Hospitality – Hotels & Resorts

The complex and unique legal structures of the hotel & resort industry call for a comprehensive approach employing an array of expertise across the legal spectrum. GvW Graf von Westphalen has long been offering companies in the hotel & resort sector a practice-oriented working group whose members have gained invaluable experience from a range of transactions and projects in this industry. We advise investors, hotel and resort operators and hotel brands, banks, and project developers for national and international projects.

At the European and international levels, our Hotel & Resort group works successfully and efficiently together with our network of partner law firms in various different legal systems for a variety of global transactions. A single contact person manages the multinational team.

Our areas of specialization:

  • Drafting and negotiating hospitality industry-specific agreements, including:
    - International management and franchise agreements, hotel lease agreements 
    - Owners’ agreements and non-disturbance agreements
    - Servitudes for hotel and resort operators, securing FF&E reserves
    - Sale-and-lease-back and sale-and-manage-back
    - Hybrid agreements: performance clauses, owners’ priority agreements, stand-aside clauses
  • Hospitality-specific M&A transactions, portfolio transactions
  • Hotel Project development, including advice on construction law matters
  • Credit facility agreements for hospitality projects, acquisition financing and refinancing of current loans
  • Restructuring hotel operators and investors
  • Notary services, hotel-specific litigation and arbitration