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Mr. Shuster

Marc Stephen Shuster

Partner, Berger Singerman

Marc Stephen Shuster is a partner in the Miami office of Berger Singerman, Florida's business law firm. Mr. Shuster is a business attorney with extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, both healthy and distressed, and corporate M&A deal work, with an emphasis on the hotel and hospitality industry. He advises both traditional hospitality conglomerates and Internet advertising sites serving the industry. He has extensive experience in serving as local counsel for international law firms on real estate issues, and in representing out-of-state funds and companies in their opportunistic acquisitions or sales of real property, as well as in working on Caribbean and other cross-border transactions, including representing clients involved in hotel, port, retail, restaurant, and marina development. Representative clients for whom Mr. Shuster has had extensive involvement include Starwood, P&M Management, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Mr. Shuster has represented Banco Inbursa in acquisitions and loans for development of resorts and hotels including the Four Seasons and the Gansevoort Hotel in Miami Beach. He has served as counsel to numerous international law firms, banks, and hedge funds in evaluating Florida issues pertaining to the acquisition and financing of hotel properties. Mr. Shuster is a former Director & Associate Counsel for Royal Caribbean Cruises. In the outside counsel role he now fulfills for the cruise line, he has represented Royal Caribbean in: a $200 million development of new cruise port in Falmouth, Jamaica. Acquiring development and long-term lease rights in St. Maarten port valued at over $50 million, and negotiating with ports of Galveston, Texas, Ketchikan, Alaska, Colon, Panama, Marseilles, France, and Cozumel, Mexico in connection with securing various preferential berthing rights He has also represented an international client in negotiating a $200 million transaction with Port Everglades County Government to deliver berthing of the world's largest passenger vessel. As a part of the transaction, Mr. Shuster negotiated the construction of a new, state-of-the-art 150,000 square foot terminal. In addition, he has served as counsel to a Florida-based emergency management/services conglomerate in negotiating for disaster relief work throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Shuster speaks and writes on novel issues affecting the hotel and hospitality space, serves on various community boards, and has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, such as his recognition by Chambers & Partners USA (Real Estate), Super Lawyers, and the South Florida Business Journal. He was nominated by the Daily Business Review as one of three finalists for their 2013 Top Dealmakers of the Year Award. A summa cum laude graduate of The George Washington University, with a BA in Religion, Mr. Shuster earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Florida.

Mr. Shuster can be contacted at 305-982-4080 or mshuster@bergersingerman.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.