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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

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

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • 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


    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

  • 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...


    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
  • Development of a AUD 550 million golf and spa resort

    Representing an Asian based hotel operator in connection with the development of a AUD 550 million golf and spa resort in Brookwater, Queensland


    Island acquisition for a mixed use development

    Advising a European business on the acquisition of an island off of Cambodia for the development of a mixed use (hotel and casino) development


    Development of hotels

    Advising a multinational hotel operator on its development of hotels in Cambodia


    CIETAC hotel development arbitration

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


    Hotel group liability claim

    Representing the world's largest hotel group in defending claims and liability issues arising from alleged improper management of a resort hotel on Hainan Island


    Hotel management agreement dispute

    Advising in relation to multiple hotel management agreement disputes for hotel groups in Shanghai


    Acquisition project in Beijing

    Advising on an acquisition project in Beijing by a European investor for the proposed conversion of a traditional Hu Tong property into a luxury hotel


    International hotel development projects

    Advising a leading international hotel  and resort development company on the development of 4 star hotel projects within Africa and Asia with total approximate value of USD 400 million


    Legal and regulatory advice on use of mobile technology for guest registration

    Providing legal and regulatory advice to a Singapore hotel operator in relation to the use of mobile technology for guest registration at certain branded hotels in China


    Creation of an Asia Pacific Club

    Advising a global timeshare company on the creation of an Asia Pacific Club compliant with Hong Kong law, including advising on applicable securities regulations and drafting of membership and custodial documents

    Hong Kong
  • Breach of franchisee licence

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


    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


    Hotel management agreements in Qatar

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


    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


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    DIAC hotel management and design arbitration

    Representing an international luxury hotel operator in arbitration proceedings under the Dubai International Arbitration Centre rules in relation to a dispute arising out of the alleged wrongful termination of a hotel management agreement and related hotel design and consulting agreements

    United Arab Emirates
  • Hotel management agreement dispute

    Acting for the operator of a prestigious flagship London hotel in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of the hotel management agreement by the property owner. Advised on potential termination options and damages claims that might arise. Advice permitted the operator to renegotiate the...

    United Kingdom

    Termination of UK franchise agreements

    Acting for the franchisor of a leading worldwide hotel brand in a dispute arising from the insolvency of its major franchisee in the UK.  Advised on the orderly termination of franchise agreements, assertion of claims in the insolvency and also infringement of intellectual property rights

    United Kingdom

    Applying TUPE to a franchise

    Advising a fast food chain in the UK on the possible TUPE implications of changing its franchise arrangements

    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

    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

    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

    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...

    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...

    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

    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