Banking Misconduct Blog


Special Servicers – Do They Answer to Anyone? CMBS Post

Anyone commercial property owner facing a special servicer soon learns the deck is stacked. Many commercial loans today are securitized and packages into loan pools. These pools are sold to a trust that is owned by institutional investors. Unlike a bank that has offices and employees, a CMBS trust...

CMBS Mortgage Post – Mall Vacancies at Record High

As I write this post from my hotel room in Kingston, New York, a Toys R Us store sits empty in the parking lot across the street. Toys R Us is one of many big box retailers that have either closed completely or are going through a dramatic downsizing. For mall owners, that could mean...

Special Servicer LNR Partners Sued in Shopping Center Row

[Ed. Note - If you own a commercial property and find your loan has been transferred to a special servicer, READ THIS POST.]
The owners of a Ft. Wayne shopping center have filed suit against special servicer LNR Partners and others over a mortgage covering the property where the center is...

“Retail Apocalypse?” Words CMBS Borrowers Fear

It is a dangerous world right now for CMBS financed real estate investors. 2017 is expected to bring in a record number of defaults. Much of those defaults are simply the result of bad timing. Loans financed at the height of the real estate market in 2007 are coming due today. (Most CMBS borrowers...

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...