Hospitality & Leisure

The world’s leading hospitality and leisure companies face an evolving market and increased competition which demand exceptional guidance and legal counsel. And with the rapidly accelerating pace of technology disrupting industries around the world, we partner closely with clients to embrace the promise and potential of innovation to make a lasting impact. Goodwin is dedicated to providing best-in-class service to the hospitality and leisure industry, advising both hotel operators, including a number of the major luxury brands and hotel owners and investors on a wide range of matters. We have worked with many of the hospitality industry’s marquee names on some of the largest and most complex deals over the past decade.

Our lawyers across the globe have handled hospitality transactions and related legal issues in more than 50 countries, including asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, hospitality company corporate IPOs and M&A transactions, complex structuring relating to REITs and investments by tax-exempt entities, formation of investment funds targeting hotels, financings of all types, development and operational joint ventures project development, including acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, design and construction, hotel management and franchise agreements, retail leasing, food and beverage operations agreements, privacy and cybersecurity, and employment, including union matters. We understand how to navigate cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and how to overcome the challenges presented by diverse legal systems, cultures, conventions, and languages.

We have deep expertise in a wide range of hospitality and leisure assets, including:

  • High-rise urban hotels
  • Convention and conference centers
  • Luxury destination resorts
  • Golf courses and tennis clubs
  • Marinas
  • Condominium hotels
  • Branded and serviced and mixed-use residential developments

The operating business of hotels present an array of issues that implicate a variety of legal disciplines, including labor and employment, data privacy, intellectual property, tax, and litigation and dispute resolution. We draw on our collective expertise and resources to help clients navigate these challenges.