HotelsWorld 2017


25 - 27 July 2017 : Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and the offices of Ashurst

Event Hosts

HTL Capital Advisors

HTL Capital Advisors is a global enterprise created by current and previous principals of Horwath HTL in various cities around the world. It provides transaction, due diligence, capital raising and asset management services to hotel industry participants.

HTL Capital Advisors works both in parallel with Horwath HTL offices, and independently, to provide a comprehensive suite of services covering client needs locally, regionally and globally, under a brand without borders principle.

All HTL Capital Advisor principals have extensive experience in transaction and capital advisory activities within their own and other countries and can assist clients in the pursuit of cross border opportunities with reliable professional action and advice.

HTL Capital Advisors in Australia is owned and headed by John Smith, who co-founded the global enterprise. John has been personally involved in over $5 billion of hotel and other property related transactions. John also previously headed Horwath HTL in Australia for over 20 years, and Sonnenblick Goldman Australia. He also presently owns and heads Hotels World Australia, which owns and organizes the HotelsWorld 2017 suite of annual industry events.


Ashurst is a leading international law firm which has been helping clients achieve their goals for nearly 200 years. With our technical expertise, local knowledge and international network, we deliver an experience for our clients that other professional service providers find hard to match.

We have an international network of 25 offices in 15 countries, allowing us to provide help and advice to clients across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. With more than 1,600 partners and lawyers working across 10 different time zones, we are able to respond to our clients wherever and whenever they need us.

Hotels, leisure and gaming
As a dedicated Hotels, Leisure and Gaming team, we have detailed knowledge of this industry, the services required, the relationships that our clients need to manage and the commerciality of the business they are in.

We have a demonstrable track record working as legal advisor on many of the largest and most significant hotel acquisitions and disposals in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. For more than 20 years our fully integrated Hotels, Leisure and Gaming team has been supporting clients in the hotels and leisure sector, negotiating across different cultural, legal and economic systems, giving us a specialist understanding of their unique needs.

With a full-service offering, we advise on complex hotel transactions and projects across multiple jurisdictions, including developments, acquisitions, sales, financing, hotel management agreements, hotel leases, franchise arrangements and disputes. Covering all relevant legal sectors including transaction, due diligence, financing and development, management and operating agreements, joint ventures, property, planning, tax, intellectual property, employment and general operational advice, we provide clients with comprehensive legal solutions across time zones and markets.

We make it our business to become familiar with our client’s strategies, challenges, procedures and the way your people like to operate. We are commercially focused and cost conscious, and deliver relevant advice and innovative solutions.

“At Ashurst, areas of strength include the hospitality sector, where John Stawyskyj and Pauline Tan are considered by one client to be the ‘best hotel advisers in the market’”. – Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, 2016/2017

“They’re always our first port of call to establish the key issues and work through them in a practical, pragmatic way without overcomplicating what are usually quite complex matters.” – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017

M&A Deal of the Year 2014 – Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) (for the acquisition of Tourism Asset Holdings with a portfolio of 31 hotels)

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HTL Capital Advisors and Ashurst


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Hotels World Australia

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