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Hospitality & Leisure

Hospitality & Leisure
Hospitality & Leisure
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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. 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 by connecting them with integrated teams that have experience with structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing large and complex transactions. Clients rely on our expertise in areas of the law that impact their operations and our ability to seamlessly and cost-effectively meet their needs.

Our multidisciplinary team of Hospitality & Leisure lawyers serve 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 the purchase and sale of facilities across Canada.
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, and cross-border tax issues.
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.