Leisure & Hospitality Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for A dedicated team with a standout reputation in the leisure and hospitality space. Draws upon its extensive global reach to assist clients with complex cross-border matters, ranging from management agreements to sales and mixed-use developments. Its enviable client list includes several market-leading international hotel brands as well as investors.

Strengths One client notes: "The team is extremely customer-focused and has a great manner."

Another clients describes the firm as being "very knowledgeable, totally reliable, and quick and accurate."

Work highlights Represented Starwood Capital in connection with its acquisition of a luxury lifestyle hotel.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Lee is noted as an "experienced partner who understands the hospitality industry and provides really good advice." He has particular expertise in relation to hotel management and franchise agreements, and is often involved in large-scale global projects.

Mark Daliere is "truly an expert in the hospitality industry," report impressed clients. He recently returned from time spent in the firm's London office, and draws on significant expertise in high-value hotel dispositions and acquisitions. Interviewees highlight the regulatory know-how he brings to his strong transactional practice.

The "terrific" Meghan Cocci cochairs the firm's hotels and leisure practice, and is recognized for her leading representation of resort and hotel owners as well as investors. She is regularly involved in high-profile hotel acquisitions and dispositions. Sources are impressed by her "deep experience in the hospitality industry" and note that she "gets to the heart of what's most important to clients."

Rick Ross continues to be recognized as "one of the deans of the industry." He cochairs the firm's hotels and leisure practice group and advises international hotel owners, lenders and investors on an array of acquisition and development matters. Clients describe him as a "go-to counselor for advice in tricky situations."