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ULI presentations available on adding a hotel to a shopping center or mall

5 March 2013

Hotel Lawyer on adding a hotel to shopping centers and malls.

The ULI program held on February 20, 2013 in JMBM’s Los Angeles offices was a great success. The program title says it all — “Back to the Future: The Renaissance of Hotel-Retail Mixed-Use.”

As one might expect for a ULI event on a timely topic like this, there was a capacity crowd, sharing of the latest “technology” in adding hotels to shopping centers, and a veteran team of presenters.

Jim Butler, Chairman of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group®, moderated the panel, which included:

  • Guy Maisnik, Partner and Vice Chairman of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group®
  • Steve Mermell, Assistant City Manager, City of Pasadena
  • Bruce Baltin, Senior Vice President, PKF Consulting
  • Les Melcher, SVP – Business Development, Woodbine Development Corporation

The panel looked at why many shopping center owners and developers are adding hotels to their projects, and commented on some tips and traps along the way. There were some great case studies that the panelists worked on.

The slide presentations of the presenters are available at under the “RESOURCE CENTER” tab, and then under “Industry Presentations” (where they are currently the top item). Or you can click here.

We hope you find the presentations informative and helpful. Give us a call if you want to explore how you might tap into our expertise on bringing a hotel to your shopping center project.

Another chance to hear the experts on hotel-retail mixed-use.

If you missed this program, you will not want to miss a similar panel of experts that will present at Meet the Money® 2013 at the Sheraton LAX, May 6-8, 2013. Go to to register or for more information.

As leaders in this new wave of hotel development, we are currently involved in a number of major projects around the country, and have written several articles and been quoted in the press. See for example our recent article from Hotel Business entitled “Hotel-retail mixed-use: A wave of new hotel development is beginning to swell” and from predicting hotel-retail as a significant trend for 2013 and 2014, “Hotel-Retail mixed-use: hospitality industry trend for 2013.”

This is Jim Butler, author of and hotel lawyer, signing off. We’ve done more than $87 billion of hotel transactions and have developed innovative solutions to help investors be successful in bidding for hotel acquisitions, and helping investors and lenders to unlock value from troubled hotel transactions. Who’s your hotel lawyer?

Our Perspective. We represent hotel lenders, owners and investors. We have helped our clients find business and legal solutions for more than $125 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 4,700 properties all over the world. For more information, please contact Jim Butler at or 310.201.3526.

Jim Butler is a founding partner of JMBM, and Chairman of its Global Hospitality Group® and Chinese Investment Group®. Jim is one of the top hospitality attorneys in the world. GOOGLE “hotel lawyer” and you will see why.

Jim and his team are more than “just” great hotel lawyers. They are also hospitality consultants and business advisors. They are deal makers. They can help find the right operator or capital provider. They know who to call and how to reach them.

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