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Bahamas Resort Baha Mar Files For Bankruptcy in Delaware

On June 29, 2015, Baha Mar Ltd, the development company behind a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort and its affiliated debtors, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the U.S. District Court of...more

CMBS 2.0 – Quantum or Solace

Sunday marked the fourth anniversary since Deutsche Bank successfully brought to market Deco 2011-CSPK (“Chiswick Park”). As many market observers will testify, this was a defining moment for the European CMBS market as it...more

Real Estate Gazette: a focus on real estate investment in emerging markets - financing of affordable housing in Africa; real...

A very warm welcome to all our readers to Issue 20 of the Real Estate Gazette. In this issue, we are turning the spotlight on questions relating to real estate and Emerging Markets. The term “Emerging Markets”...more

Global Connection - June 2015

The latest edition of Global Connection offers insight into a potential money laundering crackdown in the real estate sector, information on the Federal Trade Commission’s approach to data breach investigations and a legal...more

New Requirement to File BE-10: Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad

Any U.S. person with a foreign affiliate is required to file the 2014 Form BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad by June 30, 2015 or face civil penalties between $2,500 and $25,000. Further, a willful...more

Is the Current National Appraisal Regulatory System Being Challenged?

Two days ago, the Appraisal Foundation issued a memorandum to “Appraisal Regulatory System Stakeholders” that warned of the Appraisal Institute approaching members of Congress to sponsor legislation that would essentially...more

RECon 2015: a Decidedly Global Outlook

We are back from the ICSC’s RECon Global Retail conference, and needed the full long weekend to recover!  More than 34,000 real estate professionals attended the event (substantially exceeding last year’s attendance), and the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 22, DBRS released its methodology for rating entities in the real estate industry. On May 21, DBRS released its methodology for reviewing ratings of Canadian structured finance and covered bond transactions. On May 20,...more

Non-U.S. Companies Should Use Caution When Investing in U.S. “Agricultural Land”

A non-U.S. company that buys or sells U.S. real estate that is or once was used for agricultural purposes may face reporting requirements in connection with such transactions. These reporting obligations might apply whether...more

Hotelier Roadmap to EB-5 Financing for New Hotel Construction, Expansion or Renovation: Ten Steps to a Successful EB-5 Offering

The EB-5 investor visa program allows non-U.S. persons to invest $500,000 (or $1,000,000) in a business that is expected to create at least 10 new permanent jobs per investor, and to obtain a conditional visa upon review and...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Tax Code Amendments Proposed to Facilitate Foreign Investment in REITs and U.S. Commercial Properties

On April 30, 2015, Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), both members of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, introduced legislation intended to encourage foreign investment in United States real...more

FinCEN Flexes Its Muscles

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has been flexing its muscles lately to remind everyone of its important role in money laundering enforcement. Jennifer Shasky, the current Director, a former...more

Commercial Real Estate and the Broader US Economy: What Me, Worry?

You know, as an economist, I am a pretty good piano player. I struggle every morning, marinating in the news cycle, to try to understand what’s happened to the US economy and what its impact will be or might be upon the...more

New REIT Bill Coming?

In late April, Senator Orrin Hatch introduced Senate bill 915, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 2015. When a foreign person invests in property in the U.S., that person is subject to U.S. tax when he/she/it...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

Letters of the Law: 'H' is for Handing Over

Getting in, getting on and getting out is how contractors make their money and having a completed project to put to use is how employers make theirs. Getting to the point of handing over the works is, usually, high priority...more

Financing the Middle East’s Shopping Spree

The continuing strong economic conditions of the UAE and other GCC economies has led to an upsurge in consumer spending in recent years. With retail sales in the region expected to reach US$284.5 billion by 2018, the need to...more

Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 27, DBRS released its updated methodology for rating North American commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). On March 27, Fitch released its updated criteria for analyzing U.S. wireless tower transactions....more

European Competition Law Newsletter – April 2015

On 19 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a significant judgment on the application of EU competition law to information exchange between competitors. ...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 25, S&P released its updated criteria for rating government-related entities. On March 25, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) in Asia-Pacific (APAC), including...more

Half-Pie or No Pie? News for Kaisa’s Offshore Creditors

Kaisa Crisis - The recent financial crisis of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (“Kaisa”), a large-scale Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“SEHK”), has been in the headlines for several months....more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 19 (Global)

In This Issue: - INTERNATIONAL: Key Issues For Real Estate In The Implementation Of The AIFMD Across Europe - ASIA: Understanding Four Key Changes To The Hong Kong REIT Code -...more

Reducing the risk for Property Professionals of money laundering in UK real estate

Scale of money laundering in UK real estate - Transparency International UK, the anti-corruption organisation, highlighted the risk of money laundering in the high-end UK real estate market in its report published last...more

New Investment Regulation has been passed

On 25 February 2015, the Federal Cabinet passed an amendment to the Investment Regulation and the Pension Fund Investment Regulation. After the Capital Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch, KAGB) came into force on 22...more

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