"He understands the file, thinks about it, then comes back with suggestions; he's a strategist as well as a lawyer"
Chambers Europe (2015)

Overview

Admitted to the Paris Bar as well as being qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, Andrew P. Armfelt is a Senior Counsel in the Real Estate practice of the Paris office.

While in London, he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and insolvency work before embarking on more than 15 years in the project finance field travelling extensively, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, and dealing principally with joint venture agreements, construction and engineering contracts, financing documentation and international arbitration. Having been a partner for more than 12 years in a leading London Law firm, he continued his international practice from Paris.

He has particular experience with inbound investment transactions and from the mid-1990's, has concentrated on the real estate investment sector in which he has helped establish a number of operating platforms and joint ventures between private equity funds and operating partners throughout Europe and the Far East.

In the field of Real Estate Private Equity he has extensive experience in negotiating and structuring investments in Europe and elsewhere for investors including, in particular, real estate investment funds. A number of these investments, including cross-border European asset portfolios, have been in the hotel and hospitality sector, in which he is well known in France and elsewhere to owners, financiers and operators.

His experience in the hotel and leisure sector has involved advising and representing a wide variety of parties, including:

  • real estate investment funds;
  • hotel industry specific investment funds;
  • corporate and personal owners and investors;
  • hotel operators as real estate owners;
  • hotel operators as lessees or managers; and
  • various consultants to the industry.

and the type of work carried out in the wider real estate industry has included:

  • Acquisitions of portfolios, individual assets and groups or companies;
  • Hotel development, constructions and CAPEX works contracts;
  • Financing and refinancing acquisitions including, in particular, asset based nonrecourse financing;
  • Establishing real estate investment platforms and joint ventures;
  • A variety of hotel industry real estate related documentation, including financial leases, leases and sale and lease back transactions and industry operating agreements such as management contracts, commercialization agreements, franchises, consultancy agreements; and
  • Dispute resolution concerning contractual arrangements and/or construction contracts.

The countries involved include the main jurisdictions in the European Union as well as Africa, the Middle East, Japan and the French overseas departments and territories.

In addition to his native English, Andrew is fluent in French.

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English

Experience

  • Advised Alpine Grove (former Grove International Partners) in the context of the sale of Florence Cerratani (MGallery by Sofitel) hotel and Hamburg Reichshof (Curio Collection by Hilton) hotel part of their hotel platform held in joint venture with Event Hospitality.
  • Advised Westmont Hospitality in their acquisition of Hotel AC Marriott at Le Bourget, France.
  • Negotiated for SIG Kia Ora hotel management agreements with Conrad Hotels and with Hilton for two hotels in French Polynesia.
  • Negotiated for the Municipality of Biarritz (Socomix) a hotel management agreement with Hyatt for Grand Hotel in Biarritz, France.
  • Represented Almus Capital and Mount Kellett in the context of the acquisition, financing and tax structuring, and recently the sale, of the Paris luxury hotel Le Meridien Etoile (1,000 rooms +).
  • Advised CTF in the context of the acquisition of Park Inn Roissy hotel.
  • Represented Almus Capital and Mount Kellett in the context of the acquisition, financing and tax structuring and recently, sale of the Paris luxury hotel, Sofitel Le Faubourg.
  • Advised Lone Star in the context of the sale to LFPI of Alliance Hotel Group (12 hotels in France, 3 to 4 stars, roughly 1,000 rooms).
  • Advised Adafabridge Hotel Consultancy and Damson in the context of the sale of Radisson hotel in Biarritz, France.
  • Negotiated for Swiss Hospitality Partners hotel management documentation for the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Geneva.
  • Advised Blackstone in the context of the acquisition of Alliance Hotel Group (12 hotels in France, 3 to 4 stars, roughly 1,000 rooms) from to Lone Star.
  • Advised Westmont Hospitality in the context of the acquisition, and later on the sale to Soluxe, of the Marriott Renaissance hotel in Paris.
  • Negotiation for Reignwood Group with Four Seasons of the hotel management agreement and related contracts for a luxury mixed us (hotel and residences at Ten Trinity Square in London.
  • Advised Westmont Hospitality in the context of the acquisition of Hotel Ambassador in Paris (Radisson and now Marriott brand).
  • Negotiation of the Sofitel-Paris La Défense hotel management agreement with Accor for Algonquin Asset Management (France).
  • Acquisitions of hotels by Benson Elliott (Novotel in Edinburgh and Sophia Country Club in the South of France) and negotiation of the hotel management agreements.
  • Advising Pearl Overseas Investments Ltd in the context of the investment in a hotel in Guinea and negotiation of the hotel management agreement with Sheraton.
  • Represented Regent Hotels & Resorts in the context of a litigation against the owner of the Regent Bordeaux Grand Hotel.
  • Acquisitions of luxury camp sites in the France by Acapace - Sandaya (Atlantic Coast, Normandy).
  • Negotiation of the IT Services Agreement with Amadeus for Dynamique Hotels.
  • Acquisition of the real estate portfolio of the Citadines apart’hotels in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the UK by Ascott Residence Trust (Singapore REIT).
  • Sale of the front part of the building located at 59 avenue Raymond Poincaré (Paris) by Westmont Hospitality and Rockpoint.
  • Negotiation for HESA of a hotel management agreement and other services agreements with Fairmont Raffles for the development of a hotel in Warsaw.
  • Negotiation of a hotel management agreement for GLA International for a hotel in Indonesia.
  • Acquisition by Westmont Hospitality, in partnership with Baupost, of Hotel Ambassador (Paris) and financing.
  • Acquisition by Acapace and Parfires of Hotel Paradou, near Marseille.
  • Acquisition and financing of Hotel Le Parc (Paris, France) by Westmont Hospitality and Rockpoint.
  • Sale by Whitehall (Goldman Sachs) and Westmont Hospitality of the Alliance Group (France, Belgium and Italy) to Blackstone.
  • Negotiation of a hotel management agreement and other services agreements with Raffles Fairmont for the development of a hotel in Marrakech for Hoche Finance (Groupe Segur).
  • Sale by Whitehall Funds and Westmont Hospitality of Alliance Hôtellerie Group to Blackstone (France, Belgium and Italy).
  • Sale by Westmont Hospitality of Mercure La Defense Hotel (France) to Adagio.
  • Acquisitions and disposals of hotels of the BRE hotel portfolio (France) owned and managed by Blackstone.
  • Acquisition of five Paris based Mercure hotels (Paris, France) for Westbridge.
  • Sale by Accor of the Sofitel Saint-Jacques hotel (Paris, France) to Marriott International.
  • Acquisition by Westmont Hospitality of 23 Holiday Inn hotels portfolio from IHG (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Austria).
  • Development of the Four Seasons’ hotel project in Bora-Bora (French-Polynesia).
  • Sale of Lancaster Hotel (Paris, France).
  • Sale by Whitehall Funds of Hotel Montalembert and Hotel Bel Ami (Paris, France).
  • Acquisition and financing of seven hotels (Belgium, France) by Westmont Hospitality and Baupost.
  • Various hotel projects (Europe, Africa and Middle-East).

Admissions

  • Paris
  • England and Wales

Continually recommended by the legal directories as a Leading Individual :

2017

  •  The new edition of Décideurs, a French media and rating agency for top executives has recognized Andrew Armfelt as having a "strong reputation" in Real Estate Law. (2017).

2016

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Andrew Armfelt as one of the leading Real Estate practitioners in the world since 2011. (2016)
  • "Andrew Armfelt, qui dirige l’activité, a une réelle connaissance de l’industrie hôtelière et fait preuve d’un souci permanent d’arriver à un accord entre les parties en apportant des solutions." Legal 500 Paris (2016)

2015

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Andrew Armfelt as one of the leading Real Estate practitioners in the world since 2011. (2016)
  • “Andrew Armfelt of Mayer Brown LLP is a seasoned real estate lawyer best known for advising investors and operators on hotel deals. He acted for Almus Capital and Mount Kellett on its EUR265 million acquisition of the luxury Le Meridien hotel in Paris.” Chambers Europe (2015)

2014

  • The new edition of Best Lawyers, a peer review guide to the legal profession has recognized Andrew Armfelt as one of the leading Real Estate practitioners in the world since 2011. (2016)
  • "Dirigée par Andrew Armfelt, l’excellente équipe de Mayer Brown assiste de grands investisseurs internationaux et des établissements bancaires dont Grove International, CBRE et BNP Paribas." Legal 500 Paris (2014)