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Ms. Malech

Rori H. Malech

Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP

Rori Malech is a partner in the real estate practice at Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, D.C. She concentrates her practice in the area of commercial real estate development and finance, representing hotel owners and operators, local and national developers, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), institutional equity investors, and institutional and non-institutional lenders. Ms. Malech focuses on acquisitions, dispositions and financings for both borrowers and lenders, negotiation of management and license agreements for hotel owners and operators, workouts and equity and debt participations, in each instance, involving a variety of asset types throughout the United States, including hotel, mixed-use development, office, retail, condominium, multi-family and residential and commercial property. Namely, Ms. Malech has represented the following: • A hospitality investment firm on its sale of seven Manhattan limited-service hotels to a joint venture in a transaction valued at $571.4 million, which included senior and mezzanine financing in an aggregate amount of $335 million; • A leading private equity firm in the acquisition of 38 limited service and extended stay hotels, 4,950 rooms, for $590 million, and negotiation of mortgage and mezzanine financing from two major financial institutions, which also involved the securitization of the mortgage and a mezzanine tier; • An institutional lender in connection with the $159.5 million mortgage and mezzanine financing of a historic hotel in Washington, DC., which included the sale of one of the floors as an air space parcel to a vacation club and the negotiation of the documents governing the relationship between the hotel and vacation club; • A major insurance company in connection with the upsizing of a $177 million preferred equity interest in a hotel located in the heart of New York City's Times Square; and • A hospitality REIT in the acquisition of a $300 million portfolio of 13 hotels, 1,913 rooms, then advised the REIT in the $450 million financing secured by a larger portfolio of 44 hotels being acquired from three different sellers. A frequent public speaker on real estate matters, Ms. Malech was recognized by The Legal 500 in 2013. She joined Hunton & Williams from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she practiced for 17 years and served as co-chair of that firm's Washington real estate group. She received her JD from The George Washington University Law School and her undergraduate degree from Boston University. The Hunton & Williams real estate practice group advises clients on matters involving the full spectrum of commercial, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality and mixed-use properties.

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Ms. Malech can be contacted at 202-419-2111 or rmalech@hunton.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.