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Hospitality Lawyer Insights from MTM: #12. What’s left for owners today?

26 May 2009

Hospitality Lawyer Insights from Meet the Money® 2009: The hospitality lawyers of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® have presented an annual hotel conference for 19 years. On May 5-7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, nearly 400 industry leaders gathered at the Sheraton LAX for Meet the Money® 2009.

Presentations from Hotel Industry thought leaders by JMBM’s hospitality lawyers

The PowerPoint presentations from a number of industry leaders at Meet the Money® 2009 are listed with hyperlinks at JEWELS from Meet the Money® 2009 — the “best ever” hotel conference.

Commentary and observations from the hospitality lawyers of JMBM and other industry experts on some of the critical industry issues are available at Hospitality Lawyer Insights.

Here is the latest in the Hospitality Lawyer Insights series on some of the most critical issues of our day.

#12. What’s left for owners today?

Bernard N. Siegel:


Bernard N. Siegel
KSL Capital Partners, LLC
(720) 284-6440

“Any deal that closed in ’06, ’07, or ’08 is basically underwater now.”

Robert B. Stiles:


Robert B. Stiles
Executive Vice President & Principal
Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman
(415) 658-3601

“So if you have equity, then it is gone.”

Troy Miller:

Troy Miller
Managing Director
Centerline Capital Group

“A study by Deutsche Bank indicates that an for investment made in the last 5 years, given 70% LTV, and dropping NOI — the loan cannot be refinanced. There is a train wreck that is going to happen.”

Thomas Corcoran:


Thomas Corcoran
Chairman of the Board
Felcor Lodging Trust Incorporated

“I haven’t seen these much negative RevPAR, for such a prolonged period of time. I don’t see when it will turn. Until you can turn that around, it will be hard to create value.”

Troy Miller:

“There is no source of refinancing at terms that work. 75% of loans are not financeable today, even if government were to provide financing.”

Michael Depatie:


Michael Depatie
President and CEO
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC

“If you had a hotel in 2008, it’s down 30 – 50% in 2009.”

Kevin Mahoney:


Kevin Mahoney
Stonebridge Companies

“The franchise community is under siege. Some brands are working with their owners. If owners continue to take care of their properties and their customers, good brands will help them get through these hard times.”

Suzanne Mellen:


Suzanne R. Mellen CRE MAI
Managing Director
HVS International
(415) 268-0351

“On average, a hotel is losing 40 percent of profitability.”

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