Hospitality MVP: Paul Hastings' Rick Kirkbride

Law360, San Francisco (November 12, 2015, 6:10 PM EST) -- Rick Kirkbride, chairman of Paul Hastings LLP's hospitality and leisure practice group, helped broker major hotel deals this year, including the $805 million sale of New York's iconic Palace Hotel to Korea-based Hotel Lotte Co. Ltd., earning him a spot among Law360's Hospitality MVPs of 2015.

HOSPITALITY Rick Kirkbride

Paul Hastings The 909-key luxury hotel, which includes a five-story mansion constructed in 1884, became part of Lotte's international hotel portfolio this summer. Lotte operates hotels in Russia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Guam, China and Myanmar, and the Palace Hotel is its first property in the United States, Kirkbride said.

"Most foreign investors today are...

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