Banking Misconduct Blog


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....

LNR Partners – Storm Clouds Brewing for Special Servicers (CMBS Post)

LNR Partners – Storm Clouds Brewing for Special Servicers (CMBS Post)

[Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in September 2014 on our sister site Mahany Law. The post has been rewritten and moved to this site. Important information appears at the end relative to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.]\
Imagine that you...


Springing Guaranties and Bad Boy Provisions

Springing Guaranties and Bad Boy Provisions

Banks want as much security as they can when they loan money. Conversely, borrowers want to avoid as much personal liability as possible. It is been that way since the beginning of banking.

One tool that has found favor in recent years is a “springing guaranty” or...

Economic Duress (Another Tale of LNR Partners Wrongdoing)

Economic Duress (Another Tale of LNR Partners Wrongdoing)

We are not a fan of special servicers, especially LNR Partners and CWCapital. Somewhere along the way, both companies forgot their mission and began to be motivated by their own financial gain and not the well-being of their clients, the public or property owners.

Few property owners...

RICO Claims Must Cover 12 Months of Activity

Appeals Court Rules that Illegal Activity Must Continue at Least One Year to Establish Racketeering
How long must illegal behavior continue before it becomes racketeering? A federal appeals court in Philadelphia recently answered that question in an alleged Ponzi scheme case.
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Fraud Alert: Having Trouble with Your Bank? Don’t Tweet!

We don’t often publish fraud warnings, social media is full of them already. This one comes to us from our friends in the U.K. and is certainly worth repeating.

Tweeting about Problems with Your Bank Makes You a Target for Fraudsters
Think about it… you go to...

New Hope for California Homeowners - HAMP LOAN MODIFICATION POST

The housing and banking crisis of 2008 is long over. It’s been a decade since many homeowners woke up to find themselves underwater and owing the banks hundreds of thousands of dollars more than their house was worth. For others, it was worse. They woke up to no job and no ability to get...

JPMorgan Chase Sued Over Unauthorized Withdrawals

Is JPMorgan Chase Responsible for Unauthorized Withdrawals?
Imagine you own a small business. For years, you struggle to build the business, keep customers happy and hopefully earn a small profit. As a restaurant owner, you focus on making sure you have the best ingredients, good staff and...