Banking Misconduct Blog


CMBS for Novice Investors

Understanding Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) can be a daunting task for the novice investor. As lender liability lawyers, we grapple with complex loan arrangements daily. We understand the jargon, the many different players in a CMBS transaction and how all the pieces fit together....

CMBS Loan Modifications – Who Should You Call?

You are a borrower with a multimillion loan. The bank where you borrowed the money has long ago sold the loan to a Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities or CMBS trust. Worried about falling occupancy or even hoping for better terms, you decide to seek a loan modification. What should you...

Another CMBS Investor Deal Heads to Special Servicer LNR Partners

Back in 2006, investing in the Little Rock Regions Bank Building sounded like a great deal. That year, the real estate market nationwide was quite hot. Few knew that within two years, the bubble would burst. In September of that year, a company called NNN 400 Capitol Center and several dozen...

Tick Tock... CMBS Crisis Looms (Lender Liability Post)

Rating agencies are sounding the alarm over the looming problems facing maturing CMBS loans. A large percentage of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) financed loans were underwritten in 2006 and 2007 at the height of the real estate market. Those loans are coming due just as the...

LNR Partners - A "Cash Cow" (CMBS Special Servicer Post)

Yesterday Seeking Alpha published an article on Starwood Property Trust, the owner of embattled special servicer LNR Partners LLC. The article hails Starwood as a "cash cow" and worthy investment. Where does Starwood get much of its cash? From LNR.
LNR Partners is the nation's...

Many TIC & CMBS Financed Projects Facing Default

“Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” that is how I describe the many owners of real estate projects financed with CMBS or tenant in common structures. The ship is sinking, slipping under the surface, yet the party on the upper decks continues. Unfortunately, the folks most at...

Over One Third of CMBS Loans Could Default by 2017

Many CMBS loans are coming due in 2016 and 2017. Morningstar reports that almost half of the maturing Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities loans are overleveraged. That means that they are facing imminent maturity defaults.
According to a report published by Morningstar Credit Ratings, over...

CMBS Woes - New Risks from B Piece Buyers

If the title of this post is confusing, you aren’t alone. There are only a handful of lawyers in the country that regularly handle Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) related issues. We are often called upon by the owners of real property to sue servicers, special servicers and...