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Whether a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the suddenly dislocated capital markets, the end of the lengthy commercial real estate boom, or changes in the real property or its revenue, the property owner reaches out to the lender for urgent, needed debt relief. The owner is not nefarious, malevolent or incompetent and may have merely fallen prey to market or other — COVID-19 — forces outside of its control. The lender, which strives for a performing asset, an on-going relationship with its customer and repayment — not foreclosure or distress — makes concessions.
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By Anthony Davies
For the Big 4 consultancies, hoteling has been a positive operational construct for over a decade, or in some cases longer. The success of the decentralized law firm depends in some part on how well firms can shift “hoteling” from the negative connotation of “losing my desk” to the positive connotation of “having a hotel-like experience.”
By Charles Toutant
Since the pandemic began, lawyers have been using the coronavirus to justify nonpayment of rent, construction delays and even termination of labor contracts. But the prospect of litigating a contract cancellation based on force majeure is still so fraught with peril that many breach-of-contract disputes end in an amicable resolution.
By Joshua Wurtzel
The use of the frustration-of-purpose doctrine to absolve commercial tenants of their obligation to pay rent could signal headwinds for the commercial real estate market — and the economy more generally.
By Erik Sherman
The new Delta variant of COVID-19 is speeding across the country, raising the question of whether the assumptions earlier this year of an economic rebound — some even predicted a super bounce — were premature.