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Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

Hotel Lawyer at the ALIS hotel conference in Los Angeles — A turnaround in hotel investor sentiment? Was that just a raindrop or...

Hotel Lawyers with first signs of a sea change in investor sentiment about the hotel sector - As our team of hotel lawyers returns from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (or ALIS) in Los Angeles, we all noticed a...more

Interagency CRE Guidance Update

In the ancient world kings and emperors regularly sought advice from the Oracle at Delphi when making important decisions. The Oracle would respond to questions, sometimes in poetry, other times in prose, in a manner that...more

Big Picture—What Could We See in 2016?

The other shoe finally dropped last month when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in seven years. Now in its 37th edition, "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016," the highly regarded annual report...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

New FIRPTA Reform Creates PATH to Potential Benefits for Existing REITs and Foreign Investors in the United States

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among other changes, the PATH Act significantly modifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of...more

Property Tax on Italian Photovoltaic Plants to Decrease Sharply

There is good news for owners of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy. In circular no. 2/E, released on 1 February 2016 (the circular), the Italian Revenue Agency has provided official guidance on new rules enacted by on 28...more

It is now fact – CMBS is the answer to Italian bank deleveraging woes!!

Almost a year ago to the day, I posted a blog questioning whether CMBS was the answer to Italian bank deleveraging woes. One year on, I am pleased to say that the Italian government (clearly channelling me!) has just reached...more

New FIRPTA Changes Provide Significant Opportunities, But No Panacea for Encouraging Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Under FIRPTA, a non-U.S. person’s gain from the sale of U.S. real property interests is treated as income that is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business (“ECI”), and therefore, is subject to U.S. federal income...more

Regulators Caution Banks About CRE Lending

Why it matters - In a statement expressing concern about the growth of commercial real estate (CRE) lending, the federal banking agencies stressed the need to utilize "prudent risk-management practices." The Board of the...more

CMBS 2016: Tailwinds and wishes

Earlier this month I set out my CMBS predictions for 2016 in the Investment Adviser (Broadening the scope of CMBS loan issuance), where I predicted that macro-economic conditions would continue to challenge the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FinCEN Issues Advisory on Update to List of FATF Identified Jurisdictions - FinCEN has issued an advisory to financial institutions summarizing updates made by the FATF to the list of...more

Significant Changes Affecting REITs in The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill, with a division referred to as the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which...more

If Interesting and Prosperous is a Choice, I’ll Take Door Number Two: Perspectives on 2016

As we do each year at Crunched Credit, we take the end of a calendar year as an opportunity to stop and reflect on where we are, and what the next year might hold. Recognizing the certainty that a successful prediction is...more

Extenders Bill Puts an End to Tax-Free REIT Spinoffs but Includes a Number of Favorable Changes to the Taxation of REITs

On December 18, 2015, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act (the “Act”) into law. Notably, the Act contains a number of substantive changes to the tax laws applicable to “real estate investment trusts”...more

"Extenders Bill Makes Important REIT Reforms and Closes Door on REIT Spinoffs"

President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Most notably, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) prevents companies from...more

Bill Passed to Amend the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law

On December 11, 2015 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into a law a bill amending New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”), Estates Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”) and Religious Corporations Law (the “RCL”). ...more

Congress Proposes Legislation Which Would Eliminate REIT Tax-Free Spin-Offs; Provision Would Also Fund FIRPTA Relief

In our December 3, 2015 REIT Alert we suggested that the Prop Co/Op Co structure implemented by a tax-free REIT spin-off may not be dead. On December 7, 2015 House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady (R-TX)...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2015

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

How to Get in on the Offshore Fund Flow to the U.S.

A recent report estimates that foreign investors are expected to spend more than $70 billion on U.S. commercial real estate in 2015. Another report states that nearly a quarter of all recent commercial real property sales in...more

Eric Stern on How Higher Education Does Real Estate [Video]

Eric Stern, partner and co-leader of the real estate practice at Morgan Lewis, talks about the ways universities and colleges in the United States work with real estate developers to make their institutions more attractive to...more

Overview of Affordable Housing Programs

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has rating criteria for municipal and corporate bonds, the proceeds of which are to be used to finance the acquisition, refinancing, or renovation of affordable rental housing communities. These...more

IRS Announcements Create Market Uncertainty for REIT Spin-Offs

In issuing IRS Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43 last week, the IRS intentionally created significant market uncertainty about the viability of “PropCo/OpCo” spin-offs as part of the PropCo’s REIT conversion (e.g., where...more

New IRS Guidance Limits Tax-Free Spin-Off Rulings – Implications for REIT Spin-Offs

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2015-59 (the “Notice”) and Revenue Procedure 2015-43 (the “Rev Proc”; together with the Notice, the “Spin-Off Guidance”). Under the Spin-Off Guidance,...more

IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54 (the "Notice"),[1] which states that the IRS and Treasury Department intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Code") to...more

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