Jim Butler

Jim Butler

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

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City of Los Angeles v. Patel — US Supreme Court voids LA ordinance requiring hotel operators to turn over guest records on demand

US Supreme Court voids Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotel operators to turn over guest records on demand. In a 5-4 opinion rendered on June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that a Los Angeles municipal...more

7/1/2015 - City of Los Angeles City of Los Angeles v Patel Due Process Guest Registry Hotels Judicial Review Local Ordinance Right to Privacy SCOTUS Warrantless Searches

Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business

Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business: protecting your family and your business - The hospitality industry has been kind to families over the centuries, providing a good living for many, and...more

2/23/2015 - Estate Tax Family Businesses Hospitality Industry Hotels Small Business Succession Planning

Polis Bill Reform EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

With the regional center program set to expire in September 2015, the EB-5 industry has been given new life in the form of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015. The Act was introduced today by Congressmen...more

2/5/2015 - EB-5 Immigrant Investment Visas Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation

ADA Defense Lawyer: New ADA standards for website accessibility

Since at least 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been advocating standardized website development and content to promote access to blind and low vision internet users. In 2013, the DOJ withdrew its proposed...more

1/9/2015 - ADA DOJ NPRM Website Accessibility Websites

The shrinking terms of hotel management agreements - Better bargaining position for hotel owners on HMAs

The relationship between hotel owners and managers continues to evolve. Hotel management agreements historically were long-term. Fifty to sixty year terms were common. However, in the last few years, hotel owners have...more

12/30/2014 - Contract Negotiations Franchises Hospitality Industry Hotel Management Agreements Hotels

Condo hotels: Don’t forget the secret sauce!

Condo hotels are back in vogue as “securities” - Developers particularly like the “new model” where condo hotel investments are offered as a “securities” using the new SEC Rule 506(c) for private placements with public...more

12/8/2014 - Condominiums General Solicitation Hotels Private Placements Rule 506(c) SEC

Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

11/18/2014 - China Economic Development Foreign Investment Popular

Using condo hotels for financing new hotel development: The traditional condo hotel structures as “non-securities”

A properly structured deal is critical to success - Perhaps the greatest satisfaction of working in the real estate industry is that a single transaction can produce so many winners. Properly structured deals can offer...more

11/11/2014 - Condominiums Debt Financing Hotels Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments Section 1031 Securities Tenants in Common

Condo hotel revolution and resurgence: Why developers are using “new breed” of condo hotels for financing - One “little” legal...

We are now at a pivotal point for condo hotels. We are witnessing the complete turnaround in the way developers will structure condo hotel deals — particularly for high-end and luxury properties. This 180 degree turnaround in...more

11/10/2014 - Condominiums Financing General Solicitation Hotels IPO JOBS Act Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments SEC

Marriott signs FCC Consent Decree and agrees to pay $600,000 civil penalty for Wi-Fi blocking

Have you ever wondered why your cell phone or personal Wi-Fi hot spot does not seem to work in some hotels? As more business and leisure travelers equip themselves to stay in constant communication with their work...more

10/13/2014 - Cell Phones Civil Monetary Penalty Consent Decrees FCC Hospitality Industry Hotels Internet Marriott Mobile Devices Wifi

Los Angeles is the New Magnet for Real Estate Investment

After so many years of being off everyone’s screen, Los Angeles has suddenly become one of the hottest markets for real estate investment. Roger Vincent’s article of October 4, 2014, in the Los Angeles Times provides some of...more

10/13/2014 - Real Estate Market Urban Planning & Development

FAQs about the ADA’s legal requirements for service animals

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions on service animal issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. What qualifies as a “service animal?”... ...more

9/29/2014 - ADA Disabilities Service Animals

EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about?

In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of...more

9/18/2014 - China Commercial Real Estate Market Corporate Counsel EB-5 Financing Hospitality Industry Hotels Popular Real Estate Development Retrogression USCIS

Asians want to live, buy homes and invest in Orange County

Asians love California, particularly Southern California! They love it as a place to live, buy homes, invest, go to school, and run their businesses. In June, we talked about the close affinity between China and Los Angeles...more

8/26/2014 - Market Research

Frequently Asked Questions about EB-5 project financing for new hotel development

Why is there so much buzz about EB-5 financing? In the last five years, EB-5 financing has become extremely popular in development circles and is being widely used by mainstream, institutional players including...more

8/18/2014 - EB-5 Funding Hilton Hospitality Industry Hotels Marriott

Hotel development & EB-5 financing: Why you don’t want to form your own regional center

How should hotel developers go after EB-5 financing? Although the EB-5 immigrant visa program has been around since 1990, the current trend of using this as a source of financing for hotel development began only three...more

8/7/2014 - EB-5 Financing Foreign Nationals Hospitality Industry Hotels Real Estate Development USCIS

How to win the race for EB-5 capital: Obtaining “preferred” status for developers and projects

What does it mean to establish “preferred” status? What does it take? The preferred status of a developer and project with respect to EB-5 financing has certain elements are more or less inherent in the project and...more

8/6/2014 - EB-5 Financing Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments

The 5 questions every hotel developer is asking about EB-5 financing

In seeking to access EB-5 financing, our developer clients have asked a lot of questions, but most of them can really be summed up in the following 5 questions: 1. Will EB-5 work for me on my project? 2. How much...more

8/6/2014 - EB-5 Hospitality Industry Hotels Immigrants USCIS Visas

Hotel Lawyer: What is happening with Chinese real estate companies investing in banks?

Concerns over a real estate bubble in China - For decades, China was referred to as the “sleeping giant.” This reference is to the great potential impact of the country, its vast population, and its economy, but also...more

6/25/2014 - Banks China Hospitality Industry Hotels Real Estate Market

Hotel Lawyer: Growing Together — China and Los Angeles County

The growth of outbound Chinese investment - Earlier this month we posted an article about the surge in Chinese investment as reported by Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times. See, “China and JMBM’s Chinese Investment...more

6/25/2014 - Hospitality Industry Hotels

China and JMBM’s Chinese Investment Group™ are in the news again!

As the significance of Chinese investment in the US continues its rapid growth, news articles regularly document new details of this major trend. And in today’s Los Angeles Times, Tiffany Hsu provided some interesting facts...more

6/16/2014 - China Foreign Investment

Hotel Lawyer in New York: Mood of the New York hotel conference

2014 NYU Hotel Investment Conference - Last night (Sunday, June 1, 2014), the NYU hotel conference kicked off with its gala grand opening party. With about 2,300 people attending this year, the energy is high and a...more

6/13/2014 - Hospitality Industry Hotels

Lodging Industry Investment Council’s Top 15 Member Quotes

The Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC) is the hotel industry “think tank” whose membership includes the hospitality industry’s most influential investors, lenders, corporate real estate executives, REITs, public hotel...more

6/12/2014 - Hospitality Industry Hotels REIT

Buying bad loans and distressed debt in Europe (and Italy)

Some are calling it the “distressed real estate gold rush in Europe.” Others who have been expecting 1990s-style opportunistic investment opportunities for several years, now are seeing a change in European banks’ willingness...more

5/6/2014 - Bad Debt Debt EU

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles: Why does it seem like everyone wants to build or buy a hotel in downtown LA? It’s the “Renaissance of...

The coolest new downtown in America - If you haven’t been to what the cognoscenti now call “DTLA” (downtown Los Angeles) for a while, you might not recognize it. Gone are the days the sidewalks were rolled up at 5:00...more

4/23/2014 - Business Development Economic Development Hospitality Industry Hotels Marriott Urban Planning & Development

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