Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Catherine Morgen

Catherine E. Morgen

Partner
Phone: 404.504.7745
Fax: 404.365.9532
cmorgen@mmmlaw.com
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Catherine E. Morgen concentrates her practice on the representation of real estate clients engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of commercial real estate, with experience handling large multi-state transactions, hospitality properties, office, medical and industrial leasing, as well as complex restrictive covenant and easement transactions that deal with the operational aspects of projects which rely on shared facilities and amenities and fractional ownership structure transactions.

Catherine also represents institutional real estate lenders, borrowers and investors, including financial institutions, REITs and pension fund advisors. Catherine specializes in a wide variety of financing transactions including permanent and construction financing, multi-state collateral pools for revolving credit facilities and mortgage loan servicing. Her representations extend beyond loan origination and servicing to workouts, loan restructuring and foreclosures, as well as the sale of foreclosed assets.

Catherine has significant experience representing developers, owners and managers of hotel properties in effecting acquisitions, dispositions and mergers, developing their properties, structuring and negotiating operating and management agreements, arranging financing, reviewing franchise agreements and leasing.

In addition, Catherine has written and spoken on a variety of real estate matters including easements, development and leasing. Chambers USA ranks both Catherine and MMM's Hospitality practice as among the top in the country for Leisure & Hospitality law.

Representative Experience

  • Represented client in the acquisition, financing, rebranding and extensive renovation of historic hotels and resorts, including the oceanfront Cliff House Maine located on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff in Ogunquit, Maine, The Adolphus, a 100-plus-year-old iconic downtown Dallas hotel, and the Seelbach Hilton, a well-known historic hotel in Memphis that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Represented hotel owner in $142 million acquisition and related financing of a 5-hotel, 1,396-room portfolio of Marriott branded select-service and extended stay hotels located in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey from a large public REIT, including the assumption of three existing management agreements with Marriott.
  • Represented client in its joint venture with a large institutional investment fund to acquire a 282-room Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia, and a 226-room Hilton Suites in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, MMM represented the joint venture in obtaining financing for the acquisition and the planned major renovation program for each hotel to upgrade property exteriors, public space, back-of-house areas and guest rooms.
  • Represented international hotel owner/manager in $300 million sale of a majority partnership interest with retention of long-term management rights for luxury hotels in Chicago, IL and Miami, FL and $450 million portfolio sale of 13 hotel properties in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean; negotiation of associated long-term management agreements.

Accolades

  • Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Leisure & Hospitality, 2021

Membership

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia (Real Property Section)
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member, Atlanta Hospitality Alliance (AHA)
  • Board Member, Castell Project