Scott Antel

Partner, Head of Hospitality & Leisure MEA

“Scott Antel is acknowledged as the "go-to guy for hotels" and heads up the firm's MEA hospitality and leisure practice. He is additionally noted to be a valued tax adviser." (Chambers 2015)
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The only lawyer given the RHIC (2012) lifetime achievement award
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Biography

  • A senior partner in BLP's Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, leading the firm's hospitality practice in the Middle East as well as developing BLP’s African hospitality practice.
  • 24+ years’ experience working with emerging markets hotels & hospitality.
  • Advising both owners/developers and international operators in over 20+ jurisdictions.
  • Focused on the Middle East, Russia/CIS, Turkey, the Baltics and Caribbean on hotel and resort, branded residence, and mixed use developments.
  • Advises clients on all aspects of hotel and resort, branded residence and mixed use development, related operational matters and litigation. Also works in the franchise sector advising hotels, restaurants and retail clients.
  • Acted on 100+ hotel projects including numerous landmark projects such as the Palm Jumeirah and the Sochi Olympics. 
  • A regularly published thought leader and quoted on hospitality-related legal and commercial topics. Served on the Advisory Board of the Russian and Arabic Investment Forums and regularly speaks at their events, as well as speaking at the Berlin IHIF and ALIS (US) hotel conferences. 
  • Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers for Real Estate: Lawyers Based Abroad.
  • A member of the New York State Bar, the Ohio State Bar, and the Law Society of England and Wales.

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Examples of Work

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The Owner of a luxury St Petersburg hotel

Advised the Owner of a luxury St Petersburg hotel on a USD 50 million refurbishment financing.

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Capital Partners – Moscow

Advised on negotiations for the Ritz Carlton and branded residencies in Moscow- the first significant luxury hotels development in the Russia.

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3 of the major Sochi 2014 Olympic site developers

Advised three of the major Sochi 2014 Olympic site developers on the negotiations for hotels and branded residential properties at the Krasnaya Polyana alpine sites and the Adler Main Olympic Basin sites, comprising more than 30 hotels.

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Capital Partners

Advised Capital Partners on legal, tax and commercial issues relating to a EUR 1.5 billion luxury resort complex in Kaplankaya (Bodrum), Turkey, including five luxury resort and spa hotels and residences as well as signature golf course and yacht club facilities.

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Palm Jumeirah

Advised on the hospitality and leisure facilities that were planned for development on the man-made palm shaped island in Dubai.

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Knowledge Economic City Complex

Structured and negotiated Hotel and extended stay residence contracts for the developer of four projects at the Knowledge Economic City complex in Madinah Saudi Arabia.

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Capital Partners – Kazakhstan

Advised on negotiations for the Ritz Carlton and branded residencies in Almaty, Kazakhstan - the first significant luxury hotels development in the CIS regions.

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Career Timeline

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