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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

The 2016 LIIC Top Ten: The annual survey of lodging investment trends and challenges

(Denver, CO) For well over a decade, the members of the hotel industry’s preeminent think tank, “LIIC – The Lodging Industry Investment Council,” are annually surveyed to develop a list of the major hotel investment...more

UK Hotels Outlook: Summer 2016 and Beyond

UK hotels remain most popular in Europe - London remains the top destination for hotel investment in Europe, according to a survey of senior hospitality figures, beating Barcelona and Madrid into joint second place....more

OFAC Provides Helpful New Guidance for Cuba

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its FAQs for Cuba on April 21, 2016 with substantive guidance that addresses U-turn transactions, export policy, insurance, educational and humanitarian activities and...more

2016 Real Estate Capital Markets Conference: Top 10 Takeaways (Bullish and Bearish)

The real estate world unofficially convened at the 9th Annual Real Estate Capital Markets Conference hosted by Goodwin Procter and Columbia Business School. The speakers and guests, which included real estate fund...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 23: Special Issue: DLA Piper's 1st European Real Estate Summit

We would like to welcome all our readers to this special issue of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette, which presents material tied to the specialized topics under discussion at our first European Real Estate Summit, to be held...more

PATH Act Creates New FIRPTA Withholding Tax Rate and Exemption for Foreign Pension Funds

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”), signed into law on December 18, 2015, has resulted in a number of changes to the taxation of investments in U.S. real property by foreign investors. Among...more

Overview of Real Estate in Morocco

Morocco is an increasingly favoured target for international investors looking to diversify real estate investment opportunities. In 2014, the real estate sector represented 38.6% of foreign international investment compared...more

Competition law and commercial property leases

On 26 November 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment in Case C-345/14 Maxima Latvija on the application of competition law to a non-compete clause in a commercial property lease. The...more

New accounting standard, IFRS 16 Leases — impact on facility agreements

On 13 January 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published a new accounting standard relating to the accounting treatment of leases?IFRS 16 Leases. The new accounting standard will take effect from 1...more

Withholding Tax Set to Increase

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) subjects foreign sellers to U.S. tax when they sell their interest in real property located in the U.S., including interests in companies that predominately hold real...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was...more

Legal Trends: Commercial Real Estate

Lenders remain aggressive as competition for prime real estate lending opportunities in Canada intensifies. Borrowing rates remain at historical lows and other lending terms have become increasingly favourable for borrowers....more

New Tax Law Includes Numerous Changes to REIT and FIRPTA Rules

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (the “Act”), a substantial piece of tax legislation that, among many other provisions, contains significant changes...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From...

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date....more

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