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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.