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  • October 2012

Group & Committee News

Hospitality, Timesharing & Common Interest Developments

The Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interests Development Group consists of three Committees: the Common Interest Ownership Development Committee, the Hotels, Resorts, and Tourism Committee, and the Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee. The Group actively develops substantive programs for the Section, and provides free quarterly hot topic conference calls on the latest issues impacting attorneys who practice in the respective Committee areas. The Group Chair is Dan Orvin, of Womble Carlyle, and the Group Vice Chair is Joey Lubinski, of Ballard Spahr.

The Common Interest Ownership Development Committee, led by Chair Kelly Weiner of Venable, and Vice Chair Steve Mezer of Bush Ross, has been and continues to be involved with various issues involving the financing of common interest ownership projects.  The Committee continues to monitor and report on recent proposed changes in the FHFA guidelines for private transfer fee covenants.

The Hotels, Resorts, and Tourism Committee, led by Chair Nancy Haggerty of Michael Best & Friedrich, and by Vice-Chair Bob Lannan of Lannan Legal, presented an eCLE program in July of 2012, on changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act and enforcement relating to hotels, and worked with the Group to develop a CLE program for the 2012 Spring Symposia in New York relating to the use of receivers for hotel workouts.  More and more creditors are using this mechanism to sell hotels as an ongoing business, and without the delay inherent in a bankruptcy or foreclosure filing.  Bob, who was a speaker at the 2011 Spring Symposia, was recently appointed Vice Chair of the Committee and brings a unique perspective as a former in-house attorney for two large hotel chains. The Committee is also working on quarterly Group calls on hot topics, and a proposal for a presentation in the 2013 Spring Symposia.

The Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee, led by Chair Dan Bachrach of Foley and Lardner, and Vice Chair Amy Bellman of Baker Hostetler, continues to monitor both state and international timeshare regulation developments, as well as emerging trends in the offering of timeshare and fractional products.  This includes tracking the emergence and development of travel clubs, the re-emergence of "true" timeshares in the marketplace, and the continued efforts by some developers to use timeshares as a strategy for disposing of unsold distressed condominium assets.

To learn more about this Group, visit their webpage.