The Polsinelli Real Estate group uses its broad understanding of the hospitality and leisure sector to structure deals in a way that ensures long-term benefits for our clients. With a focus on understanding our clients’ objectives, challenges and opportunities, our Hospitality and Leisure team is dedicated to developing legal strategies that not only help our clients achieve their real estate goals but also increases their ability to remain competitive in the hospitality sector.

Our firm has comprehensive experience representing a range of hospitality, leisure and lodging clients in addressing a variety of related real estate needs. Our lawyers regularly handle transactions involving hotel properties involving the value-oriented segment of the market as well as five-star resort oriented facilities. 

Whether dealing with the acquisition or disposition of existing facilities, ground leases or operating agreements for client-owned real estate, we invest in understanding the crucial aspects of a client’s business so that we can tailor our pragmatic advice to meet the unique objectives of each client.

  • Represented a NYSE-listed lodging REIT in multiple Rule 144A offerings of secured and unsecured senior notes, including a recent offering of $475 million of unsecured senior notes, and related tender offers, including a recent tender offer for $525 million of outstanding secured senior notes.
  • Represented a public hotel REIT in registered public offerings of equity securities, including common stock and preferred stock, including a recent offering of $207 million of common stock.
  • Represented a public hotel REIT in multiple mortgage loan facilities aggregating more than $1 billion, including a recent amendment and restatement to its revolving credit facility to increase the amount of the facility to $400 million.
  • Represented multiple clients in acquisitions and dispositions of hotels and related assets, including a private hotel company in its recent acquisition and financing of a portfolio of hotel properties.
  • Advising a NYSE-listed lodging REIT on its $150 million IPO in January 2010; its $147.6 million follow-on offering in October 2010; its $240.5 million follow-on offering in March 2011; its $125 million offering of Series A cumulative redeemable preferred shares in July 2012; its $138.3 million follow-on offering in September 2012; its $173 million follow-on offering in February 2013; its $100 million “at-the-market” continuous offering program in September 2013; and its $154 million follow-on offering in March 2015.  
  • Counseling the underwriters in the $253.4 million initial public offering of a lodging REIT focused on upscale and upper mid-scale hotels in February 2011; its $50 million offering of Series A cumulative redeemable preferred shares in October 2011; its $112.5 million follow-on offering in September 2012; its $75 million offering of Series B cumulative redeemable preferred shares in December 2012; its $155.3 million follow-on offering in January 2013; its $85 million offering of Series C cumulative redeemable preferred shares in March 2013; and its $158.7 million follow-on offering in September 2013.
  • Advising Highland Hospitality Corporation in its approximately $2 billion sale to a private equity buyer.
  • Served as lead counsel to equity investor in the joint venture structuring, acquisition and development of the 1,193 room Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans, including in excess of $230 million in equity and debt financing. Representation and deal structure included management company equity, PILOT treatment, project management and construction agreements, ground lease components and hotel management agreement.
  • Represented real estate investment company in its $285 million refinance of an approximately 590 acre hotel and golf course resort property. Representation included loan document negotiation and negotiation of related third party agreements with hotel and golf course management, property developer and special use districts. Oversaw and coordinated all due diligence matters, including matters related to water rights, conservation permits and restrictive covenants.
  • Represented equity owner in the sale of 170 room full service historic hotel in Dallas, Texas, including transfer of historic tax credit financing. Representation included sale agreement, tax credit financing transfers and releases, loan work out, and wind up of management and licensing agreements.
  • Represented a resort owner with respect to its real estate development projects in Eagle and Summit Counties, Colorado, which have included a golf course community, two hotel/condominium projects, a luxury branded residence project, a condominiumized parking structure, and six residential condominium projects.
  • One57 - Assemblage of 21 parcels with multiple financings over a 14-year period, culminating in 2011 with completion of negotiations with Hyatt Hotels to acquire and manage a 210-key Park Hyatt in a portion of the 708,000-square-foot, 90-story building currently under construction that will also include luxury residential units and high end retail.
  • Telluride Mountain and Ski Resort – Representation of the seller of the Telluride Mountain Ski Resort and all related ski area equipment, assets and improvements.
  • “W” Times Square Hotel for Extell Development Company - Representation of owner and developer of an assemblage located in Times Square, including a purchase of land (and air rights) to create a 53-story condominium development including a lease to a “W” hotel. In addition, the hotel supports a substantial signage tower that is one of the primary advertising venues in Times Square.
  • Sunway Hotel Group - Representation of a developer in the development of hotel complexes throughout the United States, including sites in Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Legal services provided included the acquisition of raw ground (and rezoning if required) or existing improvements, preparation of applications with local municipalities for applicable licenses and financing the development and construction of the projects.
  • Boston Harbor for Extell Development Company - Representation of owner and developer of a 20-story, 750,000-square-feet, luxury hotel/condominium/parking garage project, which opened in 2006 on a waterfront site in Boston Harbor. The hotel portion is leased and operates as a 420-room hotel. The upper floors have approximately 120 residential condominium units.
  • Kansas Speedway - Representation of owner and developer with respect to the development of NASCAR’s 80,000-seat Kansas International Speedway located in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Schlitterbahn - Representation of owner and developer with respect to the ongoing development of an $800 million year-round family resort Schlitterbahn water park complex with adjacent retail and entertainment river walk project located in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • OnGoal, LLC / Sporting KC/Sporting Park – Development of 18,000-seat soccer and entertainment stadium, national-level youth tournament athletic complex and 4,500-employee medical IT office complex to be occupied by Cerner Corporation.
  • 101 Broadway - Representation of the buyer of a historic building in Denver, Colorado, which was converted to a hotel. The representation included reconstruction of certain aspects of the building, qualifying it for historical designation, tenant leasing issues, and facility repair.