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Senators Request GAO Review of CFIUS Oversight of Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Three senators – Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, Sen. Ron Wyden, ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, ranking member on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs...more

Forfeiture Case Based on Alleged Elaborate $230 Million Russian Laundering and Fraud Scheme to Settle

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of trial this past Friday, the government announced an agreement to settle, subject to court approval, a major civil forfeiture action in the Southern District of New York. In the case, United States v. Prevezon...more

Negotiating Construction Agreements with Japanese Contractors for Domestic Projects

A foreign owner contracting with a Japanese construction company to build facilities in Japan, whether a hotel, a manufacturing facility, a process plant or otherwise, faces a number of challenges....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 14, 2017 is below. Additional details regarding last week’s long-awaited report on online travel by the European Commission are featured in this week’s...more

New Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The provincial government announced today that effective April 21, 2017, it is imposing a 15-percent non-resident speculation tax on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

2017 commercial real estate outlook: The impact of U.S. tax reform - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite strengthening market headwinds and troubling political uncertainties, the U.S. commercial real estate market is likely to remain the top destination for global real estate capital in 2017, and may even see a return to...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

Tax Considerations For The Closely-Held Foreign Investor In U.S. Real Property – Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the last few years, we have received an ever-increasing number of inquiries from “foreigners” who are interested in acquiring U.S. real property (“USRP”). Some of these foreigners – meaning closely-held business...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

A move to "glasshouses": Government announces call for evidence on a register of beneficial owners of property controlled by...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 5 April 2017, the government launched a call for evidence on a register showing the beneficial ownership of property controlled by overseas companies and other legal entities. This isn’t the first time that these...more

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

Leasing Retail Stores in New York City

by Carlton Fields on

New York City is a fascinating and dynamic retail market. It is also one of the most competitive and challenging, requiring a careful and methodical approach to leasing to avoid potential commercial and legal pitfalls. This...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

by White & Case LLP on

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

How the Trump Presidency May Affect Commercial Real Estate Investment in Mexico

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As the United States’ neighbor and second-largest trading partner, no country has followed President Trump’s rhetoric quite like Mexico. While sometimes it seems that even soothsayers cannot predict what the President will...more

Revolution or Evolution – Protect & Survive

by Hogan Lovells on

The annual Hogan Lovells CBRE Hotel Conference 2017 - The threat from terrorism will continue well into the next decade and every country and major organisation needs a counter-terrorism plan. This was the message from...more

Belgian Retail Newsletter: FLEMISH REGION: Drastic reform of the Flemish permit landscape

by McGuireWoods LLP on

INTRODUCTION - For many years, various Flemish real estate projects (including retail, industrial, etc.) were subject to one or more permits: a building permit for the urban planning aspects, an environmental permit for...more

GAO Urges Transparency in GSA Leasing Practice for Foreign-Owned Real Estate

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On January 3, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) delivered a report to Congress recommending that the General Services Administration (GSA) inform tenant agencies when leasing high-security space...more

Middle Eastern Investment in London’s Commercial Real Estate Gains Strength

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Financiers from Middle Eastern states are making substantial investments into commercial real estate in London, in contradiction to negative headlines regarding Brexit. Indeed, figures show that investment from the Gulf...more

Russia: tax law changes as of 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On 1 January 2017, a number of amendments to the Russian tax law entered into force. Below we highlight the key amendments applicable to the taxation of businesses in the following areas: 1. Corporate profit tax 2....more

2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

by Cozen O'Connor on

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Unlawful Detainer Appeals Process Creates Uncertainty for Landlords - The California Court of Appeal decided the case of Beach Break Equities, LLC v. Martin Lowell on Nov. 22, 2016, and released it for publication on...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 7

by K&L Gates LLP on

When this Chapter was published in the preceding edition to this book in 2012, the main focus of the discussion on intercreditor agreements was the A/B intercreditor as such senior/junior lender arrangement was, and for the...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

by Reed Smith on

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 5

by K&L Gates LLP on

As highlighted throughout this book, a significant development in the capital markets over the last two decades has been the arrival of real estate debt on the global stage as an asset class in its own right. Based on its...more

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