Scott Antel is an internationally regarded emerging markets hotels & hospitality lawyer. He has more than 20 years’ experience advising both owners/developers and international operators in the Middle East, Russia/CIS, Turkey, the Baltics and Asia on hotel, branded residence and mixed use developments. Formerly, a partner in BLP's Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, Scott led the firm's "tier one" global Hospitality Practice in the Middle East as well as focus on developing the Russian, African and Asia Pacific practices. Scott regularly advises clients on all aspects of hotel, branded residence and mixed use development as well as operational matters, including litigation. He has acted on hundreds of hotel projects, including numerous landmark projects with major international hotel brands. He most recently advised on several luxury hotel and branded residence projects on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah. He also works in the franchise sector advising hotels, restaurants and retail clients. Scott is recognised as a “leading advisor” and “go to hospitality lawyer” by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 law directories. He serves on the advisory board of the Russian and Arabian Hotel Investment Forums and is a regular speaker at these events, as well the Berlin IHIF event where he recently chaired a panel on hotel investment opportunities and challenges in Iran. He is regularly published and quoted on hospitality related topics in various media. Scott was recipient of the Russia/CIS Hotel Investment Forum's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry in emerging markets, the only lawyer to ever receive this prestigious award.