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European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Urges Amending CFIUS Reviews

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, May 18, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin waded further publicly into efforts on Capitol Hill to amend the authorizing statute underlying the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), a U.S....more

Ontario Introduces 15% Tax on Foreign Real Estate Buyers

by Dickinson Wright on

The Ontario government announced a new proposal to impose a 15 percent tax on purchases of residential real estate by foreign buyers as part of its Fair Housing Plan. Similar to the foreign buyer tax enacted last year by the...more

CFIUS Reform Turns to Food Security

by Hogan Lovells on

Congressional efforts to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a U.S. Government interagency committee that conducts national security reviews, continue apace. This week saw the introduction...more

Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Welcome to the Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter. In this monthly publication we provide an overview of the most recent payments, regulatory and market developments from major jurisdictions around the world as well as...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.25.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It’s a week of big fat NOs so far, with Tribune emphatically turning down Gannett yesterday and Monsanto doing the same to Bayer and its massive all-cash $62 billion offer...more

EU & Competition Law Update – April 2016

by Bryan Cave on

European Union: EU Commission maintains close scrutiny of retail geo-blocking - On the 18th of March 2016, the EU Commission published initial findings from its e-commerce sector inquiry. The initial findings show a...more

Lo que Cuba quiere de los inversores

Los inversores estadounidenses han conseguido llegar a Cuba. A comienzos de Febrero, el Departamento del Tesoro de EE. UU. aprobó la primera inversión estadounidense de importancia en Cuba desde 1959: la fábrica de tractores...more

What Cuba Wants From Investors

American investors have made their way into Cuba. Just this week, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved the first significant U.S. business investment in Cuba since 1959: the Oggun tractor factory. This plant represents a...more

Foreign Investment in Australian Residential and Agricultural Real Estate – New Fee Regime for Developers and Investors

by K&L Gates LLP on

Under Australia's current regime for foreign ownership of Australian real estate, certain foreign investors must obtain permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) before acquiring certain forms of real estate...more

Overhaul of the Australian Foreign Investment Rules: A Summary

by K&L Gates LLP on

If you are conducting a transaction with a foreign person or you are a foreign person investing in Australia, you need to be aware of changes to Australia's foreign investment regime. With effect from 1 December 2015,...more

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for Africa

by King & Spalding on

The historic 21st annual meeting (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015 resulted in the Paris Agreement (Agreement) which goes further than any previous climate...more

Canada Relaxes Iran Sanctions - Making it Easier to do Business with Iran

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 5, 2016, Canada significantly reduced its unilateral economic sanctions against Iran by introducing amendments (Amendments) to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (Iran Regulations). The relaxation...more

Cuba and the United States: A Continuing Shift in Export and Travel Policy

by Reed Smith on

On January 26, 2016, the United States again modified its stance on travel to Cuba and eased certain export restrictions to that country. The changes are not surprising, considering the White House’s determination to...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

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

Is Iran Open for Business for U.S. Exporters?

by Baker Donelson on

On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Government issued a revised Guidance regarding Iran and also issued a Third Amended Statement of Licensing Policy on Activities Related to the Safety of Iran’s Civil Aviation Industry. The bottom...more

New Obligations for Foreign Investors in Agricultural Land in Australia

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Australian Government has demonstrated its commitment to create greater transparency around foreign investment in agricultural land by introducing a national Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Register (Register)....more

AMF Publishes Reporting Obligations and Position Limits for Derivatives on Agricultural Commodities to Commence July 1

On June 15, the Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) published a statement that the reporting obligations position limits for agricultural commodity derivatives proposed in the Separation and Regulation of Banking Activities...more

Non-U.S. Companies Should Use Caution When Investing in U.S. “Agricultural Land”

by Dechert LLP on

A non-U.S. company that buys or sells U.S. real estate that is or once was used for agricultural purposes may face reporting requirements in connection with such transactions. These reporting obligations might apply whether...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Discloses Second Phase of Regulatory Review Before Senate Committee; Commissioner Giancarlo Questions Position Limits Proposal Before Energy Risk Summit - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures...more

China Announces New Comprehensive Water Pollution Control Plan

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The State Council of China has published an ambitious plan to reverse the deterioration of water quality and improve management of water resources throughout China. ...more

Access on the Table: the ChAFTA and Lessons for Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 17, 2014, the governments of Australia and the People’s Republic of China signed a declaration of intent on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), bringing to a close 24 rounds of negotiations...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

Proposed Changes to Australia's Foreign Investment Framework

by K&L Gates LLP on

In response to the findings of a recent report on Foreign Investment in Residential Real Estate (Report) by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics (Committee), the Commonwealth Government of Australia is...more

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