Partner, Head of Hospitality and Leisure MEA, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Scott Antel is an internationally regarded emerging markets hotels & hospitality lawyer. He has more than 20 years’ experience advising both owners/developers and international operators in the Middle East, Russia/CIS, Turkey, the Baltics and Caribbean on hotel & resort, branded residence and mixed use developments.
A senior partner in BLP’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, Scott recently joined BLP to lead the firm’s Hospitality Practice in the Middle East as well as developing BLP’s African hospitality practice.
Scott regularly advises clients on all aspects of hotel and resort, branded residence and mixed use development as well as advising on related operational matters and litigation. He has acted on hundreds of hotel projects including numerous landmark projects. He also works in the franchise sector advising hotels, restaurants and retail clients.
Scott is recommended as a “Leading Adviser” and “go to” hospitality lawyer by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 legal directories. He served on the Advisory Board of the Russian Hotel Investment Forum for a number of years and is a regularly speaks at that event, as well the Berlin IHIF and ALIS (US) hotel conferences. Scott is regularly a published thought leader and quoted on hospitality-related legal and commercial topics.
Scott was the recipient of the Russia/CIS Hotel Investment Forum’s “2012 Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contribution in developing the industry in emerging markets, the only lawyer or consultant to ever receive this prestigious award. In 2011 he was elected a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).