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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...
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    July 2018
    Find­ing the bal­ance: hu­man touch versus high tech
    Mil­len­ni­als and the fu­ture of the hotel and res­taur­ant...


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    10 December 2018
    Hotel in­vest­ment in CEE: new hotel con­cepts; the mil­len­ni­al...
    13 Feb 18
    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...
    10 December 2018
    Hotel in­vest­ment scene in CEE
    New hotel con­cepts. the Mil­len­ni­al gen­er­a­tion and the...
    09 Mar 17
    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,...
    30 August 2018
    CMS ad­vises Ad­vance on Stage En­ter­tain­ment ac­quis­i­tion
    06 Mar 17
    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...
    14 Jun 18
    Vir­tu­al ad­vert­ising enters the game
    03 Mar 17
    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...
    01 Mar 18
    Num­ber 1 Hotel Law­yers in Europe
    11 Aug 16
    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...
    01 Mar 18
    Hotel In­dustry Jar­gon Buster
    02 Aug 16
    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...