“Clients praise her ‘innovative problem solving’ and ‘balanced and goal-oriented view of transactions.’”

Chambers USA 2020

Meghan Cocci

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA
 
 

Meghan Cocci, Global Co-Chair of the Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure Industry Group, represents property owners, investors, and operators on their most complex and high-value projects and transactions around the world.

A nationally recognized real estate practitioner, Ms. Cocci draws on two decades of experience advising on many of the hotel and leisure sectors’ most significant transactions. Through her dedicated industry focus, she offers clients strategic, commercial insights and a view of how complex business, operations, and legal issues can play out in the long term. Leading publications, including Chambers USA, Law360, and National Law Journal consistently recognize Ms. Cocci as a top lawyer in the hospitality industry.

Ms. Cocci regularly advises on the management, acquisition, joint venture, financing, and development of hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants, golf courses, and mixed-use projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Ms. Cocci’s representative experience includes advising:

  • A global commercial real estate company with respect to its hotel portfolio in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, including all management, franchise, mixed-use, and operational matters*
  • A major private equity firm with respect to its hotel acquisitions and dispositions, as well as franchise and management agreement negotiations*
  • A multinational hospitality company with respect to its management agreements, strategic, and general operational matters for hotels, resorts, condo hotel, and mixed-use projects*
  • A hospitality focused private equity firm in an outside general counsel role as to various development projects, hotel acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, and management agreement negotiations*
  • A major global investment fund with respect to hospitality related corporate matters, brand roll-outs, management agreements, dispute resolution, and strategic and general operational matters involving hotels, resorts, and mixed-use projects*
  • A real estate investment company with respect to its hotel acquisitions, financing, joint venture, and management agreement negotiations*
  • A hotel management company with respect to its corporate matters, joint ventures, management agreements, and strategic and general operational matters involving hotels, resorts, and mixed-use projects*
  • A travel and leisure focused investment firm with respect to hospitality related acquisitions and operational matters*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Speaking Engagements
  • Panel moderator, “Leaders’ Perspective: Current Cycle Realities: Transactions and Money,” 41st Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2019
  • Panel moderator, “Putting TI Risk to Bed: A Practical Guide to Avoid Liability for Tortious Interference in Hotel Transactions,” 7th Annual Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit, Georgetown University Law Center, October 2018
  • Panel moderator, “Treading Water, Leaping into the Deep End or Staying out of the Sun Altogether?” Main Ballroom C-Suite Hotel Executives Panel, 40th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2018
  • Panel moderator, “Buffett, Kardashian, and Zuckerberg: How Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials are Shaping the Landscape of Luxury,” 39th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2017
  • “Know When to Hold ’Em, Know When to Fold ’Em: What Some of the Industry’s Leading Owners/ Investors Are Doing and Why,” Main Ballroom C-Suite Hotel Executives Panel, 39th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2017
  • “Buffet, Kardashian and Zuckerberg – How Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millennials are Shaping the Landscape of Luxury,” 38th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2016
  • Panel moderator, “Industry Differentiated and Experiential Luxury,” 38th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2016
  • Panel moderator, “Luxury, Luxury, Luxury…Demographic Shifts…From Millennials to Baby Boomers: A Sought After Lifestyle of Five Star Service and Upscale Accommodations,” 37th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2015
  • Panel moderator, “The Hospitality Marketplace: Those ‘In the Know’ Share Insider Perspectives on the Latest Transactions,” 36th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2014
  • Panel moderator, “Where Are the Deals and How Are They Getting Done? Acquisition, Development and/or Repositioning Opportunities in the Marketplace,” 35th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, New York, June 2013
  • Featured speaker, “Counseling Deal Clients,” Phoenix College of Law, Phoenix, May 2013
  • Panel moderator, “Legal Perspectives, Hospitality in a Changing World,” ISHC Annual Conference, Istanbul, October 2011
  • Keynote speaker, “Hospitality Law Practice Insights,” University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, September 2011
  • Panelist, “Conversions—Reinventing Existing Properties into New Products,” International Hotel and Investment Forum, Berlin, March 2010
 
 
 
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