WWL: Hospitality provides a comprehensive insight into the global hospitality market. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on over 230 lawyers who 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
“The exceptionally gifted” Laura Wild is looked upon with enormous favour by peers thanks to her deep expertise in the full range of hotel matters including development and financing.
Rustam Aliev is a standout player in the hospitality sector, who draws commendation for his impressive cross-border M&A practice.
Ash von Schwan is a well-respected lawyer known for his expert handling of sophisticated IP matters relating to the hospitality sector.
Chris de Pury is a “leading practitioner in this field” and provides invaluable insights to clients across the hospitality sector on their real estate portfolios.
Thomas Page impresses market commentators who distinguish him as “a leading expert on hotel management agreements”.
David Roberts is credited with in-depth understanding and knowledge of the retail, hotel and leisure sectors.
Stefan Gerster is held in high esteem among peers thanks to his “ strong focus on retail and business lease agreements” and “deep expertise in hotel-related matters”.
Louise Wallace is a well-recognised name in the hospitality sector, lauded as “one of the original experts in the field” by impressed market sources.
Sibylle Schnyder impresses market commentators who applaud her market-leading expertise in hospitality and real estate law.
Samuel Jonas Marbacher secures impressive endorsements from peers for his deep knowledge of real estate financing and syndicated debt financing.
Martin Furrer has a strong focus on real estate acquisitions, and possesses considerable experience of advising international clients on their investments interest in the Swiss hospitality sector.
Maxim Kuznechenkov is highly esteemed for his expertise in M&A transactional matters including leasing and hotel management contracts.
Steven Henderson has a remarkable reputation for navigating clients through hotel-related financing and development matters.
Luke Baines is distinguished for his impressive depth of knowledge of construction and engineering law and has broad experience across several sectors including real estate and hospitality.
Lucy Sturrock wins praise for her sweeping knowledge of regulatory matters pertaining to commercial transactions within the hotel industry.
Zoe Maurer ranks highly among peers thanks to her impressive work advising clients such as hoteliers, investors and lenders.
Other Leading Individuals
Karl Binder at Wolf Theiss is revered for his first-class practice spanning real estate matters within the hospitality sector.
Henrik Groos of Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is a leading name in the Danish hospitality sector, with a particular strength advising on transactions and investment in the shopping, entertainment and hotel industries.
Karen Friebe at Bird & Bird is “an exceptional practitioner” trusted by clients to handle complex hotel management agreements and M&A transactions.
Taylor Wessing’s Mark Rajbenbach is commended for his superb advice on the full gamut of commercial property matters including investment, acquisitions and disposals.
Guy Wilmot at Russell-Cooke | Solicitors harnesses his knowledge of the hospitality sector to assist clients through complex transactions and agreements.
Fieldfisher’s Philipp Stricharz focuses his first-rate practice on complex real estate transactions across the entertainment and hospitality industries.
Nicola Walsh with Lavelle Partners is recognised for her top-tier hospitality practice and in-depth expertise in property, tax and banking matters.
Brian Duffy of William Fry is endorsed as a “a great lawyer” by peers impressed with his transactional work within the hospitality industry.
Massimiliano Macaione at Gianni & Origoni is singled out among peers who note he is “very focused in the hospitality sector”.
José Antonio Fernández de Alarcón Roca of Monlex Abogados is particularly sought after for his impressive practice that spans advising domestic and international hotels and companies in the tourism sector.
Ion Eglin of Bratschi has “profound and hotel-specific legal lease agreement experience” and is “able to separate big from small points, on both sides of the table”.
Andreas Vögeli at Niederer Kraft Frey possesses “very precise knowledge of the field” and is “always available, solution oriented and has huge know-how” of the hospitality sector.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Melissa Schyven of Stikeman Elliott is revered for her broad expertise encompassing dispositions and commercial leasing arrangements across the hospitality sector.
Eric Carmona possesses impressive knowledge of corporate transactions and financings in the hospitality industry, built on more than 30 years of experience in the field.
At McCarthy Tétrault, Abraham Costin is singled out as a top name when it comes to financing and development across the hospitality sector.
Rod Davidge with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is a well-established name in the Canadian market, with an enviable reputation for his work on co-ownership structures and property management issues.
Savvas Kotsopoulos is considered a go-to lawyer on property management agreements for entertainment and hospitality properties.
Rick Kirkbride of Paul Hastings “is one of the deans of the US market” effuse peers, impressed by his work in the hospitality and leisure sector.
Teresa Goebel at Goodwin Procter is highly recommended for the breadth of her experience handling transactions and financings within the hospitality industry.
Benjamin Tschann impresses market commentators with his expert handling of real estate financings across the leisure and hospitality industries.
Peter Benudiz at Sidley Austin is held in high esteem for his adept handling of cross-border real estate and hospitality-related deals.
Peers distinguish Peter Fisch at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison as “a top-notch specialist” in the hospitality sector who is “a real pleasure to work with”.
John Cahill at Paul Hastings is recognised for his strong know-how of complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions pertaining to hotels, condo-hotels, resorts and other hospitality properties.
Lauren Giovannone ranks highly among peers for her first-rate hospitality and leisure practice, spanning complex real estate matters across the industries.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Andrew Lance is a real estate specialist with a wealth of experience managing portfolios and projects across the hospitality and hotel industries.
Nelson Migdal of Greenberg Traurig is praised for his long-standing practice which encompasses the acquisition and disposition of hotels, as well as branding matters.
At Dentons, Rick Ross chairs the firm’s hotel and leisure practice, and is commended for his excellence when it comes to handling financings, developments and transactions across the sector.
Shearman & Sterling’s Lisa Brill is renowned for her top-tier real estate practice, and strong experience handling commercial transactions and hotel-related financings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Kate Switajewski is applauded for her top-tier hospitality practice, which spans an array of matters such as hotel management agreements.
Robert Williams is a seasoned lawyer who provides sophisticated advice on transactions in the Asia -Pacific hospitality sector.
Lada Shelkovnikova has a strong reputation in the hospitality industry for her excellent work on a range of matters including joint ventures and franchise agreements.
Andrew MacGeoch is “one of the best-known practitioners in Asia” according to sources who note that his work is always done with “great finesse, courtesy and good humour”. One source adds: “Be in no doubt, this man will get always get his win!”
Tien Gui Koh is “a formidable and knowledgeable lawyer”, distinguished among peers as “a titan of his profession”.
Stephen Greyling “is very responsive and commercial” according to sources who add that he is “able to present complex legal issues in a succinct and easy to understand manner for the client”.
Other Leading Individuals
Baker McKenzie’s Graeme Dickson is looked upon with enormous favour thanks to his outstanding work on the purchases and sales of hotels and resorts.
Roy Melick is “a seasoned and well-respected practitioner”, admired for his excellence in the financing of hotels, resorts and other properties related to the tourism industry.
Ashurst’s Pauline Tan is a well-established lawyer in the real estate sector, who harnesses her invaluable insights to assist clients with extensive hospitality portfolios.
John Stawyskyj specialises in all aspects of property law, including management and operating agreements.
Duane Keighran at Colin Biggers & Paisley is an accomplished practitioner with a well-developed practice, which sees him regularly advising on hotel management and agreements.
Mayer Brown’s Andy Yeo is admired for his invaluable insights in the Chinese market, which sees him advise clients on their investments and compliance dealings.
Susheela Rivers at DLA Piper is particularly well known for her international practice, with a concentration on hotel groups and private equity real estate funds.
Hailing Liu at Clyde & Co is a top-notch specialist recognised for her profound expertise spanning a range of transactions relating to hotel management and ownership.
Peers commend Cavinder Bull SC at Drew & Napier for his “outstanding grasp of the law”. He has the “ability to provide practical advice tailored to needs of clients’ business”, and his “analysis and advocacy skills are off the charts”.
Fabio Perrone Campos Mello of Campos Mello Advogados is highly sought after thanks to the stellar advice he provides to domestic and international clients on their hospitality investment interests.
EY Law’s Alejandro Antillon ranks highly among peers thanks to his outstanding work advising hospitality sector clients on their transactional, financing and regulatory needs.
Marcos Ríos with Carey stands out among peers when it comes to a range of high-value transactional matters pertaining to hotels.
Juan Pablo De la Maza is singled out among peers as a go-to name for hotel financing and is a highly sought-after adviser to hoteliers.
Álvaro Iván Cala Carrizosa at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados is identified as one of Colombia’s leading hospitality lawyers thanks to his experience advising developers and land owners on commercial contracts.
José Alejandro Torres of Posse Herrera Ruiz receives widespread plaudits for his expert advice to major clients on high-value transactions and joint ventures.
Vanessa Franyutti Johnstone at Nader Hayaux y Goebel is applauded for her outstanding practice encompassing a variety of financing matters across the leisure and hospitality sectors.
Jose Larroque at Baker McKenzie Abogados secures wide-ranging endorsements for his strong work on real estate development, investment and transactions within the hotel and leisure sectors.