Buying and selling
Hotels and hospitality
The hotel and hospitality market is seeing rapid activity and expansion due to increasing levels of investment from both corporates' and high net worth individuals.
Our extensive experience in the commercial aspects of luxury brands and the hotel and leisure sector has become an increasingly important area for our clients and one in which we now enjoy an enviable reputation.
Withers are widely regarded as leaders in this sector, and work with hotel owners as well as leading international, domestic and boutique hotel operators. Our clients can access a wide range of advice from site acquisitions, hotel portfolio and platform transactions, mixed-use developments, hotel leasing, hotel management agreements, franchise agreements, joint ventures and fund formation. We also offer integrated trust and tax planning advice, through our market leading tax and private client teams.
We’re proud to represent major hotel operators like Marriott International on its appointment by CDL to operate Singapore’s 650-room South Beach hotel as a JW Marriott and a new build EDITION hotel in Singapore, as well as Kerzner International Resorts on its appointment to manage the Hayman Island Australia resort under its One&Only brand, and on One&Only Wolgan Valley.
Hotel owners and developers
We also act for hotel owners like Hang Lung on its negotiation of a management agreement with Hilton for a new build Conrad hotel in Shenyang, China, as well as an institutional investor on its sale of the luxury Nam Hai resort in Danang, Vietnam to HPL.
Private members’ clubs
Internationally, we advise leading private members’ clubs like Soho House on its international expansion of members’ clubs, hotels, restaurants, spas in various locations including Chicago, Miami, New York, London, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Our funds team has strong experience serving hotel funds and REITs. For instance, we have advised Pro-invest Hotels Group on the capital raising, structuring, asset acquisition, development and hotel management arrangements for its ground-breaking fund, developing hotels in Australia and New Zealand under the Holiday Inn Express brand.
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