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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 28th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 28, 2017 is below. Two Expedia companies top this week’s Update...more

Private Investors Account for a Quarter of Global Real Estate Transactions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Private investors are becoming an ever more integral part of the commercial real estate market; it has been reported (here) that they now account for over a quarter of all global commercial real estate transactions. Further...more

La presencia de México en Miami llegó para quedarse

by Bilzin Sumberg on

La imagen de los mexicanos en la Florida generalmente se enmarca en el debate sobre la inmigración que actualmente arrasa en nuestro país. Pero la influencia mexicana y su presencia en la Florida va mucho más allá de los...more

Valuations in European Real Estate Finance – regulatory compliance in a global environment

by White & Case LLP on

In light of the recent ECB guidance on non-performing loans, and in particular the valuation requirements to be adhered to by banks in valuing real estate loans, what are the implications for banks with a global presence? In...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 26 | June 2017

by Jones Day on

The amendment to the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act ("Amended FIEA") was enacted on May 17, 2017, and promulgated on May 24, 2017. The Amended FIEA will come into force no later than one year from the date of...more

Trends in cross-border real estate investment and the changing tax landscape

by Hogan Lovells on

Real estate markets in both the U.S. and Europe continue to attract significant overseas investment. With interest rates at or near all-time lows, and dwindling returns in other asset classes, real estate has emerged as...more

EU Retail News - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Fashion is all about making the old new again, and the well-established concept of a joint venture as a mechanism to extend a brand’s global reach is currently on trend explains Carol Osborne. What is new about the latest...more

Negotiating Construction Agreements with Japanese Contractors for Domestic Projects

A foreign owner contracting with a Japanese construction company to build facilities in Japan, whether a hotel, a manufacturing facility, a process plant or otherwise, faces a number of challenges....more

Tax Considerations For The Closely-Held Foreign Investor In U.S. Real Property – Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the last few years, we have received an ever-increasing number of inquiries from “foreigners” who are interested in acquiring U.S. real property (“USRP”). Some of these foreigners – meaning closely-held business...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

Leasing Retail Stores in New York City

by Carlton Fields on

New York City is a fascinating and dynamic retail market. It is also one of the most competitive and challenging, requiring a careful and methodical approach to leasing to avoid potential commercial and legal pitfalls. This...more

Revolution or Evolution – Protect & Survive

by Hogan Lovells on

The annual Hogan Lovells CBRE Hotel Conference 2017 - The threat from terrorism will continue well into the next decade and every country and major organisation needs a counter-terrorism plan. This was the message from...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: FLEMISH REGION: Drastic reform of the Flemish permit landscape

by McGuireWoods LLP on

INTRODUCTION - For many years, various Flemish real estate projects (including retail, industrial, etc.) were subject to one or more permits: a building permit for the urban planning aspects, an environmental permit for...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

by Reed Smith on

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

New Regulations Issued Regarding CFCs and Investment in U.S. Property

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Income earned abroad by U.S. controlled foreign corporations can often qualify for deferral of U.S. income tax. If the foreign corporation is a controlled foreign corporation (CFC), its U.S. shareholders may be taxable on...more

Recent Developments for Indonesian REITs

by White & Case LLP on

On 17 October 2016, President Joko Widodo signed Government Regulation No. 40 of 2016New Tax Incentives for Indonesian REITs"). 1 ("GR 40"). GR 40 changes the tax rate imposed on the transfer of property (land and building)...more

International focus - Taking security over real estate in the Commonwealth of Independent States

by Dentons on

For better or worse, we live in an increasingly globalised world. And in the lifetime of many businesses, there comes a time when they need to expand into new markets in foreign lands. Rather than taking the well-trodden road...more

Mercury signing – guidance on the execution of documents

by Reed Smith on

Following the decision in the Mercury Case, a practice of ‘virtual signings and closings’ has developed to avoid the logistical problems in getting a document signed. This guidance provides a non-exhaustive range of options...more

Opportunities in challenging markets: Sale-and-Leaseback, Build-to-Suit and other new Real Estate deal structures in the UAE

by White & Case LLP on

Against a backdrop of lower oil prices and reduced government spending, real estate markets across the UAE have softened in recent times, resulting in tightened liquidity and contracted asset values. However, challenging...more

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

by Michael Volkov on

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...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

Court decides to ‘wait and see’ in its refusal to grant an administration order

by Reed Smith on

Rowntree Ventures Ltd v Oak Property Partners Ltd [2016] EWHC 1523 (Ch) - The High Court recently re-affirmed the discretionary nature of its right to grant an administration order. In this case, the court refused to...more

Seven Tips for Food & Beverage Transactions in the Middle East

by King & Spalding on

Parties purchasing Middle East-based companies operating in the retail and wholesale food and beverage sector with a focus on companies in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) are facing some common issues....more

Argentina Relaxes Restrictions on Ownership of Rural Properties by Foreigners

On June 29, 2016, the Argentine executive branch enacted decree 820/2016 (the New Decree), easing certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and leasing of rural lands by foreign individuals and legal...more

Real estate finance transactions and valuation uncertainty – an unhelpful trigger?

by Reed Smith on

The outcome of the EU referendum has put valuers in an unenviable position. The RICS Red Book requires a valuer to identify a situation where a reduced level of certainty should be attached to their valuation (VPGA 9 –...more

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