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An Englishman’s Home is His Castle – Just!

Since the Land Registration Act 1925 the register of land in England and Wales has been interested only in legal title. All this is set to change. The Prime Minister announced on 12 May 2016 that any foreign company looking...more

International News: Focus on Real Estate - April 2016

New UK Requirement to Publish Annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement - The United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large commercial organisations operating in the United Kingdom to publish a “slavery...more

Investment in UK Real Estate - Considerations for overseas investors

There are no controls on foreign ownership or occupation of UK real estate. As a result the UK market continues to benefit from large amounts of overseas investment, attracted by its settled legal and planning system and...more

FIRPTA Tax Withholding Set to Increase Effective February 16, 2016

Beginning on February 16 of this year, the rate of tax withholding required by the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) will increase from 10% to 15%. FIRPTA imposes federal tax on the sale of an interest in...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

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

Revised Property Transfer Tax Return Form Requests Additional Information About Hidden Buyers of New York City Real Estate

In February, the New York Times published an 8,000-word investigation into wealthy foreigners buying New York City real estate and taking advantage of U.S. laws that allow them to set up shell companies in order to obscure...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Outlines Upcoming Initiatives for the Regulation of Retail Payments - The European Banking Authority ("EBA") has announced details of its plans to harmonize regulatory and supervisory practices to ensure secure, easy...more

New Russian CFC Rules Will Impact Inbound U.S. Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, the number of wealthy Russians investing in the United States ballooned in 2014 as a result of political turmoil and a disintegrating ruble causing Russians to seek a safe haven for their wealth...more

Tax Reform Update: Impact on Private Equity, Hedge Funds, and Real Estate Partnerships

Interesting tax update courtesy of Bruce Thompson, a Senior Policy Advisor with DLA Piper. He continues to see momentum for comprehensive tax reform and wrote the following summary of what that might mean for fund managers...more

Considerations For International Clients Who Intend to Buy A Home In the U.S.

International buyers invested $82.5 billion in U.S. residential real estate (4.8% of total U.S. sales) according to the most recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the 12 month period ending with...more

Tax Kung Fu – Tax Structuring for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Overview - Unless you have been traveling the galaxies for the last twenty years, you haven’t missed the “Chinese Miracle”. Its enormous impact is felt globally. When you see the skyline of Shanghai, the new meaning of...more

"Skadden's 2012 Insights, January 2012: Capital Markets"

In This Issue: - 2 Stapled Financing in the Aftermath of Delaware’s Del Monte Decision - 4 The Practical Impact of Basel III and Dodd-Frank on Loan Agreements - 6 Borrower-Friendly Provisions Remain a Strong...more

Doing Transactions in Mexico - Conducting Due Diligence

Conducting due diligence is a key aspect of any transaction, international or otherwise. Attorneys working on transactions conducted in Mexico or that involve Mexican entities ought to be aware of registration and...more

Measures to Cool Chinese Property Market Target Both Foreign and Local Purchasers

The last several weeks have seen efforts by regulators in China to cool the Chinese property market by restricting purchases by both foreigners and PRC nationals. These efforts follow other recent policy efforts aimed at...more

Getting Started in Ukraine

Essential information and important considerations for starting business in Ukraine...more

China Update: Real Estate - January 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: 1 Foreign-Invested Partnerships — New Vehicle for Real Estate Investments? 2 Rules Tighten for China Real Estate Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

Recent Developments in Public Procurement Law in the UK

Evaluation criteria and weighting: disclosure and transparency are mandatory, not discretionary In the past, it has been common for authorities to disclose only top-level evaluation criteria and weightings during the early...more

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