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Benjamin Hirasawa

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Head of Hospitality and Leisure, Asia Pacific

Benjamin (Ben) represents hospitality, commercial, industrial, retail and residential developers in all real property transactions. He focuses on providing practical and commercially sound advice to hospitality, real estate and corporate clients on international business transactions by advising on all aspects of the project development cycle.

This expertise includes portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, private equity financings, joint ventures, start-ups, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, REIT and property fund formation and operation, and advising on management agreements, operational issues and licence agreements.

Ben is well known for his hospitality and leisure experience and has become the ‘go-to’ individual in Thailand, Singapore, China, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and various other jurisdictions in Asia Pacific for several of the world’s largest hotel operating companies and hotel owners.

Ben currently advises leading hospitality and leisure companies across the Asia Pacific region on all aspects of hotel development and operations, including niche areas such as timeshare, fractional ownership and branded residences.

Ben often speaks at regional industry conferences about salient developments in the real estate and hospitality and leisure sectors. He is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, he has been included in Who’s Who Legal – Franchise 2015 and recognized as a notable practitioner in Myanmar by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016. Ben is also ranked as one of Thailand’s Top100 Lawyers in Asia Business Law Journal 2018, and recognised as a “commercial, efficient and responsive” “recognized expert” who leads “a dominant practice in respect of hotel management’ and ‘one of the best hospitality lawyers in South East Asia’ in Chambers Asia Pacific 2013-2015, 2019 and Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013-2019.