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Hospitality

At Clyde & Co, our global hotels, hospitality and leisure team is highly experienced in all aspects of the hotel, resort, entertainment and leisure industry.

Providing a nuanced understanding with a tailored approach

We have a strong focus on major developments in the hospitality and retail sectors, counting household names among our active clients. Investors, developers and operators face many challenges, including the need to navigate through different regulatory regimes and commercial environments across various territories. This means they need a single provider of legal services and solutions that has experience on an international scale.

Thanks to our global network, we can help clients to succeed in whichever market they operate. Using our local knowledge, we can guide them as they plan for expansion and enter new jurisdictions.

Our comprehensive service covers all aspects of the hospitality and leisure sector, including property development, corporate management and regular business operations. We have extensive experience of all types of enterprise, including hotels, resorts, branded residences, serviced apartments and mixed-use projects of all sizes.

Our Hospitality work

  • All
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Complex reorganisation of a 30 company corporate group

    Advising on a complex tax-driven 12 step corporate reorganisation of a 30 company corporate group in order to create separate asset holding, operational and development sub-holding structures.

    United Kingdom

    Sale of Leon Restaurants for £100m

    Advising the majority shareholders of Leon Restaurants on the sale of the Leon Group to EG Group.

    United Kingdom

    £96m Harbour hotels sale

    Advising on the sale of a 49% interest in Harbour International Limited, which owns and operates the Harbour Hotels Group comprising around 15 properties around the UK.

    United Kingdom

    CIETAC arbitration in Shanghai

    Acting for a local developer in Shanghai CIETAC arbitration (conducted in Chinese under Chinese law) and successfully procured for clients’ nullification of the tender awarded to the main contractor, reducing the amount claimed in the arbitration by 80%

    China

    Dispute against hotel owner and suppliers

    Advising a major hotel in a dispute against its owner and suppliers when the hotel manager went into bankruptcy

    China

    Employment-related advice

    Advising in relation to reviewing and updating employment contract and handbook templates for a 5-star hotel, including multi-level review of its templates from junior to senior employees and insurance issues

    Singapore

    Hotel development related arbitration

    Advising the main contractor in CIETAC arbitration proceedings against its sub-contractor regarding a hotel development in Beijing, China

    China

    Hotel management agreement dispute

    Advising in relation to a dispute arises from the termination of a Management Agreement relating to the operations of a 5-star hotel

    Singapore

    Hotel management and technical service agreement related disputes

    Acting for various hotel groups in claims against hotel owners in Mainland China and Hong Kong under hotel management agreements and technical service agreements

    China

    Hotel structuring and operation

    Advising a leading multinational hospitality company on the structuring and legal documentation of their branded residence projects in Thailand and Vietnam

    Thailand
  • International hotel and leisure development

    Acting for a listed company on its leisure developments (including hotels, villas and apartment complexes), including advising on legal structuring (relating to existing development rights), sales and marketing, and disposal of integrated residential elements

    Seychelles

    Legal structuring, sales, marketing and disposal advice

    Advising a listed public company on legal structuring, sales and marketing and disposal advice for hotel, villa and apartment developments in the Seychelles and various jurisdictions in Southeast Asia

    Seychelles
  • Fractional ownership scheme in Bermuda

    Acting as the preferred legal adviser to overseas clients wishing to purchase an interest in the first fractional ownership scheme to be operated in Bermuda, including negotiation of the standard form fractional ownership documentation, providing responses to FAQs and liaising with the Bermuda government as to their licensing requirements

    Bermuda

    Nationwide employment termination disputes

    Representing one of the largest hospitality companies in the world in a large number of disputes arising from terminations across the entire United States

    United States
  • Property damage related disputes

    Representing hotel groups and their insurers in disputes arising from property damages in front of domestic Chinese courts

    China

    Dispute against hotel owner and suppliers

    Advising a major hotel in a dispute against its owner and suppliers when the hotel manager went into bankruptcy

    China

    Hotel management and technical service agreement related disputes

    Acting for various hotel groups in claims against hotel owners in Mainland China and Hong Kong under hotel management agreements and technical service agreements

    China

    Hotel development related arbitration

    Advising the main contractor in CIETAC arbitration proceedings against its sub-contractor regarding a hotel development in Beijing, China

    China

    CIETAC arbitration in Shanghai

    Acting for a local developer in Shanghai CIETAC arbitration (conducted in Chinese under Chinese law) and successfully procured for clients’ nullification of the tender awarded to the main contractor, reducing the amount claimed in the arbitration by 80%

    China

    Employment-related advice

    Advising in relation to reviewing and updating employment contract and handbook templates for a 5-star hotel, including multi-level review of its templates from junior to senior employees and insurance issues

    Singapore

    Hotel management agreement dispute

    Advising in relation to a dispute arises from the termination of a Management Agreement relating to the operations of a 5-star hotel

    Singapore

    Hotel structuring and operation

    Advising a leading multinational hospitality company on the structuring and legal documentation of their branded residence projects in Thailand and Vietnam

    Thailand
  • Property management disputes for an Australian hotel operator

    Acting for a leading Australian-based hotel operator in respect of disputes arising out of a property management and leasing agreement for a residential apartment building in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates

    Breach of franchisee licence

    Advising a UAE hospitality chain in relation to a disputed breach of a franchisee’s licence agreement in Jordan.

    Jordan

    Construction and operation of the "W" hotel in Doha

    Advising the owners on the construction and operation of the “W” Hotel and apartments in Doha, including negotiating the joint venture, financing arrangements and the hotel management agreement with Starwood

    Qatar

    Hotel management agreements in Qatar

    Advising a high profile Qatari individual on the hotel management agreements for a five star hotel and villa complex

    Qatar

    Local law advice for US company

    Advising a leading US hospitality company on local law aspects of hotel management documents for new hotels in Doha and Riyadh

    Qatar

    Five star hotel operator in KSA

    Negotiating a suite of hotel agreements on behalf of an international 5* operator for a high profile hotel in Riyadh, KSA

    Saudi Arabia

    Relocation of a GM

    Advising an international hotel management company on the relocation of a General Manager within the context of a dispute with the hotel owner

    Saudi Arabia

    Saudization and the Nitaqat system

    Advising an international hotel management company on the applicable requirements to employ Saudi nationals and the Nitaqat system

    Saudi Arabia

    Hotel establishment litigation

    Advising one of the world’s largest hotel operators on potential litigation issues arising from the establishment of hotels in KSA

    Saudi Arabia

    RAK Hospitality Holding's AED 880 million acquisition of two hotels in the UAE

    Advising RAK Hospitality Holding in relation to the acquisition by its subsidiary, RAK National Hotels, of two hotels, Rixos Bab Al Bahr Hotel and the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Hotel through a AED 880 million debt facility underwritten by Mashreq Bank

    United Arab Emirates
  • Complex reorganisation of a 30 company corporate group

    Advising on a complex tax-driven 12 step corporate reorganisation of a 30 company corporate group in order to create separate asset holding, operational and development sub-holding structures.

    United Kingdom

    Sale of Leon Restaurants for £100m

    Advising the majority shareholders of Leon Restaurants on the sale of the Leon Group to EG Group.

    United Kingdom

    £96m Harbour hotels sale

    Advising on the sale of a 49% interest in Harbour International Limited, which owns and operates the Harbour Hotels Group comprising around 15 properties around the UK.

    United Kingdom

    Significant London office letting

    Acted on the grant of the new lease of our client's newly refurbished offices at Africa House, London, to the incoming tenant.  This was one of the most significant lettings in the London office market in 2014 due to the value of the rental income, the location of the property and the identity of the tenant

    United Kingdom

    GBP 80,000,000 portfolio of retail development schemes

    A comprehensive redevelopment scheme including a new, modern 100,000 sq.ft. food store, petrol filling station, new business units and investment in local infrastructure.  This forms part of a wider portfolio of retail development schemes in the UK for this client equating to around GBP 80,000,000 in acquisition value

    United Kingdom

    Acquisition and development of a mixed use scheme

    Acting for a UK developer on the acquisition and development of mixed use scheme incorporating mixed residential and retail facilities and a 200 bed hotel, including the joint venture set up and senior and mezzanine funding

    United Kingdom

    Disposal, sale and leaseback for a major pan-European hotel group

    Coordinating a pan-European hotel disposal and sale and leaseback for a major hotel group, including sales in UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and France

    United Kingdom

    International leasing for a US hospitality company

    Negotiating the agreement and lease including planning and construction issues for an American hospitality company to take its first aparthotel in Birmingham

    United Kingdom

    Hotel disposal, sale and leaseback

    Co-ordinating a pan European hotel disposal and sale and leaseback for a major hotel group including sales in the UK, Italy, Spain and France

    United Kingdom

    Hostel management contracts in the UK

    Advising a hotel operator on a roll out of a branded hostel concept in the UK, including negotiation of investment documentation, development documentation and management contracts

    United Kingdom

Our Hospitality team

Nassif BouMalhab
Nassif BouMalhab

Partner

Ik Wei Chong
Ik Wei Chong

Partner / Managing Director, Asia

Peter Greatrex
Peter Greatrex

Partner

Emma Higham
Emma Higham

Partner

Robert Hill
Robert Hill

Partner

James Holmes
James Holmes

Partner

Simon Vere Nicoll
Simon Vere Nicoll

Partner

Alexis Waller
Alexis Waller

Partner

Joycia Young
Joycia Young

Partner

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