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Tax and Non-Tax Reasons to be Cautious about “Bad Boy Nonrecourse Carve-out Guarantees” - IRS Backtracks on Recent Conclusion that...

On April 15, 2016 the IRS reversed its controversial position that bad boy guarantees may convert nonrecourse debt into recourse debt. General Legal Advice Memorandum Number AM2016-001 released April 15, 2016 effectively...more

SEC Interpretive Guidance Permits Tacking of Rule 144 Holding Period for REIT Common Stock Acquired Upon Redemption of OP Units in...

On March 14, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) affirming that, in a traditional UPREIT structure, the...more

International News: Focus on Real Estate - April 2016

New UK Requirement to Publish Annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement - The United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large commercial organisations operating in the United Kingdom to publish a “slavery...more

Investment in UK Real Estate - Considerations for overseas investors

There are no controls on foreign ownership or occupation of UK real estate. As a result the UK market continues to benefit from large amounts of overseas investment, attracted by its settled legal and planning system and...more

IRS Memo on Bad Boy Guarantees May Recharacterize Non-Recourse Debt as Recourse Liability

On February 5, 2016, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a memorandum (a “Memo”) related to the appropriate tax treatment of individuals or entities that invest in real estate limited...more

UK Budget 2016: Real Estate

Yesterday George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget. There were some significant announcements for the real estate industry....more

UK Tax Measures—Spring 2016 Budget

The spring budget includes a number of announcements that relate to taxation, the most significant of which is a “roadmap” for UK corporate taxation through 2020....more

UK Budget 2016 – Overview

The Chancellor has presented a packed March Budget bursting at its seams with measures impacting businesses and individuals alike... ..The first reference to tax in his statement was to "tax avoidance" and that tells...more

EB-5 financing accelerates in 2016 and favors (1) Hotels, (2) Mixed-Use and (3) Multifamily as top 3 targets for EB-5 funding.

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles at the latest EB-5 Summit - If you have been thinking about tapping into EB-5 financing for your development project, this is the time to make your decision and act quickly. If you need...more

Federal Reserve Set to Update Regulation Z to Add CFPB Rules

On February 19, the Federal Reserve noticed an information collection regarding recent changes to Regulation Z. The Notice (81 Fed. Reg. 8492) explains that the Federal Reserve is planning to update Regulation Z to include a...more

U.S. Treasury Department Takes Aim at All-Cash Real Estate Purchases

In an effort to detect money laundering and ill-gotten gains, the U.S. Treasury Department has imposed new rules requiring title companies to identify and disclose the beneficial owners of a corporate entity behind any...more

Maryland Appellate Court Says “No De Facto Series LLC”

In Kurz, et al. v. AMCP-1, LLC, et al., an unpublished opinion filed on February 10, 2016, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals refused to accept the plaintiff’s argument that the trial court, in disregard of Maryland law,...more

Senator Introduces Bill To Allow LLCs To Be Licensed As Real Estate Brokers

Section 17701.04(b) of the California Corporations Code provides: A limited liability company may have any lawful purpose, regardless of whether for profit, except the banking business, the business of issuing policies...more

Ministry of Finance Ready to Party like it’s 1989: Retroactive Changes to Ontario Provincial Land Transfer Tax

On February 18, 2016, the Ministry of Finance filed a new regulation under the Land Transfer Tax Act which purports to be retroactive to July 19, 1989 (O. Reg. 35/16)....more

171 and Done, Elimination of the Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Taxes in Pennsylvania

On January 4, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the elimination of the capital stock and foreign franchise tax effective January 1, 2016. Prior to 2016, all domestic corporations formed in Pennsylvania, including...more

FIRPTA Tax Withholding Set to Increase Effective February 16, 2016

Beginning on February 16 of this year, the rate of tax withholding required by the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) will increase from 10% to 15%. FIRPTA imposes federal tax on the sale of an interest in...more

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

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a...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

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

It’s That Time Again! Property Tax Appeals in Connecticut: Know When to File

The deadline for appealing Connecticut local property taxes is approaching. For many cities and towns, that date is February 20 unless the town has extended the deadline. If a property owner does not file a tax appeal...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

Ghost Offers in Real Estate Transactions

Too Clever by Half - Not so long ago I received a draft agreement of purchase and sale from a practitioner in which he named his purchaser client as “John Doe, in trust, and without personal liability, for a corporation...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

Tax Court Clarifies Meaning of Worthlessness for Real Property Loss Deductions

In the recently published case of Tucker v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2015-185, the Tax Court held that a taxpayer was not entitled to a loss deduction for real property subject to a recourse mortgage unless and until a...more

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