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New Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The provincial government announced today that effective April 21, 2017, it is imposing a 15-percent non-resident speculation tax on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

A Guide to UK Tax on Commercial Real Estate: Non-Residents

by King & Spalding on

1. Introduction - This client alert provides a summary of key UK tax considerations when a nonresident invests into UK commercial real estate. There are a number of holding structures for investment into UK real estate...more

Stay out of TROUBLE: Make sure your CPA is asking you the right QUESTIONS regarding Foreign Accounts!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

US International tax is complicated. It often overwhelms US Taxpayers. That is why an international tax specialist CPA is the best choice for the work. Nonetheless, many Taxpayers seek the help of tax return preparers...more

Day 17 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Uncovering Shell Companies [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the more prescient authors I know is Ryan C. Hubbs, who in 2014, wrote an article for Fraud Magazine entitled “Shell Games”. Shell companies can come in different shapes and sizes. Shelf companies are those formed but...more

On safari: South Africa hunts deals in CEE and SEE

by DLA Piper on

The real estate community was abuzz in March 2016 when South Africa's Redefine Properties acquired a 75 per cent stake in Poland's Echo Prime Properties' 18-asset portfolio, a deal valued at EUR 1.2 billion....more

"IRS and Treasury Issue Final Debt/Equity Regulations"

On October 13, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) issued temporary and final Treasury regulations under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Final...more

Using corporate structures to own UK residential property – a dead end?

by Dechert LLP on

Historically, UK resident non-domiciled individuals have been able to achieve certain tax advantages through holding interests in UK residential property through offshore companies. In recent years, the UK government has...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect Against Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Real estate investment involves many risks with which real estate investment managers are familiar. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance, to “macro risks” such as negative...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect against Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Bribery, money laundering, and sanctions are key international risk areas for any global business, particularly those investing or operating in high-risk jurisdictions and industries. In addition to meaningful enforcement...more

Brexit: Property investment commentary

by Dentons on

Does the fall in sterling present enhanced property investment opportunities for overseas investors? In short the answer is likely to be yes for those investors dealing in currencies that have strengthened against the...more

Issues for overseas companies relating to UK land and UK government work

by Dentons on

Recent government proposals will affect overseas companies that own UK land and that bid for UK government contracts. On 12 May 2016, the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced plans to introduce a public register...more

An Englishman’s Home is His Castle – Just!

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Since the Land Registration Act 1925 the register of land in England and Wales has been interested only in legal title. All this is set to change. The Prime Minister announced on 12 May 2016 that any foreign company looking...more

International News: Focus on Real Estate - April 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

by Dentons on

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

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

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

Revised Property Transfer Tax Return Form Requests Additional Information About Hidden Buyers of New York City Real Estate

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In February, the New York Times published an 8,000-word investigation into wealthy foreigners buying New York City real estate and taking advantage of U.S. laws that allow them to set up shell companies in order to obscure...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments - The European Banking Authority ("EBA") has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy...more

New Russian CFC Rules Will Impact Inbound U.S. Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, the number of wealthy Russians investing in the United States ballooned in 2014 as a result of political turmoil and a disintegrating ruble causing Russians to seek a safe haven for their wealth...more

Tax Reform Update: Impact on Private Equity, Hedge Funds, and Real Estate Partnerships

by DLA Piper on

Interesting tax update courtesy of Bruce Thompson, a Senior Policy Advisor with DLA Piper. He continues to see momentum for comprehensive tax reform and wrote the following summary of what that might mean for fund managers...more

Considerations For International Clients Who Intend to Buy A Home In the U.S.

International buyers invested $82.5 billion in U.S. residential real estate (4.8% of total U.S. sales) according to the most recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the 12 month period ending with...more

Tax Kung Fu – Tax Structuring for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - Unless you have been traveling the galaxies for the last twenty years, you haven’t missed the “Chinese Miracle”. Its enormous impact is felt globally. When you see the skyline of Shanghai, the new meaning of...more

"Skadden's 2012 Insights, January 2012: Capital Markets"

In This Issue: - 2 Stapled Financing in the Aftermath of Delaware’s Del Monte Decision - 4 The Practical Impact of Basel III and Dodd-Frank on Loan Agreements - 6 Borrower-Friendly Provisions Remain a Strong...more

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