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

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

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges - Part One

This is part one of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Tax-Deferred property exchanges. This first article will provide an overview of the rules that govern 1031 exchanges. Part two will deal with the...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities,...more

IRS Rules That Syndicated Conservation Easements With Inflated Appraisals Are Listed Transactions

In Notice 2017-10, the IRS has determined that certain conservation easements are now “listed transactions” for purposes of federal tax reporting. “Syndicated” conservation easements are conservation easements donated by a...more

What Information Is My Community Association Required to Provide in Relation to Sales of Units?

During transfers of properties in condominiums or other planned communities, community associations are frequently contacted by prospective buyers, lenders or realtors with requests for information pertinent to the transfer....more

The Evolution of Real Estate Crowdfunding — Some Links

Real estate crowdfunding remains one of “fin-tech’s” hottest stories in 2016. While crowdfunding remains a tiny percentage of overall real estate debt or equity deals, the share continues to grow....more

Public Decision Making newsletter - Summer Edition 2016

This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

Recent Changes to the Florida Statutes Governing Homeowners Associations

Does your homeowners association require nominations from the floor for an election to the board of directors? Recent changes to the Florida Statutes governing homeowners associations have given some associations the right to...more

Trustee Lacks Standing to Assert Legal Malpractice Claims on Behalf of Debtors

The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court (Panos, J.) dismissed an adversarial proceeding complaint brought against debtor’s counsel which alleged legal malpractice. The trustee alleged that debtor’s counsel committed malpractice...more

Disposing of Real Property in a Tax-Advantaged Manner

Many of our clients are heavily invested in real property. In some cases, this investment may be a single property in a prime location; in others, the client (and maybe his family) is in the business of owning and operating a...more

Reaction to Uncertainty in Affordable Housing Industry Brought on by Trump Election

The 2016 Election has created more questions than answers for the affordable housing industry. Very little is known about President-elect Trump's vision for affordable housing. On one hand, Mr. Trump has described himself as...more

Real Estate Gazette: focus on Africa’s burgeoning real estate sector and investment opportunities Issue 26

Think of Africa and chances are you will be transported to a sun-blushed savannah, where beautiful wild elephants roam across the plains. Or you may think of the monolithic churches of Ethiopia, the reggae and hip hop sounds...more

On safari: South Africa hunts deals in CEE and SEE

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

UK Autumn Statement 2016: inheritance tax and business property relief | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, The Chancellor announced that reforms, originally proposed in Summer Budget 2015, to inheritance tax and business investment relief for non-UK domiciled individuals will come into effect from 6...more

Last Call for Opt-Out: Summary of Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit Requirements and Opt-Out Provisions

The deadline for opting-out of the Condominium Sprinkler Retrofitting Requirements is December 31, 2016. The following is a general summary of the state of the law for those who still need to opt–out or who want to review...more

You Can’t Escape From Escheats!

Ontario’s New Corporate Forfeiture Regime and Corporate Record Keeping Requirements - What’s Happening? On December 10, 2016 Ontario will repeal the compact and concise Escheats Act (the “Old EA”) that has served...more

Beware CC&Rs — They Can Bite

In teaching Real Estate Transactions and Litigation to advanced Law and Business students at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law, I find that one of the most difficult concepts to explain is the impact of property use restrictions...more

Slam on the Slam – A California Court Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

There has been much recent California case law regarding the sham guaranty defense and for good reason – success for a guarantor on this defense can eliminate a lender’s recovery of a deficiency against a guarantor of a...more

Limitations on Community Association-Imposed Solar and Renewable Energy Restrictions

Due to its climate, Florida – the “Sunshine State” – is ideally situated to take advantage of unlimited and environmentally friendly solar energy. In the last two decades, the price of solar collectors has dropped...more

Changes to the PA Uniform Planned Communities Act and the Uniform Condominium Act.

Governor Wolf recently signed into law House Bill No. 1340 of 2015 which amends both the Uniform Planned Communities Act and Uniform Condominium Act. The two statutes are complementary and have substantially similar...more

Why Affixing A Secretary’s Certificate Might Protect The Innocent

Transactional lawyers are used to obtaining officers’ certificates to back up their opinions or to deliver to the other party pursuant to a purchase or sale agreement. I wonder, however, how many buyers or secured lenders...more

Luxembourg Real Estate - Tax and Legal Developments

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg tax developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017....more

New draft regulation on REITs

On 14 October 2016, the Polish government published a long-awaited draft of a new law on real estate investment trusts (REITs) (Polish: spólki rynku wynajmu nieruchomosci). The draft has now been referred to public...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

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