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Scott Antel

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

Industry Specialty

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


condo hotels
full service hotels
resort mixed use developments
restaurants (full, quick and limited service)

Speaker Topics

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

Geographic Areas

Russia & the CIS Countries, Turkey and the Middle East and Africa

Speaking Engagements

Scott Antel is a senior partner in the Moscow office of DLA Piper and heads the firm’s Hospitality Services Group for Russia, the CIS and Turkey. In his 19 years working in the region, he has worked with most all the major international hotel operators in Moscow, St Petersburg, the Russian regions and CIS countries and has been involved with most of the major hotel transactions/openings.


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 in the 2010 - 2012 Russian Real Estate magazines for his hospitality work. He is on the advisory board of the Russian Hotel Investment Forum and a regular speaker at the event, 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/the CIS 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.


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.