Joel Buckberg is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Nashville office and serves as leader of the Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Group and is the co-chair of the Firm's Hospitality Industry Service Team, the practice group serving the franchise, distribution and hospitality markets. Mr. Buckberg counsels clients on business transactions and operations, particularly in hospitality, franchises and distribution, including strategic planning, development, disclosure, equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, system policy and practice development, regulatory compliance and commercial contracts. Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Buckberg was Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cendant Corporation. In his career, he has worked on the acquisition of worldwide hotel chains and their financing, de novo brand start-ups, multi-unit acquisitions, initial public offerings, hotel management agreements for existing and new build hotels, divestitures, master license grants, area development agreements, supply chain sourcing, distribution agreements, sales and marketing arrangements, and technology agreements.
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