Aimbridge Hospitality

The largest independent manager of hotels & resorts in North America and the largest franchisee of Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt brands in the world. We currently manage more than 800 hotels throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean across all chain scales, including boutique properties and resorts.

We are experienced hotel operators and investors and have developed state-of-the-art systems, capitalize on our economies of scale, and realize positive network effects that maximize investment returns for our equity partners. We have been successful in hospitality because of our focus driven core purpose – taking care of people.

Foley & Lardner LLP

The Hospitality Industry Team at Foley provides top-rate legal services to some of the most recognized names in the hospitality industry, including hotel and resort, food and beverage, timeshare exchange, car rental, travel, and entertainment clients worldwide. It also represents lenders, service providers, and advisors to companies in the hospitality industry, as well as operators and investors. The team has handled billions of dollars in acquisitions, dispositions, and financings for hotels and resorts worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Foley is an Am Law 100 firm and one of the Southwest’s largest full-service law firms. Attorneys in its Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Mexico City offices provide comprehensive litigation and business solutions for leading domestic and international companies, Fortune 500® and private businesses, and individuals. Foley turns complex challenges into sustainable solutions for clients across a broad spectrum of industries including construction, chemical and refining, energy, finance, hospitality, and retail. Foley’s clients are leaders in their respective fields, and its attorneys deliver the legal counsel to keep them there.


Ankura is a global firm of experts and advisors uniquely built to tackle each challenge or need, by effectively combining the right expertise into solutions, services, and results. They don’t just talk about bringing the best together; they do it. Ankura find the meaning in the work because what they do matters. They have built a global team of subject matter experts and seasoned advisors with hard-earned industry knowledge, primed for this very moment, and for the future, given the disruptions and rapid pace of change that defines the business environment.

Where industries, disciplines, technologies, and trends intersect and when transformational moments and events overlap – Ankura is there. They spring into action, putting their world-class expertise to work – developing and executing creative, end-to-end solutions, and providing the expertise and skills our clients need at critical moments. Integrating seamlessly across our firm, they bring every applicable resource to each challenge – supercharging their ability to protect, create, and recover value for their clients. By analyzing data and trends, navigating events, and delivering expert support, they provide a strategic anchor for their clients when they need it the most. Their multidisciplinary expertise comes together with efficiency and speed, allowing them to generate solutions in real-time.

Hodges Ward Elliott

HWE is a leading global real estate advisory and investment banking firm, empowered to deliver exceptional results across a broad spectrum of business lines and product types.

As a privately held company, we are dedicated to cultivating long-term client relationships and take pride in the reputation and track record established over our 44-year history.

HWE’s success is built upon these deep relationships and is predicated on providing our clients with custom-tailored, data-driven, institutional solutions at every stage of the real estate cycle.

While HWE has historically concentrated in the hospitality sector, our future is broader and more diverse, offering outstanding client service across multiple business lines and product types, including our recently established Commercial and Capital Markets platforms.

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Active International

The global leader in corporate trade, Active International uses its proprietary trading model to create programs that increase market share by bringing new cash business to hotels. With over 30 years of hospitality experience, we have successfully created all cash programs designed to drive market share and revenues into hotel properties. Founded in 1984, Active International is based in New York and has offices in 14 countries.