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Newbigin – A reality check - Newbigin v Monk

by Dentons on

It has not been rosy in the business rates garden recently. Following the Woolway v. Mazars decision, the vagaries of the business rates revaluation and the complete uncertainty and potentially adverse consequences flowing...more

Supreme Court rating decision good news for developers and property owners

by DLA Piper on

In a decision that will be welcomed by developers and property owners, the Supreme Court has held that a commercial property undergoing extensive refurbishment works was effectively exempt from business rates....more

Construction Group News: Your corporate real estate is held by a separate LLC, so it's protected, right? Maybe Not...

by Murtha Cullina on

Your business real estate may not be safe from a separate, but related, company’s bankruptcy. In a shot across the bow to the Massachusetts construction community, a Massachusetts bankruptcy court has determined that in...more

Investor-initiated integrated site development: new opportunities

by Dentons on

Starting 1 January 2017 holders of land plots and the immovable properties on the land plots will be able to get approved site development and site survey plans within one month without public hearings as part of integrated...more

CHINA EXPANDS VAT REFORM TO NEW SECTORS

by DLA Piper on

China's Premier Li Keqiang has announced, in the Annual Government Working Report to the National People's Congress, held in March that Value Added Tax ("VAT") reforms will be fully implemented and expanded from 1 May 2016 to...more

New Developments in the Determination of the Texas Franchise Tax Liability

by Liskow & Lewis on

The Texas Franchise Tax is imposed on taxable entities that do business in Texas or that are chartered or organized in the state.  Taxpayers subject to the Texas Franchise Tax may compute their tax liabilities under several...more

Failure to prevent bribery: The first s7 sentence - This article looks at the first court sentence for failure to prevent bribery...

by Dentons on

The Bribery Act 2010 has been in force for over four years. For much of that time, businesses have waited for clarification of the s7 offence of failure to prevent bribery. Finally, near the end of 2015, the first DPA was...more

Business Rates: Looking Ahead in 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Maybe

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Business rates are charged on the majority of commercial properties, such as shops and offices, and represent one of the largest overheads for businesses. They are calculated using the rateable value of the property (the...more

Perspectives on Insurance Recovery

Welcome to the latest edition of Pillsbury’s Perspectives on Insurance Recovery. As this 2015 edition of Perspectives demonstrates, our team is working on the most challenging issues—from cyber-insurance and complex claims...more

Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act Not Applicable to Public Works Project

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In a decision issued last week in Clipper Pipe & Service, Inc. v. Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, 73 P.S §§ 501-516 (CASPA) does not...more

(INFOGRAPHIC) Amalgamation of Interests - or How to Ensure You Wasted Time Setting Up Multiple Project Companies

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There is a fairly customary practice in real estate development and construction intended to take advantage of the liability protections afforded by the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The practice is very...more

Anatomy of a Public-Private Partnership

by Lane Powell PC on

This article explores the anatomy of a public-private partnership in the context of major real estate projects entered into by a governmental body with a real estate developer or owner. The author has been involved in a...more

P3s Everywhere You Look

There are currently a lot of construction hats at Miami-area transportation facilities. The Miami International Airport has recently opened its newly constructed North Terminal and new MIA Mover people mover system, and...more

Sifting Through The Ashes: Who Owns The Assets Of A Former Redevelopment Agency And Related Title Concerns By Brian D. Shaffer*

by Miller Starr Regalia on

I. INTRODUCTION - In California Redevelopment Assn. v. Matosantos, 53 Cal. 4th 231, 135 Cal. Rptr. 3d 683, 267 P.3d 580 (2011) (“Matosantos”), the California Supreme Court confirmed the death of redevelopment agencies...more

P3s meet transportation needs

by Snell & Wilmer on

Originally published in the Colorado Real Estate Journal, November 16, 2011 - December 1, 2011. It is no secret that Colorado’s budget crisis has immobilized transportation funding, as is the case nationally....more

Property transactions between a director and his company

by Chris Robinson on

Directors and their advisers can be exposed to large losses if they overlook the need for formal shareholder approval of property transactions, including grant of leases, between a company and its director or his associates....more

Developers personally liable: insolvency and the SPV (UK)

by Chris Robinson on

Developers can be personally exposed if they control risk on a development through the limited liability of an SPV vehicle. A recent case holds directors persoanlly liable for the SPV's debts after they should have realised...more

Keeping Your Company in Compliance with "The Man"

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Proper procedures and checks to ensure you maintain corporate formalities can help prevent anyone from "piercing the corporate veil" and suing you individually....more

Insurance Physical: Worth the Check-up!

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

An appropriate review of your construction and business insurance policies can minimize your risk in the event of a lawsuit....more

Doing Business in Colombia

In the 2010 report from the World Bank, Colombia consolidates as leader in the region and one of the top ten reformers worldwide for its improvement in the efficiency of business regulations. This further places Colombia as...more

Top 3 Tips for Smartly Handling Project Documents

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

This article gives tips for minimizing risk through proper project document management....more

"Pay When Paid" not enforceable in North Carolina contracts

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

"Pay when paid" clauses are enforceable in some jurisdictions, but not in North Carolina. This article discusses the statutory prohibition on such clauses in North Carolina....more

What isn't in your construction contract?

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Sometimes, what is not in your construction contract can be harmful to your business. This article provides tips to minimize your risks by making modifications to your contracts....more

6 Contract Law Tips for Limiting Risk on Construction Projects

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

On a regular basis, you should dedicate some timeto cleaning up your systems for limiting your risk on construction projects. This article provides 6 tips to improve your construction (or any other business) contracts. ...more

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