About

Chirag Rao is an expert in property development and projects, with a focus on the hospitality space. He co-heads the India Group at Howard Kennedy and speaks French, Spanish and three Indian languages.

Chirag supports clients on the full suite of development matters, including investment, development (including development finance), corporate support, acquisitions, and disposals. With some focus on retail and leisure, he gets involved in hotel and restaurant development. Chirag acts for a number of established and upcoming entrepreneurial developer and investor clients. He is a lawyer in the Development and Projects Team.

As joint head of Howard Kennedy's India Group, Chirag has strong connections to the sub-continent. He is focusing on strengthening ties with India and advising Indian businesses on inward investment into the UK as well as acting for Indian diaspora clients within the UK.

Chirag is deeply passionate about social impact and social value and explores how this inter-plays with the built environment. 

Recent work
  • Acting for an overseas fund on a number of complex acquisitions, primarily in the hotel sector. 
  • Acting for a leading hotel asset management, consultancy, and management company on a number of acquisitions and disposals of branded hotels. 
  • Acting for a number of developers on the acquisition of sites for residential development. 
  • Advising a leading challenger bank on various development finance transactions.
  • Acting on a number of large M&A and other corporate transactions.
  • Advising various retailers and restaurants on a number of acquisitions including working on a large store roll-out.
Did you know
Chirag recently travelled across four Latin American countries in a month. He has also come face to face with mountain gorillas in a Ugandan rainforest! 

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