ELP is a market leader in providing legal services to the hospitality and leisure sector, having advised on several greenfield hotel transactions for international hotel brands such as Novotel, IBIS, Sofitel, Shangri-La, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, and Hilton amongst others as well as on acquisitions, expansions and reflagging of existing hotel projects.

Our Hospitality practice brings together legal professionals with varied experience and top of the line skill sets impacting the conception and implementation of hotel projects. Specialists in the team are ideally placed to advise stakeholders across the industry whether it be the owner, the investor, the developer, the financier or the operator. Our focus is to help clients achieve their key objectives; such as to own and/or operate hotels, grow the business in a competitive marketplace, retain and incentivise employees, agree on robust agreements with service providers and suppliers, address or mitigate regulatory issues or to protect the brand.

We bring to the table a cross-practice experience to provide our clients with comprehensive advice. Our Hospitality team works seamlessly with the firm's infrastructure, real estate, corporate & commercial, tax and dispute resolution practices; allowing us to address all the legal requirements of our hospitality clients. Our in-depth understanding of the hospitality sector is founded on the work we have done for a number of the industry's leading players, and this allows us to offer commercial and pragmatic advice to help our clients achieve their objectives.


ELP is uniquely placed to offer an entire gamut of services to clients in the hotel and leisure sector, including:

  • Due diligence reviews, covering transactional, financial, environmental, tax and compliance related issues;
  • Risk analysis of project documentation, covering legal, structuring, commercial and tax issues;
  • Designing and implementing tax efficient structures to identify tax exposures and the most optimal tax structure;
  • Verification of title to underlying property and drafting and negotiation of sale deeds, lease deeds or development rights agreements or other conveyance deeds in relation to acquisition of rights, interest or title in the underlying property;
  • Drafting and execution of transactional documentation including:

    • Joint venture agreements, shareholders' agreements, private equity documentation and other equity / quasi-equity funding documentation on behalf of sponsors;
    • Hotel management agreements, technical services agreements and marketing & publicity agreements for the provision of services by brand-owners for development of the hotel in accordance with brand standards;
    • Trademark license agreements for the license of trademarks and service marks by brand-owners;
    • Construction contracts, architect's contracts, interior design consultancy contracts and other contracts for the appointment of experts for the development phase;
    • Equipment supply agreements with sub-contractors and vendors; and
    • Financing documentation, including guarantees and documents of charge and lien.
  • We extensively participate in the negotiation of documents on behalf of our clients;
  • Resolution of disputes flowing from such project documentation, either through the conciliation process or through arbitration. We have acted extensively for clients in arbitration at ICC, Singapore and in India; and
  • Advice on compliance processes under all applicable laws, for example, investment, labour, companies act, indirect taxes and developmental / environmental regulations.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

"An extremely reliable and dependable firm, providing timely completion of deliverables in a useful and effective manner."

The Legal500 Asia-Pacific 2008

Economic Laws Practice is appreciated by clients for 'accessibility to senior personnel' and 'the availability of a strong, motivated and knowledgeable pool of staff'.


Real Estate Deal of the Year in India Business Law Journal's Deals of the Year Awards 2015 for advising on New Vernon and Hilson Estates' sale of indirect stake in Faery Estates to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Shapoorji Pallonji Group's JV company.

Experts from the team have been recognised for their expertise in Construction byWho's Who Legal

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