Latham & Watkins LLP

Leisure & Hospitality Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for A transactional powerhouse with significant expertise in the hotel, leisure and gaming sectors, routinely acting on complex financings, M&A and joint ventures. Boasts extensive global reach and routinely acts for leading hotels and casino operations based in the USA, Mexico and Europe. Its client base also encompasses a broad spectrum of leading financial institutions, private equity houses and wider investors. Increasingly active in transactions involving public-private partnerships.

Work highlights Acted for HHM on its joint venture with Lupert Adler and subsequent financing and acquisition of the Atlanta DoubleTree Hotel.

Notable practitioners


Gary Axelrod
is an acknowledged leader in the leisure and hospitality field, and is a go-to attorney for big-ticket transactions such as joint ventures and acquisitions.


Meghan Cocci
has an outstanding hotels and leisure practice and is particularly adept at handling transactions such as joint ventures and acquisitions. Interviewees describe her as "a great spot partner for innovative problem solving," as well as praising her "balanced and goal-oriented view of transactions."


Rachel Bates
draws on notable transactional strength when advising a range of REITs and hospitality owners. Interviewees commend her dynamic approach to complex deals.