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Franchising Update

Franchising has undergone several significant changes in the last quarter. Firstly, the introduction of the Unfair Terms Legislation will no doubt impact the documentation used by franchisors. Secondly, franchisors operating...more

Franchisors Should Consider Signing a Conditional Lease Assignment Rather Than a Franchisee’s Lease

In Franchise & High Properties, LLC v. Happy’s Franchise, LLC, a 2015 decision issued by the Court of Appeals in Michigan, the franchisor, Happy’s Pizza Franchise, LLC, signed a five-year lease for the commercial space to be...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

Getting Comfortable with Lender Comfort Letters

As the global real estate economy continues its recovery from the severe economic recession nearly a decade ago, hotel and hospitality real estate transactions have been robust as of late. According to the "Hotel investment...more

Franchising Update

While dispute resolution clauses may be straightforward for domestic franchise agreements as a result of the Franchising Code, dispute resolution clauses can be one of the most neglected provisions in international master...more

Real Estate Bulletin, February 2016

The Nutter Real Estate and Finance Group ended 2015 with a series of closings representing buyers, sellers, borrowers and lenders in commercial real estate transactions totaling more than $1 billion in aggregate value in...more

Can a Guarantor Waive his Right to a Foreclosure Confirmation Proceeding in Georgia?

Yes. On Monday, February 22, 2015, in a case closely watched by commercial real estate lenders, borrowers and guarantors, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued its opinion in PNC Bank, N.A. v. Smith, et al., S15Q1445. ...more

The Marriott-Starwood merger – Is bigger really better? Impact of the merger on hotel owners, franchisees and developers

The proposed merger between Marriott and Starwood will, by all accounts, create a behemoth in the hotel industry. If the merger goes through as planned, the combined company will be the world’s largest hotel company, with...more

Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter

We are pleased to share the first edition of our Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter with you. This Newsletter addresses important recent legal developments affecting the hospitality and restaurant industry and...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Selling Your Business [Video]

When planning for the sale of a business, business owners may not recognize the value of a business’ intangible assets. Or, they may not be familiar with the process of transferring or selling those assets. For certain types...more

Asset-Light Strategy Issues in the Development Space

While asset-light strategies have been used for decades in the hotel industry, the strategy and how to implement it are a bit more complicated in the development space, whether for a hotel or time-share company. A typical...more

Would You Like Fries with that Sweater? Retailer and Restaurant Pairings

As retailers continue to embrace the omni channel retail experience, our blogging team explores consumer behavior behind the new trends. One topic we have followed lately is the convergence of retail and restaurants. For...more

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

Avoiding and Defending Florida License Tax Audits

Florida hotels and restaurants are facing license tax audits, assessments and penalties in increasing numbers. A "license" is statutorily defined as the granting of a privilege to use or occupy a building or real property....more

Some Days, A Stay Is Easier to Obtain Than Others

In A&F Enterprises v. IHOP Franchising LLC, 742 F.3d 764 (Seventh Cir. 2014), Chapter 11 debtors appealed a determination that their building leases were deemed rejected because they were not timely assumed. Both the...more

Special Commercial Lease Considerations for Franchisees

Engaging in preliminary discussions and negotiations with prospective landlords for your new franchised business can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of business and legal issues to consider. It may also be...more

Lease Considerations for Franchised Businesses

Franchised businesses pose unique leasing issues that the broker or agent should be aware of at the outset of the representation. The primary difference is that in the franchise context, you will need to satisfy your client,...more

Hotel Franchise Agreements: 8 Things To Negotiate In Your Next Franchise Agreement

Most branded hotel properties are operated under franchise agreements which are long documents with lots of fine print. They are usually presented to owners as "non-negotiable." This brand position is justified on the basis...more

Hospitality And Leisure Franchising And Industry Innovation

Introduction - In previous years this publication has given an insight into the asset light strategies of global hotel operators, an overview of some of the trends in hotel franchising and provided a brief...more

Brand Franchise Issues in Hotel Purchase and Sale Transactions

Key issues for buyers and sellers of branded hotels operating under franchise agreements. Buying or selling a hotel operating under a brand name requires special attention – the existing franchise agreement will be...more

Sandwich Shop Leases - Industry-Targeted Retail Leasing Update

Whether you call them Hoagies, Heroes or Grinders, here are some key lease issues that sandwich shops operators need to think about: - Permitted Use: Your permitted use clause limits what you can do in your premises. ...more

Fast Food Comes to Indian Country

In-N-Out Burger, the quintessentially Californian burger chain, will open its first restaurant on tribal land in early 2014 at the Morongo Casino on the Morongo Indian Reservation on the heavily trafficked Interstate 10. The...more

Co-Tenancy Complexities

Tenants seek co-tenancy rights while landlords are reluctant to grant them. Tenants often rely on a certain tenant mix of national or regional tenants to be a draw for customers to visit the shopping center. But what happens...more

Two More ADA Pool Lift Lawsuits Filed—More Are Certainly on the Way

Just saw two new lawsuits filed against hotels under the recently-effective pool lift regulation. Both lawsuits were filed on May 20—one in federal court in Minneapolis against a national hotel chain and the second, a...more

Restaurant Leasing - A Menu of Issues

Restaurant leasing involves a host of issues not found in any other transaction. Landlord lease forms typically control all aspects of a tenant's operations, while tenants often want complete freedom to change their business...more

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