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SALE OF HYATT REGENCY CLEARWATER

Berger Singerman represented 301 South Gulfview LLC in connection with its sale of Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa located in Clearwater Beach, Florida to BW CW Hospitality LLC. The 250-guestroom suite resort is set along the Florida coast between the Gulf of Mexico and Intercoastal Waterway in Clearwater Beach, Florida. 

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON TALLAHASSEE

Berger Singerman represented Hunter Harp Holdings in negotiating the acquisition of the Doubletree by Hilton Tallahassee, a 240-plus room, Doubletree by Hilton branded, luxury boutique hotel. The hotel was acquired for approximately $21 million from a New York City-based private equity firm. Attorney team members negotiated the purchase and sale agreement despite the seller’s “take it or leave it” stance. In addition, the deal included negotiating a first and second mortgage, the latter of which involved Small Business Administration financing, and a new franchise agreement.

ACQUISITION & MODIFICATION OF LOAN SECURED BY ORLANDO POWER RETAIL CENTER

Berger Singerman represented a well-known New York City debt hedge fund, in connection with its simultaneous (i) discounted acquisition of a loan with a balance in excess of $11 million from Bank of America (via Bear Stearns) which is secured by a power retail center in Orlando, Florida, and (ii) negotiation and consummation of a loan modification with the distressed borrower who owned the center. This “hard money” loan acquisition was extremely time-pressured because Bank of America’s offer to accept a steeply discounted purchase was subject to consummating the acquisition of the loan in a two week period. The client would only undertake the acquisition of the loan if the existing property owner would agree to materially modified loan terms. Accordingly, the representation included promptly negotiating, documenting and performing due diligence in connection with both the loan acquisition and loan modification. The transaction was further complicated by the fact that the distressed borrower group was comprised of several people with competing interests, which required substantial management of the relationship with the borrower.

APPROVAL FOR MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

Berger Singerman has been assisting a real estate developer with obtaining final approval for 624-residences, 100,000 square feet of commercial and 100,000 square feet of hotel/hospitality use on an 850-acre site across two county government jurisdictions in an example of new urbanism. The property is zoned for one house on five acres. After four years of negotiation Berger Singerman succeeded in obtaining the necessary preliminary approvals from the State of Florida and from the applicable counties. The development area is an important water recharge area for some of Florida’s better-known springs. The development of a system to clean up wastewater to a high quality and use the treated effluent for irrigation on the golf course and landscape was critical to community support and state and county approval. The combination of our water resource management, new urbanism, and general land use expertise was  instrumental in securing a favorable outcome for the client.

CHARTER SCHOOL MATTER

Berger Singerman represented a developer in connection with the prevention of an undesired land use on adjacent property. The proposed development of a property adjacent to the client’s industrial park in Broward County entailed the building of a 1,500-student K-12 charter school on a very small site occupying both sides of the only road into and out of the park. The proposed development would have meant that heavy vehicles entering the park would have had to drive through a school zone with extensive school bus and automobile queues blocking the access road. The community was very supportive of charter schools and was simultaneously trying to accommodate development of a vacant property in a financially distressed market. Berger Singerman was successful in stopping the development in its entirety as a result of obtaining the reversal of the initial favorable recommendation of city staff by getting Broward County to acknowledge it did not have the authority to approve charter school traffic circulation plans. This resulted in the withdrawal of the county approval of the traffic plan for the school that city staff had relied upon.

CONDO HOTEL DEAL

Berger Singerman represented an institutional real estate investment fund with a national presence in connection with its participation in a luxury coastal condominium hotel resort, through the acquisition of its fulcrum security, a controlling participating interest in its senior loan in default. The transaction was complicated by its tight time schedule, and the need to structure the investment with the client’s separately represented joint venture partner. To minimize risk during the initial period, Berger Singerman structured the transaction as a loan secured by the first participation interests being acquired, with the right to convert that position into a controlling equity ownership once the acquired participation interests reached the requisite majority to instruct the lead lender regarding the pending foreclosure and other matters. Berger Singerman’s work on this transaction included (a) conducting due diligence which included matters affecting the underlying real estate investment, and also encompassed the senior loan, its participation interest structure, as well as the pending foreclosure litigation proceedings; (b) documenting the initial loan transaction; and (c) negotiating the limited liability company operating agreement that would come into effect upon exercise of the client’s option to convert into equity. Berger Singerman completed the transaction successfully, and within the allotted time period.

CONDOMINIUM TRANSACTION

Berger Singerman represented a real estate investment firm which manages over $4.8 billion of equity commitments in its acquisition, through a bankruptcy plan, of 600+ condominium units in two 47-story towers and commercial/retail space in a failed high-rise mixed-use development near the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. This transaction involved the acquisition of Bank of America’s interests in a plan of reorganization of Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession. Through the plan, Bank of America was to take title to the 600+ condominium units, together with the ground floor commercial/retail space, a four-story fitness center, and the master common amenities. In addition to the acquisition of Bank of America’s loan and security interests and its interests in the plan of reorganization, Berger Singerman’s engagement involved the acquisition of certain development rights, workout and claims reconciliation with several contractors, legal work necessary for a final Certificate of Occupancy and the handling of condominium association issues.

CORAL LANDINGS

Berger Singerman represented Stiles Corporation in its acquisition of a final judgment of foreclosure entered in connection with a defaulted mortgage loan secured by a half built shopping center. The representation in this transaction was multi-faceted and included (a) reviewing the title work and concurrency and development related matters in connection with the property, (b) analyzing the voluminous foreclosure litigation, (c) reviewing bankruptcy risks, (d) negotiating with the lender in connection with the acquisition of the loan, which involved the allocation of risks associated with on-going litigation with the contractor for the project as well as one of the tenants for the project, (e) completing the foreclosure and assisting our client in becoming the successful bidder at the foreclosure sale and in obtaining a certificate of title for the property, (f) working with existing tenants to overcome termination rights, (g) facilitating the termination of the court appointed receivership that was previously in control of the property, (h) obtaining an extension of expiring permits in order to preserve building rights and (i) negotiating and closing on construction financing to fund the completion of the shopping center.

DISPOSITION OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY

Berger Singerman represented a national assisted living facility owner in connection with the disposition of its Florida operations to a private equity firm. Complicated features of this transaction included a short sale situation involving a third-party institutional lender group who served as a blockage for some period of time to the deal, and the fact that ownership of the assisted living facility was bifurcated between the fee owner and the operator who could not agree on terms including whether or not to sell the underlying asset.

DOWNTOWN MIAMI LAND WORKOUT

Berger Singerman represented a real estate developer who through various affiliated partnerships acquired several parcels of land in downtown at the height of the market for the purpose of developing a 20+ acre mixed-use project. Seven of these parcels owned by separate affiliated partnerships were intended to be the cornerstone of this project. Berger Singerman represented the developer in the workout of the separate acquisition loans in connection with these properties. The workout structure was challenging because each parcel was the subject of a separate and distinct ownership structure and a separate and distinct mortgage loan. There were also different guarantors for certain of the loans. The loan workout facilitated an uncontested foreclosure of the parcels and provided for a release of the liability of the settling guarantors of the indebtedness in connection with each of the seven loans upon the sale of each of the parcels to a new developer. The ultimate sale of the parcels resulted in a reduction of liabilities to the partnerships and their principals who were settling guarantors in an amount in excess of $30 million.

FIDDLER’S CREEK

Berger Singerman represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of Fiddler’s Creek, LLC and 27 of its subsidiaries in connection with the master planned residential community known as Fiddler’s Creek in Southwestern Florida. In addition to a number of bankruptcy, litigation and operational issues, the Fiddler’s cases involved a number of cutting edge issues regarding the claims of Community Development Districts (“CDDs”) in Florida. The CDDs in Fiddler’s issued over $109 million of bond debt to finance the construction of infrastructure in the community. The bondholders do not have direct claims against Fiddler’s as the claims are held by the CDDs, which are instruments of local government. The bondholders argued, unsuccessfully, that they –and not the CDDs– should vote on the debtors’ plan of reorganization. Notwithstanding, the Bankruptcy Court has granted the bondholders standing to object to confirmation of the reorganization plans. Berger Singerman was materially involved in negotiating material terms of the plans which provide for, among other things, payment in full to the holders of allowed, general unsecured claims.

HIGH-END RESIDENTIAL PURCHASE

Berger Singerman served as a counsel to a non-U.S. party in the acquisition of a high-end residential property in Miami, Florida for the purchase price in excess of $13 million. Representation involved working with the client and its international legal team through every stage of the transaction, including development of the property holding structure, international tax planning, formation and capitalization of the purchasing entity, and construction of the interior improvements. Berger Singerman’s expertise in Russian and Ukrainian languages facilitated the firm’s representation of a non-U.S. party.

HOTEL DUVAL

Berger Singerman represented Hunter Harp Holdings in negotiating the sale of Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, a 117-room, Marriott-branded luxury boutique hotel. Hotel Duval sold for $23 million to a private national hotel operator. Attorney team members negotiated the purchase and sale agreement in a timely fashion to accommodate the football season revenue the hotel generates due to Florida State University’s season.  In addition, the deal included  negotiating two separate franchise terminations with Marriott hotels and Shula’s restaurant, located within the hotel, and took the lead to negotiate with the franchisors for new agreements with the new owner once the sale was complete.

LOCAL COUNSEL RESTRUCTURE

Berger Singerman was local Florida counsel in the restructuring of the loans to a client and its various property owing subsidiaries in the purchase and financing of certain properties and the refinancing of other properties with multiple co-borrowers or co-guarantors owning properties in Florida and other states. The Florida parts of the overall transaction involved both the acquisition of certain properties and the transfer of ownership by one related entity to another related entity. In some instances, existing notes and mortgages held by Fannie Mae and other lenders were purchased, modified and assigned to Freddie Mac and then modified and merged into the overall credit facility. The Berger Singerman team developed a method of sequencing the initial execution, recordation and subsequent amendment of the mortgage documents for each transaction in a way that substantially limited the tax liability for each mortgage transaction, but still allowed each Florida property owner to become a co-obligor on the entire loan indebtedness as required by Freddie Mac. In order to obtain the consent of Freddie Mac to this unusual method of debt structuring, Berger Singerman applied for and obtained an informal advisory opinion from the Florida Department of Revenue approving the transfer method and the resulting tax savings.

MALL TRANSACTION

Berger Singerman represented a real estate investment company in connection with the acquisition by a joint venture between it and a major retail developer, of multiple parcels, including an existing failed mall property and adjacent “big box” retail facilities, for redevelopment into a new 900,000 square foot lifestyle center. In addition to the traditional formation of a joint venture and real estate acquisition aspects of this matter, including the coordinated closing of parcels from three separate sellers, Berger Singerman was engaged to review and analyze, and to develop legal theories to address, risks pertaining to (a) the rights of existing tenants under existing leases and subleases which could hamper redevelopment, (b) potential environmental conditions that could delay redevelopment, and (c) meaningful land use restrictions and governmental approvals that would be needed to undertake the intended large-scale development since development of this magnitude required compliance with applicable regulations governing traffic and other infrastructure concerns and is subject to an approval process which is also entwined in the local political process.

MIRASOL WATER MANAGEMENT ISSUE

Berger Singerman represents the Mirasol Master Maintenance Association which governs the 2,300-acre Mirasol residential and golf course community in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The homeowners took control of the Association from the developer in 2008 and quickly discovered that many of the 44 lakes built by the developer were not constructed in accord with the regional water management district permit. As a result, the lakes are in need of repairs costing $5-$10 million. In addition, a drinking water utility pumps water from a well field adjacent to Mirasol which lowers water levels in the lakes and accentuates dangerous erosion and collapse of the lake banks. The unique experience of Berger Singerman partner Sam Poole in water management and land development issues facilitated the identification of these complex issues by technical experts, leading to a pending reduction in the amount of water allowed to be pumped from the water supply wells and demands on the developer to repair the lake banks to conform to the original permit. Berger Singerman is representing the Mirasol Master Maintenance Association in its complaint filed against the developer and other parties responsible for designing, building and certifying the lake construction.

MULTI-STATE LAND WORKOUT

Berger Singerman represented a real estate developer in a global settlement agreement with two separate lenders and several borrowers involving the transfer to the holders of the mortgage loans in excess of 5,300 acres located in South Carolina and in excess of 2,500 acres located in the Port St. Lucie, Florida area and the settlement of all claims among the parties. This transaction involved an out of court settlement with the two separate lenders – one involving $159 million of outstanding acquisition and development loans secured by over 7,800 acres of collateral located in South Carolina and Florida and the other involving $25 million acquisition and development loan secured by collateral located in South Carolina. The $159 million lender had indicated that it may assert certain claims against the corporate parent of the borrower alleging that certain loans funds were distributed to the corporate parent without the consent of the lender. In addition, a portion of the property development was financed by the other lender and therefore the settlement agreements needed to take into consideration the potential for the failure to settle with the other lender and the bankruptcy implications of that potential failure. Finally, the transaction involved a complicated “bankruptcy saving” participation agreement which provided that, under certain circumstances, certain affiliates of the borrower would participate in certain recoveries from the borrower. This participation agreement provided comfort to the parties that certain uncontrollable risks of the settlement would be addressed in a manner that minimized the financial impact to the borrower and its corporate parent. Because of the complexity of the issues and the interrelationship between the real property loan issues, corporate distribution issues, corporate governance issues and bankruptcy issues, a team approach by the Business Reorganization Team of Berger Singerman and the Business, Finance and Tax Team of Berger Singerman was essential to address these issues in a coordinated and efficient manner.

MULTI-STATE REFINANCE

Berger Singerman served as local Florida counsel in a transaction involving the refinancing of the client’s $325,000,000.00 lending line secured by numerous properties in multiple states. The Florida portion involved seven different properties which were owned by different subsidiary entities in three separate loan transactions over an eighteen month period and involved multiple co-borrowers or co-guarantors owning properties in Florida and other states. Berger Singerman’s structuring of how the Florida properties fit into the overall loan structure and the preparation the loan documentation involved the utilization of existing indebtedness acquired from the prior lenders. The sequencing of the amendments to the mortgage documents for each refinance transaction involved the structuring of each transaction to accomplish the lender’s desired end result of multiple obligors, but with recovery for each of the Florida properties limited to their respective fair market value. This methodology and the sequencing of the execution and recording of the numerous documents resulted in substantial cost savings to the client in the amount of documentary stamp tax and intangible taxes payable on the refinancing transactions, while accomplishing compliance with the requirements of the lenders and Freddie Mac.

PITTSBURGH HOTEL

Berger Singerman represented the successful plan proponent in a series of reorganization transactions for an iconic Pittsburgh hotel, which included our client’s acquisition of all the equity in the debtor. These transactions included: (a) restructuring the hotel’s senior secured financing under BlackRock Capital’s $49.6 million loan, (b) negotiating and implementing a new Franchise Agreement followed by a Hotel Management Agreement, (c) consummating $8 million of additional financing from the franchisor, secured by the Hotel’s equity, (d) placing up to $11 million in junior mortgage financing from our client as Plan Proponent, and (e) resolving other secured and unsecured claims.

PORT DEVELOPMENT AND LEASING

Berger Singerman represents an international cruise line and its affiliates in connection with the development and implementation of the Historic Port of Falmouth, Jamaica, a brand-new, state-of-the-art full service cruise port in the Caribbean valued at approximately $225 million. Phase I of the project involved the negotiation and preparation of a marine construction agreement among the client, the Jamaican government and a marine contractor, and a development agreement and long-term ground lease between the client and the Jamaican government. Phase II of the project included the development of an upland retail center and accompanying infrastructure such as water, sewer electricity and technology. Further, Phase II has involved preparation of about 70 subleases between the client and international tenants.

REIT BULK PURCHASE

Berger Singerman served as local Florida counsel for an REIT in connection with the acquisition of 13 residential apartment projects located throughout Florida in a transaction exceeding $120 million and the subsequent refinancing of each such project, including, without limitation, reviewing the purchase and sale agreement for Florida law issues, delivering a Florida local counsel legal opinion with respect to each acquisition, providing legal counsel with respect to documentary stamp tax and intangible tax issues with respect to such acquisition and financing of such transaction and assisting the client in connection with the refinance of each of the apartment projects, including, without limitation, providing a local counsel legal opinion and providing structuring counsel with respect to documentary stamp taxes and intangible taxes which may be due with respect to such transaction.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD.

Berger Singerman represented Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in a public-private partnership with Florida International University (FIU) to construct a $20 million facility for its entertainers on the university’s Biscayne Bay campus. The 130,000-square-foot facility will include specialized equipment to enable Royal Caribbean’s performers to train at the facility, as well as a 300-seat theater, 10 rehearsal studios and 20,000 square feet for costume creation and storage. In addition, Royal Caribbean performers training at the facility will live on campus during the training.

SEA ISLAND

Berger Singerman represented the interests of those unsecured creditors whose claims were not assumed (paid at par) under the terms of an asset purchase agreement for the sale of all of the assets of Sea Island, including real property which included, raw land, golf courses, and the Lodge and Cloisters hotel, and was able to obtain the buyers’ agreement to assume additional deferred compensation liabilities and improvements in the terms of the golf membership plans. Berger Singerman also successfully negotiated other enhancements for the benefit of unsecured creditors, including an increase in the amount of the cash to be set aside for the unsecured creditors of over 100% (from $3 million to approximately $6.5 million). The lenders also agreed to contribute approximately $220,000 to fund the operations of the liquidating trust under the plan as well as limit their deficiency claim. The enhancements resulted in at least $8.2 million of additional value for the unsecured creditors.

SELF-STORAGE WORKOUT

Berger Singerman represented a once national (large-scale) self-storage owner and operator, and certain of his closely-held affiliates, in connection with substantial out-of-court restructuring and work out matters – involving both his institutional, hedge partner and a syndicate of third-party lenders that provided acquisition funding to the client (totaling USD $1,000,000,000) for the purchase of self-storage facilities during the real estate run up. This representation included (a) resolving competing interests of both (1) a consortium of lenders representing hundreds of millions, and (2) “one off” banks representing fifty million, all of whom collectively alleged were owed hundreds of millions of dollars from our client and his affiliates, on poorly performing real estate (self-storage) loans that had defaulted or matured; (b) obtaining a release of guarantor liability in exchange for (1) a pledge of cash flow on other performing assets (which themselves had syndicate financing which had to be analyzed for purposes of the pledge) and (2) a “hope” note; (c) obtaining a general release for the client and employment opportunity (on going forward basis) from the very same hedge fund partner who threatened assertion of multi-million dollar claims against the client based on numerous prior intra company and affiliate loans, as well as supposed mismanagement and breach of duty; (d) negotiating discounted payoffs – quite literally the properties themselves with no additional payments, or alternatively the properties together with a payment for cents on the dollar; and (e) dealing with approximately fifteen banks, many of which have themselves been in distress and/or even acquired, providing more hurdles to obtaining approvals for the settlements.

TAYLOR, BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORPORATION

Berger Singerman represented Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corporation, during the pendency of its bankruptcy proceeding and post-bankruptcy, in its liquidating phase, in connection with its sales of performing and non-performing residential mortgage loans. TBW was previously a leading mortgage lender whose business was comprised of originating, underwriting, processing and funding conforming conventional and government-insured residential mortgage loans, sales of mortgage loans into the secondary market, and mortgage payment processing and loan servicing. During the pendency of the bankruptcy, Berger Singerman represented TBW in a sale of loans originating in over 41 states, for a purchase price of approximately $31 million. The sale was conducted pursuant to an auction process subject to bankruptcy court approval, and was complicated by the existence of cease and desist orders issued by various attorneys general in states where certain of the mortgages originated. The sale involved coordination with third party servicers and custodians of the loan documents, including attorneys handling foreclosure proceedings. In its post-bankruptcy liquidating phase, Berger Singerman has assisted TBW in preparing bidder forms and instructions for potential purchasers of loan pools, and in negotiating, drafting and closing additional sales of loan pools for multi-million dollar purchase prices.

TRANSFER OF NURSING HOME BEDS

Berger Singerman represented several licensed senior housing facilities in connection with the de-licensing and transfer of excess nursing home beds.

ORANGE GROVE SALE

Berger Singerman represented Arcadia-based Orange-Co LP in the $274 million sale of its orange groves to agricultural giant Alico Inc. The approximately 20,260 nearly contiguous acres in DeSoto and Charlotte counties, the legal description of which was 180 pages, was one of the principal suppliers of oranges for juice to the Minute Maid Co., owned by the Coca-Cola Co.  Although the buyer saw this as a merger-and-acquisition deal as opposed to a real estate transaction, Berger Singerman was successful in closing the deal as a hybrid transaction with some aspects of a typical mergers and acquisitions transaction and some aspects of a real estate transaction. The transaction also included the sale of software developed by Orange-Co to Alico, and a license for such software to Orange-Co for potential future use.

ACQUISITION OF MULTI-FAMILY PARCEL

Berger Singerman represented Florida Crystals in the acquisition of a 13 acre parcel of land within a 618 acre development of regional impact in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The purchase agreement was conditioned upon the seller acquiring the Property, which occurred less than a week prior to closing. Berger Singerman’s role included negotiations for the acquisition of the Property; land use, zoning, and entitlement due diligence; survey and title review and resolution of title matters including access to the Property; and post-closing development obligations. The transaction included the negotiation and preparation of (a) temporary and permanent access easements to the Property over currently uncompleted roads, (b) parking easements, (c) development agreements, (d) an agreement relating to seller’s post-closing development obligations as well as post-closing infrastructure developments by Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District and Florida Power & Light, (e) homeowners association documents, (f) drainage easements,  (g) assignment of an agricultural lease, (h) assignment of developer rights, and (i) amendments to the DRI development documents to allow development of 375  apartment units on the Property. The transaction closed prior to the seller completing the infrastructure improvements, requiring post-closing agreements obligating the seller to complete the infrastructure improvements after closing and protecting the buyer in the event the seller failed to complete the infrastructure improvements.

SALE OF DEVELOPED LOTS IN MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY

Berger Singerman represented the seller of 184 fully developed lots in a master planned, homeowners association community. Our client acquired by the property from a lender that had foreclosed on the 95 acre undeveloped property. The sale of fully developed lots required negotiations relating to the obligations of the seller to “develop” the lots and project, including the construction of recreational facilities, entrance gates and entrance features, perimeter walls, roadways, signage, street lighting, water and sewer system, irrigation system, landscaping, lake fountains, sidewalks, and other infrastructure. In addition, various homeowners associations were formed and declarations of restrictive covenants governing the project were negotiated and recorded. Berger Singerman was engaged to in all aspects of the transaction including the negotiation and documentation of the contract, license agreement, and promissory note and guaranty relating to the sale of the model lots, as well as resolution of title issues, platting issues, development issues, and issues relating to management of the development by a third party manager. In addition, profit participation was negotiated and continues to be re-negotiated as the project continues.

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September 20, 2016

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September 9, 2016

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July 22, 2016

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June 2, 2016

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February 1, 2016

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January 7, 2016

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January 7, 2016

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January 6, 2016

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January 6, 2016

Sun Sentinel quotes Jeff Margolis and Marc Shuster on "Real estate will remain strong in 2016, report says"

January 6, 2016

Berger Singerman Elevates David Black and Paul Figg to Partner

January 4, 2016

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Doing Business in Florida, "It's Time to Batten Down the Construction Site in Anticipation of Severe Weather"

June 6, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, "2017 Florida Condominium and Homeowners Association Legislation"

May 15, 2017

Real Estate and Hospitality Trends - Spring 2017

April 20, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, "Legislation to Overhaul Florida's Construction: Defect Law Moving Through the Legislature"

April 17, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, Drones Are in the Air and "Should Also Be on Associations' Agendas"

April 14, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, "All Aboard Florida Underway"

April 6, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, "The Rise of Transit Oriented Development"

February 17, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, "Forever Barred? Does Sending a Pre-Suit Notice of Construction Defects Prevent Dismissal of a Lawsuit Based on the Statute of Repose"

February 13, 2017

Doing Business in Florida "The Fight Over Short Term Rentals – Two Competing Bills Could Change the Short Term Rental Landscape in Florida"

January 23, 2017

Doing Business in Florida, "Death, Taxes, Insurance, Oh My!"

December 13, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "Pressure's Building on South Florida's Urban (Re)Development"

December 6, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – Showcasing the Real in Real Estate"

December 1, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "Is a Property Owner Required to Accept Its Contractor's Offer to Repair Construction Defects"

November 8, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Florida's Urban Revitalization: Good-Bye White Picket Fences, Hello Live-Work-Play Communities"

October 14, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "Why Florida Businesses Should Keep Their Eye on Puerto Rico"

October 11, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "EMERGENCY POWERS: What Condominium and Homeowners Association Board Members Need to Know"

October 5, 2016

Daily Business Review, "As New Condos Rise, Will There Be a Surge in Construction Defects Suits?"

October 4, 2016

Construction Today, "Responding to Default Notices"

September 20, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "Wind v. Wave: Making the Critical Distinction of Damage Caused by Storm Winds and Storm Surge"

September 9, 2016

Doing Business in Florida "Considerations for Warehouse Mortgage Lenders"

September 8, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Augmented Legality: Novel Legal Issues Presented in an Augmented World"

September 6, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "As New Condominiums Rise in Florida, Will There Be a Surge in New Construction Defects Suits?"

September 6, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "The "Amazon Effect" – the New "Walmart Effect" – an Accelerating Trend"

August 15, 2016

Law360, "Insurance Agents - Help Your Client, But Protect Yourself"

July 1, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Get Ahead of the Storm: Issues for Lease Considerations"

June 10, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Don't Be a Scapegoat: What an Insurance Agent Should Know When Preparing Clients for Hurricane Season"

June 6, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "New York Simplifies Registration Requirements for Certain Out-Of-State Real Estate Projects"

May 12, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Has the 90-Day Deadline to Record a Florida Construction Lien Started Ticking?"

May 10, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "New Electronic Voting Rules for Condominiums Bring Association Votes into the 21st Century"

March 17, 2016

Real Estate and Hospitality Trends – Spring 2016

March 10, 2016

Doing Business in Florida,"Preparing for Turnover – What a Developer Should be Mindful Of"

February 17, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "South Florida's Real Estate Market in 2016: What Local Real Estate Professionals Have to Say"

February 8, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Survey Says... Latin America Will Continue to Drive Foreign Investment in South Florida Real Estate in 2016"

January 27, 2016

Doing Business in Florida, "Looming Election Won't Take Shine Off of South Florida's Real Estate Market According to Berger Singerman Survey"

January 6, 2016

Marc Shuster, Speaker, Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference, "Investing Strategies for a Changing (and Volatile) Market"

September 12, 2018

Marc Shuster, Moderator, "Family Office Investments: Look Out Institutionals, There is a New Kid on the Block!" session at the 2018 Crittenden National Real Estate Conference

April 24, 2018

Marc Shuster, Speaker, "The 2027 Real Estate Market," 2017 Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference

October 27, 2017

Tony Carriuolo, Speaker, "Remedies Roundup 2017," ACMA Annual Meeting

September 15, 2017

Mitch Goldberg, Speaker, "Tax Issues for Non-Residents Buying U.S. Real Estate", Signature Real Estate Companies Annual Meeting

June 14, 2017

Javi Vazquez, Speaker, "Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce South Florida Real Estate Summit + R.E.A.L. Awards Luncheon," Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

April 21, 2017

Mitchell W. Goldberg, Speaker, Wynmoor's Greater Toronto Area Association (GTA) Panel Discussion and Seminar

March 7, 2017

Jeff Margolis, Moderator, "Miami Residential & Multi-Family Forum," Bisnow

December 13, 2016

Marc Shuster, Moderator, "Hotels galore! Opportunities, Challenges & Trends," Miami's Hospitality & Culinary Surge

October 18, 2016

Marc Shuster, Speaker, "Creative Ideas and Methods to Source, Structure and Finance Non-Traditional, "Off Market" Real Estate Deals," Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference

September 23, 2016

Michael Higer and Gina Clausen Lozier, Hosts, "The Burdens of Proof for Public Adjusters," Hurricane Preparedness Week

June 9, 2016

Marc Shuster, Moderator, "5th Real Estate Summit," YJP Miami

June 8, 2016

Gina Clausen Lozier, Michael Higer and Jeffrey Wertman, Presenters, "Best Practices in Handling Insurance Claims," Hurricane Preparedness Week

June 6, 2016

Jeff Margolis, Panelist, "How Illegal Short Term Rentals are Affecting our Hotel Industry," Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

April 19, 2016

James Berger, Panelist, "The Horizons Are Endless: South Florida's New Development Outlook," IPA Commercial Real Estate Forum: Florida

January 28, 2016

Kat Amador, Chair, "Making it Rain in 2016," The Women of the Latin Builders Association

January 28, 2016