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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

The Shale Play Today: First Quarter 2016

The Best Protection - Safeguards in Purchasing Distressed Oil and Gas Assets - In the current environment of depressed prices for oil, natural gas and related liquids, oil and gas wells, leases and properties are coming...more

Secured Creditors Beware: Overvalued Properties in Bankruptcy

An overvalued property may now have a bigger impact on a secured creditor’s bottom-line during bankruptcy. Splitting with the Seventh Circuit, the Fifth Circuit in Southwest Securities, FSB v. Segner (In the Matter of...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

High Volatility Commercial Real Estate: Loan Document Considerations

As of January 1, 2015, global Basel III regulations and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act required banks in the United States to comply with certain new capital rules and regulations. Among other...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #2

New Legislation Limits Tax Sharing Agreements - California Senate Bill (SB) 533, which was signed into law in October 2015, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and limits local government from executing tax-sharing...more

Hotel Lawyer at the ALIS hotel conference in Los Angeles — A turnaround in hotel investor sentiment? Was that just a raindrop or...

Hotel Lawyers with first signs of a sea change in investor sentiment about the hotel sector - As our team of hotel lawyers returns from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (or ALIS) in Los Angeles, we all noticed a...more

CREFC and MBA/CREF: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Alternate Universes

That whole alternate universe thing, the conceit of so many sci-fi novels, is clearly not merely the product of fevered minds. It’s real. Or, at least it seemed awfully real after having been at the CREFC meeting in Miami...more

Interagency CRE Guidance Update

In the ancient world kings and emperors regularly sought advice from the Oracle at Delphi when making important decisions. The Oracle would respond to questions, sometimes in poetry, other times in prose, in a manner that...more

Big Picture—What Could We See in 2016?

The other shoe finally dropped last month when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate hike in seven years. Now in its 37th edition, "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016," the highly regarded annual report...more

Food Report 2016: Trends in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Since the early part of this century, the fast-paced development of Alberta’s oil sands and the push for more pipelines across the country have driven Canada’s economic fortunes. Indeed, the Toronto Stock Exchange is one of...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

New FIRPTA Reform Creates PATH to Potential Benefits for Existing REITs and Foreign Investors in the United States

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among other changes, the PATH Act significantly modifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of...more

Can Lenders Foreclose While a Borrower’s Loan Modification Application is Under Review?

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal held that the practice called “dual tracking” – when a lender forecloses on a property while the borrower’s application for a loan modification is under review – violates...more

Property Tax on Italian Photovoltaic Plants to Decrease Sharply

There is good news for owners of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy. In circular no. 2/E, released on 1 February 2016 (the circular), the Italian Revenue Agency has provided official guidance on new rules enacted by on 28...more

Stop Notices and Mechanic's Liens: Construction Lenders' Nightmares

Historically low interest rates have led to the substantial growth in real estate lending, especially construction lending. Unfortunately, the lead article in the Business Section of the January 28, 2016, issue of the Los...more

Changes To FIRPTA Affecting Real Estate Transactions

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") is applicable to all transactions involving interests in real property where the Seller is a "foreign person" (this includes entities). According to the IRS, FIRPTA...more

Kyiv Real Estate Newsletter (Ukrainian)

The new year started with significant changes regarding the registration of rights to real estate. In particular, the restated Law of Ukraine “On State Registration of Proprietary Rights to Real Estate and Their...more

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights News: Secured Lender Forced, under Bankruptcy Code Section 506(c), to Pay Trustee's Expenses of...

For secured lenders, the single most dangerous provision of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is section 506(c). This section permits the bankruptcy court to collect from the lender’s collateral the bankruptcy estate’s necessary...more

Florida's Credit Card Surcharge Prohibition Found Unconstitutional

Landlords, real estate owners and retail owners have experienced cuts into their bottom line as a result of having to absorb the costs of consumers using credit cards. Such landlords and business owners typically have to pay...more

It is now fact – CMBS is the answer to Italian bank deleveraging woes!!

Almost a year ago to the day, I posted a blog questioning whether CMBS was the answer to Italian bank deleveraging woes. One year on, I am pleased to say that the Italian government (clearly channelling me!) has just reached...more

New FIRPTA Changes Provide Significant Opportunities, But No Panacea for Encouraging Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Under FIRPTA, a non-U.S. person’s gain from the sale of U.S. real property interests is treated as income that is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business (“ECI”), and therefore, is subject to U.S. federal income...more

Application Deadline for the CITF Grant and Loan Program – February 26, 2016

The deadline to submit applications for Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) grants and loans is February 26, 2016. There is an estimated $6,600,000 available in grants and loans for approved applicants. The...more

FinCEN Imposes New Reporting Requirements on New York and Miami Real Estate Markets

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced two geographic targeting orders (GTOs) imposing new reporting and recordkeeping requirements on title insurance companies operating in New York City and...more

Regulators Caution Banks About CRE Lending

Why it matters - In a statement expressing concern about the growth of commercial real estate (CRE) lending, the federal banking agencies stressed the need to utilize "prudent risk-management practices." The Board of the...more

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