­id has ac­cel­er­ated the de­bate about vari­able rents across large parts of the prop­erty in­dustry, like all oth­er prop­erty sec­tors the Hotel in­dustry is not im­mune from the last­ing changes the pan­dem­ic...
20/05/2021
CMS Hos­pit­al­ity Bites­ize series - The growth in pop­ular­ity of Man­age­ment...
A lively pan­el dis­cus­sion on the grow­ing pop­ular­ity of man­age­ment agree­ments out­side of the tra­di­tion­al hotel in­dustry – where the res­taur­ants, gyms, bars, mem­bers clubs and the wider leis­ure sec­tor...
27/05/2021
CMS and In­ter­path Ad­vis­ory Scot­tish Hos­pit­al­ity We­bin­ar
Join CMS and In­ter­path Ad­vis­ory for an in­sight­ful look at the chal­lenges and op­por­tun­it­ies in the Scot­tish ho­tels and leis­ure sec­tor.The Scot­tish Hos­pit­al­ity Group has been a key voice for the hos­pit­al­ity...