Banking Misconduct Blog


Current Challenges in CMBS Financing

Current Challenges in CMBS Financing

CMBS Loan Maturities and COVID-19 Last year was a rough year for many CMBS borrowers, particularly those owning hotels, retail space (shopping centers) and office buildings. In a matter of a few short weeks our nation went into lockdown. Even in red states where many businesses were allowed to...

Mall Says It Didn’t Default on Wells Fargo Loan (False Default)

Mall Says It Didn’t Default on Wells Fargo Loan (False Default)

We have represented many shopping centers, office parks and hotels. In recent times, many have missed payments because of the pandemic. While courts are usually sympathetic to borrowers who are struggling because of low occupancy or tenants that won’t pay, defending a monetary default case is...

JP Morgan Sued for Conflict of Interest (Lender Liability Post)

JP Morgan Sued for Conflict of Interest (Lender Liability Post)

JP Morgan Sued Over Its Involvement in the Sale of Good Technology Inc. Good Technology Inc is a mobile security provider that is today owned by BlackBerry Limited. How BlackBerry acquired the company and the price they paid is at the heart of the controversy.
Good Technology works behind...

Shopping Centers Say Lender Interfering with Tenants

Shopping Centers Say Lender Interfering with Tenants

So many shopping centers are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. Even with a vaccine, many experts say that the face of retail shopping has changed forever. How many people will permanently shop online once things return to normal?
Since the pandemic began, mall owners have had to...

CMBS Mortgages and B Piece Buyers

CMBS Mortgages and B Piece Buyers

In today’s commercial real estate market, commercial loans are often pooled together to create commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS). These loan pools typically have several tranches. Each varies in credit quality and payment priority.
The first-to-be paid tranches of bondholders...

Hotels and Hospitality Industry – CMBS Update

Hotels and Hospitality Industry – CMBS Update

It’s been a very long year for our friends in the retail and hospitality industry. Many mall and hotel owners are barely hanging on. Many are in default although special servicers have not actively sought to foreclose on most defaulted properties. In this post we look at the current state of...

Hotel Values Plummet – Borrowers Seeking Help

Hotel Values Plummet – Borrowers Seeking Help

Anyone who owns an office building, shopping center or other commercial space has probably seen their property values decrease since the pandemic began. Particularly hard hit are hotels, especially those in tourist areas.

The Financial Times reported in September that values are down...

Hotel and Shopping Center Loans in a Freefall – How to Survive

Hotel and Shopping Center Loans in a Freefall – How to Survive

Recently we read a story about the effects of COVID-19 on the hospitality and retail industry. It said that borrowers in “pandemic freefall struggle to avoid default.” Unfortunately, those struggles are real. We are seeing the worst year on record for hotel occupancy and sales figures....

Anatomy of a Lawsuit Against Rialto Capital Partners

Anatomy of a Lawsuit Against Rialto Capital Partners

[This post is taken from court documents and a story published by Law360. Although we represent the Plaintiffs in the lawsuits, we do not comment on pending litigation.]
Many commercial projects are financed with CMBS loans. Short for “Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities,” CMBS...