Within the hospitality industry, service and customer satisfaction are everything. Blank Rome shares and upholds this dedication and knows that our hospitality clients require comprehensive legal services that empower them for growth. Addressing the legal issues in this dynamic industry requires a solid understanding of the continuously changing business demands and industry trends.

Blank Rome’s attorneys have extensive experience with all aspects of the various transactions and issues for clients within the hospitality industry. Transactions range from purchase and sales, leasing, assignments, joint ventures, license agreements, consulting agreements, and food and beverage management agreements.

Our attorneys provide seasoned advice in structuring and negotiating clients’ business relationships, including such matters as type of entity, preferred equity arrangements, tax (including transfer tax) issues, buy-sell arrangements, and other exit strategies. Our group works with all type of leases, including ground leases, subleases, and sale-leaseback arrangements for lenders, owners, tenants, and subtenants.

In collaboration with other practice groups in the firm, we help counsel clients on the often-changing rating agency requirements for bankruptcy remote entities, negotiations with different classes of third-party lenders, secured and unsecured, and on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, as well as other regulatory issues.

Blank Rome’s attorneys have assisted clients with all aspects of transactions within the hospitality industry across the United States and in countries around the globe, including:

  • Joint ventures
  • Lease, subleases, and assignments
  • Food and beverage management agreements
  • License agreements
  • Hotel management agreements
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Acquisitions to entity-level leveraged mergers and buyouts (full complement of investment and ownership structures)

How We Can Help

Our attorneys provide seasoned advice in structuring and negotiating the parties’ business relationships, including such matters as:

  • Corporate structure
  • Preferred equity arrangements
  • Master lease structures
  • Tax (including transfer tax) issues
  • Buy-sell arrangements, and other exit strategies.

Our group also provides advice concerning other aspects in the hospitality industry, including:

  • Employment and labor advice and litigation
  • Data privacy
  • Non-disclosure and non-compete agreements
  • Vendor contracts and disputes
  • Construction agreements and litigation
  • Trademark counsel, filings, enforcement, and litigation


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