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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.