Banking Misconduct Blog


Special Servicing: the Ultimate Hardball Tactics

An article recently appeared on Syracuse.com. The title of the article was Inside Destiny USA’s Mortgage Emergency… Crisis or Hardball Bargaining? Destiny USA is the 6th largest retail mall in the United States. The journalist who wrote the article, Rick Moriarty, noted that the...

Second Mortgage Grounds for a Default? (Material vs Technical Breach)

Can a Lender Put Me in Default for a Technical Breach?  
Here is a chilling scenario that happens more than you think.  Borrower secures commercial mortgage back securities (CMBS) or other financing for the purchase of an office building or shopping mall. After a major tenant...

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...

From the Archives – CWCapital Sued for Libel, RICO

We are no fans of special servicers. At the top of our list of bad commercial loan servicers are CWCapital Asset Management (“CW Capital”) and LNR Partners. We have litigated complex CMBS cases against both companies, something few lawyers have done. Because our practice is so unique,...


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....

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...

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...