Hotel & Hospitality

Our lawyers have significant experience in hotel and hospitality markets with a wide variety of projects around the world. We have represented owners, operators, developers, investors, and lenders with hotels, convention centers, condominiums, timeshares, and mixed use projects.

RMP’s experience extends to developments, acquisitions, and dispositions as well as mergers and acquisitions of hotel and resort properties as well as businesses. In addition, our finance team is well-versed in structuring secured financings as well as workouts in the global hospitality sector. We also advise on project-level structuring, the establishment of investment vehicles, and intellectual property. Throughout the course of our work, we thoughtfully integrate tax efficient strategies.

Emerging Markets

Recognizing our deep commitment to bridging diverse business cultures, financial communities, and markets, clients navigating emerging markets come to us for sophisticated guidance. Our lawyers have worked and lived throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East affording us important, often intangible capabilities and insights to help close transactions and overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.

To complement what we believe are our attorneys' unique experiences and skills in emerging markets transactions, RMP has built a strong global network of legal and other advisors, ensuring consistency and reliability. We thus provide a broad range of legal services from all our primary practices in emerging markets, including corporate & M&A, finance, private equity, tax, and real estate.

Capital Markets & Financial Services

Raising, managing, and preserving capital are among of the most complex and necessary services in the world today. Whether with public capital markets in the U.S. or internationally, raising private capital, or managing assets for a broad range of investors, RMP’s attorneys have advised many of the world's leading financial institutions (and their clients and service providers) across the U.S., U.K., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Our teams’ capital markets and financial services clientele has included:

  • international banking organizations, including private banks and wealth managers
  • investment banks
  • government-owned commercial and development banks
  • broker-dealers
  • investment advisers
  • private equity, venture capital and hedge funds
  • real estate investment funds
  • sovereign wealth funds
  • insurance companies
  • fintech enterprises.

These clients rely on our “big firm” skills, experience, and quality coupled with the responsiveness and flexibility of our boutique practice.

Aviation & Shipping

As part of our team’s focus on global markets, RMP maintains an active practice in the transport sector, focusing particularly on maritime and aviation matters.

Maritime market participants, such as shipowners, charterers, banks, investors, brokers, and shipyards, come to us to review construction contracts, structure acquisitions and dispositions, and coordinate and complete financings including syndicated, club and bilateral facilities, leases, and export and seller’s credit arrangements. Our lawyers help undertake restructurings and workouts, design shipping investment funds (onshore and offshore) and maritime private equity transactions. Our global, cross-disciplinary approach enables us to guide new market entries, establish growth positions, and mitigate distressed situations.

In the global aviation sector, RMP focuses on financial, corporate, and commercial transactions, having successfully represented investors and financiers, owners, U.S. owner-trustees, fixed-base operators, aviation maintenance businesses, and private equity sponsors. We can advise on acquisitions and investments in aircraft leasing companies and of entire aircraft portfolios and individual aircraft, as well as structure secured and unsecured bridge and revolving credit facilities, non-US dollar capital raises, all aspects of ECA-supported and manufacturer financings, private jet acquisitions and operations, aircraft and engine procurement, and handle a wide range of regulatory matters. In addition, our aviation practice encompasses M&A and the structuring of investment vehicles focused on aviation market subsectors.

Lastly, when aircraft or ship seizures occur, or are required, our clients know they can rely on our international project management services for prompt response and effective resolution.

Responsible Finance & Impact Investing

RMP provides counsel to a rapidly expanding client base of investors and businesses aiming to achieve both economic and social returns. Clients welcome our knowledge of both traditional investment structuring, social enterprise and impact investment.

We design company structures and investment opportunities, create capital assets and governance frameworks, and structure exit events all while remaining mindful of mission risk and dilution. Our knowledge of public finance and private capital makes us well-suited to advise on impact investment structures, such as social bonds.

Additionally, RMP offers specific experience with the formation of benefit corporations, cooperatives, and other untraditional business structures. We are also experienced in advising and assisting clients through the B Corp™ certification process. Our commitment to ethical markets also includes the subset of Islamic finance and other Islamic economies – markets in which we are thought leaders, having some of the deepest skill sets globally, and offer our full range of legal services: finance, real estate, private equity, wealth management, and tax.

Wealth Planning

RMP advises individuals, families, and businesses to help maintain their principles, attain goals, and preserve wealth. To do so, we collaborate closely with our clients’ other expert advisors, tailoring tax-effective strategies for the transmission of wealth to subsequent generations, asset protection, and business succession planning. As a particularly personal service, we invest in understanding each of our clients and guide them through the estate and gift tax system as well as the other legal and non-legal issues that frequently impact wealth planning.

We assist with the complex process of estate settlement to help ensure a smooth and efficient transfer of assets to beneficiaries. We provide guidance through the probate court system, prepare and file income and gift tax returns, respond to tax audits as well as creditor demands, and structure estate asset sales to facilitate distributions.

Business Succession

Often overlooked, succession planning becomes incredibly important for families and owners to prevent the upheaval often associated with inevitable generational changes. RMP’s advisors have extensive experience in the creation of succession planning strategies for owners of privately-held businesses.

Our clients have included operating businesses, family investment partnerships, foundations, and family-operated businesses with significant operations. For them, we have developed tax efficient strategies relating to ownership and control, enabled harmonious transitions, either inter vivos or upon death, assisted with business or asset sales, and led conversions of operating businesses into investment-oriented family ventures.

Investment & Asset Management

We have almost a century of cumulative funds-sector experience. Our lawyers have developed and restructured a diverse set of investment funds, crafted compliance programs for sponsors, investors, and advisors around the world, always delivering with tax-efficiency at the forefront. Many of our clients, furthermore, require that their vehicles comply with multiple regulatory regimes and utilize investor- and manager-aligned compensation arrangements.

In particular, our team has structured and formed:

  • Real estate funds
  • Private equity funds
  • Venture capital funds
  • Pan-European funds
  • US-registered investment companies
  • SBIC funds
  • Hedge funds
  • Hybrid funds
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs)

We provide guidance on capital-raising, corporate governance, securities and financial services regulatory compliance, portfolio investments, and relationships with placement agents and advisors. Areas in the funds sector that we regularly work on include:

  • Limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Special fund vehicles, such as French FCPRs, Luxembourg SIF, SICAR and Soparfi
  • Global distribution structures
  • Tax structuring
  • Deferred compensation issues
  • Seed capital arrangements
  • Secondary transactions on portfolios of funds’ interests
  • Carried interest arrangements
  • Marketing and private placements
  • Investor negotiations
  • Joint venture arrangements
  • Single-client arrangements, managed accounts, and funds
  • General partner/manager interests
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Service providers (prime broker, custodian, administrator, and other back office services)