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Gate village 10
Dubai, PO 507222
United Arab Emirates

Phone: +971 56 441 8495
Fax: +971 4 354 3205

Scott Antel

Scott Antel ANTEL, SCOTT C. New York and Ohio and Law Societyof England and Wales
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Industry Specialty

franchise expertise
legal advice
management contract negotiation
acquisition / disposition / brokerage


boutique hotels
condo hotels
convention hotels
destination casino resorts
destination resorts
extended stay hotels / corporate apartments
full service hotels
institutional food and beverage
private clubs
resort mixed use developments
restaurants (full, quick and limited service)
time share & interval ownership
tourism / destination management
urban mixed use development

Speaker Topics

global hotel industry trends
legal considerations for the hospitality industry
management contracts
real estate
workouts and turnarounds

Geographic Areas

Russia & CIS Countries, the Middle East and Africa

Speaking Engagements

Scott Antel is a senior partner in the Dubai office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. He has more than 25 years experience in various emerging markets (Russia/CIS, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa) and is reknowned for his local market knowledge and experience that he brings to dealing with large mixed use hospitality, branded residence and related entertainment and tourism development projects in these regions.


Mr. Antel is recommended as the "go to" hospitality lawyer by Chambers Europe, Legal 500, 2010 Who's Who Legal legal directories and was included in the Best Lawyers list for Russia and the Russian Real Estate magazines for his hospitality work. He is on the advisory board of the Russian Hotel Investment Forum and the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference and is a regular speaker at these events, as well as the Berlin IHIF, IHC Rome and ALIS events and is regularly published and quoted on hospitality related topics.

Past Experience

Mr. Antel regularly advises hotel clients on legal, taxation and commercial matters, including providing initial structuring advice, negotiating and drafting various hotel management, franchise and lease agreements, representing owners and operators, as well as buyers and sellers of hotels in Russia/CIS and the Middle East and Africa and providing operational legal advice, including litigation matters. Mr. Antel has also assisted various Russian groups with hotel investments in Turkey, Asia, Montenegro and the Baltics. Today the bulk of Mr. Antel's work involves mixed use projects with particular emphasis on branded residential projects.


Fordham Business School, Masters in Taxation and Trade, Case Western Reserve University Law School, J.D., Manchester College, Oxford, Graduate studies, St. Olaf College (Minnesota), B.A. in English

Professional Memberships

New York State Bar, Ohio State Bar, Law Society of England and Wales

Articles and Publications

Mr Antel has published more than 100 articles in various legal and hospitality publications covering various legal and commercial issues facing the hospitality and tourism sector.