Christopher Lee

Company: Dentons

Position: Partner

Bio

Christopher Lee is a Partner in Dentons' Hotels and Leisure practice. Chris has been immersed in the hotel legal industry for his entire legal career. As a highly specialized hotel and leisure lawyer, he has extensive knowledge of, and in-depth insight into, the hotel and leisure industry and provides his clients with thoughtful advice on every aspect of their business. He has a keen understanding of not only the legal issues but also the business and operational issues affecting hospitality and leisure projects and transactions.

Chris focuses on representing hotel owners, investors, and developers in all types of hospitality and leisure transactions throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, particularly in the luxury and upscale segments. He routinely represents clients in connection with the drafting and negotiation of hotel management agreements, hotel purchase and sale agreements, franchise agreements, and other related agreements for hotels, resorts, condo hotels, and projects with residential components, spas, restaurants, golf courses and other hospitality-related facilities and amenities, including marketing license agreements, technical services agreements, spa and golf management agreements, and food and beverage license and consulting agreements.

 


Mission Statement

I am dedicated to providing clients with practical advice and counseling, as well as the hard work, support and assistance required to get their deals finalized.


Geographic Areas

United States of America Latin America/Caribbean Europe Asia


Expertise

I am highly experienced and well-versed in the drafting and negotiation of hotel management agreements, hotel purchase and sale agreements, franchise agreements, and other related agreements for hotels, resorts, condo-hotels and projects with residential components, spas, restaurants, golf courses and other hospitality-related facilities and amenities.


Professional Memberships

I routinely represent and counsel private equity firms, family offices, real estate investment trusts and other hotel investors in the acquisition and disposition of hotels and other resort projects, as well as the negotiation of hotel management agreements, franchise agreements and other related agreements. I also routinely represent Hilton Worldwide, Inc. with respect to its management agreements, strategic and general operational matters for hotels, resorts, condo-hotel and mixed-use projects.




Representative List of Clients

Hilton Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Capital Group Ohana Real Estate Investors Apollo Global Management Park Hotels & Resorts Sunstone Hotel Investors Wheelock Street Capital


Education

Bachelor of Science in Commerce (with a concentration in finance and marketing) from the University of Virginia (2004) Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona, College of Law (2007)


Past Experience

I routinely represent and counsel private equity firms, family offices, real estate investment trusts and other hotel investors in the acquisition and disposition of hotels and other resort projects, as well as the negotiation of hotel management agreements, franchise agreements and other related agreements.

I also routinely represent Hilton Worldwide, Inc. with respect to its management agreements, strategic and general operational matters for hotels, resorts, condo-hotel and mixed-use projects.