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It’s the Taxes, Stupid

by Dechert LLP on

In this commentary we have talked about a lot of challenges facing commercial real estate finance and other capital market activities over the years. With more or less “pants on fire” anxiety, we’ve talked about Dodd-Frank’s...more

Virginia’s Tourism Development Financing Program Gains Steam Around the State

by Williams Mullen on

The unique financing alternative afforded to tourism project developers under Virginia Code Section 58.1-3851.1 creates exciting opportunities for growth in tourism and resort areas throughout the state. The expected...more

When Can an Outside Attorney Serve as a Special Litigation Committee in an LLC Derivative Suit? When the Parties’ Contract Says...

In a decision handed down on August 15, 2017 by the New York Appellate Division First Department, the court endorsed the practice of the appointment of a Special Litigation Committee (SLC) by a limited liability company (LLC)...more

Why Do I Have A Hurricane Harvey Claim From Hoboken?

by Zelle LLP on

As businesses and insurers sort out the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, it will take time to assess the physical damage and resulting business interruption losses. Invariably, however, business interruption impacts from Harvey...more

Hurricane Irma: Maximizing Insurance Recoveries

Hurricane Irma’s epic scope and wind speed suggest that affected businesses and other organizations take immediate and proactive steps to maximize insurance recovery....more

Hurricane Harvey: Don’t Get Shortchanged on Your Insurance Recovery for Property Damage and Business Interruption Losses

by King & Spalding on

After making landfall early Saturday morning as a major hurricane, Tropical Storm Harvey has left a widespread path of destruction, significantly damaging the infrastructure in the Houston area and Southeastern Texas,...more

Tenants Beware – The Ninth Circuit Has Ruled That The Bankruptcy Code Can Be Used By A Landlord To Strip A Tenant’s Right To...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Just last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Matter of Spanish Peak Holding II, LLC, that is potentially devastating to a tenant that leases property from a landlord that files for bankruptcy relief....more

Part Cash, Part Stock, 100% Taxable – New IRS Guidance on RIC and REIT Distributions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), on August 11, 2017, issued Revenue Procedure 2017-45 (the “New Revenue Procedure”).1 Pursuant to the New Revenue Procedure, the IRS will treat part cash and part stock distributions...more

Tax Court Decides First Micro Captive Case

On August 21, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in two companion cases Benyamin Avrahami and Orna Avrahami v. Commissioner, and Feedback Insurance Company, Ltd. v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 7, holding against the...more

“Spanish Peaks” and Leases in a Landlord’s Bankruptcy – Tenants Beware!

The recent Spanish Peaks decision from the Ninth Circuit (covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) deepens the split in case law on the ability to strip off leases in a...more

Hurricane Harvey: Insurance Implications

Hurricane Harvey, projected to be the most powerful storm to strike the United States since 2005, is bearing down on the Texas coastline and may make landfall as soon as Friday, August 25. Forecasters say it will likely have...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Stock/Cash Dividends for REITs and RICs

On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released guidance allowing publicly offered real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies to distribute earnings in a combination of cash and stock as long...more

CA Supreme Court: Entity Ownership Change Can Trigger Documentary Transfer Tax

Many entities are formed for the sole purpose of buying and holding real estate. In this setup, legal title is held by the entity itself (not the entity’s owners), but the entity’s owners have a “beneficial interest” that...more

Two Recent Decisions Demonstrate Continued Disagreement Over Whether Economic Value or Face Amount of Liens Is Appropriate Metric...

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor in possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of liens on the property under section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code has long been recognized as one of the...more

Ninth Circuit Joins “Minority” of Courts That Allow Property to be Sold in Bankruptcy Free and Clear of Leaseholds

The Ninth Circuit recently held, in Pinnacle Rest. at Big Sky, LLC v. CH SP Acquisitions, LLC (In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC), No. 15-35572, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12526, 2017 WL 2979660 (9th Cir. July 13, 2017), that a...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Real Property Transfer Tax Can Apply to Transfers of Entities that Own California Real...

by Bryan Cave on

Under California law, there are two separate tax implications affecting California real estate transfers that result in a “change in ownership” of the real property - a property tax reassessment and a real property transfer...more

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

by WilmerHale on

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts. This Q&A addresses state laws relating to security instruments, usury laws, limitations on personal liability, recording requirements and...more

Direct Issuance is Here – A New Paradigm for Single Asset Single Borrower (SASB) Securitization

by Dechert LLP on

A standalone securitization of a portfolio of properties closed in June. To our knowledge, this was the first transaction in recent memory done in a direct issuance format. In this case, direct issuance means that the...more

15 Creative Ways Large Real Estate & Infrastructure Developers Raise Millions Outside of Traditional Debt and Equity (Part II)

by Slim Ventures LLC on

There is an expression that land development is a wealthy man’s game. Indeed, in our recent meeting with a very seasoned developer (over 30,000 lots before the Recession, now, licking his wounds, down to only 900), he...more

Kramer Levin-Debtwire Retail Event Tackles Distressed Asset Monetization Strategies

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Debtwire recently co-sponsored a retail restructuring discussion that brought together a formidable roster of retail restructuring experts to discuss opportunities and strategies for...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

California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...more

Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease – Part II

Last year the Seventh Circuit determined that a lease termination constituted a “transfer” within the meaning of the Bankruptcy Code and ordered litigation to continue against a landlord that had entered into a lease...more

California Supreme Court Confirms: Pony Up the Documentary Transfer Tax

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court just dealt a blow to taxpayers who transfer interests in real estate-owning LLCs and other entities. In 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles (Cal. S. Ct. No. S222329, June 29,...more

California Supreme Court Affirms Novel M&A Tax

by Allen Matkins on

Suppose Mr. Henry owns all of the outstanding shares of a Virginia corporation that owns all of the issued and outstanding shares of a Massachusetts corporation that owns, among other things, real property in Los Angeles,...more

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