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Mr. Dewey

Josias Dewey

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Josias N. Dewey is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and the leader of the firm’s Miami Real Estate Practice Group. He is a financial services and real estate attorney and is considered a thought leader on blockchain and distributed ledger technology. He is the co-author of “The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals,” the first-ever book on blockchain technology and the law.

Mr. Dewey regularly represents a diverse group of banks and other financial institutions, from large international banks to local community banks, as well as insurance companies and investment funds involved in finance transactions. His finance practice encompasses a broad range of asset classes and transaction structures, including real estate financing, healthcare real estate finance and asset-based lending, such as receivable, inventory, equipment and working capital facilities. He has significant experience representing both lead lenders and participant lenders in participations, syndicated transactions and other co-lending arrangements.

Mr. Dewey also is an experienced software developer who has developed workflow applications to speed up the lifecycle of financing and other transactions by reducing the inefficiencies caused by repetitive, process-level tasks.

Mr. Dewey has written and spoken extensively on blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the convergence of tradition human-prose contracts and computer code-based “smart contracts.” He combines his technical understanding with his experience addressing the legal and regulatory issues that surround the use of blockchain in a broad range of applications. As applied to blockchain and distributed ledger technology,.

Mr. Dewey has experience in several substantive areas of the law outside his traditional area of practice. He also is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching a real estate transactions course where he places heavy emphasis on how technology is changing the way transactions are structured and counterparty risks are allocated.

Please visit http://www.hklaw.com for more information.

Mr. Dewey can be contacted at 305-789-7746 or joe.dewey@hklaw.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.