The team of lawyers in the Goa, Mumbai and New Delhi offices lead in dealing with clients in the Hospitality sector, especially in Hotel industry and restaurants, lodging places, theme parks, event planning and management, etc. The lawyers in the team lead in transactional work in the sector as well as represent clients from the sectors before regulators, tribunals, Courts etc. in close coordination with the Dispute Resolution, Environment, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment, Regulatory & Public Policy, Tax teams.
The sizeable hospitality sector in India presents its own opportunities and challenges. The sector has rigorous set of central, state and municipal laws which regulate the sector, the stringent set of laws leads to constant requirement of the businesses to seek frequent compliance related advisory from the firm.
We provide all encompassing services for handling legal and regulatory aspects of the hospitality sector. We advise on setting up of the business by assisting on due diligence, land acquisition, environmental approvals, taxation, financial and construction related aspects. The firm with its strong Real Estate practice handles land title verification, execution of conveyance deeds, municipal sanctions and approvals, raising finance and capital. We also advise on varied contracts relating to construction, architects & other experts.
The firm advises on intellectual property regulatory aspects, corporate laws and taxation as well as Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Venture as well as other sources of equity and debt funding.
At the operational stage, the firm also assist the clients to agreements such as operation and maintenance agreements, Hotel management agreements, marketing agreements, technical services agreements, employment agreements, franchise agreements as well as for trademark licencing agreements.
Considering the complexities of environment law, corporate law, labour law, varied tax laws, local and municipal regulations, the firm regularly advises its clients.
The firm’s dispute resolution team also handles the litigations during the construction as well as operational stage, including arbitration, property related litigation, compensation claims in land acquisition matters, proceedings before Labour Courts, the firm also oversees matters relating to corporate restructuring as well as debt recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy.
With plethora of laws and regulations which are applicable to the sector, the firm advises on the obtaining Police License/ Registration, state Shops & Establishments Act as well as Registration under the Contract Labour Act, Pollution Control laws, Apprentices Act.Provident Fund, ESI, alcohol Licenses, approval for storage of fuels such as diesel, Kerosene & Compressed Gas (LPG), for cold storage, for Boiler & Generators and Mixers and Grinders as well as sanction from the state and central governments for incentives.