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Our hotel operations team advises many of the world's leading hotel groups

Our hotel ownership, development and operations team is committed to helping clients to succeed in the markets in which they operate. Hospitality is a core sector of focus at Clyde & Co. We assist clients with the very best legal advice to adapt their businesses to changing markets, guide them through expansion in new territories as they plan for future growth and to comply with local operating laws.

We have market leading knowledge and experience of the hotel and hospitality sector, gained working with some of the world’s leading hotel developers and operators. Our team includes lawyers with in-house experience having acted as legal counsel to leading international hotel operators.

We offer a complete range of services to hotel owners, developers and operators including advice on the negotiation and structuring of the full suite of hotel management agreements, service agreements, and operational areas. These include management and commercial agreements, employment issues, outsourcing, development, e-commerce, trade marks and intellectual property.

Our hospitality lawyers have worked on hotels, resorts, branded residences, serviced apartments and mixed use projects across the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and Asia Pacific.

Our Hotel Operations Work

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  • Asie Pacifique
  • Moyen-Orient
  • Royaume-Uni & Europe
  • 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

    Property damage related disputes

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

    China

    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

    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
  • 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

    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 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

    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

    Property damage related disputes

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

    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

    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 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

    Hotel management agreement dispute

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

    China

    Due diligence and negotiation of management agreements for a luxury resort

    Advising a US listed hotel operator on the due diligence and negotiation of management agreements for a luxury resort in the Maldives

    Maldives
  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    Ground breaking project in the UAE

    Acting for one of Spain's largest hotel operators on local law compliance of its hotel management agreement for a ground-breaking project in the UAE

    United Arab Emirates

    Third party food and beverage licensing

    Advising hotel owners and operators on third party food and beverage arrangements, including leasing and licensing

    United Arab Emirates

    Local law advice for Marriott and Ritz Carlton

    Acting for Marriott and Ritz Carlton on local law issues in relation to hotel management agreements across the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates

    Licensing and pre-opening requirements

    Advising a leading hotel operator on licensing and pre-opening requirements in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    United Arab Emirates

    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
  • 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 Hotel Operations team

Dean Gormley
Dean Gormley

Partner

Peter Greatrex
Peter Greatrex

Partner

James Holmes
James Holmes

Partner

Robert Kritzman
Robert Kritzman

Partner

Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith

Partner

Alexis Waller
Alexis Waller

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