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New Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The provincial government announced today that effective April 21, 2017, it is imposing a 15-percent non-resident speculation tax on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

UK Real Estate Aims for a “World’s First”

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Government has published a consultation document, proposing the introduction of a public register that details the identity of the ultimate owners behind foreign companies that purchase real estate in the UK. It is said...more

A move to "glasshouses": Government announces call for evidence on a register of beneficial owners of property controlled by...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 5 April 2017, the government launched a call for evidence on a register showing the beneficial ownership of property controlled by overseas companies and other legal entities. This isn’t the first time that these...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Unlawful Detainer Appeals Process Creates Uncertainty for Landlords - The California Court of Appeal decided the case of Beach Break Equities, LLC v. Martin Lowell on Nov. 22, 2016, and released it for publication on...more

The Legal Do's and Don'ts of Property Purchase

by Hassan Elhais on

The conventional wisdom about the UAE is that it was built on oil first and property second. The country's most populous city Dubai is a living shrine to the role property has played in building society from the ground up;...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

by Reed Smith on

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

New attractive real estate investment fund in Belgium

by White & Case LLP on

Belgium recently introduced the regulatory framework for an attractive new real estate investment vehicle, the specialized real estate investment fund (gespecialiseerd vastgoedbeleggingsfonds (GVBF) / fonds d’investissement...more

On safari: South Africa hunts deals in CEE and SEE

by DLA Piper on

The real estate community was abuzz in March 2016 when South Africa's Redefine Properties acquired a 75 per cent stake in Poland's Echo Prime Properties' 18-asset portfolio, a deal valued at EUR 1.2 billion....more

New Regulations Issued Regarding CFCs and Investment in U.S. Property

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Income earned abroad by U.S. controlled foreign corporations can often qualify for deferral of U.S. income tax. If the foreign corporation is a controlled foreign corporation (CFC), its U.S. shareholders may be taxable on...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

UK Regulator Finalizes Standards for Underwriting Buy-to-Let Mortgages

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority published a Policy Statement and Supervisory Statement setting out its final policy approach to underwriting standards for buy-to-let mortgage contracts. The Supervisory Statement sets out...more

(UK) Rentcharges: beasts of burden or burdensome beasts?

by Reed Smith on

Rentcharges are, in theory, a very useful way of securing a positive obligation to pay against freehold land owners. They are mainly now created to cover estate service charges to ensure freeholders will pay common expenses...more

Mercury signing – guidance on the execution of documents

by Reed Smith on

Following the decision in the Mercury Case, a practice of ‘virtual signings and closings’ has developed to avoid the logistical problems in getting a document signed. This guidance provides a non-exhaustive range of options...more

Medio Oriente es un gran participante en el mercado de bienes raíces del sur de la Florida

No es ningún secreto que Miami se ha convertido en uno de los mercados más atractivos del mundo para los inversores internacionales. Los latinoamericanos, en particular, han tenido una gran influencia en el sector...more

Opportunities in challenging markets: Sale-and-Leaseback, Build-to-Suit and other new Real Estate deal structures in the UAE

by White & Case LLP on

Against a backdrop of lower oil prices and reduced government spending, real estate markets across the UAE have softened in recent times, resulting in tightened liquidity and contracted asset values. However, challenging...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 25: Focus on distressed assets

by DLA Piper on

A very warm welcome to Issue 25 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette. The global real estate market is currently operating against a backdrop of economic uncertainty. Brexit, immigration and presidential elections in the US...more

Global Real Estate Trends, Brexit and Opportunities for 2016/2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

We recently presented our Global Real Estate Trends seminar with analysis from Sabina Kalyan, Global Chief Economist and Head of EMEA Strategy & Market, CBRE Global Investors. Please see full presentation below for more...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect Against Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

by Michael Volkov on

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...more

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

by Dentons on

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

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect against Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Bribery, money laundering, and sanctions are key international risk areas for any global business, particularly those investing or operating in high-risk jurisdictions and industries. In addition to meaningful enforcement...more

FinCEN Expands Targeting of High-End Cash Real Estate Transactions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

BC imposes additional 15% tax on foreigners effective August 2, 2016

by Dentons on

On July 28, 2016, the BC Government passed legislation to implement changes to the Property Transfer Tax Act. These changes will apply an additional 15% tax on purchases by foreigners of residential property in the Greater...more

Brexit: Property investment commentary

by Dentons on

Does the fall in sterling present enhanced property investment opportunities for overseas investors? In short the answer is likely to be yes for those investors dealing in currencies that have strengthened against the...more

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