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Latham & Watkins Advises Highgate in Acquisition of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

December 15, 2022
Members of the firm’s M&A Practice and Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure Industry Group represent the real estate investment and hospitality management company.

An affiliate of the Principals of Highgate has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Viceroy Hotels & Resorts (Viceroy). The LA-based, award-winning hospitality group is known for its highly individual modern luxury hotels and resorts throughout the world, and was voted one of the top 10 hotel brands globally in the 2022 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. The Viceroy brand debuted in 2000 with the launch of Viceroy Santa Monica and has evolved into a portfolio of hotels and resorts in iconic destinations such as St Lucia, Chicago, Los Cabos, and Snowmass.

Latham & Watkins LLP represents Highgate in the transaction with a corporate deal team led by Chicago partners Gary Axelrod and Jonathan Solomon, with associates Megan Staub, Henna Jalal, and Bryon Eagon. Advice was also provided on tax matters by Chicago partner Diana Doyle, with associate Christopher Ohlgart, on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin, with associate Hannah Cary; on intellectual property matters by Orange County counsel David Kuiper, with associate Nathan Wages; on data privacy matters by Bay Area partner Robert Blamires, with associate Adriana Beach; on labor and employment matters by Chicago partner Nineveh Alkhas, with associate Ana Cenaj; on benefits and compensation matters by Chicago partner Benjamin Rosemergy, with associate Victoria Wolfe; and on anti-corruption matters by Chicago partner Meredith Monroe, with associate John Doyle.