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Babette  Marzheuser-Wood



Babette is recognized as one of Europe’s leading experts for international expansion work  particularly in the hospitality sector. She was named in Chambers Global as a top 10 leading individual worldwide in international franchising. She is ranked as a leading hospitality lawyer by Chambers UK for her work in the Hotel & Leisure sector.

Famous for her pioneering work in hotel and leisure  franchising Babette’s clients appreciate her deep knowledge of global  laws and her strong negotiation skills

Babette originally qualified as a solicitor in Germany. After working in Hong Kong for 2 years she came to the UK in 1993 where she cross qualified as a solicitor. She became a partner in 2001. She speaks German, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Her dual qualification enables her to help UK clients navigate the apparent obstacles to documenting an agreed deal in Civil law systems.  She advises on international franchise agreements, hotel  management agreements, operating leases and brand driven joint ventures. In over 20 years of practice she has advised clients on franchise regulation in more than 100 different countries.

Babette’s works for major hotel chains such as Hilton and Starwood and for owners and operators. More recently her practice has focused on advising owners and investors on negotiating franchise agreements in the hotel and leisure industry that protect in an appropriate way the interests of the franchisee/owner.

Babette lectures widely on franchising.  She is a member of the IBA Hotel and Leisure Committee, the IBA Franchise Committee and the ABA Franchise Forum