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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.

We give our clients technical and commercial insight based on our contacts and knowledge across the entire leisure sector. Whether it’s acquiring some of the highest profile restaurant groups around or advising the premium or fast casual dining market, our practice is familiar with our client’s requirements.

We have particularly gained increasing recognition for winning roles on high profile M&A deals in the restaurant sector and are proud to be the leading firm in regards to this in the leisure sector.

CMS is ranked in the top tier for Hotels & Leisure in legal directories, with 19 dedicated partners, 40 other qualified lawyers and offices across the UK.

We have significant experience advising clients on a variety of matters in the restaurant sector. For buyers and sellers of restaurant chains, franchisors of their concepts, property developers, investors and founders on the establishment of new businesses, outsourcing contractual agreements, health and safety provisions, trademark brand protection and helping clients with their dispute issues.

CMS not only offers a full menu of legal services but also can provide access to an unrivalled network of contacts of owners, executives, investors and funders.

A truly international offering, from Dubai to Amsterdam, Chile to Switzerland, our lawyers are there where you need them.

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15 November 2017
High­lights of our re­cent ex­per­i­ence in Res­taur­ants in the UK
Prezzo on its takeover by TPG.Hawks­moor on the MBO backed by Graph­ite.D&D Lon­don on the MBO backed by LDC.Cote Res­taur­ants on the MBO backed by CBPE.Richard Caring and Nick Jones on the sale of ma­jor­ity stake in Soho House Group to Yu­caipa Funds.Grap


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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.
15 November 2017
High­lights of our re­cent ex­per­i­ence in Res­taur­ants in the UK
Hotel & Leis­ure
8 November 2017
CMS ad­vises glob­al hos­pit­al­ity and food ser­vice lead­er Delaware North on...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised in­ter­na­tion­al food ser­vice and hos­pit­al­ity com­pany, Delaware North, on the ac­quis­i­tion of Ma­gic­goal Ltd, the own­er of quick-ser­vice UK con­cepts Prime Bur­ger, Ro­tis­ser­ie Chick­en and Sand­wich & Co.