Summary

Clients in the hotel and hospitality industry need lawyers who've already been where they need to go.

We understand the web of relationships that exist in this highly competitive industry. We've acted for owners, developers, lenders, managers, franchisors and franchisees, and we've put together agreements with each of them.

We know that carefully negotiated contracts, not just real property, can be the foundation of success in the hospitality business. And we know that these contracts cannot be negotiated without a thorough understanding of the issues and business realities that underlie the dynamics of this industry. Our Hospitality Group has that experience. We've advised on significant hotel developments, acted for buyers and sellers of hotels across the country, assisted in public and private ventures, and worked with issuers, underwriters and lenders involved in real estate investment trusts.

As the expectations for hospitality services mount, delivering them gets more challenging. The hospitality industry must make its way through a diverse range of new issues involving e-commerce, intellectual property, technical services, and government regulations. Our Firm has the depth of knowledge and experience in these new and diverse fields to assist clients in meeting the contemporary challenges that confront the hospitality industry.

Competitive and global, this is an industry that needs legal services to match.

Our Services

At the core of our Group is our experience in real property transactions and development. We've done work in acquiring and assembling properties, re- zonings, construction projects, financing, leasing and related issues. Our leasing lawyers are known across the country by major landlords.

Woven into the experience of our Real Estate Groups across the country is our experience in related areas of practice, which is vital to players in the hotel industry. We've worked with municipalities and other levels of government to bring together complex and sophisticated developments in which hotels form an integral component. We've developed agreements respecting environmental remediation, shared services, mixed uses, software, parking, and we have a strong practice in real property tax appeals.

Our corporate and tax solicitors are leaders in their practice in Canada and have provided advice to hotel developers on the best vehicle for their investment and the most tax effective way to structure acquisitions and subsequent transactions, whether from a national or international perspective. They have advised and structured complex corporate organizations, limited partnerships, co-ownerships and real estate investment trusts in the hotel industry.

We know how important it is for clients to get the best management people available, and how often that involves immigration, tax, and employment advice. Our labour and employment lawyers have experience specific to the hotel and hospitality industry and regularly provide advice on collective agreements, grievances, workplace issues, pensions, benefits, workers compensation, and terminations.

We're a full service firm. Where disputes arise, our clients can turn to us for support in mediation, arbitration, grievances, and litigation. Whether the issue involves people, real estate or governments, we can help.