Joshua M. Bowman

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Joshua M. Bowman

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Josh Bowman is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Department and Chair of the firm’s Hospitality Practice Group.

Described by his clients as “a skilled and tenacious attorney with a collegial demeanor” who provides “a practical approach with deal-focused creativity”, Josh focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate ownership and finance, with a particular emphasis on the purchase, sale, development, management and financing of hotels and restaurants. 

Josh has substantial experience advising clients in connection with equity and debt financing arrangements, management and franchise agreements, restaurant and retail leasing, joint ventures, development and construction contracts, food and beverage operation agreements and portfolio acquisitions and sales.   

Josh has assisted clients with transactions involving branded and non-branded hospitality assets across North America, including ground-up development projects in Boston and New York City.   Josh writes and speaks frequently on hospitality, real estate, finance and corporate topics and serves on the Hotel Industry Advisory Board for the New England Real Estate Journal. 

Josh moderated Bisnow’s “State of the Seaport District” and “Boston Hospitality Investment Summit”, as well as various sessions for the Hotel Equity and Lender Perspective (HELP) Conference.  Josh has served as an instructor for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), an advisor to the Community Economic Development Clinic at Boston College Law School and as a volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. 

Representative Experience

  • Represented a purchaser in the acquisition of 20 hotels in New England and 4 hotels in New York City
  • Represented a purchaser of a 6 hotel portfolio
  • Represented a developer in the ground-up development and construction of 6 hotels in New England and 4 hotels in New York City
  • Represented various ground lessees / operators in connection with ground leased hospitality projects
  • Represented one of the largest third party management companies in North America in connection with third party management agreements.
  • Represented borrowers and lenders in connection with various hospitality related debt financing
  • Represented borrowers in debt workouts totaling over $100mm of debt
  • Represented various investors in joint venture arrangements, often with large institutional investors.
  • Represented franchisees of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, IHG, Choice and Best Western flagged hotels
  • Represented the purchaser of a 460,000 s.f. office portfolio
  • Represented various restaurateurs with leasing and licensing issues
  • Represented hotel owner / operator in private placement and debt refinance
  • Represented hotel franchisee in franchise negotiations with major franchisor

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • New England Real Estate Journal
    •     Hotel Industry Advisory Board
  • Pan Mass Challenge
    • Rider/Heavy Hitter
  • Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
  • Hebrew Senior Life
    • Lifetime Member
  • Nyaya Health
    • Board of Advisors

Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Real Estate Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Real Estate Finance Association
  • National Lawyers Guild

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