Matt Norton maintains an international practice and concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and real estate related transactions and financings, cross-border investment, and commercial and residential real estate development, with a particular focus on resort and hospitality transactions and projects. He has recently or is currently assisting clients with the sale, acquisition, development, repositioning, and/or financing of projects in the United States, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
He is a member of the firm’s management committee in his capacity as firmwide Practice Area Leader for Real Estate. He is a founding partner of the firm’s Charleston, SC office and spearheads the firm’s global Resort, Hospitality and Leisure practice area. He also chairs the firm’s Caribbean Practice Affinity Group and has worked extensively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean basin.
Mr. Norton has significant experience in hotel law, including the preparation and negotiation of hotel management agreements, franchise and license agreements, along with handling the sale, acquisition, and financing of hotels.
He regularly represents clients in structuring and documenting resort, urban, and other planned and mixed-use communities, which may include condominiums, condo hotels, shared ownership products, private clubs, golf courses, hotels, beach amenities and clubs, marinas, spas, and public use spaces.
Additionally, Mr. Norton has significant experience in handling transactions that involve the sale, acquisition, financing, and development of resorts and golf courses. He has represented clients in more than 60 golf course transactions and represented a publicly traded golf REIT for 10 years.
Mr. Norton is included in Chambers and Partners USA: America’s Leading Lawyers, Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America, South Carolina Super Lawyers, and has maintained a Martindale Hubbell AV Rating since 2001.
Mr. Norton is also very active in the Urban Land Institute where he is currently the Chairman of the ULI South Carolina Advisory Board and Vice Chair of the ULI Recreational Development Council (Red Flight), a national product council focusing on the resort real estate and hospitality industries. He is also a member of AFIRE - the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, an international organization focusing on foreign real estate investment in the United States. Further, he is an Advisory Board Member of the HVS Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference and Operations Summit (CHICOS) and has extensive experience working on resort and hotel projects throughout the Caribbean. Finally, he is a member of the Real Estate and Leisure Industries Sections of the International Bar Association.
Mr. Norton is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was the Editor in Chief of the South Carolina Law Review.
Chambers and Partners 2014 USA states that Mr. Norton “is well respected for his work in the hospitality resort area, and maintains an impressive global commercial real estate practice. Clients agree that he is ‘always up to date,’ and note that he is ‘very responsive and always willing and able to help.’ Another source in the Chambers 2013 USA edition said: ‘He really gives great advice. He has a very good understanding of what is in the best interest of clients, and fights for what we may need for the future.’"
Caribbean and International