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SEC, United Settle Internal Controls Case

When the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was passed, a key portion of the statute centered on the books and records and internal control provisions written by the Commission. While the bribery provisions only apply to foreign...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

ISS Updates 2017 Voting Policies, Including Adoption of Policy to Recommend Against NCG Committee Members of Companies that...

On November 21, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released final changes to its voting policies for 2017. One of ISS’s changes is the adoption of a new policy to recommend against the election of Nominating &...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2016

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

Risk Retention and the CRE CLO

As we are just inking one of the very first pre-risk retention effective date risk retention deals (Potemkin Village anyone?), we are also seeing an increased flow of what are generically referred to as CRE CLOs. It’s time to...more

ISS Proposed 2017 Voting Policy Would Result in Recommendations Against NCG Committee Members of Many REITs

On October 27, 2016, ISS released certain proposed changes to its voting policies for 2017 for comment. One of its proposed changes is to recommend against the election of NCG committee members of any company that eliminates...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 Issues Additional Guidance on REIT Parking Facility Income

In the recently released Private Letter Ruling 201628020, the IRS considered a situation where affiliated entities owned various properties in an office park; the IRS determined that the entities’ income from leasing space in...more

Final IRS Regulations Clarify That Certain Solar Assets May Qualify as Real Property for REIT Purposes

On August 30, 2016, the IRS issued final regulations that clarify and expand the definition of "real property" for purposes of qualifying as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The final regulations substantially follow...more

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

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

Brexit: Property investment commentary

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

Supreme Court Rules that Citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity is Based on Citizenship of its Members, Which Includes...

On March 7, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) ruled that the citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Entity (“REIT”), for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, is based on the citizenship of its...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

Delaware Supreme Court Weighs In On “Direct v. Derivative” Question Certified By Second Circuit

In Citigroup Inc. v. AHW Investment Partnership, No. 641, 2015 (Del. May 24, 2016), the Delaware Supreme Court answered a certified question of law presented by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals allowing shareholders...more

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

How Much Is A Lease Worth?

If I got paid a dollar for every time a client asks me “What is this property worth?” then I wouldn’t be writing this blog – I’d be fishing or playing golf. As I tell my clients the market value of real property is what...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

SEC Issues Guidance Clarifying Rule 144(d)(1) Holding Period Requirements For REIT Shares Exchanged For Operating Partnership...

On March 14, 2016, the staff of the SEC's Division of Corporate Finance issued a no-action letter (the "No-Action Letter") concluding that, for purposes of Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended...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

The New Lease Accounting Standard–What Lawyers Need to Know Now

With calendar year-end Form 10-K filings almost completed, you may have noticed the addition of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02 “Leases (Subtopic 842)” to the MD&A subsection addressing new accounting standards. In...more

Flash: Congress Fixes the CMBS Risk Retention Problem (Just Kidding)

Last week, the House Committee on Financial Services reported out the Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act of 2016 (the “bill”) in a remarkably bipartisan sort of way (paving the way for: “Well, yes, I did vote for it, but...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

Limited Partnerships and Leasehold Transfers: Hudson’s Bay Company v OMERS Realty Corporation

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Hudson’s Bay Company v OMERS Realty Corporation1 addresses a nove lease transfer issue that goes to the heart of the difference between “control” and “interest”. Justices...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

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