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Mr. Davis

Gavin Davis

Managing Principal, H-Fin Capital Advisors

Mr. Gavin Davis is Managing Principal of H-Fin Capital Advisors, having previously served as Managing Direct or(briefly) with Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group. Mr. Davis has also previously served as Senior Vice President of Debt & Equity Finance at CB Richard Ellis Hotels Ltd.

Mr. Davis's primary responsibilities include debt and equity financing and restructuring services for clients in the hotel real estate sector. He has completed over $4.0 billion of investment banking, financing and real estate transactions during his career, including senior mortgages, mezzanine mortgages, debt restructuring, strategic asset sales, private equity placement, high yield debt, convertible debt, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, merger and acquisition advisory and interest rate hedging.

Mr. Davis was also a founder and Principal of Forestpark Capital Advisors, a hospitality specific investment banking company, and a Principal at Neptune Hospitality Advisors. He has completed over 120 hospitality financing and advisory transactions in the past 7 years.

Mr. Davis has held past positions with CIBC World Markets, Prudential Real Estate Investors and Legg Mason Wood. Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

As part of monitoring the global macro environment and geopolitics in order to provide H-Fin clients with a view into global interest rate markets, as Interest Expense is often the largest expense face by hotel real estate owners, Mr. Davis spends an inordinate amount of time closely monitoring the U.S. Federal Reserve, short term interest rates and risk premia.

Mr. Davis has correctly predicted every single U.S. Federal Reserve Fed Funds decision during the current business cycle, including accurately predicting both the beginning (12 mo in advance) and end of such interest rate cycle (Dec. 2018).

Mr. Davis regularly makes other profound financial insights and prognostications that persons may wish to use in one or more ways to supplement their own interests, now summarized in this weekly newsletter. For example, in 2016, H-Fin make several correct predictions including but not limited to: very early predicting a Donald Trump U.S. presidency before polling or primaries; interest rate market movements; increases in iron ore; Brexit voting outcome; Italian banking sector issues and others. In 2018, H-Fin made several late year calls including Brazilian equity strength, GE equity year-end exit and early 2019 re-entry and otherwise.

Please visit http://www.h-fin.com for more information.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at +1 858-876-4346 or gbd@h-fin.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.