We have a huge range of experience advising clients in the UK and overseas across the leisure sector, from hotels, holiday parks and tourist attractions to pubs and restaurants, cinemas and gyms.
Whatever your business is looking to do, whether raising funds, embarking on a new joint venture, outsourcing services, franchising, structuring employee incentives, acquiring new assets or disposing of existing ones, or restructuring entirely, we are able to provide high-quality, bespoke advice, tailored to the needs of your business.
Our leading lawyers cover all areas relevant to the industry, including commercial, IP & technology, real estate, employment, tax, dispute resolution and a host of others. We also have the top mid-market M&A practice in the sector and are ranked #1 by volume of M&A deals by Mergermarket. Together with our market-leading advice, we have an array of contacts within private equity houses, banks and other institutions that are active in providing financing and investment to the leisure community enabling us to provide you with advice on the latest market trends in the sector.
Here are just a few examples or our recent work in this sector:
- LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on its acquisition of Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, a five-star hotel located on the Caribbean island of St Barthélemy
- McAleer & Rushe on the building and operation of Starwood Hotels & Resorts' first Luxury "W" Hotel in the UK at the re-developed Swiss Centre in Leicester Square, and its subsequent sale
- Anglo Irish Bank and Allied Irish Bank on the financing of the purchase of the Savoygroup of hotels (since renamed the Maybourne Hotel Group)
- Patron Capital on the acquisition of a Staybridge Suites in Liverpool and separately on the acquisition of a Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn at the Westfield Shopping Centre at Stratford, London
Pubs & Restaurants:
- On the establishment of Harris + Hoole, a new chain of artisan coffee shops created through a joint venture between Taylor St Baristas and Tesco
- An international food travel expert business operating in 30 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa in relation to disputes arising out of franchise agreements, termination of contracts and general business agreements
- Shepherd Neame on its deal to acquire the rights to brew and package Asahi Super Dry lager, Japan's number one beer
- Samuel Smith on its high-profile litigation against a competitor and in an associated settlement with Marks and Spencer
- Phoenix Equity Partners on the sale of Gaucho Grill
Travel, Tourism & Entertainment:
Head of Leisure Ben Chivers attended this year's Hotel Operations Conference in the summer and spoke to My Hospitality Channel, part of yBC.tv, about the challenges facing the sector. View his thoughts in the below videos.