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Two Recent Decisions Demonstrate Continued Disagreement Over Whether Economic Value or Face Amount of Liens Is Appropriate Metric...

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor in possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of liens on the property under section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code has long been recognized as one of the...more

Ninth Circuit Joins “Minority” of Courts That Allow Property to be Sold in Bankruptcy Free and Clear of Leaseholds

The Ninth Circuit recently held, in Pinnacle Rest. at Big Sky, LLC v. CH SP Acquisitions, LLC (In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC), No. 15-35572, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12526, 2017 WL 2979660 (9th Cir. July 13, 2017), that a...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Real Property Transfer Tax Can Apply to Transfers of Entities that Own California Real...

by Bryan Cave on

Under California law, there are two separate tax implications affecting California real estate transfers that result in a “change in ownership” of the real property - a property tax reassessment and a real property transfer...more

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

by WilmerHale on

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts. This Q&A addresses state laws relating to security instruments, usury laws, limitations on personal liability, recording requirements and...more

Direct Issuance is Here – A New Paradigm for Single Asset Single Borrower (SASB) Securitization

by Dechert LLP on

A standalone securitization of a portfolio of properties closed in June. To our knowledge, this was the first transaction in recent memory done in a direct issuance format. In this case, direct issuance means that the...more

15 Creative Ways Large Real Estate & Infrastructure Developers Raise Millions Outside of Traditional Debt and Equity (Part II)

by Slim Ventures LLC on

There is an expression that land development is a wealthy man’s game. Indeed, in our recent meeting with a very seasoned developer (over 30,000 lots before the Recession, now, licking his wounds, down to only 900), he...more

Kramer Levin-Debtwire Retail Event Tackles Distressed Asset Monetization Strategies

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Debtwire recently co-sponsored a retail restructuring discussion that brought together a formidable roster of retail restructuring experts to discuss opportunities and strategies for...more

Private Investors Account for a Quarter of Global Real Estate Transactions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Private investors are becoming an ever more integral part of the commercial real estate market; it has been reported (here) that they now account for over a quarter of all global commercial real estate transactions. Further...more

California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...more

Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease – Part II

Last year the Seventh Circuit determined that a lease termination constituted a “transfer” within the meaning of the Bankruptcy Code and ordered litigation to continue against a landlord that had entered into a lease...more

California Supreme Court Confirms: Pony Up the Documentary Transfer Tax

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Supreme Court just dealt a blow to taxpayers who transfer interests in real estate-owning LLCs and other entities. In 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles (Cal. S. Ct. No. S222329, June 29,...more

California Supreme Court Affirms Novel M&A Tax

by Allen Matkins on

Suppose Mr. Henry owns all of the outstanding shares of a Virginia corporation that owns all of the issued and outstanding shares of a Massachusetts corporation that owns, among other things, real property in Los Angeles,...more

REIT Advisor - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

Business Disruption Risk - Given the recent events around the world, including both terrorist attacks and severe storms, REITs continue to cite business interruption risks as a significant concern for implementing...more

Financing Hotels in the United States: Key Considerations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Hotels differ from other types of stabilized properties in several major ways. The purpose of this article is to highlight how the distinguishing factors impact the way that owners and lenders approach the negotiation of key...more

It’s Time to Bring Back the Square State Conduit:  If We Build It, They Will Come.

by Dechert LLP on

What in the world have we done to ourselves? Our CRE Securitization business, or at least the conduit part of our business, continues to shrink: $800 billion in outstanding principal balance in 2007 and now, $400 billion? ...more

Startup Real Estate Tip: The 'Good Guy' Guaranty - Slow Down a Second

by JD Supra Perspectives on

If you are contemplating agreeing to execute a good guy guaranty, you must both be in control and be totally immune from being fired. Otherwise...more

Monetizing Vacant Land Through Mitigation Banking

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other habitat area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to such...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Valuation of Secured Creditor’s Collateral in Chapter 11 Need Not Be Based on Property’s Highest and Best...

On May 26, 2017, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion with important ramifications for secured lenders. The Ninth Circuit held that for purposes of determining the amount of a secured...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 5th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, May 5, 2017 is below. - Industry To Again Focus Attention on Distribution Duopoly [OTA]. In an article last week, Bloomberg shared details from an AHLA...more

Assignment of LLC Interest Defeats Standing Despite Alleged Lack of Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The rules of “standing” in business divorce litigation generally require that the plaintiff have an ownership interest in the business entity at the time of the alleged wrongful conduct and, for derivative claims brought on...more

Development of court practice of determining the starting date for payment of property tax on a fixed asset that is ready for...

by Dentons on

On 28 April 2017 the Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region rendered a decision in case No. ?56-87465/2016 (the “Decision”) under the claim of Penobeton-Pikalevo LLC (the “Company”). The case considered the...more

Kmart Bankruptcy, Part Deux

It’s no secret that Kmart is facing another liquidity crisis. Just over ten years after Sears rescued the discount retailer from bankruptcy in 2006, the pioneer of the “blue light special” is destined for another, and...more

Assigned Rents Not Bankruptcy Estate Property After Assignment is Enforced

by Miller Canfield on

On May 2, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified whether a bankruptcy debtor retains any property rights in rents after defaulting on a loan that includes an assignment of rents. The case, Town Center Flats,...more

Landmarks - Spring 2017

by Benesch on

There continues to be very strong demand for high-quality commercial real estate. From 2011–2015, the volume of commercial real estate transactions nationally grew at an annualized rate well in excess of 10%, and projections...more

Have Yourself a Very Trumpy Tax Plan

by Dechert LLP on

Well, we’ve had the big reveal and the administration’s new tax plan is out. This plan, announced with a great deal of fanfare, feels more like a campaign promise than an actual executable plan. At two hundred forty-six...more

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