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Blockchain – The Future of Real Estate?

Bitcoin and blockchain technology have been gaining publicity in recent years, and although they are primarily known for their use as a digital payment system, there are also promising uses in many areas where trust, cost and...more

Droning Along: What Commercial Real Estate Property Owners Should Consider in the Drone Age

Drone use in the real estate industry has exploded in recent months. The utility of drones in sales, marketing, construction, surveying, and inspection of real property is undeniable. There is vast potential for commercial...more

Washington Insight - September 2016

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank - On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010...more

Sleep with an Eye Open: The New Age of Hotel Privacy Intrusion

A hotel is a personal place, even if you share it with thousands of other people. The very obscurity in a crowd can make you feel anonymous, and the private living space allows for the most private of conversations and...more

(US) Driverless Cars Mean Endless Possibilities for Real Estate

Companies like Uber, Tesla, and Google are racing to bring driverless cars to the public. Uber is utilizing its experience as a service provider and its knowledge of demand patterns and customer behavior to compete with...more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

Pokemon Go Away: Monsters Creating Nuisance Problems

This game has been all the rage since July. Engadget reports over 100 million downloads of Pokemon Go, racking up $10 million each day in revenue for game makers Niantic, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo. It’s a beast. ...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio...

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and...more

News from AGG's Retail Industry Team - Summer Edition

Enforceability of Electronic Agreements in Real Estate Transactions - Increasingly, and not surprisingly, more and more transactions are being created, negotiated, finalized and executed electronically. From a real...more

Can Technology Preserve Government Rights of Entry?

As we await the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Property Reserve case (see related posts here and here), many government agencies are faced with the question of what they will do if the justices deem the current...more

Enforceability of Electronic Agreements in Real Estate Transactions

Increasingly, and not surprisingly, more and more transactions are being created, negotiated, finalized and executed electronically. From a real estate perspective, virtually all documents other than those that are being...more

Under Construction - June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. Hope you are staying cool this summer. Are you legally operating your drone on the construction site? In our Winter 2015 Under Construction...more

In The Know - 1st Edition, May 2016

Welcome to the first edition of IN, a quarterly digest designed to keep insurers in the know on both the development, as well as the ongoing evolution, of legal trends relevant to first-party property coverage and bad faith...more

Chubb advisory warns construction industry of increased risk of cyber threats

In its advisory entitled “New Business Models, Technology Raise Professional Liability Risks for Contractors,” Chubb has outlined the risks of cyber threats associated with new technologies being used by the construction...more

The Life Sciences Lease: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Leases often form the start of a long term relationship between a landlord and tenant. This dynamic is much more critical in the life sciences context, and the process of lease negotiation and implementation requires...more

Shared Office Space – The “Uber” of Commercial Real Estate?

The new sharing economy is changing the way business has traditionally been done across industries. The commercial real estate industry is no exception. Just like Uber and Lyft have disrupted the hired car industry and Airbnb...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

Surprises in OCC's Examination Priorities for 2016? Careful Innovation, Cybersecurity, Criminal Avoidance, Nonbank FI Lending

Why it matters - Comptroller Thomas J. Curry underscored key 2016 supervisory concerns for his agency in a mid-December industry call discussing the OCC's latest Semiannual Risk Perspective report. His list includes the...more

German real estate: Risks and opportunities in a shifting landscape

How does the prevalence of home offices influence the development of new office space? What does Internet use mean to real estate investors? Which sectors will see the highest demand for investment?...more

Competition News December 2015

The French Competition Authority recalls that a resale price mentioned publicly is not necessarily an imposed resale price - The French Competition Authority inaugurated December with a non-suit concerning an alleged...more

Data Center Development Quarterly Report–Q3

Key Findings - Approximately 65% of American adults currently own a smartphone and the cloud technology that services them has joined demand from the financial, technology, social media and healthcare sectors to drive up...more

ALM cyberSecure Primer: Investment Opportunities, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity ABCs, Stakeholders...

Must-read cybersecurity commentary and analysis from the event primer for ALM's upcoming cyberSecure conference, Dec 15 & 16th in New York City. In this issue: ABC's for the C-suite, cyber risk stakeholders and why they...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 11

Resident Is Not Subject to Use Tax on Yacht Briefly Docked in the State - In Matter of Michael Pellino, DTA No. 825869 (N.Y.S. Div. of Tax App., Oct. 1, 2015), a New York State Administrative Law Judge concluded that...more

Multi-State Mortgage Committee Issues Expectations for Use of Electronic Tools in State Examinations

On September 29, 2015, the Multi-State Mortgage Committee (MMC) and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued an industry bulletin – Supervisory Expectations Regarding the Use of Electronic Examination Tools –...more

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