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Hotels & Leisure Lawyers

As an owner, investor, lender or operator in the hotels and leisure sector, you encounter complex business issues that require expert solutions. In addition to managing real estate assets, your issues may include corporate, tax, financing, construction, environment, litigation and employment matters, often across borders. CMS UAE is at the forefront of this buoyant sector in the Middle East region and can connect you to sector specialists in globally.

CMS lawyers lead strategically in the sector, having completed more deals than any other law firm and being top ranked by all legal directories. We 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.

We can give you access to the latest information, ideas and opportunities. We can introduce you to other sector players, including operators, purchasers, vendors, construction firms, financiers and investors. Such contacts can prove invaluable to your business. 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.

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Mohammed Majid
Mohammed Majid
Part­ner
Co-Head of Corporate UAE
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Mohammed Majid is a partner and Co-Leads the Corporate Team in CMS Dubai. Mohammed has been based in the Middle East since 2011, prior to which he spent the majority of his career as an M&A and private...
Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith
Part­ner
Head of Real Estate
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Geoff Smith is a partner and head of the Real Estate Team in Dubai. He advises on all forms of real estate in the UAE and Middle East, with particular focus on large scale development and investment transactions,...
Malek Takieddine
Malek Takieddine
Con­sult­ant
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Malek is an Arabic-qualified corporate and commercial lawyer. He has obtained a masters degree in law from the UK and worked for a number of years at CMS’s UK offices. He has over ten years of experience...
Katherine Winny
Katherine Winny
Con­sult­ant
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Katherine Winney is a consultant in the Corporate Team of CMS Dubai.  She advises on general corporate and commercial matters.Katherine trained and qualified at CMS London  before moving to the UAE...
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John O'Connor
Co-Managing Partner
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
John O'Connor is a partner and heads the CMS Dubai office. He also heads our Corporate and Commercial Practice in Dubai.His expertise covers all manner of corporate and commercial transactions, including...
Mark Rocca
Mark Rocca
Co-Managing Partner, Dubai
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Mark has spent many years of his legal career advising on projects in the Middle East region, based in Riyadh and Dubai. He has acted for public and private sector clients on transformation/PPP projects...