Hotels and Restaurants

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in servicing the largest hotel and restaurant groups active in the Benelux. We have assisted or represented most luxury hotel chains and virtually all major restaurant brands (in different channels such as airports, metros, railways, motorways or the high street).  We focus on the following areas:

  • mergers & acquisitions

  • commercial and contract law

  • real estate

  • IP

Services Hotels and Restaurants Sector

  • Corporate & Transactions: advice on mergers and acquisitions (share deals / asset deals), restructuring, joint ventures, acquisitions out of bankruptcy or ‘WCO’ (Federal Law on the Continuity of Undertakings), shareholders’ agreements
  • IP: protection and infringement of brands and other intellectual property rights, franchise agreements, licence agreements
  • Real state & Environment: assistance with the acquisition and sale of real estate, assistance with administrative files – incl. all environmental aspects, (environmental) permits, sale and lease back, commercial lease agreements, leaseholds
  • Commercial and Contract law: (international) commercial agreements, supply agreements, cooperation agreements
  • Labour Law: assistance with classic labour law cases ((urgent) dismissal, social elections etc.), transfer of personnel (CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) 32 bis), outsourcing, service, consultancy and management agreements
  • Disputes: assistance with disputes (incl. against suppliers and leasing companies), assistance in case of clients’ bankruptcy / ‘WCO’ (Federal Law on the Continuity of Undertakings), product liability

Track Records Hotels and Restaurants Sector

  • We assisted the largest catering group in the world with their Benelux operations, including sale and purchase agreements related to a portfolio comprising more than 200 restaurants and 15 hotels.

  • We assisted a major German hotel group, focussed on high-end, exceptional luxury, with their real estate activities in Belgium.