Mr. Hanuka

Ben Hanuka

Principal

Law Works P.C.

Ben Hanuka, J.D., LL.M., C.S. Ben practices in the areas of franchise law and business disputes. Mr. Hanuka is Board Certified in Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and is ranked in the Canadian Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in franchise law. Mr. Hanuka has acted as counsel in novel and leading Ontario decisions relating to franchise disputes.

Mr. Hanuka represents all key players in franchising and has gained expertise over the years in complex franchise industries such as hotels, pharmaceuticals and many others. He is principal of Law Works Prof. Corp., an Ontario regional boutique law firm practicing in the area of franchise law and business disputes.

Please visit www.lawworks.ca for more information.

Mr. Hanuka can be contacted at 866-716-6497 or ben@lawworks,ca

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotelís operation that isnít touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law Ė real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott Internationalís acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important Ė the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding itís much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.