Travel and Leisure

We advise some of the world's leading travel and leisure companies, including those with pub, restaurant, hotel, holiday and fitness interests. Clients include Whitbread, Arsenal, Thomas Cook and Punch Taverns.

Much of our work in this sector has an international dimension and we work closely with leading local counsel when advising on these matters.

We advise on the full range of legal services in this sector.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Thomas Cook on its new £1.4 billion financing package.

British Airways on its merger with Iberia and possible mergers with Qantas Airways and American Airlines.

International Airlines Group (IAG) on the acquisition of British Midland Limited (bmi).

Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisitions of London Gatwick, London City and Edinburgh Airports.

MyTravel on a recommended merger with Thomas Cook to create a leading international leisure travel company.

Thomas Cook Group on the acquisition of hotels4u.com, the UK's largest independent bed bank which sells exclusively via the internet; and the UK-based luxury travel company, Elegant Resorts.

Whitbread on various disposals including 239 of its freestanding pub restaurants, David Lloyd Leisure and its T.G.I. Friday's business.

Barceló Corporacion Empresarial S.A. on the acquisition of leases of 20 hotels, conference and leisure facilities owned by the Paramount Group of hotels.

Palamon Capital Partners and Star Parks on the sale by the Star Parks Group of five of its seven European theme parks to Compagnie des Alpes, the European leisure and ski resort operator.

Hilton Group on the sale of its hotel and leisure division, Hilton International, to Hilton Hotels Corporation for approximately £3.3 billion.

Punch Taverns on the refinancing of its Punch Taverns Finance securitisation.

Our clients include:

  • Barceló
  • British Airways
  • Hogg Robinson
  • International Airlines Group (IAG)
  • Ladbrokes
  • MyTravel
  • Punch Taverns
  • Thomas Cook
  • Whitbread