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Withholding Tax Set to Increase

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) subjects foreign sellers to U.S. tax when they sell their interest in real property located in the U.S., including interests in companies that predominately hold real...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

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was...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

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

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

FIRPTA Withholding Tax Rate to Increase 15 Percent on February 2016

On December 18, 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (the Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the Act materially amends the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) to increase the...more

CMBS 2016: Tailwinds and wishes

Earlier this month I set out my CMBS predictions for 2016 in the Investment Adviser (Broadening the scope of CMBS loan issuance), where I predicted that macro-economic conditions would continue to challenge the...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

"Important FIRPTA and REIT Reforms Enacted"

The newly signed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) includes several reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) and the taxation of real estate investment trusts...more

FinCEN Targets High-Value Real Estate Transactions in New York and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced that it had issued a Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) which will temporarily require certain title insurance companies to report the...more

International Tax Advisory: New Law Brings Some Welcome FIRPTA Changes

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Despite the new law’s name, a number of its provisions affect foreign investors. The PATH Act introduces several...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Orders Requiring Identification of High-End Cash Buyers of Real Estate in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that will require, temporarily, certain title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

Significant Changes Affecting REITs in The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill, with a division referred to as the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which...more

PATH Act Presents Opportunities for Tax-Efficient Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among its numerous revisions to federal tax law, the PATH Act significantly amended various...more

New PATH Act Changes Rules for Foreign Investment in US Real Estate and for REITs

The PATH Act exempts certain foreign pension funds from taxation under FIRPTA and significantly modifies the tax rules applicable to REITs. On December 18, 2015 (Enactment Date), US President Barack Obama signed the...more

Legal Trends: Commercial Real Estate

Lenders remain aggressive as competition for prime real estate lending opportunities in Canada intensifies. Borrowing rates remain at historical lows and other lending terms have become increasingly favourable for borrowers....more

Consolidated Appropriations Act Impacts REITs, FIRPTA Requirements and Depreciation

The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 makes some significant changes that affect real estate investment trusts, Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act reporting and withholding requirements, and...more

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Bumped Up To 15%

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was recently signed into law. Section 324 of the Act modifies Code Section 1445 to increase the required withholding amount on dispositions by nonresident aliens and foreign...more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law on December 18, 2015. The Act extends retroactively certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that had expired...more

Congress Passes Significant FIRPTA Reforms Affecting Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes...

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act, among other things, provides for substantial reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property...more

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