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6 star service Biggart Baillie Hotels

6 Star Service - Biggart Baillie Hotels Business Brains – Thinking Ahead to Stay Ahead The Biggart Baillie Hotels Team brings together lawyers committed to providing specialist legal advice to this constantly developing sector. Our legal advice delivers the right commercial outcome, whether it is buying, financing or selling a hotel business, putting in place agreements for managing that business, protecting your brand, or managing employee issues. In drawing from these core strengths, through specialist training and experience in working with clients, consultants and funders across the sector, we have developed a keen understanding of how the hotels sector works and how best to protect and develop your business.

The Biggart Baillie Hotels Team Hotel Development, Investment & Regulatory Approvals

Iain McLean Graeme Kelly Neil Darling

Finance & Investment

Grant Docherty Geoff Stansfield

Corporate, Joint Ventures & Hotel Management

Euan Tripp

Corporate & Tourism

Alasdair Peacock

Hotel Construction & Projects

Ian McCann

Expert Advice and Expert Delivery Over the years the firm has received many external accolades and awards. Both the Scottish Legal Awards and the Scottish Law Awards have crowned Biggart Baillie as Firm of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Law Firm of the Year and most recently Commercial Property Team of the Year.

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Real Estate Acquisition & Development Construction Planning Regulatory Approvals Management Agreements Leasing Financing Joint Ventures Franchising IP & Trade Marks Employment

Premier Inn Hotels Blackstone Real Estate Apex Hotels Marriott International Starboard Hotels Clarenco “Amazing Retreats” The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC The Co-operative Bank Deutsche Postbank AG Clydesdale Bank PLC Lloyds Banking Group Santander Corporate Banking VisitScotland Shepherd Development

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Blackstone: Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Hotels is one of the most widely recognised hotel brands worldwide. Our team dealt with six Scottish hotels in the $26bn acquisition of the group by Blackstone Real Estate completing the diligence and advising on property finance and security. The team worked alongside Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a New York firm based in London.

Premier Inn Hotels

Advising Whitbread’s Premier Inn Hotels, the UK’s largest chain of quality budget hotels. Recent deals have included, St Andrew House, Glasgow, the development of a new 210 bedroom hotel over 17 floors in the city’s tallest commercial building to be opened in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Marriott International

Advising a world leading hotel brand. Recent activity has included advising Marriott on the acquisition and development of a site at Aberdeen Airport for a 194-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Advising Marriott on the management and related agreements for an extended stay Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at Quartermile in central Edinburgh. The Quartermile property will be the first Residence Inn hotel in the UK and one of the first to open in Europe.

Apex Hotels

Advising Apex Hotels Limited, one of Scotland’s most innovative hotel brands, on acquisitions and development projects – their latest acquisition being Serjeants Inn, London, from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, a historic building located in one of London’s Inns of Court, for redevelopment into high quality hotel accommodation. This will further strengthen a brand that is already well established in Edinburgh, London and Dundee

Royal Bank of Scotland PLC: Sojourn Hotels Group

Acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC in the acquisition and development financing of Sojourn Hotels to fund the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Osbourne Hotel, York Place, Edinburgh. The redeveloped hotel will trade under the Indigo Brand.

Co-operative Bank

Acting for The Co-Operative Bank in completing the financing of the purchase and redevelopment of a Victorian building in the heart of Glasgow’s finance district under the umbrella of the Business Premises Renovation Allowance Scheme. This stylish hotel will operate under the Indigo brand and will be managed by Chardon Management. Acting for The Co-operative Bank, in a similar Business Premises Renovation Allowance Scheme driven project, for £3.4m development and refurbishment facilities in relation to the Easy Hotel in Glasgow.

Starboard Hotels

Acting for the joint venture partners including Starboard Hotels in acquiring out of administration The Smart City Hostel, Edinburgh, a 5 star backpackers hostel, the largest in the city and subsequently refinancing the business with the Royal Bank of Scotland and putting into place a management agreement.

“Amazing Retreats”

Advising “Amazing Retreats”, an unsurpassed collection of exclusive properties being put together by Clarenco to create a portfolio of iconic venues in spectacular locations for special occasions. Recent deals have included the acquisition of Ackergill Tower, a castle on the north coast of Scotland, Kinnettles Castle, a magnificent Scottish Baronial House in Angus, as well as Carberry Tower, a castle near Edinburgh.

Deutsche Postbank AG: Caledonian Hotel

Acting for Deutsche Postbank AG in documenting secured ÂŁ22 million refinancing and development facilities to the owners of the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh, to be rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria hotel on completion of refurbishment.

Trump International Golf Links

US billionaire Donald Trump’s golf and leisure resort at Balmedie has caused controversy since it was first announced. It will be a significant development for Scotland in the leisure industry supporting the Government's aspirations for “golf tourism�. We acted for its planning authority (Aberdeenshire Council) which supported the development. We advised them on the procedures resulting in the consent granted ultimately by the Scottish Ministers and successfully represented them in defending the challenges brought by third party objectors.

Our business is your business Business tourism is a fast growing sector with Edinburgh and Glasgow both ranked among the top 30 cities in the world by number of conferences. Scotland delivers the highest Average Room Rate and RevPAR figures in the UK outside London. (Source: Deloitte’s Hospitality Vision European performance Review, Winter 2009)

Edinburgh and Glasgow are ranked at number two and three respectively in the number of International Association meetings held in UK cities, trailing only London. (Source: International Congress and Convention Association)

Business tourism generates around £300 million a year for the Edinburgh economy with delegates spending an average £364 per day. (Source: Tourism is vital to Scotland’s economy, contributing £5.2 billion and attracting 15 million visitors according to recent research by Scottish Development International. (Source: SDI – Opportunities in Tourism Investment March 2011)

The tourism industry in Scotland has demonstrated consistent and sustained growth, creating further investment opportunities that included, city hotels, resorts and marinas. (Source: SDI – Opportunities in Tourism Investment March 2011)

About Biggart Baillie

We are one of Scotland’s top commercial law firms with recognised strengths in corporate and commercial law, property, dispute management, health & safety, pensions, banking, infrastructure, transport, environmental law. With offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, we work with clients throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally. How can we be sure of delivering the best advice for each client? By recognising each one individually and really getting to know what makes their organisation tick.

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Biggart Baillie LLP Hotels Team  
Biggart Baillie LLP Hotels Team  

The Biggart Baillie Hotels Team brings together lawyers committed to providing specialist legal advice to this constantly developing sector....