Recognised expertise in the hotel, tourism and accommodation industries

We work with international and local hotel and serviced apartment operators, asset owners, fund managers, consultants and investors, who each benefit from our holistic understanding of the sector.

Our highly experienced team are sought after by clients for their deep expertise in transactional and advisory mandates across the hotels sector.

Our Offering

Sales and acquisitions

We manage data rooms, undertake vendor and purchaser due diligence, prepare contracts for sale, negotiate transaction documents and deal with transitional and completion arrangements.

Hotel management arrangements

We negotiate hotel management and related agreements on behalf of operators and owners, including franchise agreements, leases and bespoke and transitional arrangements (including rebranding of existing assets).

Mixed use arrangements

We advise on mixed use projects within a hotel accommodation lot, including drafting appropriate management and co-owner’s governance structures and bylaws.

Branded residences

We structure, negotiate and document branded residence schemes and royalty payment structures.

Liquor licencing

We make applications for liquor licences, including new grants, removals and transfers in all states and territories (utilizing local agents where necessary), and lodge necessary appeals to NSW Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (NCAT).

Project development

On behalf of developers who co-invest, we structure development and security arrangements through Project Development Agreements, Project Delivery Agreements, or joint venture arrangements.

White label operations

Assisting both ‘white label’ operators, owners and franchisees with tri-partite branding, management and distribution arrangements.

FIRB advice

We advise foreign investors on Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) requirements and applications to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for any required regulatory approval (if required).

Team Leaders

Duane Keighran

Duane Keighran

Managing Director


Duane Keighran acts for developers, hotel operators, investors, fund managers, landlords, tenants, Indigenous businesses and government departments, and has led on recognised hotel development and transactional mandates in Australia, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe.

Consistently ranked in legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers Global as “well respected for his work with clients”, Duane is also recommended in Who’s Who Legal for Hospitality in Australia and listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law.

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Georgia Arya



Georgia Arya is a Director in our Hotels team bringing over 17 years of experience acting on major projects and transactions in Australia, the Middle East, East Africa, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and America. Her experience spans various sectors liaising with numerous company boards, shareholders and government entities.

Her previous tenure as a Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel saw Georgia responsible for the legal affairs of a group of companies overseeing major projects and other business entities held in respective portfolios.

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Mary Suleman, March 2024

Meri Suleman

Senior Associate


Meri is a Senior Associate in our Real Estate and Hotels team with over 13 year’s of experience. Meri has acted for various institutional and private sector property and hotel owners, developers, and financiers on a wide range of commercial transactions.

She leads on due diligence, pre-exchange contractual negotiations and completion matters for our clients’ most important transactions. She has represented institutional property owners such as AMP Capital, Challenger, Dexus, and Mirvac, Elanor Hotels Group, Time & Place Property and Avari Capital Partners.

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