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Sidley’s Global Hospitality group features some of the world’s leading hospitality lawyers. Significant players in the industry choose us for their most sensitive and high-profile matters, knowing we understand the legal and business issues they face. Our clients range from private equity, hedge and sovereign funds, investment and commercial banks and REITs, to branded management companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals around the world.

“A prominent real estate practice with a strong presence in leisure and hospitality matters across the USA, Europe and Asia.”
Chambers USA 2018 – Nationwide Leisure & Hospitality

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Clients cite our deep understanding of their businesses as a key strength that adds value to their success. Our clients often bring us in early on in the planning stage of a deal to help them formulate and execute their strategic and financial objectives. We synchronize those objectives with the current state of, and emerging trends in, the global financial and hospitality markets. While clients regularly call on us to represent them in complex local and cross-border transactions, they also turn to us for more routine matters, as those deals also benefit from our experience in, and relationships with, participants throughout the industry.

Our Global Reach

With more than 60 hospitality lawyers around the world, we are able to efficiently service our clients wherever they or their hospitality asset may be located. Our familiarity with local laws across jurisdictions and close relationships with local counsel allow us to provide real-time responses to legal issues virtually wherever they arise. 

“Extensive expertise handling very sophisticated transactions in the hospitality sector, usually on behalf of financial institutions.”
Chambers USA 2016 

A Full-Service Practice

Our work spans many legal disciplines, including:

  • Corporate
  • Antitrust
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Litigation & Cross-Border Arbitration
  • REITs
  • Intellectual Property
  • Private Equity & Hedge Funds
  • Labor
  • Tax – Domestic and International
  • Immigration
  • Corporate & Project Level Financing
  • Environmental 
  • EB-5 Financing 
  • Privacy and Data Security

Our Work; Representative Matters

Lawyers on our team have played pivotal roles in many of the most significant and high-profile hospitality transactions worldwide. Below are just a few examples:

  • Strategic Hotels & Resorts in its $6 billion sale to The Blackstone Group.
  • The buyer in connection with the purchase and financing of The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
  • The senior secured lender in the workout and bankruptcy proceeding in connection with the $1 billion loan secured by the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria Resort, the Arizona Biltmore, Waldorf Astoria Resort, the Doral Golf Resort and the Claremont Hotel & Spa.
  • The owner of The Beverly Hilton Hotel in all matters from acquisition and financing of this landmark hotel to the various recapitalizations, and financing and development of The Waldorf Beverly Hills Hotel. 
  • The Lehman Brothers Official Unsecured Creditors Committee on $23 billion of hotel, resort, golf course, real estate and other hospitality assets worldwide in connection with Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.’s bankruptcy filing. 
  • The buyer of The Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • The buyer in the acquisition of The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at the Ko Olina Resort in Hawaii, and the repositioning of the hotel as a Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
  • The senior secured lender in a $455 million mortgage loan to the owners of the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii.
  • The lender in the origination of a $815 million construction loan (comprising both mortgage and mezzanine loans) to a joint venture for the redevelopment of the site located at 701 Seventh Avenue, on the corner of West 47th Street in Times Square.

Recognition for Our Global Hospitality Practice

Chambers USA 2016 names Sidley as one of the leading firms in its category of Leisure & Hospitality—Nationwide. 

Prior and current editions of Chambers USA note that:

  • Sidley is “Widely recognized as having strength in financing and joint ventures, undertaking sophisticated deals and restructurings.” 
  • Our group’s experience includes “handling the financing, acquisition and restructuring hotel projects on behalf of some of the world’s most prominent financial institutions.” 
  • The head of our group is “unsurpassed within the hospitality sector, particularly with regard to finance matters, branded management company representation, and owner and investor management” and “… has the knowledge base of a scholar, but is practical too.” 
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