Hospitality & Leisure (Corporate)

Hospitality & Leisure

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

We are passionate about driving growth for our clients in such a highly competitive sector. We do this proactively through our specialist expertise and deep understanding of the sector’s evolving regulatory and technological landscape.

Our expertise covers four key sub-sectors: Hotels, Restaurants & Bars, Health & Fitness, Travel & Leisure.

We advise developers, operators, owners, landlords and investors - from start-ups to prestigious hotel groups and Michelin starred restaurants – across a full range of legal services.

We support and mentor the next generation of fast-growth hospitality and leisure brands. Through The Leap programme we work with brands such as Mr and Mrs Smith, Bounce, Boom Cycle, Gymbox, Stratajet, Z Hotels, Ennismore and Velocity Black.

Experience

  • Currently advising more than 300 hotels across Europe on claims against Visa and MasterCard for the recovery of overpaid multilateral interchange fees.
  • Advised International Hospitality Service AG, the owners of the Spenglers hotel in Davos, on its transformation into a Hard Rock Hotel. This involved working closely with the client throughout lengthy negotiations of the franchise and related agreements.
  • Representing a hotel owner on the negotiations with Mandarin Oriental of the LOI, management, technical services and licensing arrangements for a new luxury hotel and residences.
  • Acting for a hotel group on the negotiations and agreements for a MARCO PIERRE WHITE franchised restaurant within the hotel.
  • Acting for Canouan Resorts Development in relation to the buyout of a joint venture partner and new joint venture arrangements relating to the ownership and development of the Island of Canouan in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Advising Chelsfield Partners on the sale of two central London hotels managed by Club Quarters for £180 million. The freehold assets in St Paul’s and Gracechurch Street cover 204,000 sq ft and comprise 468 luxury bedrooms and seven retail/restaurant units.
  • Advising Manhattan Loft Corporation on the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant and hotel in Marylebone, which was redeveloped in a joint venture with New York hotelier Andre Balazs.
  • Advising KERB on the joint venture with a family office to fund the KERB Seven Dials Food Market, as well as on their agreement with Camden market for the management and curation of the market's street food market.

  • Advising Minor International (MINT) on the acquisitions of Corbin & King, Benihana and Scomadi.

  • Representing pub companies, restaurants and franchises on various interchange fee claims, including currently advising over 700 franchisees of the Subway fast food chain.
  • Advising Busaba Eathai on its restaurant franchising arrangements in the Middle East and on brand protection matters.
  • Advising on the launch of MNKY HSE, the acclaimed new high-end Latin American restaurant and bar multi-concept, including the structuring of the company's assets and its trade mark protection strategy in the US and UAE, among other territories.
  • Advising a listed operator of food and beverage outlets and restaurants in train stations and motorway locations around the world on their franchising of owned brands into the Middle East.
  • Acting on the master franchise arrangements for Telepizza outlets in London.
  • Representing landlord Trophaeum in relation to a number of restaurant and hospitality lettings including: Oswald's, the new private members club from Robin Birley in Albemarle Street, Mayfair; a private members club for Gleneagles in Mayfair's Grafton Street; and The Ivy Café, St John's Wood.
  • Advising D&D London on the agreement for lease for a new rooftop restaurant on the 14th floor of the 120 Fenchurch Street development, beneath a public sky garden.
  • Acting for the owners of an iconic London ice rink and bowling alley on the contractual arrangements and negotiations for the Meat Liquor burger chain to open and operate within it.
  • Advising Sunshine Capital on the acquisition of the Coal Bar & Grill chain from Beringea, Octopus and management.
  • Acting for Capco on a lease to a well-known restaurant chain.
  • Acting for a high end French patisserie tenant on the acquisition of their flagship store in Covent Garden.
  • Advising the owners of a well-known nightclub on the franchising of their nightclub concept in Milan, India and Brazil.
  • Acting for Novikov Restaurant Group on its lease of 50 Berkeley Street in Mayfair, Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov's first foray into the London restaurant scene.
  • Advising Leon Restaurants on a joint venture, as well as on brand arrangements.

  • Advising Pizza Union with respect to corporate matters.

  • Acting for the owners of the Soho Gyms Group on the sale to PureGym, which plans to convert the Soho Gyms sites into the PureGym format through a rolling refurbishment programme.
  • Acting for Piper PE in respect of its investment in fashionable fitness studio, Frame.
  • Advising Triyoga, a multi-site chain of studios for yoga and pilates classes, on a growth capital investment led by Argyll Partners.
  • Acting for Encore Capital with respect their investment in Third Space Gyms.
  • Acting for Third Space Gyms on corporate and IP matters.
  • Advising Boom Cycle on its fundraisings and on the acquisition of boutique spin studio CycleBeat.
  • Representing Gymbox on its programme of new gym openings.
  • Advising luxury sportswear brand Lucas Hugh on a $2.5 million incoming investment by Hold it all Inc.

Commercial and Regulatory

  • International Cruise and Excursions: Advising on terms and conditions for 12 different European States and on regulatory issues surrounding the sale of package holidays in each of those countries.
  • The Travel Corporation: Advising on agency terms of business.
  • Southall Travel: Advising on issues surrounding insolvency of Jet Airways.
  • AP Touring: Advising on GDPR, website terms and conditions, litigation matters and potential acquisitions.
  • ABTA: Advising on posted and agency workers, the effects of Brexit and WTO rules.
  • Africa Exclusive: Advising on COVID 19 issues
  • Nordic Tourism Collective: Establishing a new not for profit entity to promote tourism in the Nordic Region and advising on collaboration with ETOA.
  • Mustique Company: Advising on travel and aviation regulatory issues as well as commercial contracts.
  • Affinion International (trading as CX Loyalty): Advising on booking terms and conditions and the application of UK and Irish travel regulations.
  • European Tour Operators Association (“ETOA”): Advising on venue and event contracts and providing legal advice hotline to members.

Corporate

  • Hillgate Travel: Advising on the management buyout of Hillgate Travel being acquired by Inflexion backed by Reed and Mackay.
  • Direct Ferries: Advising the management of the world’s largest online ferry ticket aggregator, on the buyout backed by LivingBridge.
  • Golfbreaks: Acting for this market leader in golf travel, on the purchase of Xclusive golf, a high end golf trips provider, owned by Sarah Stirk of Sky Sports fame.
  • On The Go Tours: Advising the founders on the management buyout backed by Alcuin Capital.
  • Simpleview: Acting for Simpleview, a portfolio company of a US private equity firm (the Jordan Company), on the acquisition of the Tourism Media Group.
  • Ink Global: Advising the management team on its equity arrangements following a secondary buy-out backed by the Stagwell Group.
  • Airbetter: Advising start up business on operating an Airbnb style business model.
  • EnterAir: Advising on potential acquisition of Monarch Airlines assets.
  • Inspiring Vacations: Advising on establishing corporate entities in UK and Canada.
  • Cineworld: Advising on its acquisition of five cinemas from Empire and the sale to Empire of the Cineworld Haymarket cinema.

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