Peter Benudiz

USA: California

Sidley Austin LLP
555 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Tel: +1 213 896 6000
Fax: +1 213 896 6600


Peter Benudiz is a partner in Sidley’s Century City office and co-leader of the global Real Estate practice. He is also leading the firm’s Global Hospitality group. Recognized as one of the leading hospitality lawyers in the United States, Peter’s multidisciplinary practice focuses on all aspects touching hospitality and real estate.

He is regularly called upon to provide strategic advice and guidance to boards of directors and senior management of operating businesses on various cross-border and domestic matters. Peter has advised on billions of dollars of hospitality, real estate, corporate finance and M&A deals, including domestic and cross-border leveraged private equity deals. He has counseled some of the world’s leading financial institutions and private equity funds on the acquisition, financing and restructuring of major real estate and hotel projects. Prior to joining Sidley, Peter was a partner at an international law firm and co-head of the Gaming and Hospitality group.

Peter’s numerous accolades include being ranked nationally in Band 1 for Leisure & Hospitality by Chambers USA since it began ranking lawyers nationally in the hospitality industry. He is also ranked in Real Estate (California) by Chambers USA and was named a top real estate transactional attorney by the Daily Journal (2013).

The San Francisco Recorder included him as one of the top 30 real estate lawyers in California. Peter has been a featured speaker, moderator or panelist at more than 200 hospitality conferences addressing topics including cross-border transactions, financings, restructurings, management agreements and joint venture and corporate restructurings.

Peter earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a teaching fellow at the Harvard University Government Department. He graduated with an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sidley’s real estate team is a recognized leader in its field, working across numerous industries, spanning the entire United States and also crossing international borders and markets. Our lawyers are at the forefront of breaking developments in the real estate arena and are well equipped to anticipate and navigate changes in real estate development and finance that may affect our clients’ businesses.

The team works on a wide range of real estate transactions, real estate litigation, bankruptcies and workouts. This experience encompasses advising on large and sophisticated deals.

With a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international legal landscape, Sidley has built a reputation for being a powerful legal adviser for global businesses. With more than 2,000 lawyers across 20 offices worldwide, Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law.

Our highly regarded capital markets practice and broad transactional practice disciplines include corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, securitization, intellectual property, funds and other pooled investments, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bank and commercial lending, public finance, real estate, tax and employee benefits, as well as trusts and estates.

Sidley’s extensive litigation experience includes general and commercial litigation, regulatory and financial litigation, antitrust, white collar criminal defense, food and drug, healthcare, patent and other intellectual property litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, and international trade law.

Our offices are found in Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

“Clients describe Paul Walker as “a great legal mind in the market with great business acumen who is able to give me advice and counsel from a business perspective, giving me the pros, cons and the real risks – he just gets it.” He led on the $500 million purchase of a Hudson Yards commercial condominium unit in Manhattan, New York, earmarked for the future New York headquarters of Wells Fargo Securities.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017