Yuval Tal is the head of our Hong Kong and Beijing offices and a partner in our Corporate Department. He also co-heads our internationally recognized Lodging & Gaming Group.
Yuval's practice includes representing clients on financing, mergers & acquisitions (public and private, debt and equity), reorganizations, going-private transactions and structured finance, often including cross border elements. He represents clients from their formation through their sale or public offering. He also advises his clients on day-to-day operational matters, including internal structuring, commercial transactions, employment, consulting arrangements and equity incentive programs. Yuval has worked in industries as varied as real estate, telecommunications, flight training, medical devices, fitness and entertainment.
Yuval represents Asian clients and clients based outside of Asia in inbound and outbound transactions. He is recognized by Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and IFLR1000, where clients described him as having “[the] ability to think seven moves ahead of competition”. Clients also appreciate his “ability to play the honest broker to all parties involved, and to bridge the different cultures, legal systems and language barriers and to continually solve the unsolvable, is what allowed us to get this difficult deal done”, adding: “he was completely invested in the deal in a way lawyers seldom are, and his creativity and efforts allowed us to bridge considerable gaps between the parties and find common ground."
Yuval has represented clients including JPMorgan, Jefferies, Credit-Suisse, RRJ Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, One Equity Partners, PAG, Starwood Capital, Colony Capital, DLJ, Thor Urban Retail Fund, Big Flower, Star Ventures, Formula Ventures and Giza Venture Capital in structuring, restructuring, managing and disposing of investments in Asia, Europe and the United States.
As co-head of our Lodging & Gaming Group and a member of the Private Equity Real Estate Group, Yuval has worked on transactions involving mixed-use development and construction, acquisition and sale, restructuring and public offerings of real estate, hotel and casino companies. His real estate and hospitality work has included transactions for properties from China to Israel to the United States. He has many years of experience with hotel licensing, franchising and management. He has worked on projects involving Accor, Caesar’s/Harrah’s, Colony Capital, Garret Group, Hilton, Hyatt, Inter-Continental, Raffles, Starwood Capital, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Swissotel, Wyndham and many others. Yuval has worked on single and multi-property transactions, as well as sales of chains and brands and regularly represents both owners and managers. In recent years he has led numerous transactions involving the combination of Asian and non-Asian brands, including AccorHotels’ [EPA:AC] long-term alliance with Huazhu Hotels Group (also known as China Lodging Group [Nasdaq: HTHT]) in January 2016 and its strategic partnership with Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings [SGX:B58] in 2017, and Formosa International Hotels sale and resulting joint venture with Intercontinental Hotels Group with respect to the Regent brand. Yuval also represented AccorHotels in its US$2.9 billion acquisition of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands.
Yuval is on the Steering Committee of the Hospitality Development Council of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is also a regular speaker at real estate and hospitality related conferences such as the Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong.
Prior to rejoining Proskauer in 1999, Yuval practiced law in Israel, representing Israeli clients in transactions in Europe and the United States and European and U.S.-based clients in transactions in Israel. He handled transactions for major publicly traded Israeli companies such as Clal (Israel) Ltd., LifeWatch, Kitan Consolidated Ltd., Orckit Communications Ltd., ECI Telecom Ltd., Scitex Corporation Ltd. and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. Since joining Proskauer, Yuval has continued to represent Israeli clients on a wide range of corporate and securities matters.