The skills that are required of a legal practitioner working in the hospitality sector span a number of the more traditional legal disciplines, including real estate, corporate and commercial, employment, licensing, health and safety, IP/IT, tax and competition. The sale or purchase of a hotel, for example, will give rise to issues and concepts that are not generally found with assets such as offices and retail premises, including complex holding structures, management contracts and franchise agreements. CLTs first Hospitality Law Conference provides practical insights into some of the key matters that arise in the lifecycle of a hospitality based asset. The conference will be of interest to those working within the hospitality sector as a head of legal, general counsel or legal advisor, as well as to lawyers in private practice. With this in mind, the topics that will be covered go beyond the purely legal to look at how a legal advisor can add value to the business and be a commercial partner to the business.
Scott Antel is an internationally regarded emerging markets hotels & hospitality lawyer. He has more than 20 years experience advising both owners/developers and international operators in the Middle East, Russia/CIS, Turkey, the Baltics and Asia on hotel, branded residence and mixed use developments. A senior partner in BLP's Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, Scott recently joined BLP to lead the firm's "tier one" global Hospitality Practice in the Middle East as well as focus on developing the Russian, African and Asia Pacific practices. Scott regularly advises clients on all aspects of hotel, branded residence and mixed use development as well as operational matters, including litigation. He has acted on hundreds of hotel projects, including numerous landmark projects with major international hotel brands. He most recently advised on several luxury hotel and branded residence projects on Dubais iconic Palm Jumeirah. He also works in the franchise sector advising hotels, restaurants and retail clients.
Anthea Bamford has experience in a wide range of real estate transactions including direct and indirect real estate investment, joint ventures and real estate development projects. Anthea has worked across a range of real estate sectors including office, retail, hotels and logistics with particular focus on advising investors into these sectors including complex multi-jurisdictional deals and co-investment structures and associated management arrangements. Anthea also has significant experience in advising developers and anchor occupiers in major office pre-lets.
Craig Baylis, Head of the firm's Regulatory Practice Group, is widely experienced in health and safety and food safety, and has significant expertise in successfully defending clients in proceedings brought by enforcement agencies. As a leading practitioner in the licensing field, Craig regularly appears before tribunals all over England and Wales, including advocacy in the Crown Courts on licensing appeals. Craig is recognised as an expert in the area by Legal Business Legal Experts and regularly speaks on licensing law at national conferences.
Stewart Campbell: As Managing Director of Redefine|BDL Hotels Stewart leads the growth in and retention of hotels under management. Since joining the hospitality industry in 2003 he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in all types of hotels transactions. Through his relationships with key investors and his deal experience he is able to advise stakeholders on the best options to consider when looking at any hotel opportunity. He has vast experience in dealing with senior debt providers as well as the legal requirements for Hotel Management Agreements. These skills are vital in making deals happen and under Stewarts leadership the growth in the number of hotels under management continues to go from strength to strength.
Clive Hillier: In a career spanning over 22 years, Clive Hillier has been at the forefront of the hospitality sector, managing major international investment and development projects and providing valuable advice to prospective investors and owners. Clive is regarded as an authority on hospitality asset management and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. In 2001 Clive founded Vision, which operates two tranches; Vision Asset Management, a consultancy offering specialist and independent advice to investors within the hospitality sector, and Vision Hotel Operations providing operational management solutions to a variety of owners and hotels. After over 15 years, Vision leads the market in supporting individuals and businesses in their investment, operation and development decisions.
Mark Kaye advises on a broad range of employment matters with a particular emphasis on non-contentious corporate finance, outsourcing and real estate transactions, including frequently advising in relation to the application or otherwise of TUPE. Mark provides specialist advice to clients in the hotel and hospitality industry. He has advised a wide range of clients including developers, investors, lenders and hotel operators.
James Marshall is a Partner in BLPs award-winning global antitrust & competition team, based in London. He advises on all aspects of competition law and regularly counsels clients on merger control, investigations, commercial deals, abuse of dominance and compliance. James has 10+ years experience advising on antitrust and regulatory issues in the aviation, energy, rail and water sectors. He has particular experience advising hotel sector clients on competition issues.
Sabrina Wyss Di Corrado
Sabina Wyss di Corrado is responsible for PPHE Hotel Groups acquisitions and development projects globally, with a focus on Europe. Sabina has over 15 years experience in the hospitality sector, having worked as an advisor for Christie + Co and TRI Hospitality Consulting (now part of CBRE Hotels) and the Unctad/ITC (UN/WTO). Sabina also held operational roles in hotels and Airlines in Europe, Central America and Australia. PPHE Hotel Group is a pan-European hospitality company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. The portfolio totals 39 hotels & resorts, with a further three hotels in the pipeline. The Groups new developments and extension projects add over 1,000 additional bedrooms to the Portfolio by early 2017, in addition to 500+ bedrooms in the pipeline for the coming years. PPHE has a long track record in operating, leasing, owning and franchising full-service upscale and lifestyle hotels across managed, owned and franchised operation - with the added benefit of the Groups experience in developing its own hotels. Brands include the lifestyle concept artotel and the upscale brand Park Plaza for which PPHE holds the master franchise for EMEA (56 countries) from Carlson. In recent months, PPHE successfully completed the refinance of the majority of its portfolio, acquired the remaining interest of the Arenaturist hospitality group from its partner Goldman Sachs and opened three new hotels.
Karen Friebe is a partner in the Real Estate Department at City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, which has been ranked in tier 1 in the legal directories for a number of years for both its real estate and hotels expertise. Karen is the head of BLPs Hotels team, specialising in the acquisition, development and disposal of all types of hotels and other businesses and properties in the wider hospitality and leisure sector, as well as the drafting and negotiation of hotel management and franchise agreements. Karen is a regular panellist at conferences such as the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), and is listed in Chambers 2016 as a Notable Practitioner in the hotels and leisure sector. According to Chambers 2016, Karen is a well-known practitioner in the [hotels] market who is held in high regard by her peers. Clients add that she is "a doyenne of the hotel legal world" and "very surefooted."