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Watch Out Commercial Real Property Lenders – Appointment of a Receiver is not a Slam Dunk

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The law is always changing. Sometimes changes in the law result from new cases or new statutes. However, sometimes the law changes in reaction to the mood of the country. At present, I believe that that the law may be...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...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

Lenders And Leases: Important Legal Issues

by Snell & Wilmer on

Financial Institutions that make loans on commercial real estate frequently have to contend with issues pertaining to commercial leases. Aside from the underwriting issues, there are numerous legal issues that can arise in...more

Public Register of Overseas Companies – Now You See Me…

by Reed Smith on

If you are an investor currently using overseas entities to hold UK property you should be aware that the UK Government is putting together proposals for greater transparency of the beneficial owners of UK properties owned by...more

Tax Considerations For The Closely-Held Foreign Investor In U.S. Real Property – Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the last few years, we have received an ever-increasing number of inquiries from “foreigners” who are interested in acquiring U.S. real property (“USRP”). Some of these foreigners – meaning closely-held business...more

Real Estate Broker Liens: Are They a Problem for Lenders?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Illinois law allows real estate brokers to record liens on commercial properties for commissions that they claim they are owed. When such liens are recorded, questions abound as to their validity and priority. Broker’s...more

Nutter Bank Report, March 2017

Fed Raises Threshold That Triggers Review of Systemic Risk of a Proposed Merger - In a recent decision on a proposed merger of two bank holding companies, the Federal Reserve indicated that it has increased the...more

Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

by Dechert LLP on

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami. CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we...more

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment

Under California law, “bona fide purchasers” who buy property with no notice (actual, constructive, or otherwise) of a competing claim to the property are generally protected. The law’s favorable treatment of bona fide...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

by White & Case LLP on

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

2016-2017 Arizona Case Law and Legislative Developments Affecting Commercial Real Estate and Lending

Pending Arizona Legislation – GPLET Transactions - House Bill 2213, which recently passed the Arizona House by a 50-9 margin, would impose a number of restrictions on Arizona’s GPLET program. The GPLET statute was...more

Tax Lien Foreclosure – Rights of Mortgage Holders and Unassessed Owners

by PretiFlaherty on

Experienced tax collectors and treasurers know that mortgage holders and unassessed owners of record have the right to receive copies of certain notices during the tax lien foreclosure process. But what are these entities’...more

Initiating Unlawful Detainer Actions: Perfection Not Required

by Lewitt Hackman on

In November 2016 the California Supreme Court ordered that a decision from the appellate division of the San Diego Superior Court in U.S. Financial, L.P. v. Michael McLitus (“McLitus”) be published. ...more

Protecting Tax Deferral for A Contribution to A Partnership

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When a taxpayer (“Taxpayer”) sells a property (“Property”) with a fair market value (“FMV”) in excess of Taxpayer’s basis in Property in exchange for cash in an arm’s-length transaction, the amount of gain that he realizes on...more

"Loan to own" strategies in Australia

by DLA Piper on

The increase in the availability of alternate capital in Australia over the past decade has provided a landscape for well-tested global restructuring techniques to be applied locally. This includes 'loan to own' strategies....more

RESPA Two-Step: CFPB Shows Continued Expansive Interpretation of Section 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a Consent Order (“Order”) with Prospect Mortgage LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Lender”). The CFPB alleged in the Order widespread...more

Major P3 Real Estate Development Opportunities in Downtown Miami

On March 7, the Miami-Dade County Mayor will be presenting a report to the Board of County Commissioners on County-owned properties in downtown Miami that are ripe for joint development with the private sector. The upshot:...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds a Credit Bid at a Trustee’s Sale Should Not be Credited to a Title Insurer Under a Standard Lender’s...

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court recently addressed what impact, if any, a lender’s credit bid at an Arizona trustee’s sale has on an insurer’s liability under Sections 2, 7 and 9 of the standard’s lender’s title policy (“Policy”),...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Methodology. On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled DBRS Commercial Real Estate Property Analysis Criteria....more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its rating criteria for U.S. municipal short-term debt. Report. On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its criteria assumptions for analyzing securities backed by UK residential mortgage...more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

by Goodwin on

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

So you think you can avoid California’s anti-jury waiver?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in San Francisco recently held that commercial borrowers are entitled to a trial by jury even though they signed loan documents that contained a jury waiver...more

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