Hospitality Industry Webinar Oct. 5: Ownership and Investor Legal Challenges of COVID-19


COVID-19 and Ownership and Investor Legal Challenges
Now What?
Practical Advice for Distressed Situations

In our ongoing effort to share resources with our friends, colleagues and clients in our community, we are inviting a series of industry experts to weigh in on the challenges facing our industry. We hope that this information can empower decision making that enables your business to better navigate these times.

Two of the top legal minds in the industry will outline and discuss the many challenges faced by Owners and Investors due to the severe negative impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the hospitality industry. Join Jeffrey Horwitz and Steven Lichtenfield, Partners at Proskauer, as they outline the legal options available and discuss the pros and cons of each approach and answer questions. This will be very critical information that will affect our industry as it faces a difficult recovery from the crisis. Don’t miss it.




Jeffrey A. Horwitz is a partner in Proskauer’s Corporate Department where he co-heads our Private Equity Real Estate practice and runs our internationally recognized Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure Group. He also has served as co-head of Mergers & Acquisitions and as a member of our Executive Committee. Jeff is a general corporate and securities lawyer with broad-based experience in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, and long-term joint ventures. He is regularly engaged to advise boards, management teams and investors on strategic matters, from litigation to personnel to transactions. Jeff is also the head of the Firm’s cross-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional Coronavirus Taskforce helping to shape the guidance and next steps for clients impacted by the pandemic.

Jeff counsels clients on the full range of their activities, from seed capital to public offerings, acquisitions and operational matters, often acting as outside general counsel. He represents major financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and family offices in sophisticated financial and other transactions. He represented Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity in connection with its equity participation in the $33 billion acquisition of HCA in what was then the largest LBO ever. He has handled deals aggregating nearly $200 billion in value, including tender offers, “going-private” transactions, IPOs, restructuring and structured finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions in industries as diverse as biotechnology and aerospace, retail and cable television, and education and scrap metal. He regularly handles transactions outside the U.S., including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and India.


Steven L. Lichtenfeld is co-head of our market-leading Real Estate Capital Markets and Real Estate Finance Groups and a founding member of our Private Equity Real Estate Group. He regularly advises real estate funds, REITs, sovereign wealth funds, institutional lenders, specialty lenders, hedge funds, and pension advisors regarding public offerings and private placements of real estate-related debt and equity securities, real estate-related mergers and acquisitions, real estate preferred equity investments and joint ventures, real estate-related senior and mezzanine financings and other corporate, partnership and limited liability company matters.

Steven has been widely recognized as a driving force in the real estate capital markets and finance space during his more than thirty-five year career. He has garnered several prestigious accolades in this area, including receiving a coveted ranking from Chambers USA, which has described him as “a brilliant real estate attorney with experience in many asset classes.” Chambers has also described Steven as “highly analytical and highly strategic” and “encyclopedic in terms of his knowledge” in handling a broad spectrum of public and private debt offerings, M&A, joint venture and other corporate real estate matters. Steven is also recommended for Real Estate and REITs by Legal 500 United States and is consistently recognized as a leading real estate lawyer in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

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The Hardy Group is a strategic development services firm for investors and brands engaged in hospitality real estate. Leveraging its development expertise, the group delivers feasibility analysis, asset preservation, project management, development management, and construction management, as well as project accounting for capex, renovations, redevelopment, and new development for both individual deals and entire portfolios. Offices are located in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Honolulu.