Lodging & Accommodations Real Estate

Some firms talk the talk when it comes to the hospitality industry.

At Jackson Walker, our collection of hospitality lawyers actually “get it,” and their consistent results are their most important proof. Jackson Walker’s hospitality practice is comprised of a team of deal making, seasoned real estate veterans with the passion, skills and the extensive experience needed to handle any legal matter in this highly specialized industry.

If the need is development, acquisition, disposition, financing, management, franchising, ground leasing, joint ventures or other complex issues relating to domestic and international luxury resort, hotel and mixed use hospitality products, our team gets the job done. In fact, the Jackson Walker hospitality group consistently works on billions of dollars of hospitality transactions annually. Be it refinancing a portfolio of hotels in multiple states with multiple lenders, acquiring off market iconic hotels, or negotiating elaborate agreements between titans, we are there for our clients by providing in-depth legal wisdom and direction.

A hotel “property” typically includes four distinct components – the real estate, the personal property, the business itself, and the brand name – all of which can be controlled by different parties, with numerous horizontal and vertical lines drawn across these highly interactive relationships.  It is not uncommon for a single hotel transaction to involve a ground lease, hotel operating agreement, hotel franchise agreement, and hotel management agreement, as well as ancillary agreements such as restaurant leases, concession agreements, and parking agreements. Third party financing from lenders and equity funds from investors adds significantly to the documents and other complexities involved. As the hotel generally remains operational throughout the real estate transaction, new leases, franchise agreements, and management agreements must be put in place seamlessly while not affecting the ongoing business operations.  Not every good real estate lawyer is qualified to handle the nuances of a hotel transaction. The Jackson Walker hospitality team attorneys have represented parties on all sides of hotel real estate transactions, and practice in many disciplines, including real estate, tax, corporate, finance, labor and employment, litigation and dispute resolution, environmental, EB5 and intellectual property. Our experience, knowledge and understanding of the intricacies and challenges created by the hotel industry and these intersecting relationships differentiate us from our peers.

Our clients know this and rely on our team to be hands-on, highly responsive, and to provide a detailed, quick turn-around. And that’s why we have enjoyed decades-long relationships with our clients.

You see, we actually like what we do. And that’s why at Jackson Walker, we walk the walk.

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Chambers USA 2022 guide attorneys

June 1, 2022

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices in 2022 USA and Global Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 48 attorneys and 16 departments for inclusion in the 2022 edition of the Global and USA guides.

August 19, 2021
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‘The Best Lawyers in America’ Honors 178 Jackson Walker Attorneys in 2022 Edition, Including 8 “Lawyers of the Year” and 31 “Ones to Watch”

The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 178 Jackson Walker attorneys across 6 offices and 67 specialty practice areas in its 2022 edition, including 8 Lawyers of the Year and 31 Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers listings are based on an exhaustive peer review survey of thousands of attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of others in their practice areas.

May 20, 2021

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices in 2021 USA and Global Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has selected 41 attorneys and 14 departments for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the Global and USA guides.

September 25, 2019

‘Commercial Property Executive’ Lists Jackson Walker Among “2019 Leading Real Estate Law Firms”

In its 2019 “Leading Real Estate Law Firms” list, Commercial Property Executive ranked Jackson Walker among the top 20 real estate law practices in the nation.

More Lodging & Accommodations Real Estate News

  • Strategic planning
  • Development, acquisition, and disposition
  • Branding and licensing
  • Financing, refinancing, and restructuring
  • Franchise and disclosure issues
  • Operating and development agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Condo-hotel agreements
  • Zoning & historic preservation
  • Fractional interest, timeshare, and mixed-use structuring
  • Pre-opening service agreements
  • Joint venture, partnership, and LLC agreements
  • Corporate, as well as multi- and single asset transactions
  • Product and program structuring
  • Encroachment, intra-brand competition, and area of protection issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions

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