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It’s still a buyer’s market, but…

2016 Marketplace Realities Spring Update A complex commercial insurance market is slowing the pricing declines most buyers have enjoyed for several renewal cycles and raising the likelihood that companies will experience some price increases in various commercial lines of insurance, according to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 Marketplace Realities Spring Update report. The report, a line-by-line ...
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New Texas M&A Broker Exemption

Effective February 16, 2015, the Texas State Securities Board (the “Securities Board”) adopted a new rule, Section 139.27 of Title 7 of the Texas Administrative Code (the “Rule”), that exempts certain mergers-and-acquisitions brokers from dealer registration under the Texas Securities Act.  An exempt mergers-and-acquisitions broker is defined in the Rule as an “M&A Dealer.”  The ...
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Restructuring Hotel Landscape Models

Restructuring Hotel Landscape Models: Can’t scare me! When considering restructuring hotel landscape models worldwide, there are “three major models” that consistently co-exist. These cover “a specific strategy that is part of the hotel industry’s recent history.” Georges Panayotis of MKG Group uncovers the new landscape by looking at and exploring these different schemes. Highlighting real ...
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Opportunity for Growth in Asia Pacific

Explore the Hospitality Industry Opportunity for Growth in Asia Pacific FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has released a white paper emphasizing the opportunity for growth in Asia Pacific. Authored by Simone Champagnie, this white paper includes “ideas on what can be done to address the challenges to stay relevant, competitive, and profitable” regarding ...
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Seven Key Takeaways from The Americas Lodging Investment Summit 2016 (ALIS)

“A modest tempering of enthusiasm for development, performance, and the near future of the U.S. hotel industry was prevalent among delegates at the 2016 ALIS conference in Los Angeles, which traditionally sets the tone for the present year of lodging news and forecasts. Forecasts call for a continuing rise in hotel RevPAR and NOI; however, ...
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Why Are More Hotel Owners Choosing Independence Over Brands?

Hotel owners are beginning to see the opportunities that come with choosing independence over brands. It’s fairly clear in this new age our guests are looking for an authentic, personal experience. Many travels prefer to eat and stay in locally-inspired areas and avoid the stigma attached to the idea of “tourists”. This has inevitably lead ...
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Joint Employment Concerns Grow for Franchisors

Recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor ensures that, like 2015, joint employment will remain a hot topic for franchisors in 2016. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) captured the full attention of the franchise industry by “restating” the standard for finding joint employment in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 N.L.R.B. ...
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The Sharing Economy Moves into the B2B Space

As the so-called “sharing economy” continues to expand with new technology and willing consumers, so too do the risks associated with this new terrain.  These firms are leveraging online applications to bring services and consumers together for everything from home rentals, to ride shares to food delivery and child care. Regardless of convenience or demand, ...
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Trends for 2016: Hospitality M & A

Practical Law Real Estate On November 16, 2015, Marriott International announced its $12.2 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. The deal is the largest acquisition in the hospitality industry since Blackstone Group bought Hilton Hotels & Resorts for $26 billion in 2007. If the deal goes through (as is expected in mid-2016), the ...
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