Firms: Baker & McKenzie (Orient-Express Hotels Ltd), Clayton Utz (purchaser)
Deal: Sale of the five-star Observatory Hotel in Sydney
Key players: Roy Melick (pictured) led the Bakers team, supported by senior associates Sebastian Busa, Angela Cowan and Kerryn Kahler
Deal significance: The sale follows Orient-Express' 2010 sale of Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa on which Baker& McKenzie also advised. The purchase by Langham Hotels will make the Observatory their second hotel in Australia. The hotel is an elegant 96-room Georgian-style building, positioned in the heart of Sydney CBD. Orient-Express are owners or part-owners and managers of a portfolio of 46 luxury hotels, restaurants, tourist trains and river cruise properties spanning 23 countries. The company is based in London.
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