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iGlobal Forum Chairman Nelson Migdal Highlights the Dynamics of International Law in the Hospitality Law Sector

Recently, our very own Nelson Migdal, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Hospitality Group, joined iGlobal Forum’s 3rd Global Hospitality and Lodging Investment Summit as the chairman and as a moderator for the opening panel session on the market outlook for the hospitality and lodging sector. Nelson shared with attendees his extensive experience working in the hospitality … Continue Reading

Intelligent Optimism Rules

Optimism is a powerful force, and it can drive us to undertake all sorts of endeavors, transactions, deals and challenges.  It is not limitless or intended to lead us to be blind or foolish to challenges that may lurk around the bend.  A better model might be optimism tempered by care and intelligence.   We have … Continue Reading

I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Actually, I heard it on the radio.  Specifically Michael Bull’s nationally syndicated weekly talk show about business and commercial real estate called The Commercial Real Estate Show. My few moments of fame, shared with Judy Hendrick, the CFO of Aimbridge Hospitality, and Mark Woodworth, President of Colliers PKF Hospitality Research, was actually very interesting and … Continue Reading

Not so Fast at the Eden Roc

Within hours of the appeals court’s ruling [Marriott International v Eden Roc 3-26-2013.pdf], there have been announcements about the demise of the long-term hotel management agreement and the hotel owner’s inviolate right to terminate (revoke) management agreements “at-will.”  But the wiser course might be to not speak too soon, but, rather, to ponder the consequences.  … Continue Reading

Stand Your Ground

Recently we have seen four situations where a hotel owner has taken matters into its own hands to remove the hotel manager from the hotel.  These cases are referred to as the Aviara, Marriott Waikiki, Fairmont Turnberry, and the Eden Rock.  Much has been already written and discussed about the “midnight raid” strategy where the … Continue Reading

2012 Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit – Hotel Business Continues to Excite

Perhaps “excite” is too strong a word, but the level of interest and excitement  was palpable and real at the inaugural  Georgetown  University Law  Center – American Hotel & Motel Lodging Association  Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit.  The event, hosted at the Georgetown  University Law  Center in Washington, D.C., drew over 150 hospitality, lodging and entertainment lawyers from both national and international locations, including … Continue Reading

Central and Eastern Europe Ready to Launch

The hospitality industry in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been working as hard as any element of the industry to recover from the macroeconomic issues that have dominated our thoughts during the last few years. In spite of the back drop of economic challenges, CEE remains poised to be a significant engine for economic growth.… Continue Reading

Mortgage Holders Get a Boost

Author:  Michael J. Sullivan, Esq.  The Supreme Court’s opinion in Radlax Gateway Hotel LLC, et al. v. Amalgamated Bank, which requires that real estate mortgage holders be permitted to credit bid up to the amount of its claim, will no doubt heighten interest in the “loan-to-own” strategy of purchasing debt to acquire the hotel. Through … Continue Reading

Time is on Your Side – ADA Pool Lift Regulations Suspended for 60 Days for Existing Pools

The hard deadline of March 15, 2012, for compliance with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design with regard to existing swimming pools, wading pools and spas has been suspended for 60 days.  Attorney General Eric Holder extended the date for compliance with Sections 242 and 1009 of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design until May 15, … Continue Reading

The Importance of Being Fair

Many readers of our blog know that an opinion was recently issued in yet another hotel operator v. hotel owner dispute. The Sheraton v. Castillo  opinion, issued on November 18, 2011, is dense, very detailed and heavily fact dependent. One element of the court’s assessment of the relationship between the parties deserves special mention and should not be overlooked in our heavily … Continue Reading

Adjusting to China’s Role in Global Hospitality

Ross Woods of Hotel Investment Strategies says that Americans may need to pay much more attention to the ever growing role of China in the hospitality business in particular and in the global economy generally.  Perhaps this awareness began in 2009 when Keck Seng Investments of Hong Kong bought the W Hotel San Francisco.   It then took … Continue Reading

THANK YOU: Greenberg Traurig and Hospitality Team Members Listed Among Top Law Firms and Lawyers in the United States

It starts with a phone call and it culminates in an exciting and challenging hospitality project.  We would like to take a moment to thank our clients for making that phone call and giving us the opportunity to serve you every day.  Chambers and Partners, publisher of an annual guide ranking U.S. lawyers and law … Continue Reading