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Legal Update: Commercial Real Estate Brokers Now Subject to the Same Dual Agency and Disclosure Laws as Residential Brokers

As of January 1, 2015, commercial real estate brokers and salespersons will be required to comply with a stringent set of agency disclosure requirements formerly applicable only to residential brokers, expressly setting forth...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: “The Clean-Up Hitters” – Enterprise Zone and Community Reinvestment Area Property Tax Exemptions

Capital investment projects often involve tight margins, and every single dollar counts to ensure that the project is a success. For that reason, property tax exemptions are key components of any economic development...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Connecticut Bankruptcy Court Approves Settlement In Two Related Cases with a Torturous Twelve Year History

The Chapter 7 case of First Connecticut Consulting Group, Inc. and James J. Licata (the “Cases”) began as Chapter 11 cases over twelve years ago. The cases were consolidated and remained in Chapter 11 for four years as...more

Autumn Statement 2014

Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the UK 2014 Autumn Statement. Below we summarise some of the main announcements: Taxation of multi-nationals - Diverted profits tax (aka the "Google tax")...more

Final Rule to Implement Dodd-Frank Risk Retention Requirement

On October 21, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the U.S. Securities and...more

General Contractor’s Prospective Waiver of its Lien Rights is Enforceable in California

In an opinion published in September 2014, entitled Moorefield Construction, Inc. v. Intervest Mortgage Investment Company, et al., D065464, the California Court of Appeal held an original contractor can contractually waive...more

Condo hotels: Don’t forget the secret sauce!

Condo hotels are back in vogue as “securities” - Developers particularly like the “new model” where condo hotel investments are offered as a “securities” using the new SEC Rule 506(c) for private placements with public...more

Full Credit Bid Causes Loss of Insurance Proceeds

A recent case serves as a reminder of one of many risks posed by making a full credit bid at a foreclosure sale: the lender may lose the right to recover insurance proceeds for pre-foreclosure damage to the foreclosed...more

A Cautionary Tale for General Contractors

Construction lenders often go to great lengths to ensure their deeds of trust have priority over mechanic’s liens. Typically, as part of the construction loan process, general contractors are asked to sign documents...more

7th Circuit Dusts off the Erie Crystal Ball on Title Insurance Defense

Lawyers generally enjoy prognosticating future developments in the law. Under the Erie doctrine, federal judges have a legitimate need to engage in this pastime. Recently, in Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Chicago Title...more

Clarification of the Ministry of Economy regarding application of currency equivalent of price in agreements

By letter of 2 September 2014 No. 3723-08/30327-07 the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (the "Ministry of Economy") provided a clarification (the "Clarification") regarding the application of currency equivalent of...more

Determining “Value” Given By Good Faith Transferee In Fraudulent Transfer Action

The Bankruptcy Code allows a trustee to recover fraudulent transfers made by the debtor prior to bankruptcy. 11 U.S.C. § 548(a). An innocent recipient of a fraudulent transfer is not without a defense, however. The Code...more

Regulators Adopt Risk Retention Rule with Few Changes

A final credit risk retention rule was recently issued with respect to asset-backed securities (ABS) by the prudential bank regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Risk Retention for Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities: Fact Sheet

On October 22, 2014, the federal regulatory agencies responsible for implementing regulations under Dodd-Frank finalized the risk retention rules for ABS transactions, including CMBS transactions. The final rules come more...more

Williams v. FDIC (In re Positive Health Management) - Lender Forced to Return Payments Made by Non-Borrower

On October 16, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit entered an order requiring a real estate lender, First National Bank (the “Lender”), to refund certain mortgage payments it received from...more

Following FASB: Leases, Revenue Recognition Proposals On the Horizon

There are two proposals making their way through FASB that will have far-reaching implications for most financial statements—including those of private companies. Even though neither of these proposals has been finalized,...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - September/October 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast. VIRGINIA - INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX...more

Sale-leasebacks accommodate buyer and seller in today’s healthcare real estate market: 7 reasons why they work, 5 pitfalls to note

For many years, low interest rates allowed companies with strong credit ratings to obtain access to cheap capital through traditional financing methods – meaning there was little enthusiasm for sale-leaseback...more

Florida Litigation Update: Appeals Court Clarifies Procedure to Execute Against Alcoholic Beverage License

On September 23, 2014, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in VMI Entertainment, LLC v. Westwood Plaza, LLC, et. al. clarifying the procedure to execute against a judgment debtor’s alcoholic beverage...more

New Scottish property transaction tax: Highest rate band for commercial property announced as 4.5%

John Swinney, the Scottish government's Finance Secretary, has announced the proposed rates and bands for the new Scottish property transaction tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). On 1 April...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Waiver of ECOA Claim

Last month, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an important opinion for lenders in this state. The opinion reversed the North Carolina Court of Appeals’ decision in RL REGI N.C., LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC, which found...more

CLIENT ALERT: Arizona Supreme Court to Decide if Borrowers and Guarantors Can Waive Fair Market Value Defense

In September 2013, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that commercial borrowers and guarantors cannot prospectively waive their right to seek a fair market value hearing to limit their potential deficiency liability following...more

CMBS Issuer wins negligence claim against valuer in English High Court

In a judgement of major significance for the commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) market, the High Court has ordered a negligent valuer to pay €32 million damages to a CMBS issuer. This is the first time a...more

Mechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois...more

EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about?

In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of...more

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