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Hotel Franchise Lawyer: 5 Things to negotiate in your next Franchise Agreement | By Robert Braun & Jim Butler

After a year of economic upheaval in the hospitality industry, hotels are making big changes as they look ahead to recovery. Oftentimes these changes involve a complete rebrand, and this leads to questions about what is negotiable in a franchise agreement. In the article below, Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Co-Chair of the Firm's Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, talks about 5 important franchise terms that can usually be negotiated.
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Hotel Franchise Lawyer: 5 Things to negotiate in your next Franchise Agreement | By Robert Braun

After a year of economic upheaval in the hospitality industry, hotels are making big changes as they look ahead to recovery. Oftentimes these changes involve a complete rebrand, and this leads to questions about what is negotiable in a franchise agreement. In the article below, Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Co-Chair of the Firm's Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, talks about 5 important franchise terms that can usually be negotiated.
Tags: Travel, Bob Braun, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Robert Braun, Cybersecurity Privacy Group


New Challenges for Hotels: The New California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020 | By Robert Braun

On November 3rd, Californians voted to approve Proposition 24 which amends the California Consumer Privacy Act to include expanded consumer rights and greater privacy protections. Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Co-Chair of the Firm's Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, explains the major provisions of the Act and discusses the challenges hotels face as they look to address its requirements.
Tags: Travel, California, Bob Braun, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Robert Braun, Cybersecurity Privacy Group


United States: Podcast: Are You Practicing Social Media Hygiene? - Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

In this brief podcast (18:28 minutes), Bob Braun discusses the risks that both companies and individuals face when posting information on social media.
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Not a Good Day for Marriott | By Bob Braun

Data breaches are back in the news, and this time, its a well-known hotel industry player: Marriott International. The company announced today that unauthorized access to their systems going back several years has exposed the names and other personal details of over 500 million guests. For hoteliers, this situation can be avoided by using the Global Hospitality Group Risk Assessment Audit, a comprehensive tool that combines your internal resources with our expertise in analyzing your risk...
Tags: Travel, Marriott, Marriott International, Bob Braun


United States: Hotel Lawyer: Tips On Negotiating Your Annual Hotel Budget - Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

It is budget season again — that time when operators and owners sit down to agree on the financial blueprint for the next year. My partner Bob Braun has worked on many hundreds of hotel management agreements and issues arising under them.
Tags: News, United States, Bob Braun, Mitchell LLP, Jeffer Mangels Butler


Hotel Cybersecurity: What Can Happen When Hackers Strike? | By Robert E. Braun

Theft of confidential data by hackers is a major threat to businesses worldwide and the hotel industry is no exception. Hoteliers remain vulnerable to hackers seeking confidential information such as guests' credit card data and employees' personal information. They are also vulnerable in other ways. In a recent hotel breach, the hackers did not go after confidential data, but rather sought a ransom payment after taking control of the hotel's technology. My partner Bob Braun, senior m...
Tags: Travel, Bob Braun, Robert E Braun, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Privacy Group


Hotel Cybersecurity: What can happen when hackers strike?

1 February 2017 Theft of confidential data by hackers is a major threat to businesses worldwide and the hotel industry is no exception. Hoteliers remain vulnerable to hackers seeking confidential information such as guests’ credit card data and employees’ personal information. They are also vulnerable in other ways. In a recent hotel breach, the hackers did not go after confidential data, but rather sought a ransom payment after taking control of the hotel’s technology. My partner Bob Braun, sen...
Tags: Hotels, Bitcoin, Braun, Bob Braun, Data Technology, Privacy & Security, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Privacy Group, Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt


Hotel Lawyer: The PROs and CONs of multi-branded hotels

7 November 2016 Hotel Lawyer on multi-branded hotels. Hotels with more than one brand are increasingly common, but it wasn’t always so. Although some compelling advantages are driving this trend in many situations, developers and owners should weigh the advantages against other considerations. My partner Bob Braun is a senior member of our Global Hospitality Group® and has experience with many hundreds of hotel management and franchise agreements. Bob is also co-author of the Hotel Management Ag...
Tags: Hotels, Bob, Bob Braun, Outlook and Trends, Hotel Management Agreements, Hotel Development, Hotel Franchise & License Agreements, Global Hospitality Group


Hotel Lawyer: What’s up with all the new hotel brands and what does it mean to you? | jmbm.com

Have you noticed the explosion of new brands from hotel companies over the past few years? At JMBM, we do a lot of work with branding through license agreements, management agreements and other arrangements. So we asked my partner Bob Braun to give us some insights on what this is all about and what significance it has. Here are Bob’s thoughts, along with some practical advice on what owners and developers should do in this situation.
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Hotel Lawyer: What’s up with all the new hotel brands and what does it mean to you?

21 September 2016 Have you noticed the explosion of new brands from hotel companies over the past few years? At JMBM, we do a lot of work with branding through license agreements, management agreements and other arrangements. So we asked my partner Bob Braun to give us some insights on what this is all about and what significance it has. Here are Bob’s thoughts, along with some practical advice on what owners and developers should do in this situation. Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosio...
Tags: Hotels, Bob, Bob Braun, Hotel Management Agreements, Hotel Franchise & License Agreements


Video: Alice Gao discusses interest rates and Chinese investment in gateway cities

  Alice Gao, Senior VP of ICBC USA, speaks with Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® at JMBM’s 2016 Meet the Money® – the national hotel finance and investment conference. Alice explains the structure of ICBC USA, discusses interest rates, and Chinese immigrant investment in U.S. gateway cities. A transcript follows the video. See other videos in this series on the Jeffer Mangels YouTube channel. Bob Braun: I’m here with Alice Gao, who’s a Senior Vice President of ICBC...
Tags: New York, California, Hotels, Seattle, Alice, Icbc Standard Bank, FDIC, ICBC, Bob Braun, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Alice Gao, Meet the Money®


Video: Alan Reay discusses the California hotel market, sales and purchases, RevPAR and financing

  Alan Reay, President of Atlas Hospitality Group, speaks with Robert Braun, senior member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® at JMBM’s 2016 Meet the Money® – the national hotel finance and investment conference. They discuss the California hotel market including sales and purchases, pricing, RevPAR, financing, and the impact of the Marriott/Starwood merger and Airbnb. A transcript follows the video. See other videos in this series on the Jeffer Mangels YouTube channel. Bob Braun: I’m with A...
Tags: California, Hotels, Alan, Bob Braun, Marriott Starwood, Outlook and Trends, Hotel Finance − Hotel Debt & Hotel Equity, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Meet the Money®


Video: Bill Blackham talks about demand, RevPAR, and opportunities in the select service hotel sector | jmbm.com

Bill Blackham, President and CEO of Condor Hospitality Trust, speaks to Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® at JMBM’s 2016 Meet the Money® – the national hotel finance and investment conference. They discuss Condor’s transition from economy chain scale into select service, extended stay and limited service hotels, RevPAR, and opportunities in the select service sector.
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Video: Bill Blackham talks about demand, RevPAR, and opportunities in the select service hotel sector

  Bill Blackham, President and CEO of Condor Hospitality Trust, speaks to Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® at JMBM’s 2016 Meet the Money® – the national hotel finance and investment conference. They discuss Condor’s transition from economy chain scale into select service, extended stay and limited service hotels,  RevPAR, and opportunities in the select service sector. A transcript follows the video. See other videos in this series on the Jeffer Mangels YouTube channe...
Tags: Hotels, Condor, Bob Braun, Outlook and Trends, Global Hospitality Group, JMBM, Meet the Money®


Why you may need to change your “Competitive Set” now. STR adopts new guidelines

13 June 2016 To maintain the confidentiality of hotel data, STR imposes certain restrictions on the hotels for which it will provide competitive set data. The Marriott-Starwood merger is shaking up the world of competitive sets with the result that many owners will need to revise the competitive sets specified in their hotel management agreements. As Bob Braun explains in the article below, considering the need to identify appropriate hotels for new competitive sets, and negotiation of amend...
Tags: Hotels, United States, Marriott, Starwood, Bob Braun, Marriott Starwood, Outlook and Trends, Hotel Management Agreements


5 Cybersecurity takeaways from Meet the Money® | By Bob Braun

Meet the Money® changes with the times, and the 2016 conference showcased the first panel on Cybersecurity in the hospitality industry – "Who's Knocking at Your Digital Door," featuring Bob Braun, from JMBM's Global Hospitality Group and Co-Chair of the Firm's Cybersecurity and Privacy Group; Bob Justus, of Optiv Security; Brad Maryman, from Maryman & Associates; Christian Ryan, from MARSH; and Kevin Shamoun, from Zeamster. Jeff Higley, of STR/HotelNewsNow.com moderated the panel.
Tags: Bob Braun, Global Hospitality Group, Christian Ryan, JMBM, Privacy Group


Hotel Cybersecurity: Closing the doors before the horses leave the barn

10 May 2016 One of the great breakout sessions at our recent Meet the Money® hotel conference in Los Angeles was organized by my partner Bob Braun and moderated by Jeff Higley of HotelNewsNow. I was particularly impressed by the panel’s evidence of how costly cybersecurity breaches can be, how much can be done to prevent or limit exposure, and how reasonable the cost can be for a pro-active approach. Here is Bob Braun’s summary of this panel last week in Los Angeles. This is a compelling call fo...
Tags: Hotels, Los Angeles, Bob Braun, Outlook and Trends, Data Technology, Privacy & Security, Global Hospitality Group, Christian Ryan, JMBM, Meet the Money®, Privacy Group


Not Just Heads In Beds – Cybersecurity for Hotel Owners | By Jim Butler

What part do hotel owners play in preventing a cyberattack and the resulting data breach? The hospitality industry relies on its reputation for confidence, and that confidence can be shattered when guests learn that their private information has been compromised. What can hotel owners do and how should they work with brands and management to prevent a cyberattack? In the article below, my partner, Bob Braun reminds hotel owners that because they are generally required to indemnify bra...
Tags: United States, Wyndham, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Forbes, U S Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Jim Butler, Bob Braun, Hotel Business Review, Nicholas Percoco, Wyndham Hotels, Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, First Wyndham


Not Just Heads In Beds – Cybersecurity for Hotel Owners

11 January 2016 What part do hotel owners play in preventing a cyberattack and the resulting data breach? The hospitality industry relies on its reputation for confidence, and that confidence can be shattered when guests learn that their private information has been compromised. What can hotel owners do and how should they work with brands and management to prevent a cyberattack? In the article below, my partner, Bob Braun reminds hotel owners that because they are generally required to indemnif...
Tags: Wyndham, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Forbes, Bob Braun, Hotel Business Review, Nicholas Percoco, Wyndham Hotels, Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, Outlook and Trends, Data Technology, Privacy & Security


The Marriott-Starwood Merger’s Impact on Owners, Franchisees and Developers | Hotel-Online.com

As the biggest merger in the history of the hospitality industry, the Marriott-Starwood merger, is grabbing headlines worldwide. Most of the recent press has focused on the sheer size of the potential transaction. But in his article below, my partner and hotel lawyer Bob Braun, considers the practical impact of the merger on hotel owners, franchisees and developers. With the loss of the Starwood family of brands as an independent and significant competitive force in the industry, the...
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The Marriott-Starwood merger’s impact on owners, franchisees and developers

23 November 2015 As the biggest merger in the history of the hospitality industry,  the Marriott-Starwood merger, is grabbing headlines worldwide. Most of the recent press has focused on the sheer size of the potential transaction. But in his article below, my partner and hotel lawyer Bob Braun, considers the practical impact of the merger on hotel owners, franchisees and developers. With the loss of the Starwood family of brands as an independent and significant competitive force in the industr...
Tags: Marriott, Starwood, Sheraton, Bob Braun, Marriott Starwood, Le Meridien, JMBM Global Hospitality Group, Outlook and Trends, Hotel Management Agreements, Hotel Development, Hotel Franchise & License Agreements, Robert E Braun, Grand Sheraton