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Robert Asher

Senior Counsel
robert.asher@kattenlaw.co.uk
London Office
p+44 (0) 20 7776 7620
f+44 (0) 20 7776 7621
Overview

Robert Asher serves as senior counsel at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP. He concentrates his practice on matters related to the hospitality industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Robert's clients include hotel operating companies, sovereign wealth funds, banks and hotel owners, for whom he has handled some of the most high-profile hotel transactions concluded in the past 20 years. He has an extensive hotel management agreement practice, having closed more than 100 of such transactions in which he regularly represents both owners and operators.

Previously, Robert served as global head of Hospitality at Sidley Austin.

Shown below is a selection of Robert’s engagements.

Experience
  • Counsel to the Dorchester Group and the Brunei Investment Agency in connection with the acquisition of the Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris; Le Meurice, Paris; and the Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan.
  • Counsel to owners in connection with the acquisition of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Prague.
  • Counsel to Dorchester Group in connection with fractional ownership (Fairmont Heritage Place) and whole ownership transactions, including the Raffles Residences, Makati, Manila; Fairmont Palm Residences and Fairmont Heritage Place, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; Raffles Residences, Istanbul; Swissôtel Residences, Bodrum; Raffles Residences, Makkah; and Fairmont Residences, Lagos.
  • Counsel to HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in connection with financing and acquisition of the Four Seasons Hotel, George V, Paris.
  • Led a team of 75 lawyers in connection with the acquisition by Starwood Hotels & Resorts of the “Le Méridien” brand and management business, including the restructuring of €2 billion of debt, the negotiation of 35 management contracts and the assumption of a further 95 management contracts.
  • Counsel to Kingdom Hotels in connection with refinancing of debt secured by the Four Seasons Paris.
  • Negotiation of a global credit facility secured by six hotels for Dorchester Group.
  • Negotiation of management agreements for HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal with Four Seasons Hotels.
  • Negotiation of a global credit agreement facility secured by six hotels for Brunei Investment Agency.
  • Representation of the owners of the proposed Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakech, in management agreement negotiations with Four Seasons.
  • Counsel to IHG in connection with branded residential development at proposed InterContinental Hotel Marrakech.
  • Negotiation of management agreements for Cedar Capital Partners with Four Seasons Hotels.
  • Management contract negotiations for Wallenburg Trust in connection with the Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.
  • Representation of the owners of the Grand Hotel, Stockholm, in franchise agreement negotiations with InterContinental Hotel Group.
  • Negotiation of more than 30 management contracts for Fairmont Raffles Hotels in connection with hotels in Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. Transactions include Fairmont Hotels in Makkah, Riyadh, Cairo, Istanbul, Jaipur, Dubai and Abu Dhabi; Raffles Hotels in Makkah, Istanbul, Jeddah and the Seychelles; and Swissôtels in Makkah, Riyadh, Al Khobar, Dubai, Phuket, Delhi and Bangalore.
  • Counsel to Cedar Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition of the Hotel des Bergues, Geneva.

Recognition

Legal 500 - UK Individual, 2019
Presentations
Robert  Asher

Recognition

Legal 500 - UK Individual
2019
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