Tim Dodd

Partner, Corporate and commercial 020 3465 4401 tdodd@maplesteesdale.co.uk vCard
Secretary: Jodie Murphy 020 3465 4325 jmurphy@maplesteesdale.co.uk
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Tim is a partner in the corporate team, specialising in hotels transactions, acting for major international hotel operator companies, private and institutional hotel owners/franchisees, property companies, multinational organisations, developers, institutional investors, and governmental bodies. As well as his time in private practice Tim has also spent a significant amount of his legal career working as in-house counsel for hotel operator brands.

Professional experience:

  • Fragrance hotels – negotiated franchise contracts against Accor for 3 x UK operations (2023)
  • Fragrance hotels – negotiated management agreements against RBH for 4 x UK operations (2023)
  • Salaam Properties – negotiated management agreements against 2 x leading global international brands for operations in Djibouti (2022 / 2023)
  • ASB Hospitality – negotiated a suite of management agreements against a leading global international brand for an operation in sub-Saharan Africa (2023)
  • Bob W – assisted with the negotiation of a management agreement for an operation in West London, also provided pro-forma TSA and HMA templates for client’s onward use in their negotiations (2022 / 2023)
  • LTH Hotels – negotiated management agreements against an international third party operator for 2 x operations in the UK (2023)
  • PVP Hospitality – assisted with the negotiation of consultancy engagements, business advisory agreements, f&b concept contracts, framework agreements and prospective HMAs for operations in the Middle East (2022 / 2023)
  • Assisted a major UK hotel owner with the negotiation and settlement of a rental dispute under the lease with a global international hotel operator of a luxury London hotel (2022 / 2023)
  • Assisted with all legal aspects of each stage of the acquisition of the Belmond Group by LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE (a strategic review process which started in August 2018 and completed in early summer 2019).
  • Acted on various sales/lease and management-back transactions for Hyatt International
  • Drafted and negotiated hotel management agreements (“HMAs”), franchise, ‘manchise’, trademark licensing, system services, non-disturbance, technical services and other ancillary agreements, for many hotel operations across the world, including the following:
    • advised an investment bank owner on the HMA suite of documents for the operation of a hotel in Mauritius by a leading global hotel operator;
    • advised a hotel owner on the negotiation of HMAs with a white-label operator in respect of a portfolio of London hotels subject to franchise agreement branding;
    • advised an operator entity on the negotiation of a HMA suite of documents in respect of its second operating luxury hotel in the UK;
    • acted for the franchisee in respect of the negotiation of a development loan relating to a hotel operation in Cambridge, UK, and advised on the impact of an existing franchise agreement with a leading global franchisor;
    • advised a US-based client on the restructuring of its franchisee entity to accommodate a refinancing of a hotel operation in Florida under the flag of a major global hotel franchisor;
    • acted for the hotel brand on the termination of a flagship hotel in London’s East End;
    • acted for the hotel brand entity on a voluntary liquidation of a tenant entity of a London operational hotel;
    • acted for the hotel tenant on the voluntary surrender of its lease of a London, Kensington operation;

Professional history:

  • Trained at SJ Berwin, 2008 - 2010
  • Associate at SJ Berwin, including a 9 month secondment to Hilton Hotels, 2010 - 2012
  • Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 2012 – 2015
  • Corporate counsel, Hyatt International, 2015 – 2018
  • Senior legal counsel, Belmond, 2018 – 2019
  • Senior Associate Katten Muchin Rosenman, 2019 – 2022
  • Partner, Maples Teesdale, 2022

Awards and recognition:

  • Recognised as "one to watch" in the Best Lawyers in Leisure and Hospitality law
  • Awarded the accolades of ‘Rising Star’ and Leading Lawyer in the Hospitality sector by the Legal 500 annual legal UK directory for 2021 and 2022.
  • Legal 500 2024 – Next Generation Partner for Hospitality and Leisure
  • Legal 500 2024 – Maples Teesdale: a ‘firm to watch’ for Hospitality and Leisure

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