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An Englishman’s Home is His Castle – Just!

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

Consultation on the Privitisation of the Land Registry

The Land Registry has been in existence for over 150 years and holds a pivotal role in recording the ownership of, and interests in, land and property in England and Wales. Its registers cover more than 24 million titles...more

Update: New IRS Memo on Bad Boy Guarantees

Prior Alert. The March 17 Alert noted that the IRS in a Chief Counsel Advice ("CCA") had discussed the effect that certain “bad boy carve-out guarantees” (that would trigger contingent guarantee obligations if, for example,...more

Recent Connecticut Tax Law Developments

Coming off what was a relatively quiet year in 2014, the year 2015 was a tumultuous year for Connecticut tax law changes. The changes enacted during 2015 will impact virtually all taxpayers in the state (both individuals and...more

Trust Planning for Your Lake Home

Part of your family legacy takes place on the lake. Lake homes are significant investments. You have memories of family trips, of children, and maybe even grandchildren, growing up at the home. Preserving the lake home and...more

When is a Wrongful Foreclosure Case a “SLAPP”?

California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16) arms a defendant with an early method to challenge a lawsuit known as a “SLAPP” — a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are...more

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

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FHFA Announces Principal Reduction Program for Struggling Underwater Homeowners - On April 14, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new Principal Reduction Modification...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

"Proposed Treasury Regulations Dramatically Alter Existing Debt/Equity Law"

On April 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations that, if finalized, would become retroactively effective to April 4, 2016, and dramatically alter the tax...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

Bill to Tax Vacation Home Rentals Is Alive but Not Quite Kicking

Attention, Massachusetts vacation home owners who earn money renting your properties! An Act Providing for Local Aid Enhancement is showing signs of kinetic energy....more

The Economist Frames the Argument Against Excessive Bank Regulation (somewhat unintentionally)

On March 26, 2016, The Economist published an article entitled “The Problem with Profits.” That article discussed the high profitability of U.S. firms and why that seemingly positive fact is actually harmful to the overall...more

Sixth Circuit Permits IRS to Force Sale of Residence Held by the Entireties Where Only One Co-owner Owed Tax

In 2002, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Craft, held that a federal tax lien could attach to one spouse’s interest in property held by the entireties even though the co-owning spouse was not liable for the unpaid...more

Tax Treatment of “Bad Boy Guarantees” Challenged by Recent IRS Memorandum

I. OVERVIEW - A recently released legal memorandum by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel, CCA 201606027 (the “Memorandum”), concluded that a so-called “bad boy guarantee” provided by a sponsor of...more

Recent amendments to the Act respecting duties on transfers of immovables

On March 17, 2016, the Government of Québec presented its 2016-2017 budget, which included important amendments to the Act respecting duties on transfers of immovables (the Act). The Act provides that every municipality...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Staff Issues Rule 144 Guidance Related to REIT Shares Received in Exchange for Operating Partnership...

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance recently issued an interpretive letter concluding that, for purposes of Rule 144 under the Securities Act, the holding period for shares of a publicly traded real estate...more

SEC Issues Guidance with respect to the Conversion of a REIT’s OP Units

On March 14, 2016, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretative guidance in response to a request from Bank of America, N.A., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated with respect...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

Let’s Buy a Beach House Together! Or Maybe Not.

When friends decide to buy vacation property together, they may not consider the legal status of their relationship—at least until litigation starts. Importantly, they may not be aware that they might have formed a general...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

Estate Planning For Real Property

Often the most difficult asset for which to plan in an estate plan is non-commercial real property such as a family farm, a hunting cabin or other recreational property. This is especially true when the property makes up a...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

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