Lada Shelkovnikova

Company: Watson Farley & Williams

Position: Partner


For 4 years in a row Lada is recognized by the hospitality industry as “Global Elite Thought Leader in Hospitality” (Who’s Who Legal 2020-2023 APAC).
For 3 years in a row (2021-2023) Lada serves as SEA Regional Advisor for HICAP.
For 4 years in a row (2020-2023) Lada serves as a committee member of HICAP Deal of the Year Award (M&A Deal of the Year and Single Asset Transaction of the Year).

Her clients include hotel investors, developers and operators in 27 jurisdictions across APAC, MENA & Indian Ocean.

Lada's areas of expertise:
• hotel operator appointments and HMA advisory, - across APAC and MENA with regards to all major hotel operators, both global and regional
• branded residences and serviced apartment arrangements, structuring of optional and mandatory rental pool
• acquisitions and disposals of operating hotels
• operating leases in hospitality
• project structuring of mixed-use developments with hospitality component
• master franchise and manchise arrangements
• hospitality-focused joint ventures
• F&B and hospitality platforms rollout and new market entry
• master development agreements in hospitality
• due diligence lead counsel for all types of hospitality projects across APAC
• mediation in hospitality

Lada is a Fellow of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and accredited mediator in Singapore.

Professional Memberships

LLM, MBA in Hospitality (GLION), Fellow of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Speaking Engagements

Lada is a regular speaker (over 50 speaking engagements) at hospitality conferences, including in the UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, KSA, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Cambodia and Seoul.


In addition to LLM:
• GLION MBA in Hospitality (Switzerland), 2014 – 2018
• Cornell University: Hotel Investment & Asset Management executive program
• Yale Business School online: Executive Negotiations program
• Harvard Business School online: Business Finance program
• Harvard Business School online: Alternative Investments program
• Fellow of Singapore Institute of International Arbitration
• Singapore Mediation Centre: accredited mediator