Tom is the Global Head of the Hotels & Leisure Group at CMS, where he is a corporate partner based in London. As such, he specialises in mergers & acquisitions and in particular company and business acquisitions and joint ventures in the hotel sector, for clients such as Accor, BlackRock, Global Holdings, Oaktree Capital, Schroders and a number of private investors in Europe and Middle East. Tom has taken a leading role on a number of high-profile portfolio and major single asset transactions.
He also advises owners, investors, developers and banks extensively on hotel management and franchise agreements across most brands and operators, including Accor, easyHotel, Four Seasons, Hilton, IHG, Marriott/Starwood, Rosewood and many other brands. He has also advised a number of global and niche operators, such as Accor, citizenM, Corinthia and Cycas on their standard form management agreements.
He advises banks and other lenders on the corporate and management agreement aspects of hotel acquisition & development financings; refinancings; and restructurings of hotel portfolios.
Tom is a Leading Individual in Legal 500 and is top ranked by Chambers legal directory. He is a member of Global Hotel Network’s Investment Committee, the IHIF Advisory Board and Hospitality Channel’s Hospitality 250 list of leading individuals within the global industry. He is invited to speak regularly at hotel industry conferences and events across Europe and the Middle East.