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Latham is “a transactional powerhouse with significant expertise in the hotel, leisure and gaming sectors, routinely acting on complex financings, M&A and joint ventures.”

Chambers USA 2020

Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure

Latham represents the world’s leading investors, owners, operators, lenders, and brands on every type of transaction in the hospitality, gaming, and leisure sectors. We help clients execute transactions including: M&A, developments, single asset and portfolio joint ventures, platform joint ventures, management and franchise transactions, and financings.


Our track record of success draws on decades of experience helping clients grow their business and expand their portfolios, staying at the forefront of transactions in these industries. Latham lawyers leverage our global platform and multi-disciplinary industry practice groups to draw upon the broad legal experience necessary to handle transactions involving dynamic operating businesses housed within significant real estate assets. So we deliver results that help clients achieve their most ambitious business goals. We advise on everything from complicated, multi-billion dollar, transformative transactions, to opportunistic development and management investment vehicles. We also help clients navigate all types of capital market transactions, including PIPEs, IPOs, and bond issuances, as well as all aspects of debt and equity financing.

In an increasingly competitive sector, we help clients protect their brands. Our team capitalizes on market opportunities for clients, and frequently negotiates management agreements, operating leases, franchising, trademarks, and technical service agreements on behalf of owners, operators, and hotel brands.

In order to protect and preserve clients’ businesses, we advise hospitality, gaming, and leisure companies, as well as their boards of directors and senior management, on strategies to address bet-the-company litigation and internal investigations. We work with clients to help them maintain market share and manage relationships with regulators and other industry bodies.

When crises arise, from a global pandemic to natural disasters, Latham quickly pivots to help clients stabilize and protect their businesses, and to guide them through urgent financial restructurings, operational issues, policy changes, and employment matters.


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