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Hospitality & Leisure

Hospitality & Leisure
Hospitality & Leisure
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The hospitality and leisure industry is one of Canada’s most important and fastest-growing industries. Meeting the challenges of increasing competition, changing business conditions and heightened customer expectations requires legal counsel with in-depth industry knowledge and experience across many legal disciplines.

Clients rely on Blakes because of our expertise in the various areas of the law that impact their operations and our ability to seamlessly and cost-effectively meet their needs. Our Hospitality & Leisure group serves a wide cross-section of the industry, including hotels, resorts, golf clubs, casinos and tourist attractions, as well as owners, operators, architects, contractors, engineers, insurance companies, lenders and investors. We advise on construction, development, financing, acquisition, ownership, operation, disposition and restructuring, and have represented clients in connection with sophisticated hospitality and leisure projects and facilities purchases and sales across Canada.

Our multidisciplinary team integrates expertise in tax, employment and labour law, corporate, securities, finance, commercial real estate, environmental, municipal planning, REITs, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property, and litigation to assure comprehensive representation. Our Capital Markets, Structured Finance and Derivatives lawyers assist with public and private market-financing vehicles involving real estate, and our Financial Services group advises on regulatory matters, debt financing and the use of financial services products.

Clients benefit from guidance from our Intellectual Property and Marketing & Health Regulatory groups in connection with trademark and other intellectual property matters and our renowned gaming lawyers who assist with gaming law regulatory compliance, approvals and negotiations with government agencies.

Representing a number of hotel owners and management companies, we provide ongoing advice on a range of matters, including commercial contract issues, management and franchise agreements, leasing, financing, restructuring. Our experience in the hospitality sector and familiarity with cross-border tax issues has enabled us to create structures unique to Canada to meet client objectives.

Clients also rely on Blakes litigators to represent them in court and before regulatory bodies in connection with enforcement issues, construction lien problems and other court applications.

In each instance, we make sure we understand our client’s business objectives and concerns in order to craft the best solution. Combining our collective expertise and resources, we help hospitality and leisure industry clients navigate the challenges they encounter, staffing matters with integrated teams that structure, negotiate, document and close some of the largest and most complex transactions.

Blakes is an allied member of the Hotel Association of Canada, and we act as legal counsel to the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference.

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Recent Experience
  • Canadian counsel to Lakeland Tours LLC (d.b.a. WorldStrides, Inc.) on its acquisition of the North American educational travel business of Travelopia.

  • Legacy Hotels REIT in C$2.5-billion disposition.

  • The Government of The Bahamas in connection with the US$2.4-billion proposed redevelopment of Cable Beach near Nassau in conjunction with Baha Mar Developments and Harrah’s.

  • The purchaser on the acquisition of the Delta Bow Valley, Calgary, Delta Bessborough, Saskatchewan and Delta Toronto Airport West hotels in one transaction.

  • Alberta counsel to Holloway Lodging REIT on purchases of 15 hotels in Western Canada, including the Pomeroy portfolio of 10 properties for C$215-million.

  • Aareal Bank on several financings, including the Four Seasons Hotel and the Holiday Inn on King, both in Toronto.

  • Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank on financing for the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.

  • One of the lenders under a syndicated construction financing for the purpose of redeveloping the Ritz-Carlton Montréal.

  • Windsor Casino Limited, a joint venture between Hilton Hotels and Caesars World, on its development and construction of Casino Windsor.

  • General counsel to Clublink, Canada’s largest developer, owner and operator of golf courses, including acting in the acquisition and development of more than 30 golf courses and resorts, as well as related residential and commercial developments, joint ventures and financings.