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FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

Dentons/CHINCA MEA Project Reporter - Chinese contractors and Middle East and Africa projects markets

On a bi-monthly basis, we will present a shortlist of upcoming projects in the Middle East and Africa which may be of interest to Chinese contractors and investors looking to do business in the region. These are projects...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

Open-ended property funds: a fund-amental mismatch?

On 4 July 2016, Standard Life Investments suspended trading as a result of investors flooding the gates for redemptions. Several other funds such as M&G and Aviva Investments followed suit throughout the same week. The...more

Priority of Future Advances Under Idaho Deeds of Trust Now in Doubt

In Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, No. 41993, 2016 WL 74987 (Idaho Jan. 6, 2016), the Idaho Supreme Court examined a loan modification agreement in which a lender agreed to release real property from its...more

Idaho Statute Protecting the Priority of Future Advances Does Not Apply to Deeds of Trust

In Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, No. 41993, 2016 WL 74987 (Idaho Jan. 6, 2016), the Idaho Supreme Court examined a loan modification agreement in which the lender agreed to release certain real property...more

FinCEN Expands Targeting of High-End Cash Real Estate Transactions

FinCEN has announced a major expansion and extension of its geographic targeting orders (GTOs) aimed at high-end cash buyers of real estate. This action reflects FinCEN’s continued efforts to prevent money laundering through...more

CFPB Proposes TRID Rule Clarifications

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed revisions to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Integrated Disclosure Rule (the “TRID Rule”),...more

FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions

Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Use of Shell Companies To Shield Identity Further Limited

On July 27, 2016 the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, (FinCEN) of the Department of the Treasury issued expanded Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will...more

Goodwin Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief On Behalf Of The Mortgage Industry

On July 25, 2016, Goodwin filed a certiorari-stage amicus brief on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, and several other mortgage industry groups. The case involves a Connecticut law that...more

Vesting and Priorities of Competing Construction Liens

It goes without saying that a construction project involves a plethora of competing interests. There is a lender, a main contractor, subdivision improvers, architects, and many different subcontractors, all of which are...more

FinCEN Targets More Real Estate Deals for AML

Today, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced, effective August 28, 2016golden and continuing for 180 days, it is expanding its earlier Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) requiring information about the...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security?

“Uniform” laws seem to be all the rage these days. A group called the Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) does the drafting, and the goal is to come up with a...more

New Abu Dhabi Real Estate Laws – Laying the Legal Foundations for Institutional Investment

The years since the global financial crisis of the last decade have witnessed a significant increase in institutional investment (for instance, by pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and insurers) into global real estate....more

Brexit Will Cause Deal Flow Reduction

Britain's historic vote to exit the European Union has sent shock waves throughout the global economy and will certainly have economic and political repercussions for years. How will the vote impact U.S. real...more

How South Florida Real Estate Developers Are Reducing Litigation Risk

Leading up to the Great Recession of 2008, properties throughout South Florida were being bought only to be subsequently resold at a profit.  This “flipping” of properties culminated in an unsustainably-inflated real estate...more

Collateral 101: Perfecting Security Interests in Common and Uncommon Collateral

As most people (at least in the banking world) know, a security interest is the granting of an interest in property to secure obligations, usually loan debt. If the borrower defaults under its obligations, the bank can...more

Real estate finance transactions and valuation uncertainty – an unhelpful trigger?

The outcome of the EU referendum has put valuers in an unenviable position. The RICS Red Book requires a valuer to identify a situation where a reduced level of certainty should be attached to their valuation (VPGA 9 –...more

CFPB Announces $10.6M Settlement with Mississippi Bank over Redlining

In a case that demonstrates the scope of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB’s”) reach, the CFPB and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have entered into a settlement with BancorpSouth totaling almost $10,600,000...more

Lessons Learned from the CFPB and DOJ's Latest Fair Lending Enforcement Action

On June 29, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) demonstrated the agencies' continued emphasis on fair lending with the announcement of a joint action against BancorpSouth...more

SNDA – What is It and Why is It Important?

What is an SNDA? An SNDA, or subordination (the “S”), non-disturbance (the “ND”) and attornment (the “A”) agreement, is an agreement between the lender providing financing to the landlord and a tenant of the...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

What’s in the Envelope? Do You Need to Worry?

Real estate investment involves many risks that real estate investment managers and owners are familiar with. These range from “micro” risks, such as tenant disputes and defective property maintenance to “macro risks” such as...more

My “Flippín” House?

Tax Strategies to Reduce Taxation and Build Wealth for House Flippers - Overview - I seem to be perpetually out to lunch. When I step on the scale too, this point is further confirmed. I do not know why I have...more

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