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U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia in Light of Crisis in Ukraine

In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision earlier this month to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation, President Barack Obama issued three executive orders authorizing the...more

Hospitality And Leisure Franchising And Industry Innovation

Introduction - In previous years this publication has given an insight into the asset light strategies of global hotel operators, an overview of some of the trends in hotel franchising and provided a brief...more

2014 Outlook

I have been mulling our 2014 Outlook for some time and decided to wait until after the New Year and CREFC to write. Just in case we got the whole Mayan calendar end of the world story wrong by a year (hey, it was 5000 years...more

Using Multiple Sources of Alternative Financing for Hotel Development

Four years after the collapse of the traditional financing markets for new hotel developments, most hotel developers are still struggling to find the necessary financing to fill the capital stack required to build new hotels....more

Real estate finance – Shari’ah compliant transactions

Produced in partnership with K&L Gates LLP - Real estate is an increasingly important asset class for Islamic-compliant transactions and banks in the UK. Islamic-compliant finance has proved to be an alternative source...more

Tax Refund Litigation Update: Court of Federal Claims Relies on “Substance Over Form” Doctrine to Recharaterize Transaction

A decision by the United States Court of Federal Claims originally filed under seal and reissued on October 23, 2013 evidences an important trend in the substance over form doctrine created by the courts to recharacterize...more

Manufacturing Matters - Autumn 2013

In the CBI’s recent report on ‘Maximising the UK’s industrial opportunities’, the strong argument is that we, as the British manufacturing sector, need to be instrumental in shaping a long-term industrial strategy for growth...more

Investor's Visa in Spain - FAQs

Since September 28th, Spain belongs to the group of countries that offer an investor's visa program. Investment in bonds or shares, buying of real estate and the execution of a relevant investment project comprise three...more

How Educational Institutions Can Capitalise on Real Estate Assets

With investment pouring into the education sector, academic institutions have never been in a stronger position to capitalise on costly real estate assets to fuel future expansion. Research suggests the public and private...more

Sharia compliant financing of commercial real estate

In This Issue: - Sharia compliant financing of commercial real estate - Introduction - Real estate as an asset class - Sharia compliance issues that particularly affect commercial real estate...more

Project Blue: A Stamp Duty Land Tax Case That Made Headlines

In July 2013, the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) case of Project Blue Ltd v. HM Revenue & Customs, concerning the high-profile development of Chelsea Barracks, was the first real test of the SDLT’s broad anti-avoidance rule...more

The Shadow Banking Market: The Shadow Knows

There’s a lot of talk these days about the growth of a shadow banking market. Shadow is right! The growth of the commercial lending market outside of the universe of insured depository institutions and life insurance...more

Hong Kong – Applying Securities Laws to Sales of Hotel Units

In a move that represents a first in Hong Kong, one of the territory's largest listed property developers, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into an agreement with the Securities and...more

How Much Due Diligence Is Enough?

Do you really know who you are doing business with in your supply chain? How much due diligence is enough? Should you update your due diligence on a regular basis? How about on a continuous basis? What ethical considerations...more

Buying Real Estate in Spain - FAQs

Prices in the Spanish real estate market have been cut down by around 30% in the last 5 years, which means a wealth of opportunities for real estate funds, savvy individual investors and anything in between. But there are...more

Florida Has Highest U.S. Foreclosure Rate in 2012: Great News for Foreign Investors Interested in Buying Florida Real Estate...

There isn't far to look when investigating reasons why real estate investors all over the world are looking at buying property here in Florida. Some foreign investors, as we pointed out on Tuesday, are doing this via the web,...more

Demand Outpacing Supply in Downtown Miami as Foreign Investment and Urban Living Trends Continue

Demand for condo sales and rentals slated to exceed supply We have been tracking condo sales and rental activity in downtown Miami since the market bottomed out three years ago, and what we are seeing is a clear trend...more

Real World - An Update from Dechert's London Finance & Real Estate Group - October 2012

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Real World from Dechert’s London Finance and Real Estate Group, keeping you up to date with recent developments in real estate law and practice. In this issue: - How to get...more

The Dos and Don’ts of a Foreign Trade Zone

Originally published in Law 360 on August 24, 2012. Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured...more

Property Tax Reassessment Season Heats Up In PA

On June 15 Lebanon County began to issue thousands of notices of reassessment to all property taxpayers in the county informing them of changes in their properties’ assessments for 2013. Property taxpayers will have forty...more

Understanding the “Dos and Don’ts” of a Foreign Trade Zone

Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured here in Arizona. The hypothetical corporation owns a large...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Transactions: Mitigating Expropriation Risk of Natural Gas Projects by Philip R. Weems and Matt Salo

The International energy companies often find the most attractive oil and gas prospects to be located in countries where the risk of expropriation, whether full or partial, looms on the horizon. Although the epicenter of...more

2012 March Edition of China Senior Housing and Care Newsletter

Following are the contents of this edition: News Update Two Different Types of Senior Community Emerge Respectively in Shanghai and Beijing Senior Nursing –- a Rising and Promising Career Indemnificatory Housing is...more

Iraq Perspectives - May 2012

In This Issue: - Introduction to Iraq Perspectives - Project Finance in Iraq, Part 1: Project Ownership - Iraq’s National Investment Commission Excerpt from Project Finance in Iraq, Part 1... Iraq is...more

End of Operating Leases? Watch for Lease Accounting Changes

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) are proposing dramatic changes to lease accounting rules that would virtually eliminate operating lease accounting...more

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