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Locke Lord QuickStudy: Tax Code Amendments Proposed to Facilitate Foreign Investment in REITs and U.S. Commercial Properties

On April 30, 2015, Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), both members of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, introduced legislation intended to encourage foreign investment in United States real...more

New REIT Bill Coming?

In late April, Senator Orrin Hatch introduced Senate bill 915, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 2015. When a foreign person invests in property in the U.S., that person is subject to U.S. tax when he/she/it...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – April 2015

On 19 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a significant judgment on the application of EU competition law to information exchange between competitors. ...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 19 (Global)

In This Issue: - INTERNATIONAL: Key Issues For Real Estate In The Implementation Of The AIFMD Across Europe - ASIA: Understanding Four Key Changes To The Hong Kong REIT Code -...more

Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

A Précis On The American Property Tax System

The hundreds of billions of dollars of commercial real estate owned by foreign companies and individuals in the United States requires active management and oversight. This is so whether the property is triple net leased to...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

New UK Withholding Tax Exemption Set to Boost the UK Private Placement Market

On 4 December, George Osborne in his Autumn Statement, announced a new UK withholding tax exemption for interest payments on UK private placements. The announcement was followed by draft legislative clauses with the Finance...more

Autumn Statement 2014

Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the UK 2014 Autumn Statement. Below we summarise some of the main announcements: Taxation of multi-nationals - Diverted profits tax (aka the "Google tax")...more

International Tax News - September 2014

BASE EROSION PROFIT SHIFTING PROJECT RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE BY MULTINATIONALS - At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering...more

New Amendment To The France-Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Capital Gains On Sale Of Real Estate Entities Will Be Taxable In The State...

Based on the press release issued by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance (MoF), the amendment allocates the right to tax capital gains realised upon the sale of stock, shares or other rights in companies, trusts or any other...more

Investment in French real estate: France-Luxembourg double tax treaty changes

On 5 September 2014, the Governments of France and Luxembourg signed an amendment to the France-Luxembourg treaty dated 1 April 1958 (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in French...more

How Windstream Ruling Will Affect Foreign Taxpayers

In general, a REIT is a special purpose entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes that requires at least 75 percent of the value of the entity’s gross assets to consist of real estate assets, cash, cash items, and...more

Synthetic Investment in U.S. Real Estate by Foreign Investors

According to recent reports, foreign investment in commercial U.S. real estate exceeded $38.7 billion in 2013 - a 40 percent increase over 2012. Leading the way in 2013 were investors from Canada, China, Australia, Germany,...more

Real Estate Investment in Australia

Australia continues to be viewed as a destination of choice for global real estate investors seeking a safe haven in a well-regulated and highly transparent growth-orientated market for doing business. In addition, the...more

3 Red Lights And 3 Green Lights For Non-US Investors In US Real Estate: Tax Challenges And Solutions

Investment in US real estate by non-US investors is increasing. Non-US investors acquired almost $23 billion in US real estate, representing a 9% increase over 2012 and accounting for 13% of all real estate transactions in...more

Doing Business in Canada: Taxes & Duties

SALES AND TRANSFER TAXES: GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Canada has a 5% value-added tax imposed on goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST is applied to each transaction in the production and...more

Ten Major Differences Between Real Estate Investing In China And Real Estate Investing In The United States

Commercial real estate is an approximately USD$26 trillion (RMB 162 Trillion) global industry, The United States has over 25% of the global commercial real estate at almost USD$7 Trillion. (RMB 43.7 Trillion). It has been...more

U.S. and European Cross-Border Real Estate Investment: Key Structuring Considerations

Deploying real estate capital across international markets can be a complex exercise, and structuring cross-border investments so that capital can be brought back efficiently adds to the complexity. Accommodating the...more

Japan Back In Spotlight For Real Estate Investment

Japan is back in the spotlight for international real estate investors. Recent surveys indicate that Japan was the third most active market globally in 2013 after the U.S. and the U.K., with transaction volumes of...more

Using Multiple Sources of Alternative Financing for Hotel Development

Four years after the collapse of the traditional financing markets for new hotel developments, most hotel developers are still struggling to find the necessary financing to fill the capital stack required to build new hotels....more

The Portfolio Interest Exemption: A Pretty Good Thing

You know what’s better than earning portfolio interest? Nothing. OK, that may be an overstatement. But for non-U.S. lenders looking to earn a return on their U.S.-based investments, with respect to paying U.S. taxes, that’s...more

Capital Gains Tax on U.K. Property for Non-Residents

According to various reports, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is considering announcing in his Autumn Statement in December that capital gains tax (“CGT”) will be imposed on non-U.K. resident property sellers for the first...more

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