Our inaugural edition of WWL: Hospitality provides a comprehensive insight into the global hospitality market and shines the spotlight on over 200 lawyers. They are distinguished for their world-class work advising on a range of matters including real estate transactions, development and financings across the hospitality and leisure sectors.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Laura Wild is looked upon with enormous favour for her expertise in the full range of hotel matters including development, financing, disposals and branding.
Rustam Aliev is revered for his deep expertise in cross-border M&A, with a particular strength in the retail sector.
Chris de Pury is a well-established player in the real estate sector and harnesses his invaluable insights to assist clients with extensive hospitality portfolios.
Ash von Schwan has a wealth of experience counselling clients on protecting their trade secrets, licensing of brands and new technologies in the hotels sector.
Scott Antel enjoys a stellar reputation in the hospitality industry and ranks highly for his notable work in emerging markets.
Luke Baines is hailed as a “fair and approachable practitioner” who “invests the time to ensure he understands the client’s business so he can provide focused and commercially astute advice”.
Lucy Sturrock is an “experienced real estate hospitality practitioner” who is “clearly passionate about the hospitality sector and is very well connected”.
Zoe Maurer has a real niche in hotel finance and is a highly sought-after adviser to hoteliers, investors and lenders.
Stefan Gerster is a leading name in the hospitality sector, with a particular forte advising on transactions pertaining to shopping and entertainment centres, in addition to hotel investment.
David Roberts has an impeccable profile as a corporate specialist, and offers clients from the retail, hotel and leisure sectors extensive insight when it comes to joint ventures and M&A transactions.
Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk is lauded for her “great knowledge of Ukrainian law” and “excellent knowledge of the UA commercial code”.
Manuel Meyer is a prominent hospitality lawyer who is valued for the first-rate counsel he delivers to investors seeking to enter the Swiss market.
Martin Furrer is a top name in the hospitality sector, well regarded for his considerable experience handling related real estate matters.
Steven Henderson is well versed in real estate development with know-how in acquisition and disposals of hospitality assets.
Other Leading individuals
Karl Binder at Wolf Theiss is well known among sources for his sweeping knowledge of the full spectrum of real estate matters pertaining to the hospitality sector.
Henrik Groos of Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is a well-established figure in the Danish market and is held in high esteem for his first-rate hospitality practice.
Karen Friebe at Bird & Bird is a “very experienced practitioner” with profound knowledge of the hotels sector, spanning hotel management agreements, M&A transactions, development and hotel disposal.
Matthew Duncombe at DLA Piper is commended for his superb advice on the full gamut of non-contentious matters, including franchise agreements, joint ventures and hotel development.
Jackie Newstead at Hogan Lovells harnesses her deep knowledge of the hotel and leisure sector to assist operators and owners through complex transactions and agreements.
David Smith of Jones Day is a specialist in development real estate transactions with an enviable roster of clients, including big names such as Meyer Bergman and Goldman Sachs.
Cian Fenton at Ronan Daly Jermyn “delivers his advice in a very clear and concise manner”, with an impressed client adding, “On a number of matters, he proposed solutions that were instrumental in moving the deals forward.”
Paul Fahy of A&L Goodbody is endorsed for his tax expertise, which he skilfully employs to advise clients on a range of transactions across the hospitality sector.
José Antonio Fernández de Alarcón Roca of Monlex Abogados is a “great technical lawyer” who wins glowing praise for “always finding the best solution for the client”.
Andreas Vögeli of Niederer Kraft Frey has a strong presence in the real estate industry with “extensive experience in hotel agreements”.
United Arab Emirates
Tara Marlow at Al Tamimi & Company is a top-tier practitioner who is held in high regard for her strong experience in hotel-focused real estate, financing and development matters.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Savvas Kotsopoulos of Miller Thomson garners praise for his strong track record in property management agreements for entertainment and hospitality properties.
Trevor Lawson of McCarthy Tétrault is a key adviser to clients in the retail and hospitality sector due to his extensive experience in all elements of labour and employment-focused litigation.
Abraham Costin ranks highly among peers for his excellence in real estate financing and development across the hospitality sector.
Blake Cassels & Graydon’s Silvana D’Alimonte impresses market sources with her top-tier handling of real estate financing and transactions pertaining to the hotel sector.
Rick Ross at Dentons is a renowned practitioner on a global scale, thanks to his profound experience counselling investors, operators and owners on a range of hotel-related transactions.
At Paul Hastings, John Cahill is credited with an impressive understanding of real estate transactions and financing across the hospitality sector.
Lauren Giovannone draws high praise for her outstanding ability to advise clients on real estate development and transactions within the leisure and hospitality sectors.
Andrew Lance of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is recognised for his first-rate practice which includes an impressive clientele including sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and mezzanine lenders.
At Goodwin Procter, Teresa Goebel is distinguished among peers for her first-class work advising clients from the hospitality and leisure sectors on commercial real estate, transactions and financings.
Alan Weil at Sidley Austin has an active presence in high-profile deals, and over three decades of experience.
DLA Piper’s Sandra Kellman is held in high esteem for her impressive hospitality practice, where she excels in related real estate development and portfolio management.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Lada Shelkovnikova is a “well-known lawyer” in the hospitality space, with a wealth of experience in structuring joint ventures, serviced apartment projects and franchise agreements.
Robert Williams is commended for his “commercial approach” to advising clients in the hospitality sector, with peers effusing, “He is well connected.”
Kate Switajewski “has an intimate understanding of the detailed ins and outs of the industry”. Sources add: “She always puts her clients first, while taking a fair and commercial approach.”
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Andrew MacGeoch is a renowned practitioner with a global practice, and has amassed considerable experience counselling clients on hospitality and leisure projects.
Tien Gui Koh is a seasoned lawyer who provides sophisticated and strategically focused advice on transactions in the hospitality sector.
Other leading individuals
Graeme Dickson at Baker McKenzie is “extremely well regarded” among peers and is singled out for his wealth of experience in the purchases and sales of hotels and resorts.
Duane Keighran at Colin Biggers & Paisley is commended by sources for his extensive knowledge of hotel and service apartment management and agreements.
John Stawyskyj of Ashurst displays exceptional know-how about management and operating agreements pertaining to tourist and hotel assets.
Pauline Tan is admired for her invaluable insights in the Australian, Hong Kong and Brussels markets, which she harnesses to advise clients on the development and operation of resorts and hotels.
Dannelle Howley at Squire Patton Boggs impresses clients with her “excellent technical knowledge” and her “ability to apply it to unique commercial circumstances”.
David Blumenfeld of Paul Hastings enjoys a strong profile in the Asian market thanks to this expertise in a plethora of hospitality matters.
Susheela Rivers at DLA Piper is a specialist in real estate development with a concentration in hotel and mixed-use assets.
Richard Cornwallis at Makarim & Taira S comes highly recommended and is endorsed for his in-depth insights in the hotel and resort sectors.
Hailing Liu at Clyde & Co is looked upon with enormous favour due to her profound experience in a range of transactions relating to hotel management and ownership.
Jonathan Lynch at DLA Piper possesses a “clear understanding of the issues that affect both owners and operators, which is highly valuable”, with an impressed client adding: “He leaves no stone unturned in his work.”
Fabio Perrone Campos Mello of Campos Mello Advogados gains recognition for his superb work on sophisticated investment operations to domestic and international clients.
Alejandro Antillon at EY Law is regarded a market leader, thanks to his expansive knowledge enompassing planning and financing advice to real estate developers.
Juan Pablo De la Maza of Carey is a prominent name in the Chilean market, highlighted for the excellent counsel he provides to major hotel groups.
Álvaro Iván Cala Carrizosa at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados has “extensive experience in the field and is recognised as one of the leading practitioners” in the hospitality sector.
José Alejandro Torres of Posse Herrera Ruiz is “very well known for his real estate practice and has been involved in very prominent transactions in the hospitality sector”.
At Nader Hayaux y Goebel, Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone impresses with her deep expertise in real estate investment and financing matters across the leisure and hospitality sectors.
Gonzalo Vargas Ateca at Gonzalez Calvillo is held in high regard for his strong work on real estate development, investment and transactions within the hotel and leisure sectors.