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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

Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

A Précis On The American Property Tax System

The hundreds of billions of dollars of commercial real estate owned by foreign companies and individuals in the United States requires active management and oversight. This is so whether the property is triple net leased to...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

Abu Dhabi Global Market: Real Estate Strata Title Regulations

Consultation Paper No. 6 of 2015: Real Property Regulations & Strata Title Regulations - On 6 January 2015, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), the newly created free-zone and international financial centre located...more

Insights from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit conference

In January, our team attended the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) conference, one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world, at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ECON Votes in Favor of the MIF Regulation - On January 27, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee ("ECON") released a press release stating that it had voted in favour of the proposed Regulation on multilateral...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 15 – January 2015 (Global)

In This Issue: - Falling Foul Of China’s Trademark System: The Dangers Of International Trademark Applications In China - Retention Of Title: Protecting Your Business From Customer’s Insolvency - Fashion...more

Is CMBS the answer to Italian bank deleveraging woes?

According to a recent report published by Cushman & Wakefield’s (C&W), 2014 was a massive year for the non-performing loan (NPL) market with the execution of a record €80.6bn of European commercial real estate and real estate...more

Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Against Real Estate Allegedly Linked to Honduran Bribery Scheme Underscores...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover certain Louisiana real estate allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid to a former Honduran...more

2015 Economic Outlook. Blue Skies Ahead.

Renowned economist Hugh F. Kelly (PhD, CRE), Clinical Professor in New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and the 2014 national Chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, led a discussion at a CREW-Miami...more

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