Adam Docks handles a wide range of complex real estate matters, placing a primary emphasis on the acquisition, disposition, development, management, and financing of hotels. He has experience working with all of the major hotel brand companies and third-party operators, covering the full spectrum of hotel asset classes, both domestically and internationally.
Whether providing counsel to established hotel investors or guiding entrepreneurs in connection with their first hotel-related investments or developments, Adam efficiently helps his clients navigate all of the complexities associated with these unique transactions. Because many traditional real estate companies and multinational corporations have cross-border needs, Adam works in conjunction with local counsel to help clients acquire and develop hotels in other countries. Among other accomplishments, Adam has been identified by Chambers USA since 2013 as one of the leading hospitality lawyers in the United States. The Chambers reviewers said, “He is highly responsive, thoughtful in assessing a situation and really values building the relationship with the client.”
Areas in which Adam provides counsel to clients include:
- Developments, acquisitions, and dispositions
- Conventional, commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS), mezzanine, and construction financing
- Joint ventures
- Loan restructurings
- Hotel management agreements
- Franchise agreements
- Restaurant and spa management agreements
- Development agreements
- General corporate matters
Adam also has significant experience dealing with distressed hotel investments, and he regularly advises CMBS special servicers and opportunistic acquirers of debt in connection with the servicing, workout, and restructuring of hotel loans. This work includes the negotiation of franchise agreements, hotel management agreements, deed-in-lieu transactions, and the disposition of these assets on behalf of clients. Adam also represents receivers in their hotel receivership engagements, including the negotiation of receiver franchise agreements, hotel management agreements, and receiver hotel sale agreements.