Squire Patton Boggs
Partner and Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure
Elias Hayek leads the global Hospitality & Leisure Group at Squire Patton Boggs (SPB). He is a widely respected hospitality lawyer with over two decades of cross-jurisdictional professional experience in the hospitality sector, including in corporate and commercial transactions; management, licensing, franchising and service agreements; M&A, joint ventures, leasing, mixed-use and branded residential developments; sale and lease/manage back transactions; and food and beverage, restaurant and health and wellness management and licensing agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Elias worked for 17 years at a leading Fortune 500 international hotel brands owner and operator, where his last role was as vice president, Legal – Europe, Middle East and Africa Division. He closed more than 300 hospitality and leisure projects across virtually every major city in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. His extensive in-house experience, multijurisdictional exposure, commercial acumen and vast connections in both the hotel operator and owner/developer communities are a substantial asset to clients.
Elias is the Vice Chair elect (2018) for the Leisure Industries Section of the International Bar Association where he will lead the IBA’s hospitality sector initiatives globally. He currently holds two other leadership positions in the International Bar Association: as vice chair of the Corporate Counsel Forum and as an officer of the Legal Practice Division – Arab regional forum. Elias is the former president of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) Middle East chapter, a position he held from its formation and launch until 2017. In 2017 Elias received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel’s global leadership.
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Elias Hayek, Partner and Head of Global Hospitality and Leisure, Squire Patton Boggs