Tao Group Hospitality’s Combination With Hakkasan Group

Hughes Hubbard advised Tao Group Hospitality on the deal.

Tao Group Hospitality entered into an agreement to acquire majority control of Hakkasan Group, creating a premium hospitality powerhouse that includes a global portfolio of brands and properties with significant potential for future growth.

The newly combined company operates 61 entertainment dining and nightlife venues in 22 markets across five continents and features a collection of widely recognized hospitality brands.

Tao Group Hospitality is part of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp., leader in live experiences. Hakkasan Group owns renowned nightlife, daylife, and restaurant brands across 24 cities. 

HHR team advising Tao was led by Michael Traube (Picture), with key assistance from Andy Braiterman, Matthew Syrkin, David Adler and Jason Lee, and specialist guidance from Patrice Jean, M. Shams Billah, Justin Cohen, Andrew Herman, Joshua Hochman and Robby Naoufal; the team also included partners Ken Lefkowitz, Spencer Harrison, Rita Haeusler, Jim Boykin, Benjamin Britz, Jim Fitzpatrick, Philip Giordano, Steve Greene and Daniel Weiner; counsel Carol Remy; associates Jiayin Liao, Sean Mason, Kristin Millay, Debbie Placid and Sydney Rothschild; and paralegals Alexandra Hernandez, Jeffrey Bednar and James Larson.

Involved fees earner: James Fitzpatrick – Hughes & Hughes Abogados; David Adler – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Shams Billah – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; James Boykin – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Andy Braiterman – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Benjamin Britz – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Justin Cohen – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Philip Giordano – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Steven Greene – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Rita Haeusler – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Spencer Harrison – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Andrew Herman – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Joshua Hochman – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Patrice Jean – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Kenneth Lefkowitz – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Sean Mason – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Kristin Millay – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Robby Naoufal – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Debbie Placid – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Carol Remy – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Matthew Syrkin – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Michael Traube – Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Daniel Weiner – Hughes Hubbard & Reed;

Law Firms: Hughes & Hughes Abogados; Hughes Hubbard & Reed;

Clients: Tao Group Hospitality;

Author: Martina Bellini