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Hotels and Leisure

Navigating the Legal Challenges Ahead

Tourism is a major sector in Switzerland. As a Swiss law firm covering all regions, we advise hotel chains and investors on all legal matters in the hospitality industry including acquisitions, disposals, developments, construction, litigation and M&A, leasing and operation. We have detailed knowledge of and insight expertise into the industry allowing us to assist our clients in reducing risks and using opportunities. Our client base comprises corporate owners and high net worth individuals among others.

„responsive and knowledgeable“

Legal 500

Contact

Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Partners
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Full Team
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Bryan Fok
Associate Geneva

Expertise

  • Acquisition and sale of hotels;
  • Hotel management contracts;
  • Franchise agreements, hotel lease and usufructuary agreements and all related agreements;
  • Financing of hotel acquisitions;
  • Hotel developments;
  • Total contractor and general work contracts for the construction of hotels;
  • Hotel joint venture agreements;
  • All aspects of the travel industry, such as agency agreements, aviation law, data protection and advertising.

Our experience includes:

  • We regularly advise SV Group AG on the conclusion of long-term lease agreements for hotel projects with the franchisor Marriott;
  • Advice to a foreign client based in the Middle East involving the legal and tax due diligence for the acquisition of a three star hotel in Geneva near the main railway station;
  • We advised the client in the acquisition of the Hôtel Beaulac, the sole 4 star business hotel of Neuchâtel, the financing of the transaction and the refurbishment of the building. Our partner Yves Jeanrenaud is a member of the board of directors of the company holding the hotel;
  • Counsel to a Chinese investor for the acquisition of a five star resort hotel in the Canton of Vaud through the transfer of a business agreement concerning all assets and liabilities;
  • Counsel to a Russian investor for the acquisition of a well-located Japanese restaurant in Geneva situated on the ground-floor of a condominium property;
  • Advice to investors from Saudi Arabia for the termination of a hotel management agreement and for a technical and pre-opening services agreement concerning a five star hotel in Jeddah;
  • Advice to the owner of a five star hotel in Geneva for the negotiation, drafting and signing of a lease for the expansion of a retail luxury shop and tearoom in the hotel premises.

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly recognized for their work in hotels and leisure amongst leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • Chambers Europe in Real Estate
  • Chambers Global and Europe in Arbitration
  • Legal 500 in Real Estate & Construction
  • WWL Switzerland and across WWL Construction international guides