Banking Misconduct Blog


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...




Record Numbers of CMBS Borrowers Need Help – Covid-19

Record Numbers of CMBS Borrowers Need Help – Covid-19

Our phones have been ringing off the hook. Hotel and mall owners need help. The hospitality and retail industry went into crisis mode virtually overnight. According to Fitch Ratings, 2,600 commercial borrowers have already sought help. And that was in just two weeks of March! We suspect many...