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Mechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois...more

Real Estate Tip – Resolving Ambiguities Between Landlords and Tenants

Courts have many ways of deciding whether a lease means what the landlord says it means or what the tenant says it means. Here are three typical techniques and examples to help resolve ambiguities: Decide against the...more

EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about?

In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of...more

Why this may be the time to buy or sell a hotel management company A hot trend and five key issues

One of the hottest trends right now is buying (or selling) independent hotel management companies. The demand is coming from all directions – existing management companies, investment funds and foreign buyers. Existing...more

Retail Leasing: Tis’ The Season to Make Your List and Check It Twice

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching and for the brick and mortar retail industry, it is a critical time. Whether you are a landlord of a shopping center, a long-term retail tenant, or a temporary seasonal tenant,...more

Drilling at depth – proposed changes to subterranean rights

The government’s consultation on underground drilling access for the extraction of gas, oil and geothermal energy came to an end on 15 August 2014. The consultation sought views on the government’s proposal to introduce new...more

Grunderwerbsteuer: Das Ende von 94/6-Strukturen bei Personengesellschaften?

Bundesfinanzhof verschärft den Rahmen für steueroptimierte Akquisitionsstrukturen durch mittelbare Zurechnung nach wirtschaftlichen Maßstäben . Thema der aktuellen Entscheidung – In einer am 10. September 2014...more

North Dakota Good Faith Purchasers: At What Point is Notice Relevant?

The Question - In order to be a good faith purchaser, a party must not have actual or constructive notice of another’s rights. Northern Oil and Gas v. Creighton asked, When should the determination of whether a party...more

What Exactly Is A Subordination, Non-Disturbance And Attornment Agreement, And Why Do I Need One?

While most commercial leases contain a requirement that the tenant will execute a “Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement,” commonly referred to a an “SNDA,” a majority of tenants who have signed such leases,...more

Lease renewal proceedings and section 30(1)(c) Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

It is unusual for landlords to oppose a lease renewal under section 30(1)(c) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, but a recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of Horne & Meredith Properties v Cox and Billingsley...more

Property Insurance Law 101 – A Primer from Texas

On the Fourth of July in 2011, a fire damaged a nightclub in Beaumont, Texas. The fire was not unusual, but the lawsuits it generated—O’Quinn v. General Star Indemnity Company, No. 1:13-CV-471 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 5, 2014), and...more

German Real Estate Transfer Tax: The end of so-called 94/6 Partnership Structures?

German Federal Fiscal Court severely tightens framework for acquisition structures by using beneficial ownership as the standard for the attribution of indirect participations. Key Subject of the Decision - With a...more

How to Land Projects in California

Until recently, California’s state-level economic development cupboard was looking a little bare — its 400 redevelopment agencies were dissolved in February 2012, property tax increment financing has been discontinued and...more

N.C. Supreme Court Issues Significant Ruling On Commercial Forbearance Agreements and Spousal Guaranties

On August 20, 2014, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion giving great weight to properly-drafted forbearance agreements in a commercial loan and guaranty context. RL REGI N.C., LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC, No....more

AB 1103 Update: Postponement of Certain Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

Under California Assembly Bill 1103 (“AB 1103”, codified as California Public Resources Code Section 25402.10), owners and operators of nonresidential buildings must disclose certain building energy performance data to a...more

Fourth Circuit: Twenty-Seven Days of Inaction Enough to Waive Right to Rescind for Violations of Protective Safeguards Clause

The marriage liturgy in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer contains the well-known line “speak now or forever hold your peace,” and the take-away from a recent Fourth Circuit decision out of North Carolina is clearly “act now...more

Iceland Foods Limited v Castlebrook Holdings Limited – lease term and rent on an unopposed lease renewal

The recent decision in Iceland Foods Limited v Castlebrook Holdings Limited provides a rare insight into the considerations of the court when determining the length of term and annual rent on a 1954 Act lease...more

Hilton on the hook: No release for the guarantor

A new Court of Appeal decision handed down on Friday 5 September has given landlords some comfort that leases entered into before a line of cases that ruled many guarantee provisions invalid will still be interpreted in a...more

NSW Supreme Court Confirms Definition of a 'Construction Contract' Under the Building and Construction Industry Security of...

The recent NSW Supreme Court case of Seabreeze Manly v Toposu, (Seabreeze Case), is a useful reminder to the building and construction industry as to what 'arrangements' will give rise to a 'construction contract' under the...more

California Energy Commission Delays Compliance With Energy Disclosure Program for Smaller Nonresidential Buildings

The California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program in two phases. The first phase took effect on January 1, 2014 and applies to nonresidential buildings of at least...more

Avoiding and Defending Florida License Tax Audits

Florida hotels and restaurants are facing license tax audits, assessments and penalties in increasing numbers. A "license" is statutorily defined as the granting of a privilege to use or occupy a building or real property....more

Court Says "Porch-Like Structures" Do Not Violate ADA

In an important decision for retailers and other public accommodations, the Tenth Circuit overturned a lower court decision requiring that every "porch-like" entrance to Hollister retail establishments be remediated to be...more

The Napa Earthquake Reminds Us To Protect Insurance Rights in the Aftermath of Disaster

The August 24 earthquake in Napa Valley and the numerous after-shocks caused significant damage to businesses throughout the area. Although the overall financial impact directly attributed to damaged property at local...more

What Triggers Excess Coverage In An Environmental Case: Not Necessarily the Payment of the Full Underlying Policy Limits

More and more excess insurers are taking the position that a policyholder which settles with primary or low level excess insurers for less than the full amount of the policy limits has waived its right to obtain coverage from...more

Business Finance & Restructuring Q&A Series

The following discussion examines a number of factors that have complicated the bankruptcy process. It also offers a look at how out-of-court restructurings might be a more viable course for distressed business owners to...more

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