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Daniel R. Weede

Daniel R. Weede

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Overview

Dan Weede regularly represents institutional real estate lenders, investors, and developers in commercial lending, acquisitions/dispositions, and development transactions, including mixed-use and joint venture projects. In addition, Dan has extensive experience in representing hotel brands, owners, developers, lenders, and managers in all aspects of hotel ownership, management, and financing. He also has substantial experience representing lenders and borrowers in complex real estate problem loan workouts, restructures, and remedy enforcement matters.

Dan's experience includes representing one of the world’s largest hotel licensing and operating companies with hotel management agreements and with the acquisition, development, and disposition of hotel properties across North America and the Caribbean.

Dan was selected as a Georgia Trend's Legal Elite Real Estate Lawyer (2012), included in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018), and listed in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014). He is the co-founder and President of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance, an approximately 300 member Atlanta-based professional development and networking group that meets quarterly to socialize and discuss hospitality industry trends and developments.

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Experience

General Matters:

  • Counsel to one of the nation’s largest retail companies in the entire development life cycle, including land acquisitions and assemblages, development, permitting and entitlements, restrictive easements and covenants, leasing and back-end and surplus property sales.
  • Counsel to one of the world’s largest hotel licensing and operating companies in structuring hotel management agreements and in the acquisition, development and disposition of hotel properties across North America and the Caribbean.
  • Recently represented a hotel company in structuring its $1 billion multi-property/multi-portfolio/multi-country hotel disposition designed to monetize strategic hotel assets in a tax-efficient manner while retaining non-terminable management rights to the properties.
  • Counsel to a variety of educational institutions including recent representation of€ a premier state university in the structuring and development of an on-campus, 40-acre research park.
Specific Matters:


Hotel Development

  • Represented foreign investor group in $80 million development of luxury hotel in Atlanta using EB-5 financing and “key money” in lieu of traditional financing.
  • Represented hotel owner/developer in the development of an approximately $30 million new Marriott brand along the “ATL SkyTrain” at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • Represented owner in negotiations of a Technical Services and Construction Management Agreement and related long-term management agreement for a resort hotel in Orange Beach, AL
  • Negotiated a long-term hotel management agreement; master declaration of covenants, conditions and easements; residential sales, marketing and licensing agreement for an Atlanta, Georgia vertical mixed-use development that integrated aspects of hotel, branded residential condos, office and retail uses.
  • Represented major hotel brand in site acquisition, entitlement process and project development activities for the initial 20 extended stay hotels in the United States.  The work included negotiation of complex easement and restriction agreements to address issues involved with shared amenities and mixed-use restrictions.
  • Negotiation of a long-term management agreement, technical services agreement and related development/easement agreements for an upscale hotel in a mixed-use project in Charleston, South Carolina’s historic district.
  • Negotiation of the development, easement and maintenance agreements for two approximately $10 million pedestrian bridges connecting three downtown Atlanta hotels.
  • Negotiations with homeowner association and analyzing zoning and land use matters to ensure optimum repositioning of an Atlanta vertical mixed-use luxury hotel and condominium complex.
Purchases and Sales of Hotel Properties
  • $70 million acquisition of the Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.
  • $32 million acquisition of two adjoining upscale hotels in Winston-Salem, NC with simultaneous negotiations of off-site convention center management contract and off-site shared parking agreement.
  • $50 million acquisition of the Doubletree Atlanta Downtown from a public hotel REIT with simultaneous negotiations for off-site parking facilities. 
  • $450 million portfolio sale of 13 hotel properties in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean to monetize strategic hotel assets in a tax efficient manner while retaining non-terminable management rights to the properties.
  • $300 million sale of a majority partnership interest to hotel properties with the retention of long-term management rights for luxury hotels in Chicago, IL and Miami, FL.
  • $50 million sale of a full service hotel encumbered by a long-term management agreement in Kansas City, KS.
  • $30 million sale of a 500 room luxury hotel in Atlanta GA.
  • $26 million sale of small resort hotel on Tybee Island, GA.
  • Complex tri-party portfolio sale of 11 hotel properties with contemporaneous negotiations to terminate existing management agreements and negotiate new management agreements.
  • $10 million acquisition of ground leased upscale hotel in Toledo, OH.
  • $20 million acquisition of resort hotel in upstate New York.
  • $28 million sale of 160 room resort and spa in Santa Fe, NM including sale of existing liquor license in highly-regulated state.
  • $7 million sale of condo hotel in Telluride, CO.
  • $28 million sale of upscale hotel in Atlanta, GA subject to amending existing hotel management agreement.
Management and Operating Agreements 
  • Represented the hotel owner/developer in negotiaton of “Manchise” Management and Franchise Agreement negotiations with brand management company for a luxury hotel adjacent to a major sports stadium in North America.  Negotiated “key money” and early termination option for owner where owner could terminate the management agreement and keep the franchise.
  • Representation of a hotel company in structuring its $1 billion multi-property/multi-portfolio/multi-country hotel disposition designed to monetize strategic hotel assets in a tax-efficient manner while retaining non-terminable management rights to the properties.
  • Represented the owner in the negotiation of a long-term management agreement and related technical services agreement to redevelop and re-flag a large downtown Atlanta hotel with a luxury hotel brand.
  • Represented third-party manager in the negotiation of a long-term management agreement and separate food services agreement for an adjoining restraint facility related to an upscale hotel development in Atlanta, GA.
  • Negotiation of complex early termination and settlement agreement of management agreement brand licensing agreementfor a 500 room full service hotel in Atlanta, GA.
  • Represented the brand manager in the negotiation of a long-term management agreement for mixed use hotel, office, retail and parking complexes in Baltimore, MD.
  • Lead counsel to a Canadian boutique hotel company in the negotiation of its management and acquisition documents for an Atlanta, GA property acquisition to address critical issues in U.S. agency and ownership laws.
  • Represented third-party manager in the negotiation of a long-term hotel management agreement and food services management agreement for an upscale hotel and banquet facility in Atlanta, GA.
Franchise Agreements
  • Represented owners in franchise agreement negotiations with all major hotel brands.

Recognition

  • Selected as a Georgia Trend  Legal Elite Real Estate Lawyer (2012-2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2013-2019)
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers (2004-2016)
  • Selected as Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine (2005)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • ULI Center for Leadership (Class of 2013)
  •   Co-founder and President, Atlanta Hospitality Alliance
    • Atlanta Hospitality Alliance is an approximate 300-member Atlanta-based professional development and networking group that meets quarterly to socialize and discuss hospitality industry trends and developments​
  • On June 22, 2012 Dan was the subject of an article in the Fulton County Daily Report that recognized his pro bono community leadership in the establishment of a new City of Atlanta Park
  • Nicholas House, Inc.
    • Former chairman of the board​
    • Atlanta area homeless services provider​
  • American Bar Association 
    • Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Real Estate Investment Council

Speaking Engagements

  • "Redefining Thought Leadership: Using Content to Start the Conversations" (April 4, 2014).
  • “Hospitality Industry Trends,” on the radio program Commercial Real Estate Show with Michael Bull (September 17, 2011)
  • “Hotel and Lodging Industry,” on the radio program Commercial Real Estate Show with Michael Bull (February 5, 2011)
  • “State-of-the-Art Hotel Management Agreements,” Americas Lodging and Investment Summit (January 2010)
  • “Government Programs, Incentives and Options – Can I Get a Bailout Too?”, InterContinental Hotel Group Annual Investor’s Conference (November 2009)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1995)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 1987)
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

Background

  • Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta
     

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